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  1. zeromangoCO

    Air scribe/air compressor?

    Hi everyone, I just had a question to ask about air scribes/compressors. I've been doing manual prep on green river specimens, and I'm happy with the results I'm getting, but I've been thinking it might be time to move up to an air scribe. I really enjoy the prepping process, I just want to be able to work faster. The one I've seen from Fossil Shack seems pretty good, and I've heard it was designed for green river fish, so it seems like a good tool for my purposes. It's also a fair bit cheaper than the other scribes I've seen. So my question is: does anyone have experience with this scribe? Wo
  2. Preferably to the friends from UK: What is the best preparation method for a Pterichthyodes milleri from the Devonian of Achanarras? Carbide tipped graver, air scribe or abrasive blaster? And if you can use an abrasive blaster, which abrasive is best? The fish is still almost completely covered and lies in a devilishly hard and thick slab. I want to prep the fish from the other side. What you see here should be the ventral side. What do you think? @Terry Dactyll, @Kosmoceras, @James_R_V
  3. Looking for some tips. I've been given an older CP 9361 but want to get a new stylus. Looking at getting it from Paleotools. What my question to you prep pros is what stylus would you recommend? I'm thinking the 1.5' or 2' pointed stylus? Will be mostly doing trilobites and plants in shale and mudstone. @Kane @piranha
  4. Hi All I'm looking to get a rough work air scribe and have 3 options so far (let me know if you have any other to look at please!): PaleoTools Junior Jack ZOIC Paleotech T Rex Ken Mannion SQ This is to work on some large New Zealand concretions. Has anyone got any experience using any of these or ideally, have used multiple of them? Thanks so much! @RJB I think you have a Junior Jack, any experience with any of the others?
  5. Hello friends! I am experimenting this period with my new Haufwerk W224 air scribe. It is recommended as ideal for beginners and rated for medium to fine preparation. My first lab rat turned out above my expectation. First attempt was done without press. regulator and without filter, since I did not know I needed these. Lab rate Prior preparation and After. Soft limestone for your reference. After having finished the above and onwards I work with pressure regulator (never above 5bar~70psi) and water separating filter to ensure I am using dry air.
  6. Well gang, a month or so and 1500$ USD later, I have upgraded/replaced, and modernized my prep lab. (pictures to follow once the new flooring and dust collector is delivered and installed) Between all the prep I need to do for my hobbies, my job, my degree, and many many vintage VW parts, plus an overall need for new toys when the budget allows... Well, that and my dissertation is coming up next year and I have to get my display ready for that... I managed to finagle some really good deals on scratch and dent, factory returns, and industrial auctions so I got about 5+ grand worth o
  7. My daughter and I do most of our collecting around the Whitby area where we mostly collect ammonite nodules with high iron content, making them very hard. I have tried prepping them with a Dremel rotary tool and while it often works quite well around the outer whorls it barely scratches the centre. I’d like to step up to using an air pen or similar but it looks a heck of a jump in terms of cost. Initial research looks like it’s going to cost £400-500. Is this a realistic estimate for entry level, but decent equipment? I wouldn’t want to throw a couple of hundred at poor quality gear
  8. Doctor Mud

    ME-9100 lost power

    Hi everyone, Hi have an ME-9100 and I’ve had years with no problems. Yesterday I took off the sleeve and cleaned everything and the only difference to my routine was that I directly put oil in where the piston is. now I can get it to start, but there’s no power, seems like the stroke length is almost zero and the stylus is barely vibrating. I took it all apart, including taking the tool off the hose and removing the pin and checking the piston, but it back together. Had slightly more power for a few seconds. But now the same problem. Any ideas?
  9. Sjfriend

    CP air scribe?

    Finally gonna start acquiring some air prep tools (scribe and abrasive) to better my prepping. My question at this point is this, on the CP brand air scribes, can you use other tips? Have seen here where sometimes a longer or different shaped tip is useful but didn't see in the Amazon description that the tips are changeable. Looking at the CP9160 scribe. So glad I found this group. Already learned much
  10. BentonlWalters

    Picking the Right Air Tool (UK)

    Hello everyone, I am relatively new to fossil preparation and up until last week have been using an electric engraver to prep some of my collection, but it overheated and died on me so I am looking into upgrading to a proper air scribe. I was hoping some of you who work with UK tools might be able/willing to give me some advice on picking a tool. I have heard very good things about both Zoic pens and the Ken Mannion TT but I'm curious to know what the difference between them is from a use standpoint since one uses pusher plate internals and the other a piston (I think).
  11. Pterygotus

    Right scribe?

    Hi everyone, I saw this tool up recently and it was described as a paleo tool type ARO. Would this be a good tool to start off with? Is it a proper ARO or a clone? I’d just like to make sure because it’s not cheap (£250) . If I get a cheaper ARO clone, will I be able to fit a nib like this on? Also, is there another tool or website someone could recommend? Thanks.
  12. Pterygotus

    Air scribe

    Hello everyone, Just spotted this online for a very cheap price. It’s labelled as a Chicago pneumatic cp9160. However the seller only listed one picture and not much info. Should I be worried? Is it suitable for fossil prep? Also apart from an air compressor what else would I need to get it up and running? Thanks in advance
  13. I was given ~$400 USD on Christmas, earmarked for an air scribe and air compressor. I've read many posts on the site about what to get, but many are almost a decade old now (that's so hard to believe!) My use-case would be limestone fossils (primarily ammonites or trilobites from North Texas / Oklahoma areas. I've seen recommendations for Chicago Pneumatic, a 8315B, Paleo-Tools, etc. What all do I need to get, assuming I'm starting with nothing? If I need to save more money, I'm willing to do so. I do have a 5 gallon cylinder shaped air-compressor, but assume
  14. What air scribe is the best for a beginner? Preferably one that isn’t too expensive. Please help I have no idea what i’m doing...
  15. Metopolychas

    Used Chicago cp9160

    I've found a used Chicago cp9160 on Amazon listed at 61.55USD. It's one of the models I've been looking at and seems useful for bulk removal of matrix. But! I can't figure out if I can set in new needle or if there are different ones like chisle shaped! Where would I get accessories (couldn't find one on what I think is Chicago's website) and what price do new needles usually run at? Also wondering if this is a good buy? (it's the red one if you filter for used air scribe on Amazon). Would you recommend it to a newbie with no experience? (I have plenty of air compressors so that w
  16. degrbi

    Newbie Prepper

    Hello. I am setting up to finally prepare some of the fossils that have been languishing in my collection in desperate need of exposure. I live within a few miles of one of the premier Devonian formations in the northeast USA, (Hamilton Group) of Penn Dixie fame, and I have always lamented my inability to pull out the best from my finds. I have begun to accumulate equipment. I will list what I have so far, and I am open to suggestions as far as what direction to go from here. Already have: A room, far from the rest of the household, where the noise from the equipme
  17. Fossil-Hound

    Fossil-Hounds Fossil Prep

    FYI @DevonianDigger @JamesAndTheFossilPeach @Kane @Malcolmt @caldigger @RJB @Ptychodus04 @Fossildude19 @FossilSloth @FossilDudeCO I need your guy's input as I go along! I'm a green horn! Thank you in advance. Well since some of you who I know have started your own fossil preparation threads I thought I'd do the same. A lot has transpired since, well Saturday morning. I went all chips in and bought a really nice two stage, 60 gallon Kobalt air compressor. You don't want to know the cost. My jaw dropped when the cashier rang up the total but I had no other choice. I was all in at thi
  18. Pterygotus

    Which air scribe to choose?

    I’m looking to buy an air scribe but there are so many types i’m not sure which to choose. I will mainly use it to prep Aust, charmouth, Lyme Regis or Isle of Wight fossils (all in the UK). Does anyone have any recommendations? Also, am I right to say that I would also need to buy a air compressor? Thanks in advance.
  19. Joe Gandalf

    Accessories for Air Scribe?

    Apologies if anyone has seen this before: I originally posted in another, older topic, but got no answer. I'm reposting as a new topic... (Since the original post, I have sourced a rebuild kit, anvil & both chisels at a decent price.) I found this forum while searching for information on an air scribe. A few months ago I found a CP9361 on a table at our local flea market. The guy mostly cleans out barns and sells what goodies he finds; his prices usually are rather reasonable, but this scribe cost me a whopping $4.00! So hooray! (And it is fully operational.) I had been us
  20. Phevo

    First air scribe

    Hello everyone I have decided to start prepping with some mechanic aid and was hoping for some advice. The compressor I have runs at 8 bar, 120l/min and has a 6l tank. The air scribe I am considering is from Krantz and has the following technical data: 36000 beats/min air consumption: 25–30 l/min pressure: 3–7 bar weight: 250 g size: Ø 17 x 160 mm length of the tube: ca. 2,5 m with internat. plug-in coupling pointer: acute, hard metal, medium, 38 mm My first question is if it looks like a good choice for a first scribe, an
  21. Sagebrush Steve

    Time to build a Blast Cabinet

    I’ve decided I need a blast cabinet to help me prep things like Green River fish and various invertebrates. I have a few questions I’d like to post for feedback. First, I have a stereomicroscope with a Barlow lens, so I want a cabinet with a flat top. Even with the Barlow lens the working distance between my microscope and the specimen is only about 6”, so a cabinet with an angled window won’t work. I will primarily be using this with an air eraser and a Dremel engraver tool. I don’t expect to pick up any kind of serious pneumatic air scribe, and I recognize what I will be trading off by
  22. Wanting to move beyond dental picks. Right now I have a dremel I’m think about using for fossil prep but am worried about maintaining control as it tends to pull. The other options I am seeing are air scribes and abrasive blasting. Which is best? Which is the next logical step?
  23. I just got back from a week-long trip that included a stop to dig Green River fish at the American Fossil Quarry outside of Kemmerer, Wyoming. That was a successful venture and I will post a separate entry showing some of my finds once I get them unpacked. While I was there, I stopped in at the nearby Fossil Butte National Monument. In the visitor center, one of the rangers was doing a demo of prepping a Green River fish (a Diplomystus from the 18" layer they got from one of the commercial quarries). I didn't take any photos but I did ask a lot of questions. Before I share his answers, y
  24. DevonianDigger

    Seeking a burned out scribe tip

    Hello, prep friends! Does anyone have exact specs on the stylus/pins for the CP and Paleotools units? I just purchased a knockoff and this diamond pin that it came with is totally useless. I want to replace it, but have no idea how compatible it will be with anything else.
  25. Made this quick reference guide as a fun little graphic to aid in sandblasting matrix. Hopefully, someone finds this useful! Enjoy!
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