Diamond Pacific makes a stainless steel body/diamond blade- trim saw
that looks nice.
Having a very easy way to get to the water or oil reservoir(no tool)
is something to consider when laying out $300+ for a new saw. I am
pretty sure it just flips up and you dump a molded bucket. Raytec
makes a nice one, also. Most rock clubs use them.
I used a tile saw to start out also- but after joining a local Gem
and Mineral Society. Was able to find a used trim saw pretty
easyjust don’t get in a big hurry & one will find you. I am on
my second one now after refurbishing the 1st and selling it when a
better one came up.
On a budget- get a two place arbor (Poly is an old brand you find on
Ebay occasionally) & put two 6" Raytec expanding drums on. Your able
to purchase diamond belts in 6" relatively inexpensive. You must
screw the arbor to a heavy chunk of painted plywood or build a table
to mount it. Taking diamond belts on and off to change from 220 to
3,000mesh is simple.
Aquarium pumps, flex hose and a brass 3 way- provide the air for a
homemade bubbler/coolant system with a little ingenuity. Catering
line stainless pans can be found in a metal scrap yard for a few
dollars. Cut out one side with a Sawsall or Saber Saw/metal cutting
blade/filing and sanding the sharp edges.
You can make wheels from wood if you know a meticulous crafts person
with a lathe.
—Even a wood rasp and a fine file will work/determination.
– Any hardwood, epoxy and diamond bort will fashion a functional
- Pink Ivory wood was mentioned by author and carver; Henry Hunt, as
—Eye protection for every possible scenario, please.
Lapidary in Austin, Texas, USA