Understanding Mass Finishing Tumbling vs Vibratory

Written by Small Business Magazine on August 29th, 2017. Posted in Machines, Surge, Surge machine

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Whether you are trying to remove rust, deburr metals, or degrease brass powerlines, mass finishing is an important process for a great many manufacturers. From something as small as a lugnut to as large as a titanium bulkhead, mass finishing can give your product a clean, finished look.

There are two methods for mass finishing: tumbling and vibratory. Both of these techniques serve a unique function, and come with their own advantages and disadvantages.

In order to help you better understand each process and determine which one is right for your job, we’ve put together a side by side comparison of Mass finishing with Tumbling Drums vs. Vibratory.

Tumbling Drums

These are often closed circuit barrels where water, media, and the parts to be tumbled or polished are placed together. The barrel