The MT-4 Mini-Sonic Tumbler - Vibrating Tumblers
The MT-4 Mini-Sonic Tumbler (432-004)
HOW THE MT-4 WORKS
The MT-4 Mini-Sonic Tumbler operates without shafts, belts, pulleys, eccentric weight or even a motor—no moving parts, so the MT-4 will far outlast other types of tumblers. It operates on a unique principle employing interrupted electrical current that provides vibration as the driving force powering the rotation of the load. Operating frequency is 3600 vibrations per minute on 60Hz models and 3000 vibrations per minute in 50Hz Export models.
Rotation and intensity is adjustable with solid state electronic controls. During rotation, the tumbling load is alternately separated and compacted during each vibratory cycle. This improves the tumbling process and allows fresh abrasive to be drawn in between materials in the tumbler hopper. Only the contents inside the hopper actually rotate while the hopper itself remains practically motionless except for the driving arc of motion.
Only a small amount of abrasives are required in the Mini-Sonic tumbling process compared to ordinary rotary tumblers. As the abrasive begins to pulverize or break down and combines with rock dust and water, a slurry or coating mixture is formed, and it is this coating which should be maintained throughout all the tumbling processes. Too much water or too much abrasives will cause materials to collect in the bottom of the hopper and not rotate properly. It is only necessary to maintain a thin coating of abrasive slurry between the materials in the load to keep the polishing process working properly.
It’s unique tumbling operation is the key to the high performance of the MT-4. The vibratory motion is achieved without any moving parts. It improves the polishing process and uses only a small amount of abrasives compared to ordinary tumblers.
Load capacity is approximately four pounds including stone, fillers and abrasives. You control the rotation and intensity of the tumbler operation with solid state electronic controls.
Hoppers give exceptionally long wear. They are made of cast plastisol. With no motor, belts or pulleys to worry about, you have a tumbler built for years of worry free service.
NOTE: when polishing with Vibra-Dry compounds, no water is required, and you will not have the slurry described above.