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 on: Today at 10:10:02 PM 
Started by mearic71 - Last post by irockhound
I have had no trouble with the metal.  The half nuts have worn out and at a couple years old the front feed switch burned out last night causing the saw to run all night.  Other than the slow parts ordering these are the only issues I have had with it.

 on: Today at 07:30:09 PM 
Started by mearic71 - Last post by bilquest
Please report back. I've creeped the HP website many times and watched all the videos about their saw enhancements. They certainly seem to be building on good ideas and introducing some great innovations in an otherwise dead industry. Their prices are great as well! However, the China connection has me a little sketched out. I was reading a forum post (can't remember where) about a disgruntled customer who bought a new HP saw only to wear it out in about a year. He said the metal was sub-standard and all the tolerances got blown in short order. I'm heartened by previous posters in this thread who are happy with the equipment and am hopeful they have rectified any quality problems they may have had.

I'm not sure how much life my LS-12 has left. It's already older than I am (that's really old) and held together with bailing wire and sundry make-shifts from the Ace Hardware particle drawers. I would love to place my order to HP, but would feel even better if there were a few more positive reinforcements.

 on: Today at 07:05:15 PM 
Started by John Robinson - Last post by Ryaly2dogs about a "flash back"!  Great colors.  thanks

 on: Today at 07:03:36 PM 
Started by melhill1659 - Last post by Ryaly2dogs
Awesome post ladies:  One of the best trip reports I have seen.  It's not always about the haul, the the experience.   :Worthy:

 on: Today at 06:42:21 PM 
Started by John Robinson - Last post by vitzitziltecpatl
Reminds me of stuff I saw under a black light in the 70's. Maybe. That's all a bit hazy looking back now... .

 on: Today at 10:16:51 AM 
Started by John Robinson - Last post by John Robinson
I was farting around in Photoshop and was planning to post a few ramped images on Facebook, but I thought you all might enjoy these - just for fun

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 on: Today at 06:18:32 AM 
Started by JJRO - Last post by Slabbercabber
Took me a moment to figure out how this works but it's pretty ingenious.  I've never seen this one before.

 on: October 18, 2017, 07:17:00 PM 
Started by John Robinson - Last post by Barclay
here is what i would look for in a perfect amethyst.  Nice deep purple, but not so dark as to be opaque.  You should see red and blue flashes from incandescent light as it hits the facets.  Even color throughout the stone.  The cut should reflect all the the light through the table.  No "windows" that let you see all the way through the stone when looking through the table.  No visible inclusions. A girdle that is appropriate for the stone size.  No big band around the stone and no knife edge shaped girdle.

 on: October 18, 2017, 05:04:41 PM 
Started by hummingbirdstones - Last post by Sandsave
I would like a sphere of pietersite, nice work!
Here is a piece of Nephi petrified wood I collected a couple weekends ago. This is totally healed, but you can see it was tortured at one time! A little darker than I hoped for. Polished both sides take your pick.

 on: October 18, 2017, 04:36:19 PM 
Started by JJRO - Last post by JJRO
Found this interesting tip for determining specific density - I'll give it go and report back

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