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Quarrying, cutting, polishing, waterjets, etc.
machinery, tools, consumables, techniques,
help users by answering their questions below:
I am looking at soapstone but for a fireplace facing. I
have a real brick fireplace (house is circa 1950). I want a nice
mat gray look for a modern minimalist feel. So in my searching I
found Limestone (pietro cardoso), Soapstone, and slate (also concrete
but I decided that was out). I was told if you finish soapstone
with a different oil than mineral oil you can avoid the stone turning
a dark green/black. Is this true? How would you rate Limestone
vs soapstone vs slate for a fireplace Any tips for what I should
look for in picking stones? Noreen, May 16, Reply
Dear Noreen: ... For an active fireplace Soapstone is your "man".
I don't know about this oil different from the mineral one
thing. I'd stick to mineral oil. Ciao and good luck, Maurizio, USA
|A 1917: I have a business
I am trying to resurrect that my father started. I have a bridge
saw with a 10' x 6' table. I have a slab polisher. I have an angle
grinder (hand). I have grinder/polisher with 50g to 3000g. The way
my father would create a 45 degree bevel, would be to use the angle
grinder following a pencil line 1/4" on top and 1/4" on edge. To
me that seems like it leaves to much room for error and sloppiness.
My question is, Can I use a 7", 5/8" arbor granite dry cut diamond
blade on a circular saw, that I can purchase at home depot,
and put the saw on a 45 degree angle to make a clean, straight,
smooth cut for my bevel????????? Then I can use the polisher to
finish the job?? Thank You, Reno, May 16, Reply
|A 1862: Need information
on the tricks of the trade for producing terrazzo i.e. ingredients
and the products used for the sealing Thanks Carl, May 15. Reply
Is there any environmentally safe way to excavate a trench 3'x5'
around a populated lake without blasting or jack-hammering.
I have heard tell of a new laser cutter is this a fact or not. Please
let me know at your earliest convenience. Jerry, April 19. Reply
|A 1728: Being an
absolute dummy when it comes to stone leaves me no alternative but
to ask a simple question. Can an ordinary field stone be cut?
Is there any specific saw to do this work? I have played with a
lot of stone that I have on my property and have learned how to
split some but if it doesn't have a grain, I have found it near
impossible to shape. Gerry, April 18. Reply
Gerry. What kind of stone is your field stone? How deep do you
need to cut? The answer to your question really depends on having
more information. Generally speaking, though, there is equipment
available to do what it is I think you are trying to do. Please
try to contact me direct through this site, and if I can get some
specifics from you, I can probably point you in the right direction.
Thanks, JVC, USA
Without expensive stone working tools the method you described is
how it is done.
Regards, Steven, USA
This is to request pictures of sites containing granite excavation
and pictures of the machinery which are used to cut the specified
material. Thank you Mireille, April 14. Reply
|A 1701: Hi JVC I noted
that you are a Geologist by training and into stone work. I am also
a geologist but have spent all my life until now in Mineral Exploration
Ė mainly gold. I have worked in Australia, New Zealand, Papua and
New Guinea, Indonesia and now have changed courses and am now trying
my hand at dimension stone in China. I have been in China only one
month and am finding things very interesting especially in the potential
of this place to provide natural cleft stone, which is where I am
The reason for this email is to try to find information on how
to calibrate tiles made from slate, sandstone and limestone.
The company that I am with is Chinese and in need of technical in
put which is where I fit in, I hope!
Anyway, I would appreciate it if I could be pointed in the right
direction to help me gain further information on the processing
of these rocks into saleable commodities especially for the N. American
market place. Best regards, Alan,
April 14. Reply
Alan. Wish you luck with the new venture, but unfortunately, this
is not within the scope of my expertise. My business is not involved
with tile or slab work. However, I am aware of new machinery on
the market that does just about everything,- you essentially load
a quarry block at one end, and remove the tiles at the other. I'm
sure that there is a bit more handling involved, but most of the
work is computer controlled, and the end result is what the machines
are programmed for. One quarry that I buy a lot of stone from fabricates
pavers and tiles to size utilizing a narrow belt saw which if set
up right with a good turn table can slab the block to the programmed
thickness, and the slabs are laid down on the turn table, and cut
into the programmed tile size. the results are for the most part
square and accurate. Good luck, JVC, USA
|A 1687: I have
problems finding a good blade for cutting 3/8" thick Blue Macauba
on our multi blade machinery. We can only cut around 15 blades after
what our blades are completely "polished" and don't cut anymore.
Seems the material is too hard. Our machinery is from Edil tenit.
What would you recommend? April 10. Reply
Dear April, Your observations are good. Blue Macauba is a
quartzite and therefore quite hard. Your machinery is
probably OK but did you enquire from your blade supplier if the
blades you have are suited for this kind of stone? Learn about
the stone you are cutting and do some homework on the type of blades
available to cut certain rock types. Additionally, there are
different ways of cutting rocks - ask questions to the people who
should be able to give you the right advice about rock cutting and
machine parameters. Dr. Hans, Australia
Is there any use of Marble slurry ( the waste powder of marble
) which is available in our factories, Can you give me some information
related to re-use of marble slurry for business. I want to know
that in advanced countries like Italy, what do they do with marble
slurry Ravi India. April 6.
Gentlemen: We wish to 'paint' the etched/engraved areas (numbers
& letters) on polished black granite monuments in Gold...
The numbers & letters will be about 4" high.. We can apply the
paint while the granite is horizontal though the final resting position
of the outdoor granite marker will be about 45 degrees up from the
horizontal... Please advise as to best product , application techniques
and where we can acquire the product. We would like the Gold Lettering
to be bright, look like real gold and have a good long outdoor life.....
Lithochrome?? Epoxy?? Poly Urethane?? Thank You, Gene. April 3.
I would like information on producing terrazzo e.g. materials
& production method. Kind regards, Dominic. March 29. Reply
|A 1547: I am
wanting to know the materials used in making synthetic, or man-made
stones. Can you help me find this information. Would appreciate
any help you can give. Thanks Dennis, USA, March 17. Reply
Good old fashioned concrete. Regards, Steven,
|A 1542: My husband
and I live on 8 acres and about 3 of those acres is filled with
sandstone. We believe the previous owner tried to quarry this
sandstone and now my husband is interested in it, but has no
clue of what is involved. My husband wants to use the sandstone
as some kind of foundation. Could you please give us an idea or
some one to contact for more information on how to quarry sandstone.
Susan, March 15. Reply
Dear Susan.. You are asking for a lot of information which would
be impossible to dispense in a forum of this nature. There are so
many considerations involved in opening a quarry, or reworking an
existing quarry. It would be best if you could visit a working quarry
in your area to get an idea of what is involved. Then have a qualified
stone person visit your site to assess its potential. If you are
wanting to quarry out a small amount of stone for your own use,
it probably can be done with only a small investment in tools and
equipment, but a large labor investment. If you hope to commercially
quarry the stone, you will need to reach deep into your (or someone's)
pockets. Good luck, JVC, USA
We process of Sand Stone , Lime Stone and Slate. Can you tell me
the process for giving "Pillow Finish" to sand stone tiles
of size 40x40 Cm. Subodh, India,March 11. Reply
What machinery would you suggest to cut aterite boulders?
Are small gang saws available? March 8. Nelson, India. Reply
My friend is marble polisher but he has no work now. He
has all equipments to work. Maybe somebody help him find work. He
lives in Vilnius Lithuania. Sergey, Feb 21. Reply
Dear sir: How far would your friend be willing to travel outside
of his country with his experience? Kind regards, Anthony, Bermuda
We have access to granite in a fully permitted mine. We
need to figure out how to mine block suitable for processing
and the associated costs to do a feasibility study and a business
plan. Tom, Feb 21. Reply
Dear Tom, What you are about to embark on is one heck of a task
if you have never done it before. There are so many things to consider
and it sounds as though you are getting some advice even if it is
only from a bank. Your fundamental objective in this potential venture
is to extract blocks of granite that is a saleable product not just
tomorrow but many years into the future. You need to extract those
blocks of granite so that there is a profit for you. The equation
for the viable long-term extraction of granite is a complicated
one but it should not be daunting because it can be done. But you
must address many aspects properly before you commence operations.
So often people have gone into such ventures without seeking professional
help at this early stage and soon find themselves in financial difficulties
for any number of reasons. At least you are past the first hurdle
- seeking advice. You mentioned a feasibility study and a business
plan. Most financial institutions require these types of documents
and if you are trying to raise money for the venture you might have
to do it. But the feasibility study need not be an extensive one
at this preliminary stage and can be done before you embark on the
business plan. In other words, a relatively small amount of money
will provide you with all the information that you will need to
go to the next stage. There is no point doing a business plan before
you even know whether the granite is physically quarriable, can
be quarried profitably, the optimum scale of the operation (determined
by many factors such as outcrop morphology, financial resources
available, the type of machinery, the style of extraction, the distance
from market, and the salability of the granite in terms of volume
as well as cost). Ensure that you engage an experienced stone scientist
who understands all the technical and scientific aspects of the
granite, has first hand experience in quarrying, processing, testing,
and marketing, and can provide professional advice in all relevant
fields of the stone industry. Do not engage a geologist, mining
engineer, or fabricator unless they have all the necessary expertise
which is highly unlikely. A plane ticket to the States, about 4-5
days in the field at $600/day plus expenses, and 2-3 days for the
report (without tests) will provide you with all the information
that you will require. (Dr.) Hans, Australia, Reply
I have a marble back panel on my fireplace and I want to cut
a hole in the back panel on my fireplace without removing the
fireplace as this would ruin it. John, Feb 18. Reply
I am engraver on the black granite, making portraits, ikons,...
I am trying to find a job in Canada. Alex. Feb 9. Reply
I need contact information relative to monument fabrication.
Brian. Feb 6. Reply
Maybe I can help. Let me know what kind of information you are
looking for. Richard, USA, Reply
Hello, I am looking for some information on how a particular
portable unit to thermal top granite during an install.
I work for a construction supply company and I have a mason looking
for a tool to do this job. I am told one was purchased in Minnesota.
Please send me anything you have to help me out. thanks. Troy, Jan
|A 1313: I would appreciate
any info on the uses for, methods, etc. for reprocessing all
the waste from fabrication shops. Is there any viable business
in this area? McKendry. Jan 9. Reply
|A 1304: We have formed
a new company to excavate sand stone. Please send us any and all
information from testing to marketing to equipment. Shawn, Jan 7.
I have visited your Web Site and hereby I would like to thank you
for your efforts in natural stone sector. I work for
a company, which its activity is excavating & processing and
exporting of different kinds of natural stone. Would you please
advise me your kind comments about the best way and also best
material for filling of Travertine Tile or Slab? Also I would
like to know the standard size for Tile in U.S.A and Europe.
Your prompt reply will be highly appreciated. Thanks, Majid, Nov
There are machines that resin, dry and cure installations through
ultra-violet radiation. You can use this machines for filling the
holes of the Travertine. After you put on the slab the resin, the
slab goes through the drier and immediately you can pile or polish
the slab. NTP
|R1: Hi, The standard
size in USA 12"x12"x3/8" & 16x16 18x18. In Europe 30cm x 60cm
x1cm The material to fill travertine will be grout (white cement
& powder stone). Pini, USA, Reply
1271: We are a newly established private limited company based in
Ethiopia. Your site has a wealth of information. I was trying to
get information about natural stone market, processing machineries
and type of stones available in the market for a month in the library.
I got pieces here and pieces there still I did not finish it. Thank
you for your web site I got it all.
We have located a quarry sit for limestone, marble and granite.
We are planning to exploit these resources for local and international
market. We are conducting a feasibility study. For these we need
1. World market natural stone ( marble, limestone and granite) current
prices and historical trends.
2. Complete quarry and processing machinery prices.
3. If possible joint venture partner
We are planning a plant with a capacity of 150,000 sqm. Dec 18.
1256: I am cutting Amethyst slabs and would like to put
a smooth surface on the slabs fast and cheap. Thanks, Dave, Dec
Since amethyst is a quartz based semi precious stone you would process
the surface in the same manner that you would granite. Use a bed
polisher and polish until complete. If by hand, it is tricky but
possible by using all your grits of the diamond pads plus a felt
wheel and polishing powder. Question Why buy the slab unprocessed?
Best regards Steven, USA, Reply
Dear Dave: You want to grind, calibrate, hone and polish amethyst
slabs, and would like to do it fast and cheap. If I were you I'd
go to a "1 dollar store". They have really cheap stuff there. Ciao
and good luck, Maurizio, USA, Reply
1255: Is there any raw material for CAST IN SITU marble?
If we were mixing the raw material like cement and the finish product
will have a marble finish. Like casting a statue. Dec 12. Reply
What kind of stone do you have? Atkin, USA, Reply
I'd love to understand what you're trying to do to give you an intelligent
answer. What kind of marble are you talking about, marble chips,
marble dust, marble chunks? If it's a statue that you want to cast-in,
then your mixing material would be an epoxy resin (no more than
10%) with marble dust. If it's a terrazzo floor, then you could
use either cementious material of epoxy resin again. Ciao and good
luck, Maurizio, USA, Reply
| A 1236: How can I
buy Second Hand Product line for slabs and for tiles? Dec 3
| A 1227: I am interested
in info on stone detailing. Nov 27. Reply
You need to be more specific (i.e.: throwing a couple of examples
our way). Ciao, Maurizio, USA Reply
|A 1202: I am starting
a new business where I need a steady supply of stones. They will
be used for landscape and lighting. I need small 3 to 4 in. cobbles
or river rock, sandstone such as "Colorado tumbled" or any
other stones that their size and color is somewhat consistent.
I am using diamond core bits for drilling through them I could use
any tips on speeding up this process. I have a beautiful idea
and design and I am getting ready to market these lights. I will
need pallets at a time. Please let me know if you can help. I am
in Bakersfield, Calif. Nov 21. Reply
Time is money $$$$ Consider Water Jet!!!! Also consider water and
oil proofing your stone!!! Kim, USA, Reply
I drill Basalt with a carbide bit and a Jack hammer. Works well.
Billy, USA. Reply
|A 1189: We are a group
of students of architecture at Belgrade University and are doing
a research project on up-to-date materials used in making mosaics.
We need Your help in finding references about these materials (detailed
descriptions, performances, prices, ...) through catalogues, brochures,
etc. Please be as kind as to notify us about the possibilities of
obtaining these data. Thanks in advance. Nov 16. Reply
With regards to materials for your mosaic projects, our company
produce 100% recycle glass materials that come in many different
sizes, which is perfect for your tile mosaic projects. Our glass
products are tumbled and processed to create a safe material for
construction and art projects. We obtain the raw materials from
all across the States. We have many different sizes of glass, such
as flat glasses, beach glass,
1/4 " - 2" size diameter glass pieces, as well as glass boulders
ranging from 12" dia - 36 " dia. If you are interested in using
our products, we can send you some samples or email you some images
of our glass products. Thank you, Nani,
Unfortunately for you it will not be as easy as sending the email
to us. You have natural stone, ceramic, porcelain, glass, composites
and a whole host of other products to use. Enjoy the research phase
and keep us posted. Best regards, Steven, USA, Reply
|A 1185: I have a sandstone
table top that I want to put some western brands on. Can
they be etched in? If so, what is the procedure? What
is the best and least expensive way to do this. Can this be done
with a router and stone bit? Also, is there a way to smooth the
edges of a rough piece of Arizona sandstone? I have heard this can
be done with a special bit and a router and done the same way you
would a board. Mary, USA, Nov 13. Reply
Mary, Please call a local fabrication facility for the edges. The
etching can also be done. A source to try is a monument company.
These are the people who make headstones. They usually have the
Best regards, Steven, USA Reply
Mary. I've had some experience working with this stone, and
yes it is possible to do the things to it that you describe. Quite
possibly, the best way to get the various brands cut into the stone
would be by sandblasting. Check with a local monument company about
this. As for using a router, you are looking at an investment in
diamond tools, and the need to use water during the cutting process.
Maybe a local granite counter top fabricator may be willing to work
with you if you want to go in this direction. This is an extremely
hard and abrasive stone and not easy to work with, and it is hard
on tools. I had to cut to size the treads and risers for a multiple
landing staircase from this material, and put a bullnose edge on
all the treads. Burned up many dry cut diamond saw blades in the
process, but was successful in chisel cutting the bull nose. It's
entirely possible that the brands could also be chisel cut into
the stone. Good luck with your project.
JVC, USA Reply
I am using diamond core bits for drilling through 3 to 4 in.
cobbles or river rock, sandstone, etc. I could use any tips on speeding
up this process. Francisco, CA, USA, Frank, USA, Oct. 12, Reply
I'm a granite worker in Barre, Vt, I think u would be much better off
to use carbide tip drill bits with an air drill p.s. this process on
granite takes me 2 min. to do a hole 10 in. deep . 90 psi on air very
fast. Mick, USA.
Hi, I'm a student at Kent Institute of Art and Design in the UK and
I am designing a toilet bowl to be made out of either black marble or
granite. I need to know the cost of such a piece of stone and the process
of making such a thing, can it be machined or does it have to be hand
carved? Also how would I attach stainless steel pipes to a stone surface
so they are watertight? I would be grateful for any sort of advice,
thanks Erin, UK, Oct 11. Reply
R3: Hi Erin we can make them too. Not for $400 though, Bryan,
R2: Dear Erin: Talking about the legendary British sense of humor!
Well, if this is not a joke, I don't think I will ever live long enough
to see all the possible weird ideas people will come up with in connection
with natural stone! I love this business!! I have not a clue on how
to go about manufacturing such an ... artistic masterpiece. I'm hard
pressed believing that there's a machine to do that, however. Again,
if this is no joke, stay away from marble! Ciao and good luck, Maurizio,
R1: We do it, its hand craft. About $400 for one. Pini, USA,
We are looking for old granite drilling cores to purchase to test PDC
coated carbide inserts that are brazed into oil and water well drilling
bits. 4 to 6" inches in diameter and about 10 to 20" inches in length.
Thank You, Jerry, USA, Oct 11, Reply
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on granite tiles or logs to use for testing of drilling bits.
Jerry, USA, Oct 3, Reply
Pr 1000: Email me relevant
information on the way to find out the number of gangsaws in the
North American market. Sept 25. Reply
A 1106: I would like to buy some "do it yourself"
or indeed any books or other publications about making terrazzo.
Do you know of some suitable publications and a source of supply? I
would be very grateful for your assistance, Thelma, Sept 22, South Australia.
R1: the books I know
about on this subject would be the Terrazzo Association manual. I believe
their web site is www.NTMA.org, Fred, USA, Reply
A 1102: I need some feedback
on how templating processes are done. I am considering buying
a BHV Gregg digitizer for creating DXF files to then be used in my Z.Bav
CNC machine. Any help on this will be greatly appreciated. Sept 18.
R2: Brian: First
there are many different ways to take the field data and covert to fabricating
and installation data. I recommend the method that relies upon
measures rather than templates. Regards, Steven, USA Reply
R1: Templates are
done with plastic or with wood strips glued together. Fred, USA
1097: I wanted some information on Sandstone
quarrying of Dimension in Australia... Marketplace, relevant extraction
technology, etc. Glen, Australia, Sept 9, Reply
R1: Dear Glen, Your request
is a bit vague. Are you interested in starting your own sandstone quarrying
operation? If you need any assistance in doing so please contact me.
(Dr.) Hans, Australia, Reply
1095: Nice to meet another marble fabrication, stone man. I do
marble fabrication and installation but some time I have trouble to
bring the high polish when I used the final pad or buffing pad. Is there
any especial liquid better than Akemi polishing fluid to do the job?
Diascana, USA, Sept 9, Reply
I am not into fabrication but I am into the restoration of stone. There
is buffing compound all 5x. If used right, you can high polish any stone.
Huligar, NY, USA, Reply.
Dear Diascana: Nope, there's not any better liquid ... I think. I have
never had a problem polishing marble or granite with a right-angle polisher
(variable-speed) and a white polishing pad, though. Well, ... maybe
it's perhaps because I never used a polishing liquid! For all I know,
dimensional stones are polished by abrasion and friction, like gemstone.
I am hard-pressed detecting any abrasiveness in a liquid! Ciao
and good luck, Maurizio, USA,
R1: Diascana: You
know as well as I, that different stones achieve different levels of
Specifically with marble-- Are you polishing
wet with an electric or air polisher? What type of pad are you using?
What type of stone are you polishing?
I am known as somewhat of a purist and tell my people to shine the stone
by using each grit effectively. When we have a stone that doesn't shine
as much as we want we do three things.
1) We polish dry.
2) We use tin oxide and a wool pad.
3) We throw away the gloss meter and hope
that I told the customer that variation in stone is natural and beautiful.
Best of luck, Steven, USA, Reply
I would like wholesale sources for metal table frames ready for
mosaic tile installation. Also any good reference material on natural
stone tile installation for interior or exterior use, specifically tables
& benches. Thanks, Todd, USA, Sept 5, Reply
b: I am working in a granite slab processing plant (100 % export oriented
unit) in India as production manager. Are there any guides or books
available on cutting granite by granite gang saws with using abrasives
steel grit and slurry and polishing with line polisher, which will improve
and expand my knowledge in this field? Ram, India, Sept 2, Reply
a: I am working in a granite slab processing plant (100 % export oriented
unit) in India as production manager. More over I had experience in
gang saw cutting and polishing. Recently I was transferred to rough
block procurement. I had not that much experience in insetting and marking
the rough dimensional stone granite. We are having our own quarries
of different granite verities like BLACK GALAXY, KASHMIR GOLD, KASHMIR
WHITE, VALCANO BLACK, RED MULTI, RUBY RED, PARADISO, TROPICIL GREEN,
IMPERIAL GREEN, COLOMBO JUPRANA, TAN BROWN, SAFIRE BROWN, YELLOW JUPRANA,
LAVENDER BLUE and some other granite varieties. I would like to the
marketing names of all Indian granite varieties that are exported to
USA from India. Their alias names, test unit results, their petrologic
analysis, like mineral compositions etc.
standards for rough granite dimensional blocks, what are the defects,
how to find them, how to inspect a rough granite block, different type
of patches, joints, crack and bands what are the mineral composition
of above defects, how they will occur in granite formations? Are there
any guides, books and literatures that will cover from Geology to practical
rough block marking?
are the defects that will be observed after finished slab inspection
of above and other Indian granite varieties?
4. In processing
what I get knowledge is by myself, it was limited to some extent only.
In India there was a little scope to get any books and literature on
granite related. Are there any guides or books available on cutting
granite, by granite gang saws with using abrasives steel grit and slurry
and polishing with line polisher, which will improve and expand my knowledge
in this field?
the procedure in US to exports slabs on 3rd party from India.
is the stone market for Indian granites and their price per unit (Sq.
ft. or Sq. m.)?
would be greatly appreciated, Urgent please. Thanking You, Regards,
Ram, India, Sept 2, Reply
R2:There is only one book on this subject that I am aware
of..It is called Stone Fabrication "Techinques and Tips". To buy it,
contact Findstone. Reply
I can only answer -- and only partially -- your No.6 question. I must
first state that I do love India and its people (I visited it 4 times,
and I hope to see it again soon), and I also do some business there.
Finally, I do not import and/or trade stone. All that said, Indian stone
COULD have a good market here in the US, but, alas, all too many Indian
operators have been leaving too much to be desired, as far as business
ethics are concerned. Consequently ... Good luck! Maurizio, USA Reply
A 1069: We are a marble and granite company
in Egypt, some of our clients sent to us some measurements described
as "Flash Cut", I would like to know the meaning of this term
please. Thanking you, Hesham,
August 16, Reply
Hesham, I am not familiar with "flash" cut. The closest I come to it
is FLEURI CUT. This is when certain stones are cut parallel to their
natural bedding plane. It can give a mottled affect. Best of luck,
Steven, USA, Reply
A 1064: I would like information on stone estimators or stone
quantity surveyors for estimating natural stone commercial projects.
Kind regards. Anthony, USA, Aug 7. Reply
1054: Have you heard about a quarry /
rock crushing operation for sale in Western US? Apparently there
is an operation such as this which is currently for sale. Regards,
Palmer, USA, July 24, Reply
Palmer, In regards to your request for a potential rock crushing operation
on the west coast, I have a site that may be of interest to you. My
company just bought a very large granite deposit about 50 miles north
of Seattle, WA. Our reports indicate that there is 54 million tons of
loose and fractured hi-grade granite on the talus slope alone. We are
in the permit process with the county for this future operation of crushed,
architectural granite. There is also a large metamorphic ridge on the
property for low grade crush also. Brad, USA,
1044: Business: I currently
live in the United States. Los Angeles, California to be exact.
My family has land in Nigeria that contains granite and marble, and
I want to begin a family business of extracting the stone from the land
and importing it here to the United States. I have very limited
knowledge of how to do this, but I am very eager to learn and succeed
in this venture. I need information on the cost of beginning
the extraction, how to package and ship the slabs of stone, and the
estimated costs of bringing the stone overseas. If you could
help me answer some of these questions, or help me in anyway, it
would greatly appreciate.
I currently submitted information to two Nigerian factories that you
have on your site. I was thinking that while my company begins
to develop, I could help find buyers and distribute their stones for
them. This will allow me to learn a lot about how to import the stone,
and related costs and obstacles. Thank you for your time, Adegboyega,
USA, July 20. Reply
Adegboyega: Before you even start to speculate about quarrying granite
or marble in Nigeria it is absolutely essential that you get the appropriate
advice on the types of stone that you have, whether they are easily
quarryable, whether they can be quarried profitably (i.e. establish
all the potential problems), and whether they are marketable.
In many cases, the granite and marble outcrops are not quarryable and
people waste a lot of time and money on these ventures. It is
not difficult for an expert to provide you with this advice. Also,
before you even get to this stage have the stones examined petrographically
to check on their composition and quality. If you have any other
questions please contact me. Hans, Australia, Contact
1042: Business: I wish
to start a processing plant for marble and granite in India and export
to U.K., please tell me what machinery I would require
for cutting and polishing marble and granite slabs. Please give
any other advice that you think would be helpful. Thank you, Bal,
U.K. July 20, Reply
We are one of the leading manufacture of stone processing machineries
such as different type of edge cutting with different sizes. Polishing
m/c with different sizes with pneumatic and without pneumatics. Block
saw m/c with different sizes. And many other machine regarding stones
Our manufacturing unit is situated at Ahmedabad (Gujarat) INDIA.
We also exported many machines to country like UAE, MUSCUT, BAHREIN,
SAUDI, SINGAPORE, THILAND, BANGLADESH, NEPAL, NEW ZEALAND - AUSTRILIA
too and many AFRICAN countries.
We also like to inform you that our machines are manufactured to exact
engineering standards, workmanship and quality and satisfy the utmost
requirements i.e. accurate 90-degree edge cutting.
Quality and production as required by the STONE industries. We also
assure you of our best and prompt services. Bala, India.
1040: Business: Please inform
me about latest in monuments masonry (designs, tools etc.) worldwide.
Many thanks Kostic, Zimbabwe, July 20. Reply
A 1029: DIY: Where can
I get training on stone cutting? Specifically, I want to learn
on how I can cut granite and etch letters in the granite and then sell
them retail; I am in the business of pet memorials. David, USA,
July 11. Reply
1031: DIY: I'd
like to know how to drill a hole 5 feet deep by 2" round in granite
(field stone). I'd
like to place a steel rod down the middle and hang it. Larry, Canada,
July 8. Reply
R2: I have an import company based in southern
California and can supply you any of the sample materials you desire
free of charge (except for the shipping cost). Where are you located?
As far as Maurizio said "the expert panelist" It really felt like
he was trying to discourage you. I know of 4 companies that have recently
from computers and components to importing stone.I am consulting for
2 of those companies right now. For reasons beyond my comprehension
the aforementioned companies are all Chinese companies! The key to making
the transition is relying on the "experts" to guide you and help you
get your foot in the door. I am available on a consultancy basis. Micheal,
R1: Larry unless
you are prepared to make a large outlay of cash for equipment, you
would be best off to hire this job out. Check your yellow pages
for someone doing concrete coring and talk with them. They will
have the necessary equipment on hand, and depending on the type stone,
the job should not take too long. Good luck, JVC, USA, Reply
1026: I am interested in going to Mexico to do stone carving
and vacation with my family maybe returning every year. What part of
Mexico should I go? Preferably where there is a good quality marble
or other suitable stone and the cost of living low. Tom, USA. July 3
1011: Do you know what materials are used in the manufacturing of this
light weight stone used around water ponds etc. You see it a lot in
malls and other places where natural stone is to heavy to work with.
I would like to make some molds of natural stone and create my own light
weight cultured stone. USA. June 19 reply
I am a manufacturer of cultured marble and stone products in Michigan.
If you are going to make these stones for your own use, the costs of
getting the raw materials , make the molds and make the product would
probably be cost prohibative. If you are looking to go into
the manufactuing business for these types of products, I could be available
for professional consutling for all aspects of putting together such
a business (Suppliers, mold making, raw materials, manufacturing tecniques
to acheive different effects, everything that might be involved to sucessfully
start and operate such a manufacturing business). If you
have such an interest you can contact me. Bill, USA Contact
Q 991: I require information in regards to the methods to process scrap
marble & granite and all of the possible uses of the new compounds. Specifically,
the methods used to process and recycle the marble and granite including
the methods, machinery and compounds needed to grind and to form the
new processed compounds for all the possible uses. Roberto, Canada.
June 1 reply
A 1000: I require information in regards to the methods to process scrap
marble & granite and all of the possible uses of the new compounds.
Specifically, the methods used to process and recycle the marble and
granite including the methods, machinery and compounds needed to grind
and to form the new processed compounds for all the possible uses. Roberto,
USA. May 30 reply
We have two large machine tool base made of high quality china
granite. Each base weighs 4500 lbs and is made of big slabs and blocks
of granite. These bases are scrap for us so we would like to sell them.
The granite can be salvaged and used for any other purpose. Parag, USA.
May 22 reply
A 993: "19" was put on my mother's grave stone when my
dad died in 1971. Now my mom died in 2000, they say that the 19 can
be filled in but do not guarantee it. I asked if they could sandblast
both panels out and redo it. They said that a new stone is cheaper.
Is this true? WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND? McMohan, USA. May 21 reply
A 990: Would you please give me some knowledge about granite, such
as: description, vein, hue, colour, processing methods, fabrication
products. Gerald, China. May 19 reply
A 979: I would like to know what tools are needed to carve granite
into 3-d animals I am a local artisan who wants to move from brass
carving to stone. Any info on tools and techniques would be appreciated.
Chris, USA. May 5 reply
R2: Dear sir, There is a special diamond
tool made in China maybe for stone artwork very useful. if u have
a small power tool. please try. best regards John, China. Reply
R1: Hello Chris, If you are still interested in tools for working
with granite I can help you. Also if you have begun to work on your
carvings by now I would be very interested in seeing your work. Thanks,
Alida, USA Reply
A 978: We are interested in doing mosaics and inlay work
using natural stone. What tools and blades are available for cutting
and inlaying marble, slate, tiles, etc in curved shapes? Is there
a blade that could be used in a jigsaw? Or a bit for a router? Or are
we stuck using tile saws, circular saws and grinders w/ diamond blades?
Dominic, USA. May 4 reply
sir, There is a special diamond tool made in China maybe for stone artwork
very useful. if u have
a small power tool. please try. best regards John, China. Reply
it does, Contact a stone fabrication facility and have them look up
stone jig-saw. Good luck, Steven, USA Reply
R1: There is a ring saw shown
at many of the tile shows which works very well for doing inlay, curved
shapes and cutting sample pieces. These can be purchased from
several different tile/stone distributors. Kelly, USA Reply
A 976: One of my friends is interested to venture into stone business.
There is a spot of granite called charnokite found near his hometown
in Ukraine. The pattern of the granite is black with green grains. The
experts estimate the volume of the granite in this spot is at least
1 million cubic meters. We are curious about the mining method, the
needed machinery and the estimated price (USD/m3 or USD/m2) if sold
in blocks, slabs or tiles in Europe or USA. Oleksandr, Ukraine, May
A 971: Hello. I want to find out about training for stone cutting.
Thank you, Ralph, USA, April 28 Reply
There is a school opening up in late Sept. in Barre Vermont. Mick,
A 959: I want to create a more appropriate memorial for my pet's remains
than the small black urn I received her remains in. I was given some
marble slab scraps and I want to rough "cut" and polish them, stacking
them to build a base for the urn. I was told I could tap the marble
with a hammer to break it into smaller pieces, then I will need to polish
five of the six sides of each piece. Can you give me more specific
advice? Susan, USA, April 13. Reply
Susan, you would be better off to do it with a electric saw with a diamond
blade; the blade will cost around 50.00 dollars, but will cut it like
butter and then to polish it will be much easier too. Mick, USA.
A 958: Hello! I am a new granite / marble fabricator. We primarily
fabricate residential countertops. I would appreciate any
information concerning products you handle to treat these materials.
I am also seeking reference information to better inform myself concerning
the nature of granite and marble pertaining to countertop usage.
I would also appreciate any trade reference information you could supply
us with. Lance, USA, April 13, Reply
I would like information on seaming, grinding and polishing granite
for making countertops. Bob, USA, April 8. Reply
I have recently started engraving on marble and granite.
I would like to know where to buy the cans of highlighting "paint" to
spray on/scrape off of the finished image. Does it only come in
white? Also, any engraving tool recommendations? I am only
familiar with the one I borrow from the person who pays me to do work
on the headstones he sells. I would like to buy one of my own.
Thank you very much for your help; I look forward to hearing from you!
-Freddi, March 26, USA, Reply
You would be better off to do it with gold flake, buy this at any hardware
store, Mick, USA
Q 899: I am looking for information on carving headstones as a business.
I would like to know what all it would involve. I have never carved
stone before. I canít seem to find any info on the subject. Thank you.
Janet, USA, March 9. Reply
Q 895: I'm fascinated by carving but clueless on how to get started
-- Web has given me some ideas but what next? I have the basic
tool set, and a huge piece of alabaster--What now? Jeff, March 6, USA,
Businesses for sale:
Pr 1003 Slovakia: Marble
and granite processing factory for sale having.
- administrative building
- production hall 78 x 66 LM
- technological cooling water cleaning-recycling station (150 cumt/hour)
- electro transformer station ( 2 x 630 kW)
- central gas heating station
- 5 internal hall cranes
- 1 external portal crane
- machinery imported from PELLEGRINI MECCANICA, FRACCAROLI & BALZAN,
- Production capacity: up to 12000 sqm/month (129000 sq ft/month). Dec
Turkey: 1.000.000 m3 block granite capacity granite
mine on sale! About 65 km distance to the seaport for a best
price of $ 650.000. Sept
India: A 100% EOU (Export Oriented Unit) available for
sale having 1) Monument processing unit 2) Gangsaw Unit 3) Quarries 4) Quarry Equipments. The acquirer will
be entitled to continue the business in the same style as it exists
today. The acquirer will be entitled to all licenses registered in the
company's name for quarrying / mining of granite blocks and other related
registrations / licenses with various governments / statutory agencies
and business associations. Aug
Pakistan: We are also interested in purchasing some machines (Like marble
cutter, polish machine and grinder machines) Please send me complete
details. June 15. Contact
e 1413 India: I want marble cutting machinery manufacturers
in India. Feb 23
1388 Pakistan: PLEASE SEND US COMPLETE INFORMATION REGARDING USED
GRANITE MACHINE & GANG SAW MADE IN ITALY OR GERMANY. Feb
1383 USA: I want a 9 inch polishing wheel for a grinder
to polish granite. Feb 8
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