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LAPIDARY ARTS and FACETERS DIGEST
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Issue No. 126 - Friday May 9, 2003
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Moderated by: Thurmond Moore III
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From the Moderator:

Short list today. I guess everyone decided to give me a three day
weekend.  Two post is no challange so everyone have a great
weekend and send in some post for Monday's List.

Thurmond
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TOPIC for this WEEK:  OPTICAL PERFORMANCE
and TECHNICALLY CORRECT CUTTING.
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Index to Today's Digest

01  RE: Gearloose Machines. Well..It's like this..
02  NEW: Saw blade questions.

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Message:01

Subject: Gearloose Machines. Well..It's like this..
Date: Thu, 08 May 2003 16:28:58 -0400
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com (LapidaryArtsDigest)
From: "Jonathan L. Rolfe" <webmaster@gearloose.com>

>  I have tried whining at Jon to produce machines but he
>just ignors me, durn it.   I would sell both my machines in a moment to buy
>one from him - heck, i would throw in my favorite rifle even ... why? because
>he cares, because he really really knows what he is doing and loves it,
>because he has incomparible machine skills.

Umm, Hey wait a minute. Forget what I said. I already have a 7.62X39 that I
used on a ceramic lap....but....

>Hi Bill,  I also wish Gearloose would start building machines. A total
>Gearloose Faceting solution has great appeal to me for the reasons you
>so correctly stated above.

I intend to someday, but at present I could not handle it, and here is why:
1) Anything I sell, it has always been my goal for things to be affordable,
or at least reasonable, and in line with generally acceptable elasticity of
demand.  My laps, for example, are competitive, and if my metals dealers
ever seriously gave me a break, I would love to sell them cheaper, because
as perverted as it sounds, I STILL enjoy making them.
The RevXS models are simply not manufacturable so people could reasonably
afford them. (One manufacturer I have talked to responds, "Thank G*d".)  I
did take a sample and prints to the foreman of my employer's machine shop;
We have an ACRE of CNC mills and lathes, EDM, etc..etc, and he took one
look and threw his hands up, more or less.
The XS, in order to incorporate the electronics simply takes a long time to
machine and assemble.
2: I currently have a full-time career, am running Gearloose.com (A
licensed business) making BATT laps, etc., and have consulting contracts
with four other companies (Two of them are startups based on some of my
patents).  I have not saved enough for retirement yet*, so have about six
more years of this awful (But fun) stuff.

* Airplanes, general frivolity, outright lunacy, like giving my wife an
hour in Harrod's with the Gold Card, etc., in younger days

After that, however, out of savage amusement, I intend to Do Things to the
gemcutting field for the rest of my life, as long as it might be.  This
includes a lot of new ideas and inventions I have not had the time to
pursue at present.  ALL the revenues from the BATT laps buy more tooling
and machinery, metal stock, parts, etc., so by the time I am turned loose,
everything will be in position.

I have in the past privately sold prototypes and demos, that is, machines
with "extra holes" I practiced on to develop and test designs with.
My wife suggested I raffle them.

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Message:02

Subject: Questions
Date: Thu, 8 May 2003 14:18:05 -0700 (PDT)
To: lapidary@caprock-spur.com
From: Philip Callow <pmcallow@yahoo.com>

Hi Members of the List

I am in the process of purchasing 10" saw blades to be
used to cut hard rock (agate, wood, etc).  My local
supply house is beginning to push the blades made in
China and probably sold as the "Lopacki" blade as he
seems to be the major retailer of them.  Does anyone
have any experience with either the 10" blade or the
18" blade.  Do they hold up, last a decent amount of
time, and hold their sharpness.  Any comments about
them at all would be appreciated.

Second Question.
Does anyone know where to get dished diamond saw
blades repaired today.

Thanks for the help

Phil Callow
pmcallow@yahoo.com

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Hi Phil,  Personally I prefer the "Advantage" Blades carried by
Johnson Bros. and others as well. Good price and long life on
materials of hardness 7 to 8.

Thurmond


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