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1  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Cabbing And Grooving Machines.. Projects / New and Used Reviews / Re: Least noisy/messy slab and trim saws? on: April 25, 2016, 12:53:04 pm
No such thing as a least noisy or messy when it comes to cutting rocks. It's gonna be messy and dirty and noisy, no way around that.
2  Lapidary the Internet and You / Moderator, Michael Hoover / Shop and Swap / Re: Bump Wheels on: April 19, 2016, 07:41:38 pm
I don't want them, but they do make great wide diamond wheels if you know how.
3  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Slab Saws, Trim Saws, Blades & Lubricants For Both / General Operating / Re: Lortone 14" Saw on: April 10, 2016, 06:45:58 pm
latest pic of one fully assembled but without a blade or motor.



$800 as shown without blade or motor, $1100 if I have to add motor and blade.
Motor typically about $150 new, 16" crimped blade $120. Local prices.
Prefer local pickup.
4  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Slab Saws, Trim Saws, Blades & Lubricants For Both / General Operating / Re: Lortone 14" Saw on: April 08, 2016, 08:46:29 pm
Thanks Tom, but not really interested in broadcasting all the improvements and changes I made to the design for possible hijacking.  Suffice it to say, there are many, and all for the good. What people need to know is it functions just like the old Lortones and other drop saws (a drop saw is a drop saw.... you know?) but is cleaner to run, easier to use, and, most importantly, can use either a 14 or 16 inch blade. Dual sump option, easy cleanup are just two of the better features.

Highland Park is trying to bring back the old Lortone design, almost identical to the original Lortones, and are selling them for $600 plus shipping. It's only a 14", and is 100% made in China. The folks who have bought one, if the rumor mill can be believed, are already complaining about the quality of the unit.

Mine is 100% American made, even the bearings I used, which cost a mere $40 each! But they will last for the next 100 years in this application.

I didn't skimp and go cheap with these.  My design is currently being considered for optioning by a major manufacturer, who likes what they see and knows there is a ready market out there for drop saws.  If/when they do, they will raise the price for sure.  One left, and even tho I have parts for another 2, I'm done. No more.
5  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Slab Saws, Trim Saws, Blades & Lubricants For Both / General Operating / Re: Lortone 14" Saw on: April 07, 2016, 08:51:02 pm
Finally got them done. PDS14/16 Drop saw. Will take either a 14 or 16 inch blade.
6  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Slab Saws, Trim Saws, Blades & Lubricants For Both / General Operating / Re: Help - my saw is in pain... on: March 14, 2016, 01:14:37 pm
haunted. exorcise it!
7  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Cabbing And Grooving Machines.. Projects / New and Used Reviews / Re: Speed Demon Diamond cabber/polisher on: February 26, 2016, 09:08:25 pm
Sold! yippie
8  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Cabbing And Grooving Machines.. Projects / New and Used Reviews / Speed Demon Diamond cabber/polisher on: February 25, 2016, 04:12:06 pm
 yippie
I have a Speed Demon cabber polisher with almost new 6 inch Nova diamond wheels on it. I made maybe 10 cabs on them, so really pretty new. The Nova's alone cost over $500 if I remember correctly. Asking $600 and will ship, US shipping should be around $40 or so... just guessing.
Small foot print, only takes up 19 inches bench width, so can go just about anywhere.
Wheels are 280, 600, 2100 and 3000, all diamond.
New Spritzer, pump, and tubing.
Used, but not abused. makes no noise when running, bearings are good, everything is good.
If you're just starting out, this unit is perfect for you.
Thanks for looking!


9  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / Re: Diamond wheel question on: January 23, 2016, 03:28:21 pm
Might just be you're not used to grinding a really hard stone like pet wood. Make sure you have lots of water and keep at it.
10  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Re: vacuum stabilization on: January 10, 2016, 05:32:04 pm
In my efforts at stabilizing or fracture sealing with a vacuum pump I found that, at least in my experience, the vacuum was so significant that what I saw as bubbles coming from the fractures was actually the epoxy boiling and causing the bubbles. I'm using an industrial vacuum pump that probably works too well.
Bob
If your material wasn't completely dry, those bubbles could be caused by water breaking down, which will go on forever.
11  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Re: vacuum stabilization on: January 09, 2016, 10:25:46 am
I suggest that you watch the video on the website of HIS GLASS WORKS in Asheville, NC. They show how do the process with HXTAL which is the epoxy that museums around the world use as it is the most archival and never yellows.  I went there and watched the process and came home and made my own vacuum pump using the Harbor Freight hand brake pump and a mason jar which with the hose and connector which is about a $30.00 solution. When I pump it up and start seeing the bubbles coming from the rock, I cannot say that I loose vacuum for quite a while. If you are loosing vacuum, I would check to make sure that the connector in the lid of the mason jar is sealed totally.

Jack, Tried to find that video, found many other but not that one. Got an URL?

Thanks!
12  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Miscellaneous Shop Talk / Re: vacuum stabilization on: January 09, 2016, 10:18:30 am
I bought and successfully used this system to stabilize many pounds of turquoise. Recently sold it and it was still working as good as the day I bought it.
http://www.bestvaluevacs.com/5gvackit.html
13  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / Re: Refurbishing Diamond Wheels on: December 30, 2015, 06:28:56 pm
PM sent.
14  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / Re: Refurbishing Diamond Wheels on: December 29, 2015, 01:48:36 pm
Hey Phil

Thanks for the input. Being the rebel that I am I went with the plasti dip because I did not see any total yea or ney. So I say a big no on the plastic dip. Now how do I get rid of it so I can try the epoxy?

I will be looking for some used wheels soon so I can keep on trying.

Bless
Shawn

Shawn,  no idea how to get rid of plasti-dip other than sit down and work at peeling it off. might be better to get someone elses worn out wheels and start over. When I do old Nova's for my friends, I remove the belting completely, down to the foam, and epoxy on new canvas. Maybe that will work for you. The hard part is keeping it seam free..... you really gotta pay attention to that.
The one time I tried plasti-dip I mixed it 30/70 with epoxy. It was OK, but not that long lasting. My current method works for me, so that's what I'll stick with. I love the 3 inch wide wheels I made.....  now, those 1-1/2 wide wheels seem almost too small to really do anything.... and 1 inch? forget it!

15  Lapidary Shop / Moderator, Catmandewe ( Tony ) / Discs, Wheels, Belts, Pads, and Polishing / Re: Refurbishing Diamond Wheels on: December 26, 2015, 03:14:08 pm
I've had nothing but good luck with my refurbs. Long lasting, great results. But I'm not paying shipping etc. Cost ends up about $30 per wheel, but I end up with 8 in diameter, 3 inch wide wheels. Lemme tell you, working on a 3 inch wide wheel is a dream! I'll never go back to skinny wheels. And no, I don't use plasti-dip. I use epoxy.
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