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Prestontucker

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Sphere Making Machine. What to buy?
« on: December 06, 2016, 09:08:42 PM »

Was wondering if anyone has any experience and advice on Sphere making machines.  Looking to purchase one in the near future and it looks like, as far as new goes, the two main choices are Covington and Highland Park.  Been searching the internet lately for used or homemade machines for sale but unable to find anything in my area.  Most likely going to go with a three head machine.  Notice HP makes an entry level machine in the $800 dollar range.  They classify this unit as a low speed machine.  Both Covington and HP make larger units in the $2500 range that are high speed.  Are there any advantages or disadvantages to high and low speed.  Looks like most of the Home-made units run at a lower rpm.  I'm new at this really looking forward to getting started.

Any advice would be welcomed.
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Re: Sphere Making Machine. What to buy?
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2017, 08:54:35 PM »

Hi...I'm also a newbie here.  There is some good info regarding building a machine...google... mac's sphere machine shop.  I had built one (no luck getting gear motors up here) using 3 makita variable speed drills instead....works pretty good...I am making them from 15/8" diameter geological drill core (which kind of helps...starting out with an already round rock rod)

Good luck with your projects.

Roger
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Jhon P

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Re: Sphere Making Machine. What to buy?
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2017, 09:56:00 PM »

I have two home made machines and a Covington three head
I much prefer the Covington it has multiple adjustments. The home made ones I got used with extra motors. One I have used up all the extra motors and now sets under the workbench. The other has different motors and have only replace one motor, I have one extra motor left. If you are going to get serious go with the Covington or the HP. Sandsave has the Hp high speed and a Covington two head he can tell you more about them. If you want to know the procedure I use I will be glad to help.
Get ready to spend $ the machine is just the start, you need grinding cups. Ect and big rocks and a bigger saw so you can cut bigger rocks because if you are like me bigger is better.
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Re: Sphere Making Machine. What to buy?
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2017, 06:00:23 AM »

The sphere thing is a expensive hobby to maintain but I do love them round rocks!
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Re: Sphere Making Machine. What to buy?
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2017, 06:06:07 AM »

If you are happy with small spheres it can be a lot cheaper.
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Re: Sphere Making Machine. What to buy?
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2017, 12:54:24 AM »

Expensive indeed but there is something alluring about "them round rocks"  I found and purchased an older Covington two head machine for real cheap and then decided to get an HP 3 head low speed machine.  Would love to get the HP high speed machine but just not in the budget.  I'm really impressed with the 3 head low speed machine by HP  no complaints.  Still learning but having some success already.  Been slowly purchasing sets of cups in different sizes and grits as the paycheck allows.  thinking about using the Covington for polishing stages and the HP for grinding but not sure.  Will experiment with both.  Its nice to have the option.  Its interesting to see the different results from a 2 head machine vs a 3 head.  Been practicing on some granite landscaping rock until I get my technique down.  Have a few 3" spheres in progress.  Will post pics when I get to the polishing stage.  Tried to rough in a few agates but ended up wrecking each one.  Not sure if was fractures in the stone or my technique.  So switched to the granite for now until my learning curve improves.  Made a few small spheres 3/4" with a technique I found on Youtube.  No sphere machine needed.  Works really well.  Having fun with that also.  Will update and post pics as time allows....
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Re: Sphere Making Machine. What to buy?
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2017, 06:12:15 AM »

The book
A Sphere Makers Craft. By Robert Ritchie  was a good resource for me.
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