New faceter here, currently waiting on a new Sterling lapidary variable speed faceting machine. I know (thanks to Justin K Prim’s world of faceting machines YouTube channel) that Sterling lapidary’s machines are robust, easy to use, and inexpensive, in fact I assume probably about 90% of all colored gemstones are cut on them or something that is essentially the same. However the new variable speed machines have just come out and I don’t know of anyone who has actually used them yet.
The rest of the Sterling lapidary equipment, the trim saw, the faceting handpieces, dop sticks, etc. are apparently unchanged.
Has anyone used one of these new variable speed Sterling lapidary machines? Or any of the other Sterling equipment and have any advice?
P.s. for the record I am in Japan, and was considering an Imahashi machine, but the cost of an entire lapidary workshop from Sri Lanka was
less than the cost of an Imahashi, or a Facetron, UltraTec, or even Graves machine once you consider shipping.
P.p.s. thanks for the videos @justinkprim !