The Facetron

Since 1974

All faceters know that the precision of their facets is directly linked to the precision of the index gear. That’s why our in-house machine shop carefully produces its index gears so you can cut the most brilliant gemstones possible. The Facetron comes equipped with the 96 index gear, but you can choose the index gear you want.

The Complete Kit

  • The Complete Facetron Machine
  • The Facetron Owners Manual
  • Learning to Facet in the 21st Century with Facetron by Jim Perkins
  • A set of 15 dop sticks (flat, cone, and vee)
  • Water System
  • Padded Lap Nut
  • Acculign Transfer Stand for unequaled precision and ease of use
  • 96 Index gear
  • Mast with micrometer adjuster and 360-degree swivel
  • 45 Degree table Dop
  • Target Dop
  • Dop Chuck Wrench

Index Gear Choices

  • 32 Brilliants
  • 64 All Purpose
  • 72 Hearts, Pears, and 9 Maine Brilliants
  • 80 5-Sided Figures and Stars
  • 84 All Purpose
  • 88 Eleven Main Brilliants
  • 96 All Purpose
  • 120 for Large Stones and Fine Work

After you dial in the desired angle on the digital protractor of the Facetron, the Dial Indicator Stop System shows you the exact stopping point. The dial indicator stop system consists of a new hard stop and dial indicator for dependable and accurate depth of cuts. You have three options. You can use dial indicator as dial stop only, hard stop only or both. The dial indicator resolution is .0005 of inch increments.

The Micro-height adjustment makes it easy to go back to any facet after the dop has been removed from the dop chuck. No numbers to write down. It’s quick and simple. This feature is particularly helpful in production faceting or when sharing your machine. The Facetron can roll back to any facet by setting the angle the stone was cut at on the digital protractor and reading the dial indicator needle.

The Base Plate is 12″ x 18″ ×1/2″ cast aluminum, Blanchard ground to be absolutely flat. This provides you the confidence that your machine is mounted on a steady base. Also included is a genuine oak veneer base to highlight this fine precision instrument.

The Mast Anchor Lever locks with a feather touch and a hard anodized base permit smooth movement with minimum wear–maximum flexibility to work on stones of all sizes and shapes.

The Two Quart Water Coolant System keeps your lap clear and stone cool so as not to damage either. It’s easy to refill and is fully positional on the lap. The convenient control valve easily allows you to adjust the flow of water.

The Index Gear is by far the most important component of any faceting machine. Facetron’s advanced design is machined without compromise for precise meets of the facets on your valuable stones. Index gears are machine engraved for easy viewing.

The Mast Head Adjustment Lever makes moving the head height quick and easy. Eliminates the cranking that many other machines require when lifting the head over long distances.

Dop Chuck with exclusive Cam Lock System provides a positive lock system on keyed dops that makes it easy to remove and replace your stones in the chuck with perfect orientation. This feature is invaluable for multiple-unit production cutting. The entire system is assembled with precisions sealed ball bearings to guarantee long life and perfect repeatability.

The Urethane Splash Bowl with Padded Lap Nut prevents accidental damage to precious stones. The spent cooling water conveniently drains through the bottom of the base.

The digital protractor provides you with 1/10 of a degree angle setting (equivalent to a four-foot protractor). It also allows you to repeat any desired angle quickly and precisely.

This custom-made motor for Facetron, supplies variable speed through a direct line V-belt drive with plenty of torque over the full range of RPM. Sealed bearings provide maximum life and dependability to the platen. The motor mount swivels to accommodate belt tension adjustments.

The electronic speed control puts you in control of your lap speed and incorporates an on-off switch. Also included is a forward-neutral-reverse direction control.