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 on: Today at 05:24:06 PM 
Started by kanecats - Last post by Slabbercabber
1/2 hp would work but I would go with 3/4.  I like a little overhead so the motor does not get as warm.

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 on: Today at 10:15:47 AM 
Started by Lydia - Last post by Lydia
Take one of the pieces with a sharp corner and try to make a scratch on glass with it. It can be anything like an old empty glass salad oil bottle. If it produces a scratch that you can feel with your fingernail it's likely NOT turquoise. More likely a type of agate like gem silica which is colored by copper.
No scratch was made on the glass...There you have it folks.  After doing some research on the other options mentioned, I was leaning toward turquoise so it seems likely that this is turquoise, which makes me happy. Love , love, love turquoise!

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 on: Today at 09:43:48 AM 
Started by kanecats - Last post by 55fossil
   My Frantom 18 inch has a 1/2 HP motor and works great. I have a 24 inch Covington with a 110/220 VAC motor. It was running on 220 when I purchased it. I changed it to 110 as that is the power I had in the barn. It cuts just fine on 110. But, I have run 220vac to the barn now and plan on changing over just to see if there is a difference.  Go Frantom's........

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 on: Today at 08:43:00 AM 
Started by kanecats - Last post by Stonemon
I run a 24" Frantom with 1 hp. It has no trouble with power. I think a 3/4 horse would be plenty. I have never seen one of these powered by a 240v. Seems like that would work fine but is not necessary.   My 2 cents...

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 on: Today at 07:22:07 AM 
Started by kanecats - Last post by kanecats
Hi All,
Just got a 14" Frantom and the motor is fried. It has the original 1/3 HP motor. Folks have recommended to me to bump up to a 3/4 HP motor and I wanted to get opinions from those of you running these saws. Anyone running 220?

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 on: June 17, 2018, 08:55:15 PM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Good variety of colors there. Thanks for the info.

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 on: June 17, 2018, 04:47:49 PM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by Redrummd
They are just now getting some of this new Jasper listed on Ebay.  Do a search for caldera jasper and you will find the listings.

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 on: June 17, 2018, 04:30:53 PM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by Redrummd
Here are photos of some slabs of the Caldera Paint Jasper I have cut and marked for doing knife scales with!

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 on: June 17, 2018, 04:28:41 PM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by Redrummd
Okay, here are some photos of my share of the Caldera Paint Jasper, Badger Den Jasper and Gary Green jasper rough we brought back on this trip, probably 600 to 700 pounds!

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 on: June 17, 2018, 03:47:32 PM 
Started by Jhon P - Last post by socalagatehound
Thanks, Michael!

Even though I'm now scratching McDermitt off of my trip list, I wish Dale all of the luck in the world. I hope he finds killer material in every spot so we can buy it from him.

Hope he finds some Purple Cow with deep purple swirls.  :headbang:

And maybe a bunch of Amy Sage with dendritic scenes highlighted with bright purple.  :headbang:

You can place my order now... :drool:

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