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grumpy

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2 wheel cabber
« on: February 28, 2019, 01:11:58 PM »
hi looking for info on a 2 wheel cabber that am getting for $50.00 of a friend he has put 2 fair condition wheels on it for me but i will have to get a electric motor for it and a drive pully and drive belt what size motor and what size pully for the motor and at what revs is the norm for it  it is a old machine  his father owned it then gave it to him years ago i have no idea of a make or model as i will pick it up tomorrow when i pick up my cut stones Droo i may be jumping the gun a bit but as it comes with 2 wheels would it be better to get other grit wheels or buy expanding  wheels then the next question is silicon carbide belts or diamond belts i will be stuffing up LOL cabbing agate and quartz stone while learning the trade all or any info would be a great help thanks
« Last Edit: February 28, 2019, 01:22:45 PM by grumpy »

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Re: 2 wheel cabber
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2019, 04:54:46 PM »
If it's an old machine it will probably come with Silicon carbide, use it and wear them out then decide how you go, Diamond is heaps better but a lot dearer to set up but they also last a lot longer than silicon carbide so are probably cheaper in the long run.
For the electric motor check out flea bay, I equipped my new setup with Chinese motors from an Ebay seller in Melbourne for around $120 each. Quarter or third HP should be enough for two wheels.

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Re: 2 wheel cabber
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2019, 08:15:15 AM »
thanks rusted i will check out flea bay beers

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Re: 2 wheel cabber
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2019, 11:19:38 AM »
hi rusted thanks for the link but as it turned out he found the motor for it the cabber has been butchered a bit shane said that his father did it to fit a saw to one end the other end has been chopped a bit too but i am not complaining easy fix i got 4 8"x 1 1/2" hard diamond wheels with it but only one wheel has the grit marked on it is there any marks that might indicate what grit the other wheels are shane did not know i will give it a good clean bit of grease new plastic hose and some spacer's from aussie lapidary and it will be good to go  i think it is a lortone hard to tell someone painted it in silver frost even the makers plate got a coating even with the 2 extra wheels and motor he stuck to the $50.00 buy price me thinks me in front a long long way beers

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Re: 2 wheel cabber
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2019, 03:19:01 AM »
Hi Grumpy

I agree with Rusted, all my cabbing machines have 1/4 HP motors. My machines are 6 inch wheels so I dont know about 8 inch wheels, but I think 1/4 should be enough.
When I started cutting I bought a two wheel machine, the annoying thing is that you have to keep it very clean because of contamination. If you cut and sand a stone on the machine the machine gets dirty with little bits of stone and bits of Silicon carbide.
If Those pieces get on your polishing lap your polished stone will have ugly scratches. So be carefull that you clean the machine before you put on the polishing lap. Also clean the stone and dop before polishing!
Best to be "obsessive and paranoid" about your polishing lap,  ;D ;D ;D (can save you a lot of frustration)

Good luck cutting stones!

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Re: 2 wheel cabber
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2019, 11:57:22 AM »
I think I've got a 1/2hp on mine as it was the same price as a 1/3hp and I am turning a lot of wheels. I'd go with 1/3hp.


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Re: 2 wheel cabber
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2019, 02:08:34 PM »
thanks for the info giel i thought you would have to be obsessive paranoid cleaner with a 2 wheel cab don't want to transfer 1 grit to another or polishing laps same with the tumblers clean clean clean is there any way of telling what grit the wheel's are there is 1 with 240 on it but nothing on the other 3 with the finger rub test 2 are about the same grit and the other one feels about the same as the 240 buggared if i know beers

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Re: 2 wheel cabber
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2019, 02:24:31 PM »
thanks makkybrown got the motor with it haven't had a look at it yet if it is no good bound to find 1 in the shed that is suitable few spares in there from the days long gone with the vegie grading euipment but the way things go they will all have to many horses new to the game did not know what hp to run now i have got a starting hp it makes the choosing easier  beers

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