From the Reloading Bench: The Lyman Tumbler

The 2500 Pro Magnum Tumbler was a great replacement for my old tumbler. It is more quiet and has a large capacity for cases.

The 2500 Pro Magnum Tumbler was a great replacement to my old tumbler. It is more quiet and has a large capacity for cases.

Cleaning brass is and will always be a personal preference/battle within the loading community. Some use certain kinds of media, some wet tumble, some dry, either way, there will always be different types of equipment to choose from to get the job done. Personally, I dry tumble with Hornady corn cob media. Specifically, Hornady One Shot. Due to this, I need a dry tumbler that can clean a good number of .223 brass and larger cartridges such as 6.5 Creed. The Lyman Tumbler allows me to do that both quietly and effectively.

Before going any further there needs to be some honesty here. The reason for buying the Lyman Tumbler in the first place is that my previous tumbler broke and was not replaced by the company. I won’t say who it was but it rhymes with Nornady. Basically it came down to that the tumbler is not manufactured in house, thus when the tumbler goes out of date of the warranty, it is pretty hard to fix or replace. This was in an email, I didn’t call.

Either way, I decided to go with the 2500 Lyman Pro Tumbler. Lyman has always had good reviews associated with its reloading equipment, the tumbler was readily available on amazon, and the price was right.

223 cases
This was after a 4 hour tumbler with the Hornady corn cob media. It’s worth it to note that I did have to manually turn off the tumbler due to there being no timer to set which is a downfall of the tumbler.


2500 Pro Magnum Tumbler
Price: $129.95

“Lyman’s Pro Magnum Tumbler is designed for the high volume reloader, and high volume reloaders are always looking for value. The two gallon capacity bowl is engineered to deliver powerful cleaning action even at full capacity. Handling up to 1000 .38 Special cases at a time, the heavy-duty motor and advanced drive system deliver fast cleaning and long life”-Lyman

Voltage: 115cv or 220V

Note: Lyman tumblers can be converted to larger capacity tumblers by removing the bowl and replacing to a bigger bowl.

lyman assembly
This tumber was very easy to put together and came with simple instructions that lists each model of tumbler. Simply throw the bowl on, tighten down a wing nut, and do the same with the lid.


  • The Lyman Pro is very very quiet, quieter than my last tumbler.
  • Good price, just over $100 w/ amazon free shipping. On Lyman the 115v is listed as $129.99
  • Easy Install with two flat washers and two wingnuts. These wingnuts have also not come loose during the use of the Tumbler which is great.
  • The tumbler came with a large instruction manual that listed all of their products. It was nice to compare and contrast with what else Lyman offers.


  • The largest con and difference between the Lyman Tumbler and my last is that there is no timer on the tumbler, just an on/off switch. Meaning, if I want to turn it on to tumble cases I only have the option to flick the switch on and walk away, coming back in four hours. With my last tumbler I could leave it on overnight knowing that it will stop after four hours and not waste power.
lyman capacity
The Lyman 2500 Pro Magnum tumbler has a large capacity for media which means more cases can be thrown and cleaned at a time. If you already own a Lyman tumbler that has a smaller bowl than the 2500, just the bowl can be changed out without having to purchase an entire new tumbler.
Anna Martinez
Anna is a Federal Weapons Gunsmith with 8 years of previous experience within the US Army Ordnance Corps (91F). She has taken multiple armorer and weapons proficiency classes to include FN, Knights Armament, and Small Arms Weapons Expert course. She also writes for American Gunsmith, AR Build Junkie, and is active in Precision Rifle sports around the nation.