|The distinctive looking and striking red Thumlers A-R1 model has been going for many years. Incredibly simple in design it is a no-frills “does the job” machine which is has a solid reputation based on thousands of users around the world. It is 15.8 x 12.6 x 5.1 inches in size.
When talking “Thumlers A-R1” you are referring to a quality product which will perform for years and by far out perform the starter kits. This is frequently supplied with a few packets of grit and polish and some rocks and jewelry findings to kick the hobby into gear, although with equipment like this it won’t be long before you are trekking over to the hobby shops to get more supplies to feed the growing addiction!
Many well known (in lapidary circles that is!) traders and jewelers use Thumlers as a make in general and often have the A-R1 in their arsenal of machines. This is by no means a childs toy and is used by experts to produce high quality and high gloss finished semi-precious gemstones for re-sale and collectors.
The 3lb barrel is a standard size of cylinder found across many tumbler types and enables a good volume of mixed size gems. It is made of rubber to keep noise to a minimum (and is effective) and has a press on lid which is then sealed with a rubber ring around the top – a clever method in our view.