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    Tumblers - Vibratory vs Rotary

    Can I use the walnut shell in a rotary tumbler? Or is it only to be used with vibratory tumblers. I believe I read that I can use the stainless steel shot in the vibratory tumbler so would it be wise to debur with stainless shot and then polish with walnut shell? I'm defintely thinking two bowls is the way to go like I saw suggested in the first response. So thats a decided I'll keep a couple of tumbling "bowls/containers" for each step the first being deburring cut jump rings and the second for polishing completed projects.... I just need to find out if they are both universal meaning can I use stainless shot and walnut shell in both types of tumblers or is the vibratory tumbler the only tumber that can be ran with both types of shot. And at the risk of really sounding like a newbie I didn't catch if I use burnishing soap with the walnut shell or just the stainless shot? Thanks for all the advice I really appreciate everyone's input and guidance =)
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    Tumblers - Vibratory vs Rotary

    I was set on the rotary tumbler for polishing and deburring my rings after I cut them. I use mostly Sterling Silver and want them to be shiny but also if I'm cutting them myself I want to debur them. I just read about the vibratory tumbler and that it cleans and polishes better but doesn't debur like a rotary. I make mostly fine chainmaille jewelry and beaded jewelry and would like the opinion of the professionals (in this forum) Which is the best one for me?? Please Advise =)
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    Cutting Jump Rings Foredom vs Jump Ringer

    I know that with the foredom I need the appropriate attachments and blade to cut the jump rings but I just want to know if the Foredom has the torque and power needed to cut jump rings in sterling silver up to 12 gauge but mostly (as previously stated) 14, 16, 18 gauge sterling Like I said in my original question I know that the flex shaft is just a motor but is the motor strong enough or is there enough torque or enough rpm's or little enough rpm's to cut the metals I want to cut. I mostly work in sterling silver but am looking into niobium too. Sterling Silver is my main metal though however I want to cut rings in Sterling Silver from 12-24 gauge and the OD of up to 15mm.. I just want the best machine for cutting those specificcations the cleanest and easiest with not too much maintanance. I know I need to use lubricant but I keep reading some things need a steady flow of coolant and water or liquid oil.... And that scares me.. I don't have a shop I'm doing it in my home.
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    Cutting Jump Rings Foredom vs Jump Ringer

    I was wondering if anyone could help me figure out which system to purchase. I've been cutting my own jump rings with a jewelry saw but I'm ready to cut larger quantities faster. However I also want them to be cut clean. I'm looking at either the "new improved" jump ringer basic by ray grossman which states it will cut sterling and softer metals from 6 gauge to 26 gauge. I don't think I'll ever cut thicker then 12 gauge and mostly I'll cut 14, 16, 18 gauge sterling but I would like the option. The other system I'm considering is buying th Foredom SR Flex Shaft 2230. I know that with the foredom I need the appropriate attachments and blade to cut the jump rings but I just want to know if the Foredom has the torque and power needed to cut jump rings in sterling silver up to 12 gauge but mostly (as previously stated) 14, 16, 18 gauge sterling. I would like to dabble in Niobium (one day) and if you know if the Foredom can ever cut these stronger metals with the appropriate blade please let me know. Will the foredom ever be capable of cutting stronger metals and will it cut sterling in 12, 14, 16, and 18 gauge? Or will the Jump RInger basic do a better job cutting sterling silver? I know there is a jump ringer system for "all metals" but ultimately I just want to know what the maximum cutting capacity is for the Foredom Flex Shaft SR 2230 vs the jump ringer system. I want the cleanest cut possible. I will definitley be tumbling after cutting but I just want to make the best purchase and all the tool suppliers give me conflicting info... From ottofrei to rio grande they both say different things and one of them even said different things just by speaking to 2 different people at the same company.. Please HELP!! Thanks... If I've confused you please email me =) and I'll try to rephrase without running you in circles lol
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