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 on: Today at 01:11:08 PM 
Started by mearic71 - Last post by Tippin8609
Mike, I am new to this forum but have been cutting for years. I own seven saws, but my husband and I have been buying and refurbishing equipment for the past ten years. My two favorite saws are a fourteen inch 1964 Highland Park and a 18 in. 1970’s Highland Park. I also run the lapidary shop for our rock club, which has five saws- a brand new (12 months) Highland Park 14 auto feed, an old Lortone 14in.,  another older Highland park 18in. and a couple trim saws. We decided on a Highland Park for the workshop’s new saw because of the easy set-up for beginners, and my love of the efficiency and dependability of the older Highland saws. We have had problems with this saw almost immediately, along with poor support from Highland Park. After speaking with Roland at Highland Park about the poor tech support he explained this  one of the reason’s they left and moved back to Ma. was difficulty in getting decent help. The saw bearings went out within seven months. We didn’t receive any type of manual with the saw, and when we inquired were told to go to Utube to read about it. We were also told by support it had sealed bearings. It does not, and they are not easy to access. It does not have a set screw( it has a place to put one) but we’re told it wouldn’t need one for years. Already an issue. We were told that the vise would need adjusting every three months( it does) and we could find the video on, yep, Utube. So we installed the new bearings, readjusted the vise, and so far so good. Unfortunately, if there had not been a good many experienced lapidariest AND machinist’s here it would have been very difficult to navigate. Love the old machines, probably at this point wouldn’t buy another new Highland Park. I hope this helps some,  Karen

 on: Today at 12:14:38 PM 
Started by Phishisgroovin - Last post by Phishisgroovin
I have this rough jade, locale unknown.
I am trying to find out what i can sell it for to get hunting money together for this Wednesday.
Any ideas?

Yes, one side is polished.

 on: Today at 11:58:38 AM 
Started by Colette - Last post by gemfeller
Welcome from Southern California.  I have lots of cabs available, let me know what you need.

 on: Today at 11:16:36 AM 
Started by CedarTree1325 - Last post by Jhon P
If you have a small piece of lapis you could crush it and mix it into 330 epoxy and fill the damaged area than grind and repolish. So you don’t have a clear area showing

 on: Today at 11:11:13 AM 
Started by Colette - Last post by Jhon P
Welcome from Nevada

 on: Today at 10:50:07 AM 
Started by Colette - Last post by Stonemon
Welcome from the west side of the central Cascade Mountains in Oregon. Lots of cutters here...

 on: Today at 10:26:46 AM 
Started by Colette - Last post by Colette
Hello everyone,
My name is Colette, and I live in West Virginia. I do a lot of wire wrapping, therefore I am always looking for some interesting stones, and that's how I stumbled into this forum.Glad to be here.

 on: Today at 10:01:10 AM 
Started by CedarTree1325 - Last post by CedarTree1325
Thank you for the quick reply!
Yes, the stone Im concerned about is a lapis, where a tiny corner of about 1/32 broke off. The stone is in a noticeable and precarious area of the bracelet, so a repair is needed. I made the bracelet two years ago, and the owner is just now getting it to me. I would like to grind down the stone to be flush with the bezel area, but I feel that would still leave a pit, so a  slight build up of the pit/corner may be my only option. Thank you for the info on opticon and the two other options  :toothy10:.  I will research the 3 options you provided and, reply once again, should I have further questions. Kindest regards.

 on: Today at 07:07:49 AM 
Started by SATXCabs - Last post by edgarscale
sugilite, maybe

 on: Today at 06:55:13 AM 
Started by CedarTree1325 - Last post by hummingbirdstones
If your stone is solid and not crumbly or pitty, there's no need to treat your cabs.  Stabilizing stone decreases the value.

If you want to stabilize or fill pits in some material, there are a few options.  Opticon is an old standby.  You could also try Hxtal ( or Bond Optic (do a search - I've gotten it on Ebay, but haven't used it yet).

Hope that helps.

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