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« Reply #30 on: January 25, 2015, 08:43:22 pm »

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« Reply #31 on: January 28, 2015, 05:55:36 am »

Your saw looks exactly like the one I just bought.  It's a 1961 model year.  I tore mine apart, greased the bearings, and repainted it.  I still need to finish putting  the carriage back together again.  Let us know how yours cuts.
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« Reply #32 on: January 28, 2015, 09:01:52 am »

I have an 18" Highland Park saw in my rock room and I am sure that it will be serving some rock person well generations after me. I think that it was from the 50's or 60's. I have changed the bearings and it chugs along giving the smoothest cuts that one could home for. I can slice a rock as thin as  a piece of photographic film and have actually mounted a slice in a 35mm slide mount. I have a friend with an 18" Covington and it is built equally as strong.  If I were searching for a used slab saw, these are the only two brands that I would consider and would lean towards Covington as they still have all the parts and their customer service is over the top.
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« Reply #33 on: January 28, 2015, 09:38:56 am »

The new saw cuts like a champ. I broke the saw down, and very impressed with four bolts they incorporated in the design to true up blade. It was much easier and ten times faster to getting the blade true. It took me less than five minutes, actually took more time getting to the bearings. HP is awesome! I will say...... the carriege does not have any bearings, but still cuts smooth and like a champ. I haven't played with a Frantom, but you really can't compare these saws to the loratones. One big difference is the weight, the saws are the same size, but the HP park weighs almost two thirds more.
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« Reply #34 on: January 28, 2015, 11:18:12 am »

Kenefick,
Don't know if this will help, but this site seems to have manuals you can download and poke through.
https://www.hplapidary.com/t/OwnersManuals

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