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  • Selling Left Handed Ultra Tec Mark 2 early model

    Posted by sarawestermark on December 11, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    Hi, I purchased a left handed Mark 2 Ultra Tec (V2 L2605) from old time faceter Ben Smith in Wilminton NC. It was in great working order and I have have never used it. (It was supposed to be a gift for my husband, but he’s right handed). Ben gave us a demo showing us that it was in top working condition. I’d like to sell it for $1200 plus shipping. It’s an older machine with the woodpaneled base and a light aqua blue mast.

    Many thanks,

    gemmakermz replied 1 year, 10 months ago 15 Members · 22 Replies
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  • Alan Balmer

    December 12, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    I assume you mean the mast is on the left side. Has your husband actually tried to use it? Many right-handed people, myself included, find that a left-mast machine is much easier and more natural to use.

  • nbbr8

    December 12, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    I would be very interested in buying it if your husband decides not to use it!

  • 960839omd

    December 16, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    I am interested in this

  • gemmakermz

    March 15, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    i hope your husband desides to keep it. alan is very right. using a right handed with right hand means shoulder high up creating fatigue, same for left handed. i teach and my students understand this. i only recommend a left machine for right handed and right machine for left handed. if you decide to do a lot of cutting its more compfortable reaching across with elbow low.

  • Lowjiber

    March 16, 2020 at 11:48 am

    @gemmakermz… I agree 100%. Being left-handed, I use a right-masted machine. The ergonomics simply make sense, and my natural “touch” is far better with my left hand.


  • master1975

    April 2, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Same here… love my “left” handed machine!!!

  • Lowjiber

    April 3, 2020 at 7:35 am

    LOL… God made a few perfect people, the rest are right-handed. LOL

    Having said that, when I went to grade school in the 1950’s, the teachers made me learn to write with my right hand. No kidding.

  • gabbyg

    April 4, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    My Father was born in ’52 and said the same thing, the school wanted him to use right hand to write. I am personally on the quest to decide on a left or right mast for my first machine. I’m right-handed. I also just joined this Community, so Thanks & Happy to Be Here!!

  • master1975

    April 6, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    GabbyG, I am right handed and started on a right handed facetron, why wouldn’t I right? I am right handed. Well, I always wanted an ultratec… then one day I was offered an AMAZING deal on an Ultratec V2, then I found out it was “left handed” and was super bummed. The owner said that he was right handed as well, but was taught to facet on left handed machines. I bought the machine determined to “get used to it”… I AM SOOOOO happy on this machine, it feels super natural, much moreso than on the right handed machine, for me anyway. I encourage you to try cutting a stone on both before you make your investment. I would never have known how much more I enjoy faceting with everything on the left.

  • Lowjiber

    April 6, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    @master1975… I’m glad you chimed in. You and I are simply mirror images… I’m left-handed with a right mast machine, while you are exactly the opposite. I watch right-handers using a right-masted machine and it makes my arm hurt just watching the contortions they go through just to get to the quill. 🙂

    Happy Faceting.


  • Frank1985

    April 15, 2020 at 11:14 pm

    I have an old Ultratec V2, that i bought used. I pulled out of storage to get back into faceting after many years. Unfortunately I have no manual for it. The motor sounds ok but the bearings in the table sound horrid. Two questions.
    1. Does any one have a manual they would like to part with or know where I could get one.
    2. Does Ultratec do repairs on machines this old? It has the blue mast also. I have sent them an e-mail but no response yet. If they don’t has anyone changed the bearings and could walk me through it or am I looking at buying a new one.

    At the moment it’s pretty useless.


  • davidechols

    April 16, 2020 at 7:02 am

    As far as I know Ultra-tec does do repairs on their machines. Having a machine shop background the bearing is bad on the machine. Any automotive or other machine shop will be able to replace the bearing for you if you remove the assembly which is easy to do for a much cheaper price then Ultra-tec would charge. From experience the bearing on the older Utra-tec’s is not sealed. The machine depends on the platen rotating to sling the water off. If the platen is not turning with the water on the water will make it’s way to the bearing and ruin it.

  • Frank1985

    April 16, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you that is helpful.

  • Jeffery6664

    June 19, 2020 at 6:26 pm

    Just purchased an older ultratec. Has been sitting for a while thought bearings were bad, but it is the rubber drive wheel that is bad. I see ultratec wants $95.00 for a new one. Seems very overpriced.
    Machine seems to be in great shape otherwise. Any one interested in buying an ultratec?

    • katana

      June 25, 2021 at 2:50 am

      I’m interested if it’s still available.

  • Lowjiber

    June 20, 2020 at 7:42 am

    @Jeffery6664… With all due respect, it seems to me that $95 is a cheap price to pay to put a machine that is in “great shape” back in service. That’s less than the cost of a new lap.

    Just saying.

    Happy faceting.

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