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I just bought a used Lortone 1.5E Tumbler off of Ebay that came with the grits, polishing agents and some stones as well as some instructions.

On the instructions it says "Grind for 10 days, 24 hours per day." for step 1 - Coarse Grind and Step 2 - Fine Grind and for 5 days, 24 hours per day for Step 3- Pre-Polish and Step 4 - Polish.

My question is, is this right? Do I let my machine run for 240 hours straight without letting it have a break or is my husband right that I can let this run for a day, turn it off for a day and then run it for a day, as long as I run it for a total of 10 days, 24 hours per day (or a total of 240 hours).

Also, I got some semi-precious stones that are �rough� and was wondering if I should polish them in this method or do I use steel shot? And can I use steel shot in this tumbler for polishing my wire sculpted pieced once I finish them?

And, I think this is my final question at this time, where can I buy the grits and polishing agents (these are in a powder form)?

Since I am new to this and have always bought my stones tumbled in the past, and I don't want to burn up the machine, I would really love some help on this.

Thank you so much for your help. I always know when I come here I will get straight answers.

From Barbara Goen - July 02, 2007 at 09:42:20
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