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B&I mfg

Posted by Manny  
Re: B&I mfg
February 13, 2011 05:27PM
A while ago I purchased a 10" Craftsman B&I Gem Maker at a flea market. It is mounted in a wood cabinet along with the motor and some storage space - all hooked up and runs like a champ! Not bad for $25 bucks. It just has one plate and no other attachments I did however find a water cup for it and got everything all cleaned up. I can figure how it works although any leads on a manual would be fantastic. Even more so as just this week I found another 10" unit (with most of the attachments) and I'm in the process of getting it cleaned up.

It looks like this is the place (the only one I have found) that folks talk about these older units. And again any leads on an instruction booklet or manual would be great.


Re: B&I mfg
February 22, 2011 12:45PM
Hi Everyone, I have an instruction manual for a 10 in B& I Gem Maker. I am in Canada, but for the cost of photocopying and mailing I'll gladly send it on. I have 6 printed pages of instructions and a further 6 full size colour photos on how to set it up. Let me know, you can reach me by my email Thanks
B&I gem maker setup photos
April 23, 2011 05:47PM
I bought the 10" model 1422 and have the papers but need photos of the thing assemble and setup with the motor attached. Does anyone have some to share? Thanks so much.
Jim Haight
Re: 10" Gem Maker Novice Questions
October 01, 2011 09:13PM
Hello, LarryB,
Yes, I'd like a pdf copy of the 10" Gem Maker manual. Thanks in advance.
Zori Cohen
sears craftsman gem maker 6 inch
June 04, 2012 08:24PM
I just won a sears craftsman 6 inch gem maker. I was wondering if you have a copy of the instructions.
Re: B&I mfg
June 05, 2012 08:36PM
I just bought a sears craftsman gem maker 6 on ebay but it does not have a manual. Do you have the manual for this machine?
Re: B&I mfg
June 06, 2012 08:36PM
I just bought a sears craftsman gem maker six from ebay but it has no manual. Do you have the manual? if so can you email me a copy or else send it via snail mail.
Zori Cohen
4010 SW Vacuna Street
Portland, Oregon 9721
greatly appreciated
Re: B&I mfg
June 07, 2012 07:33PM
I just bought a sears gemmaker six from ebay. Was wondering if you still have the manual? If so, email me and I'll give you my address.
Chuck Fross
Re: B&I mfg
October 20, 2012 04:16PM
If you still have a manual for the 6" B&J gem maker, I would really appreciate a copy. Please let me know.

Re: B&I mfg
June 24, 2014 07:02PM
I recently acquired a 6 inch Gem Maker and am in desperate need of a manual as several parts are missing. If anyone has one, I would be glad to pay you for a Xerox copy. Please let me know how much.

Thanks for your help.

Re: B&I mfg
August 21, 2014 09:41PM
Hi All,
I have the 6" gem maker with the faceting head. Is there any instructions on how to set this up and the process used on this particular machine? I have the instructions I downloaded from this forum, there are at least 4 or 5 postings of the PDF so anyone can download them. But not one of those pdf's contains anything about the faceting attachment and how its set up or used. It appears I will have to make some modifications to the faceting head as the diameter of the dop stick holder is not standard, its only a slight amount and I hope I don't destroy the whole unit. I have a very nice drill press that I hope will do a perfect job. Any help with the setup and use of the faceting unit would be greatly appreciated.

Re: B&I mfg
August 28, 2014 08:47PM
If your blade is not cutting very fast it may be "glazed over", meaning the metal the diamonds are embedded in has melted over them due to heat build up over time. You can "dress" the blade by making several cuts into silicon carbide blocks or old silicon carbide grinding wheels to remove the built up metal and expose fresh diamonds.


Ray Hill Wrote:
> Dumb question Larry, but did your unit have the
> water drip cup...if you haven't used a unit
> before, you might not know about the need for
> lubrication and wetting of the cutting edge of the
> diamond blade. If you do and you have had a fairly
> steady flow of water onto the blade and the
> cutting is still slow, then it may be either the
> blade has lost it's embedded diamonds, or that the
> material you are cutting is quite hard.. Mine had
> a weighted assembly with a stone vise, which
> pulled the stone against the blade...does
> yours...and if so, is the weight on the end heavy
> enough or are you doing this by hand?
> Just a few thoughts ...

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/28/2014 08:50PM by Travis Hetsler.
Re: B&I mfg
December 16, 2014 10:35PM
New to this thread. Just got a 6 inch gem maker with facet head. Looking for instructions on the head. I have gem maker manual that doesn't cover facet head. Thanks.
B&I mfg
December 18, 2014 04:09PM
Hey George,

I don't know if you still have a manual. I am looking for B & I Gem Maker flat lap 6" manual. Have to replace the bearing, need something to go by. Thank you in advance.


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/18/2014 06:29PM by Wayne Corwin.
Re: B&I mfg
January 21, 2016 11:20PM
I just purchased one from an older couple. I have it in pieces hoping to talk to someone about putting it together.

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