Bit-O-Fluff Tumbler Instructions
The shipment will likely come In two boxes. Note that when pulling out the plastic discs, they are marked with a round colored piece of tape to orient both discs to each other. keep aligned during assembly.
You should have 36 washers, 9 wingnuts, 9 rods with acron nut ends, 9 tubes, 2 discs, 2 pipe axels, ½” netting with 2 mini bungees attached, One motor stand, 6 separator pins(two bars).
I designed with No electrical cords for safety reasons, since this tumbler is easy to carry around I didn’t want anyone tripping over the cord, so you will need an extension cord.
You need to assemble the basket, align taped spots both tapes up. The acorn end of the threaded rod should be on the outside of the disc with the small wood disc. Add a washer to the rod and place all nine rods through, letting rods stick up in air. Add a washer to each rod. Now add the tube to each rod. Add a washer on top of each tube . Now , keeping alignment in mind, place the other disc over the rod through the holes. Attach washer and wingnut LOOSELY with each successful hole location. When completed, carefully tighten wingnuts NOT OVER tightening them. Might want pliers to hold the acorn nut from turning while tightening. Too much pressure will crush in plastic, no big deal but its not needed and it will look better if not crushed in. ONCE all snugged up, place basket skeleton on the motor stand. Now get out the netting and use the small ties to attach the end to ANY one of the tubes. 3 spots is sufficient and try to capture two wires of the netting for better strength. Now wrap around the basket pulling snug. Decide where you want the plastic ties at the other end approx. 2 feet from the end of the netting. This will allow you to pull back the netting to this point. Use the bungees to pull tight.
Now add the separator bars. They slip through the netting and straddle the tube and are secured with a plastic tie. Some units are supplied with plastic separator rods to be fastened with zip ties to mesh basket. These help open of the fleece when tumbling to allow more dirt out. attach in two rows
add Vasoline to the axel areas for lubrication.
One customer placed a rubber hand ball inside basket to help knock out the second cuts.
if the wingnuts are working loose, simply add some super glue to the threads
The motor does get quite warm, which is normal for ceiling fan motors. We decided to incorporate a muffin fan on outside of motor to reduce heat.
Avoid water getting on machine.
The machine cleans fiber best with under 2lbs of fleece at a time or about half of a typical adult blanket.
for cleaning inside of basket , use a grease cutting solvent to dissolve crud, I have used paint thinner then soapy water to rinse. NEVER use acetone it will destroy the trim on discs.