Lapidary Machine Restoration

 

Due to popular demand I've added this page to showcase my restored/refurbished lapidary equipment. These are examples only, all of it has been sold or is humming away in my shop :) I will do restorations for you if you can do the following:

Bring me a piece of equipment to restore, I'm in Oregon City OR. If you want to ship it here that's fine, but I will charge extra to ship it back to you. It can be a pretty well roached machine (I've seen the Ebay sellers call these "well loved". Yeah right, if someone loved their equipment it wouldn't have been left out in the rain for a couple decades). If it has gaping holes or is just a shell with few or no parts you should recycle it. I can't do things like make a shaft for a cabochon machine or slab saw. I can tear apart and replace most everything else with usable parts. Decide what you want to end up with: A useable machine that you will hook up to a motor? A fully functional machine with a base (if applicable) and a motor? A machine that looks like it came from the factory complete with all the original bells and whistles? A machine in great shape that will last a lifetime? Almost all the restorations I do for sale fit into this category. I really prefer to do these, I like to send someone home with a "plug and play" machine that they can plug into a receptacle and use right now. I don't charge hourly labor. Some machines require a few fixes or a modificaiton or two to get them up and running. Others require a few weeks tearing down and rebuilding from the bottom up. I figure the labor into the price. I'm not doing this to turn a giant profit, I just really like doing it although when I'm busy it might take a while.

It needs to be a relatively common machine used in lapidary work. Examples include (click on the name to go the example machines; I have done many more than these, but the pics have been lost to various hard drive crashes):

 

The Way I Like to Do Restorations

(I don't believe in selling "you fix it" machines so I really prefer not to do this) Every piece is completely disassembled, sanded to remove all traces of rust and loose paint, primed, painted and clearcoated. I uses epoxy paint on heavily used surfaces. I check every part, lubricate bearings etc., and replace parts as necessary. I update components that are worn or out of date, and occasionally tweak the machines so they perform better than they did out of the factory. All machines come with working, safe motors and I always update the electrical components to make them safe and reliable. If they need a cord I usually chuck the original and make a new one. Old, underpowered motors and old, ungrounded, undersized cords are a fire waiting to happen. I check the mortors and if they aren't safe I will replace them with new or used motors in good condition. If you need any supplies to run the machines or they require additional setup, I tell you that and give recommendations. I don't leave it up to you to guess like the online sellers. I price the restoration work fairly, factoring out the value of a machine in the condition that you bring it to me. Note that this has nothing to do with the price you paid for it, I usually know what fair value for unrestored machines is, if not I can research them.

You can pay through a Paypal invoice, cash, money order, cashier's check (no bank checks sorry), or when my phone is working and the moon is in the house of Jupiter or it's a lunar eclipse I can take a credit/debit card here.

 

 

EXAMPLE RESTORATIONS

 

Slab Saws

 

16" Highland Park Slab Saw

 

16" Royal Slab Saw

 

18" Frantom Slab Saw

 

 

 

Ideal 24" Slab Saw

 

Highland Park 18" Slab Saw

 

Lortone LS-14 Drop Saw

 

Lortone LS-18 Slab Saw

 

Lortone PF-10 Drop Saw

 

Trim Saws

Beacon Star TS-10 10" Trim Saw

 

Rock's Texas 6" Trim Saw

 

Highland Park 8" Trim Saw

 

Lortone 8" Trim saw

 

Highland Park 6" Trim Saw

 

Rock Rascal 6" Trim Saw

 

 

Cabochon Machines

Diamond Pacific Genie 6" Cabochon Machine

 

Lortone Max Pro 8C 8" Cabochon Machine

 

8" Star Diamond GP-8 Four Drum Cabochon Machine

 

6" Star Diamond GP-6 Cabochon Machine

 

Covington 8 inch Cabochon Machine

 

6" Star Diamond GP-6 Cabochon Machine

 

8" Star Diamond Super GP-8 Cabochon Machine

 

Fulmer's 8" Cabochon Machine

 

Ringleader 6" Cabochon Machine

 

Lortone 6"Arbor

 

 

Combination Machines

Highland Park All-In-One Combination Machine

 

Rock Rascal Model T Combination trim saw & grinder

 

Lortone LUX-6 6 inch Combination lapidary arbor & trim saw

 

Highland Park B-12 Combination Cabochon, Polishing & Trim Saw

 

Lortone Combination Sanding & Buffer Machine

 

Sphere Machines

 

Scott 2 Head Sphere Machine

 

Richardson 3 Head Sphere Machine

 

Vibratory Flat Laps

Lortone 15" Vibratory Lap

 

Lortone 20" Vibratory Lap

 

Lortone 12" Vibratory Lap

 

Craftsman 12" Vibratory Lap

 

Sanders

Covington Mounted Wet Belt Sander

 

7" High Speed High Overhead sanders

 

Highland Park Wet Belt Sander

 

Rock Tumblers

 

Lortone 2 Barrel Tumbler

 

Custom 12 Pound Tumbler

 

Viking Tumbler

 

Lortone 12 lb. Tumbler

 

Flat Laps

Craftsman Flat Lap

 

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