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The other recent tumbler motor failure thread made me recall some information from the distant past.

I load my tumbler with brass and polishing media and leave it running for hours if the brass is stained or dirty.

Most of us reloaders will use old reloading equipment if it remains functional. I know I do.

Just a FYI to anyone that has one of these Midway 1292 tumblers. (I have one, damn good tumbler and it still works great, and guessing mine is almost 28 to 29 years old now)

There have been at least 13 reports of this 1292 model tumbler overheating the motor and catching fire. (as of March 1998)

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/1...e-recall-of-tumblers

By the time I found out about the recall, Midway no longer had the "fix" kit available. (fix kit was an inline fuse holder and some connectors)

Kind of scary, I had previously run my tumbler in my basement overnight with stained range pick-up scrounged brass.

Apparently, the motor has no thermal overload device, and as originally equipped, had no fuse.

With the "fix" kit no longer available from Midway, I added a low amperage inline fuse holder and fuse inside the lower plastic base. (per Midway technical dept.)

Midway was quite helpful, they knew what was in the "fix" kit, but no longer had any of them.

Here's my guess on the issue, the bushings in the motor dry out from usage and lack of maintenance, then seize up, the motor then cooks because the little plastic cooling fan isn't spinning,
until fire happens due to no thermal protection device on the motor or inline fuse as originally equipped.

A few drops of automatic transmission fluid on the motor bushings every couple of years, and the installation of the fuse/fuse holder now make it safe to operate.

I now run mine outside on a concrete slab anyway. (metal roof covered carport)

So how many of you reloaders have inspected your case tumbler for a functional motor thermal overload protection device and/or low amperage fuse?

How many of you lubricate the tumbler motor bearings/bushings?

Anybody else take the underside of the tumbler and blow out the dust, spider webs, and polishing media debris with compressed air?

This concludes the Public Service Safety Announcement for the day.



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Had the same tumbler, 17 years+. It didn't catch fire just died. Ordered a hornady from Midway according to YT it has a timer built in that you can set.

https://www.midwayusa.com/prod...020625891?pid=770921


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A buddy had his tumbler catch fire in his house years ago. They didn't realize it until loaded rounds he had on the bench next to it started cooking off. Thankfully they were able to extinguish it before it destroyed the whole house. I never leave mine running when nobody's around, or when we're asleep. Just not worth the risk.
 
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Originally posted by 92fstech:
A buddy had his tumbler catch fire in his house years ago. They didn't realize it until loaded rounds he had on the bench next to it started cooking off. Thankfully they were able to extinguish it before it destroyed the whole house. I never leave mine running when nobody's around, or when we're asleep. Just not worth the risk.


Nor do I. I put it on a timer and do it during the day. Since it's in the garage and the house is pretty soundproof, I go and check it from time to time until it stops.
 
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The timer is a good idea...I hadn't considered that. I may need to go get one.
 
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