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Maria

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Buying a slab saw
« on: February 26, 2019, 02:04:11 PM »
Hi all, I'm new to the forum and I'm looking into buying a new 14-16inch slab saw from either Lortone, Highland Park or Diamond Pacific. So far I wasn't very successful with my online research so I'm hoping that someone might be able to point me in the right direction. :)
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Re: Buying a slab saw
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2019, 05:48:49 PM »
Welcome Maria. Not sure if you've checked out the host of this forum but if you haven't thismay be worth a look: https://www.aussiesapphire.com.au/sawing/saws
Failing that, try and find a lapidary club in your area, they may be able to help you decide.
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Re: Buying a slab saw
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2019, 07:48:51 AM »
Hi,


Unfortunately, Lortone have stopped making their slab saws recently.
This is directly due to a conpetitor (Highland Park??) copying their design, making them in China but refusing to stock spare parts for which they send customers back to Lortone.  To rub salt into the wound, Lortone's machines are subject to Trump's new tariffs on the materials (causing a significant increase in costs) but for some strange reason, the Chinese made versions are not subject to the tariffs making it even tougher for Lortone to compete.  They have therefore decided to pull the pin on slab saws which is difficult for us as a dealer but we understand their reasoning on this.


Have not dealt with the other two companies on slab saws.


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Re: Buying a slab saw
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2019, 03:41:08 PM »
Hi Maria
You can purchase a slab saw from LAPIDARY SLAB SUPPLIES  in Mackay QLD . Just call Scott on 0749593845 or 0429991344 . They have rugged slabsaws the designs are old fashion and proven too last the test of time . Aussie built . They answer the phone you deal directly with the makers and they use there own saws . I do not think anyone else has slabsaws in stock in Aus . With the exit of Gemmaster and Lortone . And no stockist of Highland Park in Aus its not easy . Good luck trying to buy in the usa and try and ship to Aus . If you really want Highland Park machines try Glen Archer at Outback mining in WA . He may be able to help . And Aradon gems in QLD share a tent with Highland park in Arizona each year . Good luck .

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Re: Buying a slab saw
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2019, 06:33:27 AM »
Hi Maria, how did you go with the rock saw? I am actually looking to buy something similar.
Thanks, Missy.

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