A soopah time was had and I walked away with a 60s German wall mounted Death Machine to poke screwdrivers into when I'm feeling frivolous.
I noted he had bought himself a grit tumbler/cleaner gubbins. I know they're not cheap but he had done his homework and bought it direct for a very decent wedge.
This caught my attention because about fifteen years ago I sensibly plonked lots of hundreds of tanners, thruppenies and pennies into a large horse feed bucket along with a healthy dose of aluminium spares and denominator badges. I then appeared to have carefully placed it beneath the only hole in the roof of my Lock-Up.
Consequently when I returned to it after three years I wondered why I'd stored away 30ltrs of dirty water. The thought of decrapinating (copyright Clive Baker 1989) that lot was off putting, and I'd had enough of lugging it all around from home to home. It was time to do something.
So I made my own tumbler/cleaner.
I had an old random orbital sander which I set upside down in a heavy bench vice.
I then bolted a plastic bucket to the plate the sanding paper was velcro'ed to and chucked in a mixture of fine silica sand and aluminium oxide I had knocking about.
Because I didn't want to be standing around breathing a cloud of the stuff I bought a clockwork operated mains timer switch off eBay and fitted it.
It generates amazingly high ripples and waves, and the items not only rotate around the bucket but also flip over and rise and fall.
The first load of coins cleaned up well, the copper coins take a little longer than the cupro-nickel ones, but aluminium items are the quickest.
* One old cheapo 220W Random Orbital Palm Sander
* One plastic bucket from corner shop - £1.10
* A handful of random bolts, washers and nuts
* A small bag of silica sand - £1.85
* A clockwork timer switch from eBay - £2.95