Thanks for all the points folks. I have a tendency to build equipment
and get sidetracked by the build rather than the use! I am actually
spending a grant (around 4000 USD) and am limited by the conditions
as to what it is spent on. I am on the yahoo casting group - lots of
good data there. I may just be nervous about a centrifugal caster but
also have space considerations and if I need vacuum to invest why not
cast with it as well - made sense to me. Am I right in thinking that
most commercial casters use vacuum (apart from platinum obviously) ?
albeit possibly big Neutec units.
What I particularly crave are user experiences of particularly the
V.I.C unit as sold by Rio Grande.
I use Walsh a lot and they are a good company but even with a 10%
discount off the top US prices are lower and the current exchange
rates make them even better. My experience is also that the
equipment is often better - admittedly comparing mainly on Lapidary
gear eg Diamond Pacific.
Andy Parker, Agate House Lapidary
Ulverston, Cumbria, England
Tel: 01229 584023