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Congratulations to Sandsave and his Jackpot Jasper Cab!

Another cabochon contest coming soon!

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 on: Today at 05:44:20 AM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by Orrum
Uuuuuy that's nice!

 on: October 16, 2017, 09:22:21 PM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by hummingbirdstones
Holy smokes, that one's gonna be hard to beat!

Guess I need to cut something extra special to compete with that.

Come on, y'all let's see what you've got   :WEEEE:

 on: October 16, 2017, 08:21:37 PM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by Jhon P
Preform and the finished cab. Had a hard time getting the glare of the light bulb not to show up

 on: October 16, 2017, 08:19:19 PM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by Jhon P
I have had this slab of Rhodochrosite for a couple of years now, I figured it was time to cut it and I just as well enter it in the contest. I was hoping to get three stones out it but it fractured when I cut it.

 on: October 16, 2017, 07:11:04 PM 
Started by Asianfire - Last post by Asianfire
 :LOLOL: Till the next one comes around...... :coffee1: :DRUNKS:

 on: October 16, 2017, 06:08:27 PM 
Started by mearic71 - Last post by mearic71
Thanks for the information. Me thinks I will take I ride over and see if I can kick some tires and do a little more research.
Thanks again

 on: October 16, 2017, 06:03:25 PM 
Started by Eric686 - Last post by Eric686
Thanks for the heads up Yes I am using SC wheels I will just not do that anymore I kinda knew it was a bad idea.

 Any Ideas for flat lap plans or links to some?

 on: October 16, 2017, 05:40:58 PM 
Started by Asianfire - Last post by ileney
"I think I hate you.  That fire agate beetle is amazing."

") :) :) Nahh, the last one was better......"

OK, I hate you more now.

 on: October 16, 2017, 04:49:56 PM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by hummingbirdstones
What, no entries this month?

We still have 15 days left.  I'll sweeten the pot with some slabs from my stash to the winner if we get more than 5 entries.   :coffee1:

 on: October 16, 2017, 03:46:58 PM 
Started by mearic71 - Last post by irockhound
From the Highland Park website.

"We chose the Highland Park Style slab saw because we believe this design is the very best.  We admire the pioneering work that HP did to create saws that are still in use after 50 years.  Before building our own saws, we first checked to see if there were any active HP trademarks or patents.  We found that there had been a trademark filed (but never granted) in 2005 but was abandoned in 2008 by Barranca Diamond.  We had heard that Contempo had purchased Highland Park related assets so we called up Bill Ritter (who owned Contempo) to see if what he could tell us about it.  We had a great chat with him and learned a little about HP’s history and he verified that there were never any patents on the designs.  Based this research, we filed for the Highland Park Lapidary trademark in 2009 was granted it in 2010 by the US Patent and Trademark Office.  While we are in no way associated with the original Highland Park Manufacturing Company, the equipment we manufacture meets or exceeds original specifications and our replacement parts fits much of the equipment made in the 1950’s 60’s and 70’s."
Although this may be what they have written in response to the Highland design,  You may also notice that the new Chinese made Highland saws have also borrowed heavily if not more the Lortone designs for their 12" and 10" models that they now also make in China.   

Now my personal experience with Highland park was buying an 18" saw before I found out that they really weren't related to the original Highland company.  I asked to also buy all the parts that would wear and need replacing and the sold me a couple bushing but not the split nut that is brass and is what controls the vice down the feed rod This is probably be the first thing that wears out on your saw.  I tried ordering a new set from Highland.  It took me over 4 months to get the split nuts meanwhile the saw was out of commission.  I had also ordered the 10 and 12" saws and waited months and each time the date got shoved back again and again.  I did not get updates from Highland at any time, they sat quiet so each month I would have to call and ask where are my saws or parts and every time it would oh we ran into some issue and they have been pushed back another 3 to 4 weeks.  I finally called Lortone and asked if Highland had bought any rights to their saws and then cancelled my orders with Highland.   Good luck if you need parts for the saws or even if they don't have the saw ready to ship.  I'll spend the extra money and buy lortone.

The one thing I do like about Highland is that they have a better adjustment for the arbor plate that allows you to micro adjust the blade from the top without having to try to hold a wrench under the arbor plate in the oil like the Lortone.

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