Rotary Tumblers vs. Vibrating Tumblers
Rounds a rough rock with sharp edges to a smooth nugget.
Does NOT remove the sharp edges.
Takes 4-6 weeks start to finish.
Takes 6 days.
Uses less expensive grit per pound.
Uses more expensive grit per pound of rock.
The tumblers last longer. Sometimes decades.
The tumblers tend to not last as long. Usually less than a year.
Easier to maintain and clean.
Takes more effort to clean and maintain.