Lapidary Machine— This is it, must have.
Need to shape and polish your gemstone, this is the number one machine to own.
CabKings are the easiest cabbing machines to use. You’ll enjoy great performance, minimum maintenance and low cost of ownership. With so many ingenious features, it’s no wonder CabKings rule.My personal product / review:
CAB King 6″ Lapidary Rock Grinding Polishing Cabochon Machine
This machine can grind and shape, such as oval, circles, rectangles , squares and hearts and polish your gemstone to a shine.
Price From $1399.00
Introduction: Lapidary Rock Grinding Machine.
I call my machine a Cabbing machine. It is a no mess machine what it does to a gemstone/rock is the number one machine to own. I love my cabbing machine, it is a joy to use, gets the job done.
Using a cabbing machine: My cabbing machine sits on a table in my spare room. It has it own power box. It has a water pump that has to be covered with water all the time. another bucket collects water from the wheels basin (dirty water) .When you use a wheel ,water runs over the wheel you are using. It has a on/off nob that lets the water run over the wheel in use. Water keeps your stone from getting hot and lubricates your wheel . this helps the wheels to last longer. Each wheel cost to replace is over $100, so you have to look after them. You have splash shields and hand rest, and a bright light that moves to where you want it.
Why 6 Wheels All your wheels have different grits. The idea is to start with diamond wheel with a rough grit,lower numbers, which shapes your stone and gradually work your way up to a fine grit, removing scratches as you progress. Some of the different wheels you use are, 100 hard, 280 hard, 600 hard, 280 flexible wheel,600 flexible wheel, 1200 flexible wheel, 3000 flexible wheel. These wheels are not cheap to buy. For my final polish I use a polishing pad with cerium oxide on my flat lap machine.
Using your wheels After cleaning and cutting your stone, you are ready to use your cabbing machine/rock grinder. Lets say piece of Quarts clear crystal. You work out what shape you wont., Say round, square or cabochon stone .It does not take very long before you have your shape.
A Round Gemstone On your First wheel start to shape your stones. Watch out for your finger nails, this machine grinds anything down. Once you have shaped your stone do the same on your next wheel, looking all the time for marks or scratches on your stone. Rounding a gemstone for the final polish you can us a tumbler. Or keep using your different grits.
A cabochon have more to do with shape, it is flat on one side and domed or rounded on the other. So you have your gemstone. Look at it work out what side you wont to be the bottom. On my machine , using the first wheel I would shape my stone, working it into a egg shape, the bottom of the stone flat. Put your stone on two finger lightly roll it back and forth. Then I would repeat that on the second wheel. Your machine has a good light ,dry your stone and see if there is scratches on it. If there is keep going until you don’t see marks ,nice and shinny You should only have to use one more wheel and you finished the bottom. Next Step put your stone on a dobbing stick ( piece of dowel a stick )with wax. This saves the finger nails. Now work your wheels , kept drying your stone and checking for marks you wont a doom shape. Practise.
Cabbing or cabochon cutting is probably the most common form of gem cutting. Cabochons or “cabs” are gems that are cut with a flat bottom and a curved or domed top. If you’ve seen opal or turquoise you’ve probably seen cabs. Cutting cabs can be profitable. Depending on the material they’re cut from, cabochons can have significant resale value. This can make cabbing a very rewarding hobby, especially if you’re cutting materials you’ve found yourself. Cabbing is more complex than tumbling, and a cabbing machine is a bit more expensive, but you can become proficient with a little practice. A word of warning: cabochon cutting can be highly addictive!
CabKing cabbing machines are warranted by the manufacturer to be free from defect for the period of one year from the date of purchase. Our warranty covers all parts of the CabKing cabbing machines, including the motor and water pump (light bulb and wheels excluded).
This is a complete machine.
You start out at 80 grit and finish on the polishing pad with cerium oxide at about 30,000 grit
1/4 hp, 110v, 1800 rpm, 60hz motor,
A 605 GPH, 110/115 volt pump.
A powerful 12 volt, single bayonet lamp.
This Machine Features:
Direct drive motor and separate submersible pump to reduce maintenance.
Individual on/off water shut off valves above each wheel, also for right and left hand grinding/polishing pads (no cross-contamination of grit) allows easy movement from wheel to wheel to disc.
A drainage system to eliminate having to constantly discard pan water.
Heavy-duty base board, aluminum splash hoods with adjustable clear splash shields, plastic pad with drain holes, comes with four side splash guards, and two front hand metal rests.
One (1) each 6″ x 1-1/2″, 80 grit and 220 grit metal bonded diamond grinding wheels,
(4) 6″ x 1-1/2″ diamond resin bond wheels, (1) each 280 grit, 600 grit, 1200 grit, and 3000 grit,
a 6″ x 360 grit no hole 1/4-20 right hand threaded diamond flat lap and
a 1/4-20 right hand thread canvas polishing pad
Plastic apron, wrench, clear plastic goggles, complete instructions. + 3 piece jewelers set
One year limited warranty on motor and parts.
Size is 27″ long x 13″ deep x 12″ high for easy transport. 56 pounds
Overall I can not say enough about this machine, It gets a 11 out of 10 from me.
Please note Australia prices are not the same as US. I Paid nearly $2000.00 for mine.
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