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Polymetric Scintillator 88

Posted October 19, 2010 By Admin

Aussie Sapphire is proud to be the exclusive Australian dealer for Polymetric offering the full range of machines including the Scintillator 88 featuring dial indicator, digital readout and crank mast for accurate height adjustments. A top of the line faceting machine for less than you would expect to pay. See the Youtube videos below for a demonstration of just a couple of important features on this machine:


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Here are a couple of articles – one is a step-by-step guide to cutting a gemstone (see the photos of the Scintillator in use) and the next with some handy general hints on faceting machine alignment (using the Scintillator as an example):

Cutting a Gem on the Gem-Info website
Alignment tips – Lapidary Journal article, May 2002.
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We have the Polymetric in stock now so please enquire any time if you are interested in discussing the Scintillator as an option for you.
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cheers from Aussie Sapphire

First look at the Cabking

Posted October 15, 2010 By Admin

Got our first batch of Cabking cabbing machines last week and first impressions were very favourable.  All machines from this batch have been sold but we already have a new lot on the way so contact us if you would like to be put on the list.

The Cabking is a an affordable machine with everything you need to start cabbing – just plug in and go.

For more information, download the CABKING User Manual here (pdf file  0.93MB)

Cabking

The CABKING-6V3 is a direct drive 6” diameter diamond wheel grinding and polishing unit.   The system is based on an adjustable, independently controlled drip feed cooling system that drips clean water on the wheels.  The machine comes fully set up with water kit, diamond wheels, polishing pads and accessories.

In contrast to other machines which use a recirculating water fountain (spitter pumps), the Cabking uses a separate water pump that eliminates the need for maintenance of the more fussy built in air pumps found on other machines.    The water system allows for individual cooling of the wheels and water flow can be controlled from a drip to a stream.   The simplified drainage system allows the water to drain out instead of forcing you to constantly empty the pans.

The machine is set up with 2 solid diamond wheels (6″) in grits #80 and #220 for coarse grinding.  Four flexible diamond wheels (grits #280, #600, #1200 and #3000) are mounted for sanding and pre-polishing stages.

The machine includes a solid flat diamond lap mounted on the right hand end of the shaft which can be used for flattening the backs of your cabs.  You can optionally add any standard half inch bore lap on the left hand side of the shaft for a similar purpose.

Also included is a canvas polishing pad which can be screwed into the tapped shaft on the right hand side.  With the included #14k diamond paste, you are ready to complete the polishing stage.

Side guards for both sides are included for when you do not need to use the end plates/laps.  Splash guards, stone trays and hand rests are also included for both sides.

Electric light is built in for effective lighting of the work area.  Aussie Sapphire provides a surge-protected power board with Australian 3-pin plug to easily and conveniently manage the 3 power cords (motor, water pump and light).  NOTE:  this machine is suitable for a 220 Volt, 50 Hz power supply.

The machine is generously supplied with accessories including user manual, additional book on Diamond Abrasives, vinyl apron, spanner, safety goggles, and small syringe of diamond paste.

Also included is spare water tap knob, spanner, allen key, and plastic tubing/water pump for the water supply – all you need to supply is 2 buckets to serve as clean and dirty water reservoirs.

Construction of these machines appear to be very solid – made from a mix of strong plastic and aluminium parts so that rust is prevented.

Set up is simple and easy to work with.  The package is real value for money making the lapidary hobby more accessible to those who may not have been able to afford the much higher price of other manufacturers.

There is an optional trim saw attachment which means the Cabking is a complete lapidary workshop.

Interested to hear any feedback users have with this machine – we were impressed but performance in the field is what counts so let us know your experiences.

Some reviews so far from the USA:

Things to note – the diamond wheels supplied with this machine are generally a little more aggressive than genuine Nova’s – be aware of this and use a light touch for best performance and longer lifespan.  If you find too much water being delivered, a small inline tap and T-joint just after the pump will allow you to reduce the total water flow from the pump.

For those interested to buy one of these, we have a new batch coming from the US in the next month.  Contact us to get put on the list.

Remember, we’re giving away one of these in December – drawn on the 15th December for one lucky customer.  Every purchase from Aussie Sapphire is an automatic entry into the draw so good luck!

cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire

Covington, Polymetric and more

Posted October 14, 2010 By Admin

Just unpacked a new container of equipment and supplies on Monday and so we’ve got a great selection of new machinery available now.  Of course, much went out straight away in pre-orders so we’ve already placed new orders for more.

Still heaps of great new options for lapidary and glass work including:

The new CabKing cabbing machines were really popular and we only have our giveaway machine left – any order up till the draw date is an automatic entry into the draw.  When we unpacked the first machine, we were very impressed with these and sure they’ll find an appreciative audience in Australia.  We’ve just ordered another batch of CabKings so if you missed out on the first lot, contact us to put your name down for the next shipment.  We’ll be taking a whole bunch of photos of these over the next few days to give people a better look at this very affordable option.

We still have a lot of photography to do on the new items but here is a sneak previous of some items: check our YouTube channel for short videos on the Covington small sphere maker, bead mill and gem drill.  We’ll post more as we unpack and photograph more of the new gear.

cheers for now
Aussie Sapphire