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Another Omni Owner’s Spindle and Platen

There has been a bit of huff and bluster from a certain source lately regarding tearing a “pressed bearing apart on the platten of a faceting machine”. He claims that the Omni faceting machine spindle was pressed into the spindle … Continue reading

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New Spindle Design

I’ve decided I want to have a new Spindle and Platen for my Omni, so I’ve drawn up a new design. The basic design is the same as the original Spindle and Platen except that the Spindle will extend above … Continue reading

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Spindle Diameter is Off

The Omni Faceting Machine I received has a Spindle diameter that is too small for my laps. Every lap I have – Crystallite plated, old Maja Mfg Steel, Ceramic, Batt, Lightning Lap with standard 1/2″ arbor holes – all slop … Continue reading

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Aligning the Platen

Disclaimer: performing this procedure may void your warranty. Proceed at your own risk. Warning: this is a slow and tedious process. If you are not mechanically inclined, think wrenches can be used as hammers or have a short fuse — … Continue reading

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Reducing the Omni Platen Diameter

This is another modification I made to my Omni. I find the original 5-3/4″ Platen diameter to be too wide, so there isn’t enough friction between the Platen and the lap. If I turn the speed control up quickly, the … Continue reading

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Removing the Splash Pan

The Splash Pan can be removed from the Omni Spindle Housing quite easily. Remove the Platen and Spindle first. Once the Platen and Spindle have been removed, look under the Splash Pan to locate the attachment screws. Using a 3/32″ … Continue reading

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Platen Tilt Alignment Problem

To illustrate the Platen Tilt alignment problem I have a couple of photos. There is an angular slope to the platen with the low point at the control box side and high point at the user side. With a dop … Continue reading

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Removing the Spindle and Platen

First remove the bottom drive belt cover, drive belts and Pulley from the Spindle. At this point all you need to do is get a wooden dowel or block of wood and carefully tap/press against the bottom end of the … Continue reading

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