I not only missed your post...I missed it for almost a month. Sorry bout that
To answer your question, I use the tumbler to finish
breaking the hide, buff the leather, and clean the fur.
My process is like this;
I hang the hides to dry and hand break them a little each day.
Once they are say, 75% dry, they go into a dryer type tumbler for roughly 4 hours with no grit to maximize the breaking.
When they come out of that, they are hung to finish drying which usually only takes a good day or so.
Once they are totally dry, or at least 95%, they go into the tumbler above with hardwood sawdust for another 4 hours or so. This cleans the fur, buffs the leather, and finalizes the breaking one last time with the saw dust pounding it as it tumbles. It will (yes) dry it a little more but the hide should be pretty well dried before it goes in or it would make a gummy mess.
After this they go back into the dryer tumbler which tumbles out any sawdust, and fluffs them before getting returned to the customer. gundog870
, The actual barrel was given to me by a friend, the motor I pulled off an old squirrel cage blower just to test things and it worked fine so I kept it. With everything else being purchased, I had just over a hundred bucks in it. I think probably $120.