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« on: July 04, 2015, 10:21:48 pm »

Thinking of buying a new slab saw, I have been looking at the Lortone 14". Can everyone give there pros and cons. Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2015, 10:29:10 pm »

My two slab saws, 10" and 14" are Lortone.  My trim saw, 6" is Lortone.  My two wheel 8" arbor I use for 100 and 200 gr SC wheels is Lortone.  I would trade them for anything else.

I "would not" trade them for anything else.
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« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2015, 10:51:40 pm »

It is a good medium duty saw that will last a long time.
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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2015, 10:33:00 am »

I only use the 14" drop saw. Lortone is OK. meant for hobby use. Not production.
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« Reply #4 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.
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2016, 09:11:25 pm »

That's interesting, Phil. The guard for the blade must be bigger than an LS14, right? The other parts of your unit there look just like the LS14 we have.
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2016, 08:46:33 am »

Phil,  The history of the saws has become so convoluted that many folks may have missed the improvements that you have tried to incorporate in your version.  Why not summarize them here (one more time)?  I know you have worked hard on putting all this together and that salesmanship is not your fav pastime.  Tom 
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« Reply #7 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.
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« Reply #8 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.
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2019, 10:09:02 pm »

My wife bought an older Lortone 14" drop saw. I made a Lexan cover for it. I bolted the Lexan (clear polycarbonate) to aluminum angle, hinged it and sprung it. No sense spraying oil.
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