Looking for a nice beginner machine that will last me for a few years to start out. Don’t want to spend a fortune just yet on a new machine and all new gear. But not really finding anything used. Anyone know of a unit for sale that would be good to start out with?
You will just have to look everyday here and other places to find the deal. A fellow named Bill Compliment in Tiffin Ohio occasionally has something. I bought my first machine from him. You can find him on Facebook and messenger. He is an older fellow who has a wealth of knowledge. I bought a Sapphire machine for my first one. Best of luck.
Small world I been also chatting with bill on messenger. He currently has a lot going on but he been helping talk through things. Also been watching, here, Facebook groups, and eBay. Appreciated the help.
Check with clubs: they often have an inventory of used equipment for sale. I recently purchased an Ultra Tec for $1 to replace my historic second-Ohmmeter-equipped faceting machine that I donated to the USFG collection of historic machines. As older folks stop faceting or are dying off, family members sometimes remember club affiliations and help faceters-to-be get started. Today, I am teaching a new faceter on the second Graves I modified equipped with a my replacement “spring loaded pinch bearing”, alignment tool and an Ohmmeter that belonged to Don McIntire, a fellow founding member of the Lynchburg Gem and Mineral Society. It was sold for just a few dollars to help the new owner get started. It is not always, how much can I get? Sometimes its how much can I help? Google “Scratches from the Master Lap” for clues as to how to keep an old Graves working.