The Beach 4 ins. Trim Saw comes complete with blade and motor and is ready to plug in and run. It allows the cutting and shaping of small pieces of stone (up to perhaps a couple of inches in diameter) and enables you, for example, to produce small flat slices of stone which can then be polished in the tumbler.
A diamond saw blade is not like saws used for wood and metal. It behaves as a thin grindstone and grinds its way through the rock. This means that it is, firstly, SAFE! You can put your finger onto the blade when the saw is running without doing yourself any harm. It means, however, that the blade needs to run in some form of lubricant. This lubricates the blade, keeps the blade cool and flushes rock debris from the diamonds. The best lubricant is "flushing oil" which can be purchased at any car accessory shop (Halfords etc.). It should be poured into the saw tank until the blade is about 5mm below the surface of the oil, then, in operation, top up as necessary. NEVER LET THE SAW RUN DRY!
In a slightly different context this small saw could hardly be bettered for the person who wants to make thin sections of rocks for examination under the petrological microscope. Slices as thin as 1 or 2 mm can be made which reduces considerably the amount of grinding needed to achieve the necessary thickness for thin section work.
The saw costs £140.00 + p.& p. (this is £10 within the U.K.: we will be happy to quote postage rates to other countries).
Spare blades for the 4" Trim Saw : £7.50 ( + £1 p.& p. within the U.K.)
Should you intend to use the saw for preparing thin sections you might like to consider lapping your sections down using bonded diamond abrasives. We sell a pack of three grades, each 2" x 1" and each with a self-adhesive backing. If these are stuck down side by side onto a small piece of glass the whole can be placed in a tray of water and the rock sliver reduced to the required thickness by hand very quickly: much, much faster (and, ultimately, more economically) than using the traditional method of loose silicon carbide grit on glass.
The diamond slips cost £13 per pack of 3 (+ £1 p.& p. within the U.K.)
Return to our Homepage