Re: Flat Lap vs. Wheel Style Lapidary Machines?
Lisa, both machines work wonderful. You just have to get used to cutting a little differently and at a different angle. One of my dear oldtimer friends used both types of wheels when cutting. He used a round rough grinding wheel to rough out the stone, and all of his other steps were done on flat wheels on a machine he had made.
As far as the number of wheels, that is a little difficult to say. Each cutter and machine is just a little different and over time you have to figure out and develop the method that works best for you. For example, I took one of the wheels off my genie and put on an expando drum and use a silicon carbide on that step. I like the way it rounds the stone better than I liked the way that particular diamond wheel worked. I would try as many machines as you can, and see what style, type and method you like best. Clubs and individuals will often let you try their machinery. Also, at many rock shows there are table set up where you can try to hand at different cutting machines.
From Rick - December 10, 2007 at 07:46:57