The little collection of machines and supplies I am trying to build is as follows:
- Hi-Tech 6" Slant Cabber (for cabs), but a lot of people go with a more professional unit such as the CabKing 6" or 8" models which are significantly more expensive.
- Hi-Tech 4" Trim Saw (a lot of people buy bigger saws for larger gems such as a 6" trim saw)
- Graves 5XL Faceting Machine
- Set of Faceting Laps
- Dop Station, Dops, and Wax
- Polish for Finishing
- Dial Caliper
Thanks pcampbell1 I'm just starting out. So I'm in the collecting of rocks stage but will need to start getting equipment to deal with them. Your list is very helpful and I plan on pricing them soon.
Hi pcampbell1. How is your hunt for the lapidary equipment going? I know it took me several years to get more than I need. It always seemed I went to buy some rocks or a rock collection and I would end up coming home with some equipment too. lol The wife was always so very happy when I got home too. yea right... But I got a lot of good stuff.
If I may make some suggestions, but you probably already know all this information. But you will need some different types of laps for polishing. Depending on the gems you are polishing different types of polish pair better with different types of polishing laps. But if you are going to get just one polishing lap get a good ceramic lap. You can keep it clean and use various types of polishes on it. Also you may want to consider some diamond for polishing nothing larger than 50,000. But 100,000 and/or some 200,000. And it takes hardly any to work. Your Graves Book should have all this information in it I would think.
I have a monster 6" trim saw. 😉 If you are going to use it for trimming gem material try to get the thinnest blade you can. You just have to be careful using it. Make sure you have good water to the blade and cut. But you can save on material and possibly get another gem out of the waste. My problem is my son likes to use it to trim his cab material on it and isn't quite so careful it I find the blade with a bit of a wobble or the diamond is pretty much shot when I want to use it. The bugger. lol
You are going to have a great setup. Graves is a higher end faceting machine. You will have fun, a bit frustrating at the beginning, but once you get it figured out, it is personally rewarding.
Thanks for the advice OlYellar! I am still working on saving for some of the equipment. It always seems like I have more time for my hobbies during the winter too. Summer has been so busy so I have taken a small break from anything gem related.
But im sure ill be back into it soon!
I am generally more active outside in the summer. But old and crippled up some I don't get out in the creek or mountains anymore looking for stuff. So I try to do outdoor projects that my wife would kill me if I considered doing it in the house. lol But I do slab in the summer when the oil is warm. At least the large saw, the pump can do that think oil. But the faceting and cabbing are great indoor projects. Heck if you are in or close to gem areas summer time is for gem prospecting anyway. Those honey-do's will wait until next weekend. 😉 And the next weekend and the next...... Then the spouse.... Well if you are married. lol