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« Reply #15 on: December 15, 2015, 06:52:28 pm »

Hi there, Zurn.

Looked at one of the Hi Tech saws a friend had at our club's show last summer. Decided against it due to plastic construction and small table size.

Here are links to a few examples of saws with a bigger table, which you will want once you get started. The Rock Rascal is small, but if space is a factor I'd favor it over the Hi Tech.

The Raytech is what we got for our first "real" saw. The one in the first link here is about what ours looks like. Ours has the motor and blade of course. Buying used saws is good - the only thing that can really go wrong is the bearings/bushings could be worn out. Best if you can see them in person.

Here are the links:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Raytech-6-Lapidary-Rock-Diamond-Trim-Saw-L-6S-/171883842710?nma=true&si=iwmZHou1AK4cpufZE0Lvsz1LJHU%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

New Raytech - no motor/blade
http://www.kingsleynorth.com/skshop/product.php?id=101595&catID=1036

Star Diamond 6"
http://www.ebay.com/itm/201485735103?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&fromMakeTrack=true

Rock Rascal
http://www.kingsleynorth.com/skshop/product.php?id=94066&catID=1036

Happy Shopping!
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« Reply #16 on: December 16, 2015, 12:01:18 pm »

Hey Vince
Thanks for putting all those links up
it mush appreciated
I actually have a 10" tile saw I converted for slabs
I pulled trigger on a 6" Hi tech trim saw small and quiet
its funny I was looking at every one of those except the ray tech
anyway
For now I think I'm good w/ saw's  I hope any way
so of course now I'm looking at getting some grinding and polishing machines
Im really kicking my self for not jumping on the one you and Robin suggested on ebay
so the search continues but again thank you
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« Reply #17 on: December 16, 2015, 05:53:39 pm »

You'll find one. Only question now is how much to spend vs. how long to wait. Then, after you buy one you'll immediately start seeing others... .
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« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2015, 04:15:44 pm »

hey again Vince
hey have we met
I know we luv our toys / tools
I think I'm just going to spring for a new flat lap
there are some Covingtons on ebay
give myself an xmas present

Ive been looking around kinda at used machines
but figure just pull trigger
I heard you guys here say you like Covington
I thought I saw on another thread you talking about a Covington
Thanks for checking this thread by the way
question
what do you know about the 8" covington flat lap
no arbor seems pretty nice
again you and Robin have helped me more than you know
Happy Holidays
Tony
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« Reply #19 on: December 24, 2015, 08:55:34 pm »

Hello again, and thanks for the kind words.

Looked at the Covington flat lap. Seems to be single-speed only. Have serious reservations about that. Variable speed much more useful.

Higher speed / less pressure for some things, lower speed / more pressure for others. Depends on stone, abrasive or polishing compound, type of lap, etc. .

Personally, I'd take the Hi-Tech and spend the difference on addtional resin-bond diamond laps in wider range of grits.

Here's a link to one vendor who currently has the 8" on sale:
http://www.kingsleynorth.com/skshop/product.php?id=97319&catID=1068

Just my opinion, of course.
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« Reply #20 on: December 29, 2015, 02:49:51 pm »

Hello
well its on its way
I ordered the Hi Tech all you need
Been having good luck w/ trim saw
plus saved bunch of $ compared to Covington
so got some other goodies
thx again
Happy New Year
Tony
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« Reply #21 on: December 29, 2015, 04:22:40 pm »

Hope you like it as well as we both do. Did you get the 8"?
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« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2015, 01:17:38 pm »

yes i can't wait
like a little kid
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« Reply #23 on: January 10, 2016, 10:22:22 am »

Hey Vince
just thought Id say hello
been using my new equipment
luv them both
trying to figure photo bucket out
I made my 1st intarsia and working on a couple more
ill put them on the intarsia thread when i get my photos straightened out
hope all is well
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« Reply #24 on: January 10, 2016, 11:30:11 am »

Glad you're having fun! Which trim saw did you get?

You can post photos here if you click the "Addtional Options..." below the text box. Just resize them to maybe 800x600 or 640x480 before you upload them so they're not huge.

Look forward to seeing your stones.
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« Reply #25 on: January 10, 2016, 01:49:31 pm »

Can't wait to see your work!  Glad you're enjoying your new equipment!   yippie
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« Reply #26 on: January 12, 2016, 10:34:23 am »

black jade frame  and Sonora  chrysocolla
this is the intarsia i completed but do real intarsia have bottom
I started another 1st but not finished
and got some cabs I need a lot more practice on my flat spots
let me know what you think


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« Reply #27 on: January 12, 2016, 11:57:14 am »

amethyst sage
it started bleeding blue
got some flat spots to work out and practice my polishing
thanks for looking
all critique is greatly appreciated



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« Reply #28 on: January 12, 2016, 12:01:31 pm »

this was one piece but decided to cut it
i think i want to add a strip of silver and then epoxy


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« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2016, 04:06:05 pm »

I really love that intarsia.  Wonderful color sense.
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