Why is this machine on its last leg ? You can replace the bearings,
the shaft, and the wheels. Most are still available from the company
which bought out Highland Park. ( Diamond Pacific, I believe) Is Your
machine a 6" or 8" ? The Shaft can be purchased or fabricated by any
machinest and at a reasonable price. The Bearings are a stock item at
most larger bearing supply houses. And while You have the shaft out,
replace the v belt as well.
If you do not have the experience or equipment to do this work, find
an experienced maintaince mechanic or Millwright to do the work and
swap out work or pay them.
If You are intrested give me a reply off list and I will tell what You
need to know, as I have a Highland Park combo machine my self and I
am a retired Millwright ( 30 yr.) I enjoy Lapidary and Photography as
well as the jewelry arts. There are alternatives, though to buying a
Genie ( I have one as well)
If You are determined to get a new machine, let me know how much You
want for the remains of Your Highland Park machine and I will talk
about purchasing it from You for use as spare parts.
I am glad for the oportunity to put back into this forum just a
little of what I recieve from it.
ROBB - Retired Old Baby Boomer