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Edu Science Nature Rock Tumbler

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Product Description

Sold only at Toys'R'Us, Edu Science educates you in the science of saving money by providing quality telescopes, microscopes, chemistry and science kits for kids that are fun! By offering a wide array of value-driven learning and educational science toys, with Edu Science you don't need grant money to set up your own science lab. Whether you want to explore all of the natural sciences or focus on Botany, Astronomy, Chemistry or even alternative energy, Edu Science has a science kit for you exclusively at Toys'R'Us.

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Additional Info

240483

E3BA8400

769188375231

36793

4.1 pounds

13.4 x 11.3 x 6.4

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Average Customer Rating:

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Bowen HillEdu Science Nature Rock Tumbler
 
1.6

(based on 41 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (31)

15%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Educational (12)
  • Interactive (4)
  • Lots of fun (3)

Cons

  • Poor design (16)
  • Flimsy (8)
  • Poor quality (8)
  • Boring (5)
  • Loud (5)

Best Uses

  • Older children (12)
  • Indoor (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent of two or more children (15), Working parent (11), Midrange shopper (9), Education oriented (8), Stay at home parent (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (8)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

great for budding geologists

My daughters have enjoyed observing the changes in the rocks over many days and 2 phases of rock tumbling. We have 2 more phases to complete before the rocks are shiny. The complete process...Read complete review

My daughters have enjoyed observing the changes in the rocks over many days and 2 phases of rock tumbling. We have 2 more phases to complete before the rocks are shiny. The complete process takes about 2 weeks, yet they don't seem to mind the wait.
The directions were clear to me and I had no difficulty with leaking. However, our unit clearly had seals. It seems from an earlier review that that particular unit may have been missing seals. I am careful to make sure there is not grit on the seals before I close the unit & I oil the lid (cooking oil), as the directions suggest, for easier opening at the end of cycle.
Not surprisingly of a rock tumbler, the unit is noisy. We put it in our laundry room with a pillow & laundry basket on top & then close the door. We barely notice the noise now. We checked to make sure we weren't causing the unit to overheat with the added noise dampening insulation around it & there have been no issues. It stays cool.
After the rocks are complete we will use the jewelry kit that was included to make necklaces, earrings, & rings.

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Most Helpful Critical Review

 

Not a great toy

My daughter is really into rocks and really wanted a rock tumbler. Purchased this model and the directions are terrible. I never had a tumbler as a child so I didn't realize (and...Read complete review

My daughter is really into rocks and really wanted a rock tumbler. Purchased this model and the directions are terrible. I never had a tumbler as a child so I didn't realize (and the directions didn't specify) that you need to run the unit non-stop for several weeks without ever turning it off. The rocks tumbling are not as noisy as the machine itself. There is no good place to store the machine where you can't hear the constant sound.
Then the directions are very vague and confusing. The machine has 4 buttons labeled day 1-4. There is a chart in the directions that tell which button to press on day 1-7 but it doesn't match up to the written directions which tell you that the first phase runs 2-4 days then the 2nd phase runs 3-7 days, etc. I'm ready to throw the thing out the window.

Reviewed by 41 customers

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1.0

Did not work out of the box & no warrant

By Lucy Cupcake

from Alexandria, VA

About Me Midrange Shopper

Pros

    Cons

    • DOES NOT WORK

    Best Uses

      Comments about Bowen Hill Edu Science Nature Rock Tumbler:

      We bought this on 12/1 for my son for Christmas, but it was 3/30 before he used it. It did not work (lights came on but nothing happened). The store would not replace it or give a refund because it was past 90 days. ToysRUs is the manufacturer, but the corporate customer service wouldn't exchange or give a refund either - because we bought it in the store rather than online. I tried an email address provided with the instructions, but never heard back. The product does not come with any warranty, so it appears that I am stuck with a hunk of junk. I am very disappointed in ToysRUs not standing by their product and will not buy this brand again.

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      1.0

      Garbage

      By ticked off

      from Edmonton, CA

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Construction

        Best Uses

          Comments about Bowen Hill Edu Science Nature Rock Tumbler:

          My son received this for a birthday present. The second time using it, the barrel broke. Edu-Science would not respond to my email, and then toy-r-us also gave me the run around. Bottom line this product is garbage and customer service is just as bad. Do not buy it. The only reason it gets one star is because that is the minimum you can give it to post a review.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          First time with a rock tumbler

          By Sarah

          from CA

          About Me Budget Shopper

          Comments about Bowen Hill Edu Science Nature Rock Tumbler:

          It is a bit noisy but we keep it in the garage while it was running. It is pretty user friendly. My five year old can run it on his own

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Poor Quality

          By Cayden;s mom

          from mn

          Comments about Bowen Hill Edu Science Nature Rock Tumbler:

          My son got this for Christmas. He loves making jewelry so we thought it would be the perfect gift. Unfortunately it does not work. The belt does not stay on, it leaks and the instructions are not clear. This was not worth buying and will only frustrate your child.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Gift!

          By Another Mom

          from Cincinnati, OH

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Pros

          • Creativity Produced
          • Educational
          • End Product

          Cons

          • Noise

          Best Uses

          • Creativity
          • Experimentation
          • Science Education

          Comments about Bowen Hill Edu Science Nature Rock Tumbler:

          My almost 8 year old son received this product as a Christmas present. He is very interested in nature type things, especially rocks. From the minute he unwrapped his gift, he was very excited about it. We helped him start the process the very next day.

          I will say, it is a very noisy machine. I was aggravated at first, then I realized that I should have expected noise being that there are rocks tumbling inside. A simple fix to this solutiion for us was to place it in our basement during the process.

          I was very surprised at how my son remained patient during the process. He seemed to look forward to each step so he could examine the changes that were occurring. He just finished his first "batch" of rocks. We happen to be a homeschooling family, so I found the details of the process helpful in teaching about things like erosion. (Based on how the packet of materials buffed the rocks.)

          As I write this review, he is sitting at the table examining each one and making decisions on which rock he will use for certain pieces of jewelry that he plans to make for various people in our family.

          I read a few reviews about how others had trouble with the tumbler like the belt coming off, etc. We have not experienced any troubles at all. I found the quality of he tumbler to be just fine, especially considering the price. I am sure there may be other tumblers available offering better construction and noise buffering, but I am sure the price would also reflect those features.

          As long as the consumer is aware/warned of the noise that the machine makes, I think they would be equipped with enough information to make a knowledgeable purchase.

          I recommend this product to anyone who has a child interested in hands on type activities, especially involving rocks.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          NO!

          By Ticked off Mom

          from Chatham, LA

          About Me Budget Shopper

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Construction
            • Shotty Belt
            • Too Loud

            Best Uses

              Comments about Bowen Hill Edu Science Nature Rock Tumbler:

              This thing hadn't even been running for 5 minutes before the belt went off track. Every couple of minutes or so I have to reset it. Definitely not worth buying!

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              (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Eh

              By Candy The Tester

              from Santa Rose, CA

              About Me High-end Shopper

              Pros

                Cons

                • Boring
                • Few Of Rocks At A Time
                • Hard Directions
                • Out Dated Map
                • Takes A Long Boring Time
                • Use Only Tiny Rocks

                Best Uses

                • Non

                Comments about Bowen Hill Edu Science Nature Rock Tumbler:

                My child who was turning 10 we got her a rock tumbler she was really excited about. But when we got it the dircations were really hard and we hadto put it together. When we found out it would take 2 weeks to finsh up the rocks and only tiny rocks can go in she was upset and then she never toched it. We also found out it was loud and anoying. I do not recomend this your child will become tired of this and not play with it.

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                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                FAIL!

                By Lovie the Adventurer

                from Jacksonville, FL

                About Me Midrange Shopper

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Poor Construction

                  Best Uses

                  • Paperweight

                  Comments about Bowen Hill Edu Science Nature Rock Tumbler:

                  Was super excited to get this. First round of rocks went ok. The rubber gasket around the middle slipped of on step 4. I found turning it inside out fixed that problem. On second batch of rocks it "somehow" leaked and stopped working. Flash forward 3 months. I decide to try to get it working again before throwing it out. Turns out, it dried enough to work again (yay). Put in rocks, water & solution. Come back in 3 minutes, water everywhere again?! There's a HOLE IN THE SIDE OF THE TUMBLER which is why it was leaking?! Seriously?! The plastic is so cheap that it can't withstand tumbling rocks!! I would ABSOLUTELY return this if I had a receipt. DO NOT BUY THIS CHEAP MESS!!

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Class Action Lawsuit Needed to End Sales

                  By Disappointed Dad

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                  Comments about Bowen Hill Edu Science Nature Rock Tumbler:

                  I bought this items as my boys love finding rocks and what fun to turn them into gems. Unfortunately, the product is so poorly designed and is basically just a piece of junk. I wish I had found the 32!, yes 32, poor reviews of this item before I bought it. It broke within 1 hour of tumbling. Dont you think will all the bad reviews someone would improve or discontinue this item. I am sure tomorrow will be fun as I head back to Toysrus without a receipt and try to get a refund.

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                  1.0

                  Don't purchase this item

                  By Jan

                  from CT

                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Construction

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Bowen Hill Edu Science Nature Rock Tumbler:

                      Used product once and during the third day, barrel leaked and sand material was all over floor. Barrel has several areas that leak, made of plastic and not worth investing any money into it. Don't take my word for it, read other reviews, it appears this is a wide-spread problem.

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                      1.0 stars

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