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CHOOSING A ROCK SAW: 8 QUICK TIPs

1. Before you get your rock 'n roll on, be sure to select the rock saw that's right for you. In general, you'll want to follow one super-scientific, top-secret formula. Ready? Ok, here goes nothing: bigger rocks = bigger blades. That's what we like to call Rock-Saw Arithmetic (we're pretty sure you'll be getting an A+ for the course, but you might want to read on just the same).


2. A few rock-saw specifics: once you've selected the material you want to cut, find a rock saw with a blade at least three times that size. In case your geological future isn't written in the rock-tumbling tarot cards, go ahead and select a rock saw with larger blades just to be on the safe side.

3. Isn't it fun to accessorize? No, thankfully we aren't talking about sparkly bangles and bracelets, but rather hardcore rock-saw accessories. Whether you're a top-brass, trained rock-tumbler or just a budding geologist, you'll want to check out our wide range of rock saw accessories.

4. A really reliable rock slab saw - try saying that one three times fast. Perfect for cutting cross-sections of your most gorgeous geodes, a rock slab saw is a must-have on your quest for the perfectly tumbled treasure. Top-of-the-line rock slab saws will help you create beautiful pieces that are polished and presentable.

5. When choosing your future rock slab saw, you'll want to check out the blades first. If you're planning on slabbing small to medium-sized geodes, you can get away with a ten or twelve-inch saw with a power feed. For more gigantic geodes, or if you're planning on a heavier production rate, you'll probably want an eighteen-inch variable-feed rock slab saw.

6. From top plates and saw blades, to mineral oil and dop wax, we've got rock accessories that will keep your tumbling tendencies from hitting rock bottom. With proper care and maintenance, as well as the proper rock saw accessories, you can expect long years of service from your rock trim saw or rock slab saw.

7. Forget about trimming the fat, rock trim saws are for serious slicing only. Designed to trim even your toughest pieces, a solid rock trim saw should let you work with facets, cabs, opal, turquoise, and most rough rock types.

8. The old tune got it totally wrong: diamonds aren't a girl's best friend; they're reserved for rock tumblers. Standard and thin-kerf diamond blades let you work at lower and higher speeds, respectively, depending on the type of trimming you'd like to do.

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