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Congratulations to ToTheSummit and his Laguna Lace cab!

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 on: Today at 05:10:33 AM 
Started by irockhound - Last post by Slabbercabber
Lowering the voltage on an induction motor will not cause it to run slower but it will cause increased amperage draw resulting in a burned out winding.  This is why brownouts burn up refrigerator and furnace motors.

 on: April 24, 2017, 11:07:04 PM 
Started by Asianfire - Last post by Asianfire
Went up to the cabin on Sunday morning. A dreadful day, raining most of the day.
But saw some weird and fascinating blooms on the way. There seems to be always something new to dicover.

Trees that are in full bloom (no idea as to name)

Some iris, I presume

After finding out the name. "Dancing Crane Cobra Lily", I had to get a picture explaining the dancing crane in that.
Single stem, branching out to form the leaves, giving the appearance of wings.....

Found this cheater. :) very small, creeping along the floor. Needs to stand out, so produces between one to three white leaves to increase chances of detection.

But the prize for weirdness, must go to this fella (no idea about name)

Nothing special as such? OK, lets have a closer look

No wonder, that one feels watched at any and all times. Even plants are watching you...... :) :) :)

 on: April 24, 2017, 08:38:01 PM 
Started by irockhound - Last post by gemfeller
That's a great idea Steve but I don't think it addresses irockhound's problem.  Incidentally I've owned a Lortone LS-10 for a long, long time and it's cut many hundreds of slabs with no problem save one: Crown of Silver Psilomelane.  That's a topic for another thread. 

But the problem with at least some Lortone saws is that the feed mechanism is operated by an electric motor that's independent of the blade motor.  The two operate from the same power source but when the blade motor fails the feed motor keeps running because the power doesn't shut off.  The answer lies in some method of cutting power to the feed motor should the blade motor go kaput.  Unfortunately I'm not enough of an electrician to figure out how to do that.  The power line goes directly to the feed motor and that's connected by a separate cord to the blade motor on my saw.  I guess Lortone figures that motors last forever.  Fortunately for me I haven't had irockhound's problem...yet.

 on: April 24, 2017, 07:38:38 PM 
Started by vitzitziltecpatl - Last post by Mark
The new pic looks too shiny to match the original, i think i missed again.  I still have a bunch more green slabs to go thru, including many different Serpentine.  So i'll keep looking.  At least i'm having fun looking thru all my old pics that i haven't seen in awhile.

 on: April 24, 2017, 07:35:49 PM 
Started by vitzitziltecpatl - Last post by Mark
I found another candidate which looks closer than the other pics i posted.  This slab was listed by the dealer that i bought it from as Peacock Gold with Bornite, Pyrite, Chrysocolla, Copper. and Quartz.  See what you think.  So many green stones and so little time.

 on: April 24, 2017, 07:06:22 PM 
Started by Phishisgroovin - Last post by Phishisgroovin
this works, i just did it.
No more annoying insecure login pop down in the login line.

 on: April 24, 2017, 06:58:39 PM 
Started by irockhound - Last post by Steve Ramsdell
I have heard this complaint about the feed on Lortone saws being too fast for the blade.  I am thinking about getting one of these one day.  The idea I had was different and maybe to simplistic. I thought what if you rigged a rheostat on the power to the feed (sort of like a glorified dimmer switch).  With that you could adjust the speed for larger, smaller or harder and softer materials.

 on: April 24, 2017, 06:45:00 PM 
Started by GatorGal - Last post by Barclay
Seriously over priced, but beautiful

 on: April 24, 2017, 06:15:39 PM 
Started by Asianfire - Last post by Mark
Kurt, wow, so kool, what beautiful views and even incredible plants.  And the most important thing, is all the love it holds.

 on: April 24, 2017, 06:07:47 PM 
Started by GatorGal - Last post by Mark
Love the Pariaba Tourmaline.  One of the sweetest blues out there.  I was pretty shocked at the Ammonite for like $36K and then $45K or so with buyers premium.  That is whacked.  Boy they really have some of the nicest Petwood around, love the logs.

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