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General Discussion / Re: Help in identifying lapidary equipment
« on: October 03, 2019, 02:48:35 PM »
AlanMc, welcome to the forum. A VJ would be an expensive start for you. An excellent machine but a big payout particularly if you purchased new. GemMastas have been around for a long time and are fully rebuildable if required and can be converted to 12 volt if needed. The other stuff looks OK and I agree with the others insofar as count of replacing the grinding wheels with diamond rather than silicon carbide. Rusted has a good point with the spare parts for the Gemmasta, make sure it has spare dops, and at least a 96 and 64 index wheel. If it came with more, all the better. Being an older machine it may need servicing and the dops and wheels may be harder to come by. I'm not sure if they kept the same design dops throughout the years. Depending on the condition of the faceting machine I think you're on the money with your price. If they could throw in some stones as a sweetener, even better!

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Tell Us About Yourself / Re: Hi everyone
« on: September 26, 2019, 06:51:40 PM »
Glad to see you here Faceting Frank, you'll find quite a number of members here are also in the Australian Facetors Guild, myself being one. Don't be afraid to ask questions, because there's one thing you'll get here is suggestions or direct answers.

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Cabbing and More / Re: Problem with 6" Expander Wheel
« on: September 02, 2019, 02:50:18 PM »
Rusted, that is another possibility, nothing lasts forever!

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Cabbing and More / Re: Problem with 6" Expander Wheel
« on: September 01, 2019, 08:35:26 PM »
Sounds like you may have a belt that's a little large for the wheel. Our club has experienced what you describe before and it turns out that not all belts are exactly the same size. I would suggest some are made for metric wheels, some are for imperial. A difference of a couple of mill will make a difference.

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Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: facet cutting speed
« on: August 28, 2019, 08:35:31 PM »
Not sure if you'd need a more powerful motor than the 120 watt one. I suppose it depends on what your cutting and how fast you want to cut. I notice that in the latest 'Facet talk',  Horst Ricker is quoted as replacing a motor in a Hall 2000 with a 120 watt 12 volt motor. Horst as you know is a gun with this sort of thing and if it's good enough for him, I would suggest that it should be OK. As far as the speed goes, I would suggest that the slower one should be OK. Gemcuts in NSW are apparently converting GF4 and GF5s to 12 volt, might be worth giving them a ring to find out what RPM they are using.

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Not sure of the area, but could it be a clear coloured quartz, maybe citrine or smoky quartz.

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For Sale or Swap / Re: Faceting Designs Book
« on: August 05, 2019, 08:48:48 PM »
Had a quick look at your website, well done Makky. It looks very professional and shows off your work well.

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For Sale or Swap / Re: Faceting Designs Book
« on: August 02, 2019, 11:22:29 AM »
I think most know you well enough here to know that you aren't here to flog stuff off on a daily basis, Makky. I also think you could put a link or at least the name of your website for those that may want to look it up in the future.

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For Sale or Swap / Re: Faceting Designs Book
« on: July 25, 2019, 08:43:16 PM »
Well done Makkie! Looking forward to seeing your book on the best sellers list at the local bookshop! Seriously, I'd love to see what you've done, perhaps next time I'm down your way, I assume the club has a copy?

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General Discussion / Re: Am I Lucky, or What?
« on: June 25, 2019, 11:01:16 AM »
Nice to see the scammers using snail mail, it makes a nice change to the 'your computer is broken' phone calls we get.

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General Discussion / Re: lamberts
« on: June 25, 2019, 10:59:39 AM »
Actually, Makky, the parcel of small sapphires I sent to them (some time ago now) was returned with good meet points and no windowing. They were a lot cheaper then as well. Maybe I just caught a good cutter as then they had quite a few. Sapphireminer, did you ask them to cut as big a they could or did you request particular cuts as you can do both. I did request to cut as big as they could without calibration and was very happy with the results.

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General Discussion / Re: lamberts
« on: June 22, 2019, 08:07:02 PM »
I can assure you that they aren't scammers, they've been in the business for quite a while but as I mentioned are notoriously slow. Tailor Marc above just mentioned that he has waited for 8 months. I must admit though, that it's disappointing they haven't replied to your emails. All I can suggest is wait.

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General Discussion / Re: lamberts
« on: June 22, 2019, 04:51:23 PM »
They have always been slow, how long have your stones been away?

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Tell Us About Yourself / New Clubrooms
« on: May 31, 2019, 12:39:34 PM »
Hi all. For those that are travelling and would like to catch up with our club, the Burnie District Gemstone Club, I would like to advise that we are no longer at Highclere. We have secured a long term lease through the Burnie City Council on a building within the confines of the Wivenhoe trotting track. Entry is located on Smith St, Wivenhoe and as yet we do not have an official street number. Our sign will be going up in the next week although we have much work left to do to set up the new building. It's been a fairly hard 4 weeks of work to move, surprising how much rock a club can store! All contact details are still the same. Visitors are always welcome, even though there's not much to look at just yet. Give us a few weeks.

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Wanted / Re: gem rough Darwin to Broome
« on: May 10, 2019, 04:13:47 PM »
I did do a bit of specking while up that way last (2012) but without a bucket of water to wash potential agates, it was nearly impossible to pick them out in creek beds due to a covering of red dust/mud. I would suggest some form of water spray may be of assistance, similar to what you would use at Stratford in Victoria.

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