Owner's Manual For Frankford Arsenal Case Tumbler
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Frankford Arsenal Quick-n-Ez Case Tumbler
Manual & Instructions.
Odds are you won't have to refer to the owner's manual for your tumbler
after you have used it a few times, but just in case I scanned it and placed
it here. It shows you how to assemble it, provides instructions on how
to use it and tips to get the cleanest and most polished brass that you can. It
also tells you how to assemble the rotary separator and how to use it
Frankford Arsenal Case Tumber Manual
Vibratory Case Tumbler MFG Instructions
Designed for use with dry media
such as ground corn cob or walnut hulls, either plain or treated with brass
polish; do not attempt to use the tumbler with any kind of liquid media or
for lapidary applications.
THE USE OF LIQUID MEDIA OR ATTEMPTING TO ALTER OR MODIFY THE TUMBLER WILL
VOID YOUR TUMBLER’S WARRANTY.
Whenever using electrical appliances, basic safety precautions should
always be followed,
including the following:
1. Read all instructions.
2. Operate the tumbler on a concrete surface away from all combustible
materials, including curtains, draperies, or walls.
3. Never operate the tumbler unattended.
4. To protect against electrical shock, do not immerse cord, plug or unit in
water or other liquid.
5. Closely supervise nearby children.
6. Remove plug from wall outlet when not in use.
7. Do not operate a tumbler with a damaged cord or plug, or after the unit
malfunctions or has been damaged. If damaged, return the unit for
examination, repair, or adjustment.
8. Using the tumbler with attachments not recommended by MidwayUSA may cause
fire, electrical shock, or injury.
9. Do not use outdoors.
Instructions for Use:
1. Fill the cleaning bowl about 2/3 full of cleaning or polishing media. Set
the tumbler on a flat concrete surface and plug it in. Add any amount of
cases you desire, up to maximum capacity. Capacity will vary with the size
of the cases being cleaned. In general, once the cleaning media is in the
tumbler, you can continue to add cases to your media until you see the
tumbling action become sluggish. Obviously, with less tumbling
action, you will get less cleaning action. If you put too much brass in and
the action slows down, simply remove some of the brass.
2. Tumble until it is clean. If you are merely cleaning your
brass, 30 minutes to an hour will normally remove all dirt and grease. If
you want to polish the tarnish or powder stain from brass, you will need to
use treated media or add ammonia-free polish to untreated media and
then tumble for several hours. Just check the brass periodically for
1. Clean your brass before polishing with “untreated” ground walnut shells.
This simply removes the dirt, grit, or bullet lube from the cases so they
can be inspected. This will insure that any dirt and grit left on the case
won't get into your sizing die and wear it out prematurely.
and de-prime cases before polishing.
3. The media you use to clean and polish your cases will not wear out, but
it will become “loaded up” with bullet lube, polish, powder residue, and
dirt. When it does, you can simply throw it out, or it can be recharged with
4. If you reload for a variety of different guns, you may need to obtain a
few extra buckets in which to keep your different cleaning and polishing
medias while they are not in use. Dirtier loads will need to be cleaned with
fresher media than clean burning loads. Shooting conditions can also dirty
your brass more than normal. We recommend keeping three buckets on hand to
contain media in different stages of use: #1 for untreated “cleaning media;”
#2 for new, barely used treated “polishing” media; and #3 for well-used,
5. If you use your tumbler to Moly-coat bullets, we recommend using a
separate bowl from the one you use to tumble brass.
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