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Posted in response to Startup Equipment from Sean Mariah on July 12, 2008 at 07:58:46:

Re: Startup Equipment

Hi Sean,

Overall I am favorably impressed with the Covington equipment I have used or inspected at shows. Covington is still making their equipment from metal where many other lapidary equipment manufactures are now using plastic... I don't know about you but if I want plastic I'll buy Tupperware lol.

I can tell you from my own experience that Covington customer service is top rate, so if you should have any issues with Covington equipment you buy, you will at least have a decent support network to resolve any problems.

Assuming you stay with the hobby, you will not regret investing in top quality and capacity lapidary equipment from the get-go. Having good equipment could also have significant influence on your success and overall satisfaction with lapidary as a hobby. If you are contemplating lapidary work as an income stream, then good equipment is not just a ++, it is crucial.

However, as you are already no doubt figuring out, purchasing good equipment is going to be expensive. If you have not done much lapidary work before, you really may not know if it is an activity with long term appeal to you. Sage advice is to join a lapidary club to get your fingers wet before investing a lot of money in equipment. Experienced club members can also go a long way towards teaching you how to properly use expensive equipment and diamond wheels and laps, and advising you on what to buy and what to avoid:
http://rockhounds.com/rockshop/clublist.shtml

Clubs can also provide networking opportunities for finding used equipment for sale, which can make setting up less painful on the purse. They just don't make lapidary equipment like they used to. If you are patient you may be able to find some vintage used equipment at less breathtaking prices that will serve you as well or better than a lot of the new equipment on the market, especially if you are mechanically inclined and capable of some restoration where needed.

Welcome to lapidary! Let us know how you are doing keep on rock'n!

From Bob Keller - July 15, 2008 at 09:17:11

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