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Congratulations to irockhound and his Condor Agate cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: June 24, 2017, 11:36:56 PM 
Started by Enchantra - Last post by Enchantra
We are hoping to have everything finalized before the end of the weekend.  However as with all things, you never know when you might hit a glitch.  Please be patient with us!

 on: June 24, 2017, 09:55:49 PM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by Stonemon
I am you glad you got a saw Neal. I have enjoyed the rough I got from you and know that you will make some gorgeous art with what you cut up...  Good luck on the Covington or whatever you wind up with.
We have kin near Yamhill... Maybe get to look you in the eye someday?
Best regards,

 on: June 24, 2017, 07:20:15 PM 
Started by Back - Last post by Rockoteer
I have some (a lot) of that hmwatever.  Is that what you usually find on the faces of table saw fences?  I will go see what I have and get back.  I replied to this post so I can find it easier.
back in a flash
What I have is 1/4" thick and varies in width from 11 1/2" to 18" and lengths up to 6'.

 on: June 24, 2017, 07:08:30 PM 
Started by Gergis - Last post by Enchantra
Nope still doesn't work. I've tried many times. Rather than go back and forth I gave up. I just wanna post without hassle.

Sent from my SM-G935P using Tapatalk

Good grief.
Randy had discovered the problem, rebuilt the forum area and had it working on his tapatalk.  My only guess is in backing up the forum it went to a time before he did the fix?
I'm about to head out to a gathering with my neighbors.  When I get back I will see if I can fix this now that I know how Randy fixed it the last time.

 on: June 24, 2017, 06:59:29 PM 
Started by Back - Last post by Rockoteer
I have some (a lot) of that hmwatever.  Is that what you usually find on the faces of table saw fences?  I will go see what I have and get back.  I replied to this post so I can find it easier.
back in a flash

 on: June 24, 2017, 06:06:39 PM 
Started by rockherder - Last post by rockherder
Thanks Slabbercabber.  I knew better than beating on the shaft or otherwise damaging the bearings.
What I couldn't determine was if a pully puller would work or if the pad was screwed on.

I called the folks at Richardson Ranch and they were helpful.
The motor shaft has an adapter collar connected by two set screws.
The sanding pad screws up and on the adapter in a CCW direction.
A pipe wrench and a pair of pliers and the pad is free.
I've connected a hook and loop pad and I'm back in business.

 on: June 24, 2017, 03:19:40 PM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by 55fossil
   Thanks, good input. I actually know of a 24 HP that is a much longer drive for less money. But, there are more considerations than a name. I can see and touch the Covington. Feel the bearings and all that stuff. The HP is very old and may even be in really good shape. But an all day drive to find out the HP may be a dud is not in my plans if the Covington turns out to be very nice...  thanks again,  neal

 on: June 24, 2017, 02:35:24 PM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by irockhound
A place holder for a cab in a couple days.  I want to post just to keep promoting people to enter it but I don't want it to be in the voting since I won last month if that's cool.

I started this cab earlier this month but have been in Texas for the last 9 days (first time not for rocks) for a cousins reunion.  We went to Fredricksburg which is an awesome little town in the hill country.  Only thing it needs is a rock shop in my opinion.  The cab this month is from a 5 dollar slab from the bargain trays at shows which I love looking thru.  Amazing how many 1 or 2 dollar slabs have great cabs in them on the cheap.

Just realized you can't post pics till the forum change.

 on: June 24, 2017, 01:58:49 PM 
Started by Gergis - Last post by irockhound
More sweet work there!  I always enjoy seeing your latest pieces.  I love both, the layering on the Jasper turned out perfect and the natural quartz face is always a winner.  Keep em coming.

 on: June 24, 2017, 01:45:33 PM 
Started by 55fossil - Last post by peruano
Covington is a good company.  I have no direct experience with the 24' but indeed have some feelings about the 14" that may be relevant to your thinking.  The 14 uses a secondary motor for the feed drive.  It also deploys a somewhat perplexing clutch in that feed screw setup.  It more or less works like an automotive clutch with two plates contacting with various degrees of friction depending on how tight a spring is adjusted.  This ideally is to allow the clutch to slip when the saw binds, or is pushing too fast against a stone that is hard or when using a blade that is too dull.  When it works it works.  When it needs adjustment (perhaps for special sawing situations) it can be a bit frustrating.  However, you can call Covington and their tech or ? person will take the time to talk to you about the eccentricities of adjustment. 
I'd certainly buy a Covington if the price was right and if . . . there wasn't a vintage HP standing beside it at the same price. 
Please understand this is based on a distinct model but some features like the feed mechanism are like to be the same.  I hope this helps. 

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