A new cabbing machine is starting to show its face on the market. It’s the CABKING-6V3 and as far as I can tell it is a knock-off of the Diamond Pacific Genie. I am sure that it must be imported but it has some features that seem to be an improvement over the Genie. One of the differences it has from the Genie is the price. Depending where you buy it the price is somewhere between $300.00 - $500.00 below the Genie and in today’s dollars that’s a handsome sum. It is being sold by a few suppliers such as Kingsley North, Minnesota Lapidary Supply and a few on-line vendors. If anyone out there has had any direct contact with this machine I for one would be interested in their comments.
I as well!!!!
I bought a gently used one last night (has the new water system) and am really excited to get going on it, but will be on vacation until 7/5. Hopefully, I'll collect some great Lake Superior stuff while I'm gone and have plenty to show and a review of the machine by mid-July.
I too would suspect it's an import for that price!
A few things I can see that may be different are of course the water system with to me is a plus as long as the tiny water tips don't keep getting plugged?
I'm not sure it comes with a light as it is advertised with having several different brackets to mount a light?
It doesn't have the magnifying glass but as I understand that's an extra with the Genie as well.
My main concern would be the quality of the wheels themselves.The wheels are the "meat" of any cabbing unit and in that case I believe that you get what you pay for.(my opinion)
The wheel on my Genie have lasted a long time but I'm not in business and don't produce cabs daily.
The Genie comes with a 14,000 grit polishing wheel where the Cabking has a 3000 grit with and an attachment for polishing.
In my experience the imported wheels,laps,diamond drill bits and diamond blades are junk and don't hold up at all.Again,,,,my opinion!
My Genie still has the original Diamond Wheels for grinding & shaping. They have produced thousands of cabochons over the last 12 years. The sanding and polishing wheels lasted 10 years before requiring replacement. If I use the saw right I don't have to use the first grinding wheel at all. The new replacement sanding wheel is much more aggressive and took some getting used to but now I enjoy using it.
The original blade for the saw lasted 5 years, the replacements seem to only last about a year. But then I'm hard on the blades and treat them rough.
P.S. I have never used the light or the magnifier glass that came with my Genie. But then I have lights mounted right over the unit. I find that I don't bother to examine the finished product that closely until I can sit down and look them over at my leisure. Then, if required, give them another introduction to the Genie. I have never had a problem with the water system but did rig up a few extra shields for the saw. I use both water spritzers for each wheel usually to get maximum water on the wheel surface. The time required to move them is only that which requires a flick of my finger to get it to the next wheel. Of course I have to put them over on the polishing and finish sanding side to start the finish of the stone. But then I usually dry the stone off and examine it to see that all the scratches are out of it before the final steps are started. This is the most important time, in my opinion, in the process. If you have scratches in the stone you will not get them out with the final 3 wheels without excessive time on the last sanding wheel.
I can report so far that it is an import, is a Genie knockoff, and has a light. Mine was used for several months and the wheels appear to be holding up just fine. Even if I have to replace them all in a year, I think I'm ahead of what I'd have to have paid for a used Genie. Only time will tell...
IF YOU CHECK THE WHEEL THAY ARE THE SAME,
I just read a small blurb on the Cabking in the May Lapidary Journal. Seems as though they are taking all the input from the user and or reviewers and making fixes to the machines trying to make it the best on the market! So it says.