Rock Equipment for Sale

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Equipment Currently For Sale

Lortons LS-14 14" Lapidary Slab Saw SOLD

Covington 6" Trim Saw SOLD

Scott Small Sphere Machine SOLD

Lortone FL-15 Vibrating Lap SOLD

Lortone Model NS-8 Lapidary Arbor Complete SOLD

Tumbler with 2 12 Lb. Barrels SOLD

Lortone FL-20 Vibrating Lap SOLD

Fulmer's 6" Cabochon Machine Complete LAST ONE!

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NEW LISTINGS MAY 2014

ALL of the equipment I sell is used, and restored to perfect working condition. I don't believe in sellnig "you fix it" machines so I refuse to do it. Every piece is completely disassembled, sanded to remove all traces of rust and loose paint, primed, painted and clearcoated. I usse 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 I update components that are worn or out of date, and occasionally tweak the machines so they perform better than they did out of the factory.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 pieces come with working motors and I always update the electrical components to make them safe and reliable. I price everything to move as fast as possible, in other words I don't put a sky high price on them and hope for some sucker to bite. I charge what completely restored, used equipment is worth and no more. I can ship smaller machines but most are pickup at the shop, I am near Oregon City, OR.

My equipment usually sells FAST so if it says SOLD, it means SOLD. I won't answer emails inquiring about equipment that says SOLD. Check back often for more listings. If you are not intending to buy any equipment from me, please don't ask questions about anything listed on this page, your saw, your buddy's saw, any other lapidady equipment, etc. I simply don't have the time to answer questions about someone else's equipment. That's what email lists are for (hint: Google "rockhounds email list"). That's also what rock & gem clubs are for - join your local club! You can pay through the Paypal cart buttons on the page, money order, or cashier's check, and if you pick up your equipment here at the shop I can accept credit and debit cards, cash, money orders, and cashier's checks. S&H & insurance not included. Will ship some items via USPS Priority Mail (if it fits in a flat rate box) larger items via USPS standard mail, or you can come get it (strongly preferred!). I am in Oregon City, Oregon 97045. E-mail me at the address at the bottom of the page if you have any questions!

ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS ARE ANSEWERED HERE. I will not, under any circumstances, ship anything international. The rates are now ridiculous as of the 1/27/13 price increase, and I've had enough of boxes going missing on the receiving end. If you aren't a US citizen and you can give me a US address to ship to that's OK. By ordering from this site you are agreeing to all the stated policies on the linked page.

 

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Fulmer's Stonemaster 6" Cabochon Machine Complete - $540 $490 PRICE REDUCED $440!

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Pickup in Oregon City, OR ONLY

This is a plug 'n' play, turnkey setup. You literally plug it in, hook it up to a water supply, and turn it on to start working rocks.

This is a complete setup for grinding, sanding, and polishing cabochons. It's been completely overhauled and the entire inside is expoxy painted for maximum durability. It has a variable speed pulley and a good motor on an adjustable base and drive belt so you can change speeds. To change speeds move the belt to another pulley and slide the motor to tension the belt. Has a NEW 6 x 2-1/2" expandable drum sander (not pictured, on order), it takes standard silicon carbide belts that slip on over the drum (8 included, two each of 120, 220, 400, and 800 grit). Has 6" coarse and fine silicon carbide grinding wheels (both are almost new). The water supply system accepts 3/8" polyvinyl tubing and you can adapt it for a faucet or garden hose hookup or gravity feed. You can easily make your own gravity water feed with a bucket, valve (optional), and tubing. The whole machine is on a sturdy wood base. The splash guards are adjustable (the three screws on the front of the top). It has a new switch and wiring. There was a used 6" x 1" diamond wheel (180 mesh?) where the drum sander would be. I'll throw it in because it's pretty worn down (you may be able to get it resurfaced by Johnson Bros. lapidary; look them up).

 

14" Lortone Model LS-14 chop or drop saw - $1150 SOLD THANK YOU!

 

This is a plug 'n' play, turnkey setup. You literally have to plug it in, add the included oil, and turn it on to start slabbing rocks.

From Lortone: The LS-14 is a heavy duty gravity-feed slab saw. Its rigid balance arm matches the rate of cut to the material hardness for longer blade life. Ideal for quickly and professionally producing slabs in rock and other non-metallic materials. Designed for use with oil coolant. Front Loading Design

Instead of moving the vise, you crank the blade across the table to cut slabs. Using the drop-in table (not pictured), you can trim slabs as well. As with all my equipment it has been stripped, cleaned, primed, painted and clearcoated for durability. The saw is separate from the oil tray so you can lift it out for cleaning. The pump sits in the tray (it's out in the pics so you can see it). It has been used but not very much, the blade is the original and has had very little use. The motor and belt are original, this is important since the arm is balanced so the pressure on the rock is appropriate for the blade. I updated the wiring. Several trashy, incomplete models with junky blades have sold recently for $800 to over $900. The Lortone instructions are HERE. I will give you 1 gallon of my non-toxic food grade lubricating oil with the saw.

 

6" Covington Model 211 Lapidary Trim Saw - $175 SOLD THANK YOU!

SALE PENDING! EMAIL ME IF YOU WANT TO GET IN THE QUEUE.

 

This is a plug 'n' play, turnkey setup. You literally have to plug it in, add the included oil, and turn it on to start slabbing rocks.

Sadly, Covington has replaced these with more expensive models that add no real value (the cheapest lists for $266). This setup is an clever arrangement that eliminates the need for pulleys and a belt, so it's pretty compact, takes up very little worktop space, and very portable. It uses a flexible rubber hose coupling so the motor and arbor don't have to be perfectly aligned like they normally would in a direct drive (which can lead to excessive torque and eventual failure of the bearings). Everything is bolted down to the wood base. It's all aluminum construction so it will never rust. The trim table is epoxy painted for durability. Has a good GE 1/4 HP motor and I updated the wiring with a switch on the cord. Has a like-new Felker Rimrock heavy duty diamond blade (I don't think it was used for more than a handful of cuts). You can buy a vise from Covington to turn it into a smalll slab saw. I will give you enough of my non-toxic food grade lubricating oil to get you started if you pick it up here.

Will ship to the continental US. It's fairly heavy so expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $50.

 

Scott Small Sphere Machine - $90 SOLD THANK YOU!

 

This is a machine for making small spheres and marbles. These were also sold under the trade name "Victor". It's all aluminum constructions means it will never rust. It was barely used and functons perfectly, and I updated the wiring. It has polyurethane belts in perfect condition but I forgot to put them on for the pics :( It has a set of brass cups to make a 1" sphere. I know very little about it, but the operation is pretty simple, make a paste of silicon carbide grit and brush it on as the machine rolls the precut rock (cut a cube and round off the corners on a grinder until it's as close to a sphere as you can make it). Start with 60/90 grit and work down through 220, then 400 or 500F grits. Then glue on some tiny felt pads with contact cement and polish with a paste of water and polishing compound such as cerium oxide. You may be able to find cups for other sizes if you do some digging.

Will ship to the continental US via USPS standard mail (it's too big to fit in a flat rate box).

 

Lortone Model FL-15 Vibratory Lap- $290 SOLD THANK YOU!

 

This is a plug 'n' play, turnkey setup. You literally have to plug it in and turn it on to start lapping rocks.

From Lortone: The FL series of vibrating laps is used for polishing of slabs, geodes, bookends, and clock faces. The oscillating action produces a smoother, flatter surface than can be obtained by hand polishing. We use a heavy steel frame and rugged cast aluminum pans for long, trouble-free operation. Includes polish pan with synthetic pad and separate grinding pan to help minimize contamination.

If you wanted to buy this new, it would cost you $620, but you can't (at least not online, I looked). It has been replaced by a more complicated, and in my opinion no better, version that retails for $865. This lap is for smoothing and polishing flat cut rocks. The Lortone instructions for this model are here. This lap was in excellent condition, I gave it a facelift, relined the polishing pan with new pad, and replaced the springs for the top. It comes with 3 laps, a pan for sanding, and one for polishing. There is a second polishing pan with a worn pad that can be used for 500F/600 or finer grit or a pre-polish stage. All the original bumper rings (that keep the rocks from chipping on the sides of the pan) are there (a rarity). I'll set you up with a grit kit to get you started (60/90, 220, and 500F grits, and polishing compound).

 

Lortone Model FL-20 Vibratory Lap- $450 SOLD THANK YOU!

 

This is a plug 'n' play, turnkey setup. You literally have to plug it in and turn it on to start lapping rocks.

From Lortone: The FL series of vibrating laps is used for polishing of slabs, geodes, bookends, and clock faces. The oscillating action produces a smoother, flatter surface than can be obtained by hand polishing. We use a heavy steel frame and rugged cast aluminum pans for long, trouble-free operation. Includes polish pan with synthetic pad and separate grinding pan to help minimize contamination.

If you wanted to buy this new, it would cost you about $1000, but you can't (at least not online, I looked). It has been replaced by a more complicated, and in my opinion no better, version. This lap is for smoothing and polishing flat cut rocks. The Lortone instructions for this model are here. It comes with 2 pans, one for sanding and one for polishing. This lap was in excellent condition, I gave it a facelift, and relined the polishing pan with new pad. All the original bumper rings (that keep the rocks from chipping on the sides of the pan) are there (a rarity). The only flaw is one of the feet can't be adjusted without holding a nut inside the bottom lip (they are normally adjusted by loosening a nut outside the bottom lip). If you don't move the lap around, you rarely need to adjust the feet to get the pan perfectly level. I'll set you up with a grit kit to get you started (60/90, 220, and 500F grits, and polishing compound).

 

Lortone Model NS-8 8" Lapidary Arbor Complete Kit - $375 SOLD THANK YOU!

 

This is a plug 'n' play, turnkey setup. You literally plug it in, hook it up to a water supply, and turn it on to start working rocks.

This is a complete setup for grinding, sanding, and polishing flat cut rocks and cabochons. The arbor lists for $270 from Lortone, and the splash shield is $55 extra. The splash shield is adjustable and can be moved forward or back, and the height adjustable. Has a good Dunlap motor (by Sears, so practically indestructable) and drive belt. Shown is a nearly mint Raytech expandable drum sander ($70 new), it takes standard silicon carbide belts that just slip on over the drum (8 included, two each of 120, 220, 400, and 800 grit). Also included are two NEW 8 x 1-1/2" silicon carbide grinding wheels ($100 value; not pictured). You can switch between the drum sander and the wheels in 30 seconds. The water supply system accepts 7/16" polyvinyl tubing and you can adapt it for a faucet or garden hose hookup or a gravity feed. You can easily make your own gravity water feed with a bucket, valve (optional), and tubing. On the opposite side is an 8" polishing head ($55 value) with a felt pad (it's glued on top of a rawhide pad so if you prefer leather you can take it off). It has 3 adjustable speeds (the last photo). To change speeds move the belt to another pulley and move the motor to tension the belt. The whole machine is on a new sturdy wood base. It has new wiring and an on/off switch on the cord.

 

Rock Tumbler with Two 12 Pound Barrels - $125 SOLD THANK YOU!

 

This rugged rock tumbler was built from scratch, and has a good quiet motor, good bearings, new pulleys, belts, shafts, and wiring. Both rollers are powered to keep slippage down to a minimum (cheap tumblers only have one powered roller). Both shafts have rubber tubing and felt bumpers to protect the barrels from abrasion. It comes with two 12 lb. capacity octagonal barrels in excellent condition (octagonal barrels are much more efficient than standard round barrels). One has two compartments that hold about 5-6 pounds each so you can tumble two stages at once. I'll set you up with a grit kit to get you started (60/90, 220, and 500F grits, plastic filler beads, and polishing compound). A similar setup would cost you well over $250 new.

 

 

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