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Posted in response to Re: Re: So. How long should a diamond belt last? from D. Johnson on July 09, 2007 at 21:35:07:

Re: Re: Re: So. How long should a diamond belt last?

DEfinately keep the rubber wheel. I haven't used silicon carbide for over 20 years but if thats what you can afford, then use it to shape the stones and dome them. Then swap out the Silicon wheel for the Rubber drum and the appropriate grit belt and sand away those grinder marks.

I personnaly have a seperate unit set up with the rubber drums but I have been collection equipment for 20+years as well. My favorite unit is my Genie which has been my exclusive unit for the last 20 years and my main trim saw as well for as long.

I also don't like doing many calibrated cabs but my customers want some, so cut some I do but most of my stones are freeforms as well. The small material is nice because you can often get it cheaper, has some nice patterns and you don't have the outlay for the big saw to cut it all.

Good luck in your cutting

Bob Johannes
The Amethyst Rose

From Bob Johannes - July 10, 2007 at 14:55:48

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