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Old Frantom Combination, the One that got away.

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« on: February 08, 2019, 04:52:31 pm »

At Quartzite this year I found a old Frantom combination 10" saw and 3 position 8" grinder/polisher. Idaho rock shop?? had it. Since I  had just finished restoring an early Frantom polisher/grinder, I was intrigued . It came with the factory stand and cabinet. It was both interesting and nicely done. 1/2 of the sawblade had completely rusted away so I'm sure it would need some work, chuckle. But however, he  was asking $300 and I was only willing to go $150, with that amount of spread, there was no use in bargaining. It was fun looking it over.

There was no pressing need,I had already picked up two Poly arbors, a D14 and a big 10" with 2" guards, so we didn't need anymore arbors and the wife already had a old Loritone 10" saw. I would think separate  arbors would be easier to work.  But they weren't without work as well, two hoods and four trays. My wife's comment, you can make them out of aluminum and practice you welding.
 
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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2019, 05:01:59 pm »

At Quartzite this year I found a old Frantom combination 10" saw and 3 position 8" grinder/polisher. Idaho rock shop?? had it. Since I  had just finished restoring an early Frantom polisher/grinder, I was intrigued . It came with the factory stand and cabinet. It was both interesting and nicely done. 1/2 of the sawblade had completely rusted away so I'm sure it would need some work, chuckle. But however, he  was asking $300 and I was only willing to go $150, with that amount of spread, there was no use in bargaining. It was fun looking it over.

There was no pressing need,I had already picked up two Poly arbors, a D14 and a big 10" with 2" guards, so we didn't need anymore arbors and the wife already had a old Loritone 10" saw. I would think separate  arbors would be easier to work.  But they weren't without work as well, two hoods and four trays. My wife's comment, you can make them out of aluminum and practice you welding.
 

Tony @ Idaho Rock Shop is a good guy, his equipment is usually pretty competitively priced. I've seen HP versions of those combination units with stand and cabinet go for much more. Good pickups on the poly arbors, they're usually worthwhile investments.
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2019, 06:28:55 pm »

Yeah, we talked a fair bit about rebuilding machines. Thanks for giving his address, someone else could have chance for a fine machine. It wasn't his price ,rather my project enthusiasm was the limiting factor. I still thought about it for a couple of days afterwards. It could be special. I picked up a 2ton arbor press today, one of the Polys needs a new belt, his recommendation on Poly arbors. And where do you think those Nova/Galaxy wheels for the arbors came from ? I was once told it's a good practice to give your wife diamonds.
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