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Ask a "Silly" Question / Re: australian made Cabbing machines
« on: March 21, 2021, 10:54:45 AM »
I've had a Robuilt Cabbing machine for about 20 years and have been satisfied with the job it does, the machines are made in Melbourne, the only thing I have had to do is recently replaced a bearing.

Gemstone Faceting / Re: Epoxy letting go
« on: December 02, 2020, 10:15:51 AM »
I have used 2 Pak Epoxy for ten years now, no problem with the stones falling off the dop, when it comes time to remove the stone, I soak it in Acetone, no heat needed, the stone just falls off after about two hours or you can remove after an hour with a stanley knife if in a hurry, the Acetone softens the glue.

Gemstone Discussions / Re: Illegal mining near Inverell
« on: November 27, 2020, 09:27:39 AM »
well done

Saws and Diamond Blades / Diamond Cutting Blades
« on: November 06, 2020, 01:06:10 PM »
Hi learned people, I have used a 7" MK303 diamond sinter blade on my Lorton trim saw for about ten years, just recently I purchased a new blade and was cutting Petrified Wood, id cut three pieces of the stone each about 6x3 into 5mm slices when id finished cutting the wood, I had no diamond cutting edge left and was down to the metal of the blade.  Can anybody tell me what I am doing wrong, as these blades have been great for Agate, but its the first time I've actually cut petrified wood with them.

Help ;)

Gemstone Faceting / Re: Findings
« on: November 06, 2020, 12:59:16 PM »
Good luck with them, since Palloy have taken over A&E Mail Ordering instead of taking two days they have taken 10 days just to get their invoice out to me.

Ask a "Silly" Question / Slabbing saw, leaking oil
« on: August 13, 2020, 04:55:02 PM »
I have an old Lorton Slabbing saw with a 14" blade, the saw is in good working order, but recently I have had to replace the old motor.  Since installing the new motor, I have had oil leaking out the front of the saw cover, any suggestions how I can seal the leak.  I have gone from a 1/3hp motor to 1/2 hp motor would this be what is causing the problem.


Winston  I have the Lorton 33B and have had no trouble with it for  past ten years, I have this model as I also do Silversmithing and use one barrel of rock off cuts and the other for burnishing the silver. 

Thanks Phil I will try the rough quartz and see how I go. beers

Phil, I have the same problem with diamond wheels, nice and smooth stone without scratch's at 600, I then go to the 1200 and scratch's appear.  I was getting a good polish when I used Silicon Carbide Wheels, have used them for years up to about five years ago but am thinking of going back to them, diamond wheels aren't as good as I was told.  I guess this doesn't help with your laps but I have a similar problem.

Cabbing and More / Re: Where to Buy Slabs/Rough for Cabbing
« on: July 10, 2020, 10:03:38 AM »
Yes agree with Bucket, Crystalworld Devon Meadows is a great spot, loads of material and it like a rockhound Lolly Shop hotthirsty

Cabbing and More / Re: Marking Out Cabochons
« on: July 04, 2020, 03:58:13 PM »
Yep I use the same Aluminium Wire or pencil, for dark stones

after reading your post last week, I can sympathys with you, was laying down digging out some crystals last Sunday, twisted to get my rock pick and heard a pop and pain in my right ribs, you guessed it cracked a rib, anyhow we can compare wounds, who said rock hunting wasn't a dangerous sport ;D

Quick recovery Jimnyjerry beers

Tell Us About Yourself / Re: Number of wheels in a car
« on: April 11, 2020, 11:17:54 AM »
Ghost, when I left school, I trained as an Assayor with a Geo Exploration team, travelling around the country for Aberfoyle resources, back then I had no interest in collecting rocks, but took a lot of samples around Australia in our research.  Know I wish I had taken a couple of samples and put in those white sample bags I use to pile up in the Laboratory, still know the locations but in the past 40 years, most of them have been turned into National Parks.

Im cleaning up about two 40 litre buckets of Boulder Opal, I've had for 20 years and didn't realise how good the pieces are, my trip saw and wheels are a mess, but the Boulder is beautiful.   Next will be my opal from Lightning Ridge, if my fingernails can hack it. hotthirsty

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