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Posted in response to Two Cab Machine Choices? from John Gonzales-Lusk on February 14, 2008 at 21:20:32:

Re: Two Cab Machine Choices?

Hi John,

I'm not familiar with the Diamond Jem machine, but for general purpose lapidary work you will in general be happier with a 6" machine verses a 4" machine. An 8" machine will put an even bigger smile on your face if you can afford one.

If you are going to be primarily cutting soft materials and smaller stones, like opal and turquoise, a 6" machine may be all you ever need. But most people who stick with the hobby wind up lusting after bigger wheels, bigger saws, bigger laps...

The wheels, blades, laps and so forth for bigger machines are more costly up front, but they are generally the most durable and economic to operate in the long rug. Its really all a matter of how deep you want to plunge and what you can afford. You can certainly have fun with a modest equipment investment, but if you know you are in for the long haul you won't regret investing in all the tool you can afford from the beginning.

Enjoy the hobby and let us know how you are doing and if you have further questions.

From Bob Keller - February 14, 2008 at 21:39:06

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