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Re: Highland park
« Reply #15 on: December 25, 2018, 04:32:25 PM »

    Last year I ordered parts for two old saws from the new HP.  Everything was received in less than 2 weeks. I called in the order and all went really smooth. I have heard more good than bad about new HP equipment.
    Lortone:  I have worn out a couple 18 inch Lortone saws, 1970 era builds. They were great for the money.  Never had a saw yet that did not wear out split nuts. They are meant to wear out so your shaft and motor do not.
    Same shi.. with cars, phones and other new equipment.  Build it cheap, quick and light weight. Low bid gets you .....   right.  So, I am glad the New HP at least kept the design.  And guess where the metal came from to build your car, refrigerator, and other stuff.  Maybe you got lucky and got some metal out of Cascade Steel that recycles old American steel into new American steel but not likely.
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Re: Highland park
« Reply #16 on: December 26, 2018, 06:27:53 AM »

Some steel used here comes from China but it is universally poor quality and manufacturers are very careful about where they use it;  Stressed and wear parts are never made from Chinese steel in this country.  Even in China steel is imported for high quality products.  Castings from China are also total crap.  They just haven't figured wout how to build metal processing equipment.  At to those split nuts, if they are brass, they are not the same as the Original Highland Park parts.  The originals were bronze.  That is a huge difference in wear resistance.
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« Reply #17 on: December 26, 2018, 10:22:04 AM »

I hate to disabuse you of that notion that stressed steel parts aren't made of Chinese steel. I worked in a wire mill. One of the products was precast concrete strand. It's the stuff that reinforces those concrete overpass beams. Because Chinese rod was so cheap,(Chinese government subsides) even with the down time from process breakages , Chinese 1080 was used, it was cost effective. Chinese strand imports (even greater Chinese government subsides) pushed us out of the market and the plant closed down. I retired. Think of that when you drive on the freeway.

When we made wire for aircraft carrier cable, we used Japanese steel, and only with certain batches. Batch to batch, steel quality will vary.  Mind you over half the batches of Kobe Steel were allowed.

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« Reply #18 on: December 26, 2018, 12:02:23 PM »

    Back in the day, 1980's, I worked in metallurgy, ie Eddy Current non-destructive testing of steel for industry. Steel for bearings, camshafts, transmissions and more. I will say " some companies" did test the crap out of our steel for some products. The fun of watching red hot steel flying over your head while it went from 8 inch square to 1/4 inch rolled wire is hard to describe. All it took was good management or a bad lawsuit and industry would start testing. Yep, USA Steel and it had defects too. Pretty sure we still test important stuff before it goes into cars and planes. You can usually have cheap or good, rarely both. Not sure how much testing anyone would do for a 10 dollar cast iron part for a rock saw?????
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Re: Highland park
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2019, 07:36:41 PM »

Just found out highland park moved 5 minutes away from me. Might be time to start looking into getting a rock saw. Thoughts? Anyone use the their new saws.
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Mike

I realize I'm a bit late, perhaps on this but in answer to your question. My first slab saw was/is a Lortone LST 12 the bearings needed to be replaced. I decided to clean it, take it apart and replace the bearings. The design, I found is not user friendly. The project was completed and is satisfactory.

With that said I decided to purchase a real slab saw. I purchased a 16" Highland park slab saw. You may be thinking why not a larger saw. First of all, it is made to last. I have found, is well made, durable, and most affordable compared to other manufacturers. This SC had to get the crate to my basement, unload it and assemble the final apparatus. Then as I found out, the 16 inch will take about as large/heavy a rock as I can handle. After having the saw for a while. I reviewed the Highland Park 12" and decided with the additional features this saw has, better construction, added features as opposed to the LST 12. I obtained one of these saws also.

I am not disappointed and I don't miss the coolant showers I used to get when the off switch would kick on my LST 12 when adjusting rock in vise for a new cut.   You will not be disappointed. I still have the Lortone LST 12 that I would be willing to sell/part. These two (2) new highland park saws will last longer than I will. Hope this helps. They are user friendly and customer oriented. Keep us posted and updated as you search this out. IV   
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« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2019, 01:32:11 PM »

OK .. I'm just reporting in feb of 2019.   I just bought a Highland Park 14" ... its all the same saw as the design was never patented or there patent has expired.  Looks just like the covington 14 I just gave away best I can tell (I don't have it yet). I called, talked to a helpful rep .... ordered saw, they said about two weeks .. ti was about two weeks and go a call it was shipping.  Good comunication.... maybe they are getting their act together.  I sent several emails ... and go replies promptly.  Kelly .. the rep .. kept me update on when it was going to ship and when she was going to charge my card for the remainder (had to put down a deposit). Overall .. ti was a pretty positive experience.  They were very communicative.  I just hope I like the saw.
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« Reply #21 on: February 20, 2019, 10:04:02 AM »

So, assuming this 14" HP saw does arrive sometime soon ... I'm inclined to go ahead and get whatever spare parts I might need for the duration.  What do I need to order ... split rings for the feed I know ... does the feed screw wear out?   Am assuming I can find a mother ... and the bearings are just standard pillow blocks ... right?  Are the HP parts exclusive to the new HP?   I know this particular design has been manufactured by several folks .. so will say a split ring from someone else like Covington fit the HP saw??
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« Reply #22 on: February 20, 2019, 04:14:32 PM »

Just looking at the web page, they do have great web pages. I would say No. They use a twist to engage. That brass nut might be their own design, it's really clever, but it's not the common plier  type clamp. I would think about stock piling a few.
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