Post by QuailRiver on Dec 18, 2019 19:28:19 GMT -5
This item is now SOLD. Thank you!
Additional photos can be seen on my flickr page linked here:
This is a used Frantom model F-3 14" slab saw for sale. It is a bench top model that was manufactured in the 1970s. Frantom made very good saws and though they are no longer in business, Highland Park Lapidary does still make some aftermarket parts for the Frantom brand saws if in the future any are ever needed.
I purchased this saw a few years ago with the intent of doing a complete restoration but never got around to it. Rather than continue to leave it sit unused I have decided to sell it. So I recently cleaned it up, and built a wooden stand to mount it and an electric motor on so it could be tested first.
And after mounting an unused new-old-stock MLS 14" diamond blade (labeled for Minnesota Lapidary Supply but was manufactured by Star Diamond) I then test cut several 4.25" x 3" agate slabs and cut open a 3.5" by 3" thunder egg all with no issues.
These bench top model Frantom saws were originally sold without motors, stands or belt guards and this one did not have any of those with it when I purchased it. Modern 14" slab saws normally use 1/2hp motors but I didn't have an extra 1/2hp to use to test this saw with but did have a spare 1/3hp motor so that is what I mounted under the saw to use to test it with and it seems to operate fine with it. But if you plan on cutting a lot of larger maximum sized (for this saw) hard materials like agates or petrified wood then you might end up needing to upgrade to a 1/2hp motor.
This 14" Frantom slab saw can also be used with a 12" blade. With a 14" blade it requires approximately 2-3/4 gallons of saw oil. And with a 12" blade it would require approximately an additional 3-1/2 gallons of saw oil.
As can be seen in the flickr photos linked above, the clear acrylic window in the lid is cracked and cosmetically this saw isn't the prettiest. But in testing it does function properly. This saw is being sold with the wooden stand, 1/3hp motor, and 14" MSL diamond blade that it is shown with in the photos.
This saw is being offered with local pick-up only in the High Point, NC area. The price is $700 with payment being made either in cash at the time of pick-up, or via Pay Pal in advance of pick-up. If interested in purchasing message me. I will also be listing this saw on other venues as well, so the first person to make a firm commitment to purchase gets priority.