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  1. Hello Everyone, I am brand new to fossil preparation and just ordered a Zoic Paleotech Velociraptor II to get started. I have an older DeWalt portable oilless compressor that is more than capable of driving the unit. My understanding is that the Velociraptor II shipped with an inline filter, is this enough or should I be adding an air filter and dessicant? If I need an additional air filter, what micron level should I filter down too? Any recommendations on filters/dessicants? I will eventually be getting a 2 stage 80 gallon oiled compressor but not for a w
  2. MaritLage

    Essential Gear

    What equipment do you consider to be essential gear ? If you had to make an emergency helicopter trip to a dig site , what would you have in your rucksack ?
  3. I have been prepping for nearly 7 years and work on private contracts. I used to work in a museum where they have been using the same methods since mid-2000s so I was taught to prepare using the techniques and tools that they taught me with (and developed my own skills for micro-preparation), namely just using a pneumatic scribe (ME-9100, CP9361, MJ) and a microscope. I've been curious about chemical prep, and was wondering if someone could explain to a complete newbie some of the ins and outs of the method? Or direct me to any forum threads/good websites that explain it. I want to broaden my
  4. Hi all, So normally, the weekend of 19-20-21 May I was gonna go with my family to Cap-Blanc-Nez (in France) with the WTKG, but unfortunately that excursion got canceled because, aside from me, only one other person applied! Luckily, as it is the place where my dad proposed to my mom (and therefore this area means a lot to them), and they would like to go back, we decided to go there next week (7-8-9 May)! We already booked a B&B in Wissant for the 3 nights. I am looking forward to it! So, as preparation for the upcoming trip, I am turning towards the most experien
  5. Looking to buy a stereo microscope to use with an air scribe and air eraser (in a blast cabinet) on echinoids and ammonites. This one seems very reasonably priced, but I have no idea what to look for in terms of quality. Will the image be blurry? Will I not be able to find any parts for this? https://www.vevor.com/collections/stereo-microscope/products/vevor-binocular-stereo-microscope-zoom-microscope-7x-45x-dual-arm-boom-with-led (price is about $250) If needed, I'll go ahead and buy an AMScope (dual boom, trinocular, and light ring) which comes to $576.94 on their site (seem
  6. I would really like to start prepping fossils (at least sometime next year) and I need some equipment that is not very loud. I am on a 200-300 dollar budget. I don't know if you can tell me this or not but does anyone know where I can get unprepped fossils, because I don't live in an area with very many unprepped fossils. Thank you in advance.
  7. So I’m on the verge of moving to a new house where I’ll be fortunate enough to have my own space for a fossil prep lab (and display room, but that’s for another discussion). This space is a completely hollowed out husk, doesn’t even have lighting installed at the moment. To those of you with fossil prep labs of your own, knowing what you know now, if you were making a lab from the ground up, what things would you suggest? Not just big stuff, but little things. What kind of overhead lighting? Floor padding you found useful? At the moment I have an air compressor and a wall mounted dust collecto
  8. hokietech96

    Double Decker Sifter

    Hi. This double decker sifter was inspired after spending the day with @Searcher78 looking for teeth at Flag Point and also seeing all is cool small teeth from Douglas Point. I have made you normal size 1/4 inch sifter and a made a smaller 1/4 sifter 12x11. I decided to add another sifter underneath the 1/4 inch to catch the smaller teeth. Because I am limited for time with 3 hour drives from NJ to MD I can empty the tray in the bucket and take it home to search or pick through there. Just thinking out loud. Haha. Anyway the theory is there. Hope it works.
  9. Hey everyone, I've seen this question asked before, but I am looking for something specifically for shark tooth hunting in shallow creeks. As for the knee pads, they will be getting soaking wet. So my concern is that the velcro might not hold. Does anyone have experience with kneeling in a creek with knee pads? Also, I was thinking about some 1.5mm or so neoprene diving gloves, but I absolutely need something that leaves my finger dexterity intact. I'm not getting the gloves for cold water, per se (I live in Florida). It's mainly so I don't cut myself on shards of
  10. Sagebrush Steve

    Field Equipment Checklist

    I'm getting ready to head out on a field trip to Nevada and Utah in a few weeks and thought I should get organized and plan out the fossil collecting equipment I should remember to bring. So I put together a list of items, and I'd appreciate any feedback. I've created categories to cover things for "Fossil Extraction," "Preparation/Packing," "Inspection/Documentation," and "Personal Protection." First thing you might say is "boy, that's a long list." Don't worry, I've already got most of what's on it, and I want this to be the list I work from for future trips as well. I won't take everyt
  11. 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
  12. Therizinosaurus

    best sifter to use?

    I have only been on one fossil hunting trip before and i used other peoples equipment. I was wondering if there's a preferred brand or type of sifter to use? I am mainly going after sharks teeth and shells if that is important. I will be searching on a sandy beach.
  13. DevonianDigger

    S. S. White 6500 Rebuild

    I figured this might be a good thread in case it comes up for anyone else in the future. I recently purchased a used S. S. White 6500 model micro sandblaster unit for my workshop, which from here on out, I will likely refer to as a lab, as it now contains a higher dollar value of equipment than my media production office. Upon arrival, I discovered that it was not only pretty well used, but very poorly maintained, and was in fact, not functional. Since I got it for an absolute steal on the auction site, it's still worth every penny. After disassembling the
  14. I am an architecture student from India and my research dissertation and thesis are based at the Raiyoli site in Gujarat, India, known for its vast nesting grounds and several sauropod egg specimens discovered through the early eighties. It was also here that the Rajasaurus Narmedensis was first discovered. My design aims to create a new system including a live dig site, preparation labs, casting/moulding labs and also serving as a fossil repository for the secure storage of the fossils excavated at the site since no such facilities are present throughout the country. I would like
  15. Hello members, I am going to go for a fossil hunting trip on this October 21 at Bowmanville Quarry, Ontario. Since I realized how useful an electric saw is on the last trip with @crinus, I am considering to get one before I get there. I found a post at the TFF, and the recommendations were a bit out of my budget... I was wondering whether I need to get an expensive one, or just between $100 to 200 one will be fine. I would appreciate your any recommendations and advice... Sincerely, Jun
  16. Williamrock

    Hey guys! Equipment check!

    Hey guys ! What are some of The tools and equipment you guys take when you go fossil hunting for the weekend? Favorite containers to store you're finds in the field ? Rucksacks ? Shovels ? Picks?
  17. Hi all, I think that this is my first time in this thread of the forum, after being active for about a year and a half... Shame on me! Well, just for your info I know absolutely NOTHING about microfossils. So please bear with me So I have a question for you guys: So I bought this microfossil slide recently for just 3,25€ (not sure if it’s a good deal or not, but seemed okay to me), thinking it would be useful to store my very small fossils. Well, when I got it, I had two surprises: 1) it’s a lot smaller than I thought it would be! Fos
  18. CarlosSchwindt

    Intro to prep

    What tools are needed for fossil prep? I recently bought a rough oreodont in Denver as well, and where can I find dental picks to help clean that out? What other tools are helpful thank you!
  19. sunparrot63

    What do I need?

    I'd like to get the tools, etc. necessary for fossil prep. I have a good eye and a good hand (I think), but I can't nail down exactly what equipment I need. Everyone seems to have something different. Can someone give me a list of everything needed to do fossil prep - the individual things? I know I need an air compressor, but I don't know how much air pressure I need. Brand names would be helpful, too. I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to do this. I'm OK with software, but not so hot with things that plug in! Thanks in advance!
  20. Found this crazy all in one demo hammer at home improvement store yesterday and bought it right away. It looks like it will do many things and has the heft of a small sledge.
  21. Tefnut

    Uber Noob Question

    Hello Iv never been fossil hunting before. I'm going to Marloes Sands in Wales next year. I'm going by train so need travel light. I know I need a pick, but can you tell me what I need that's light cheep but not going to fall apart easily? I'm hoping to find some small fossils, Iv heard there are trilobites there, but I will be glad to find anything. Thanks for any help.
  22. Yesterday, I visited my local thrift store looking for something to warm and dessicate my shale chips before doing a hydrogen peroxide bath. I was looking for a hot plate or other device with some temperature control that I could set to 200o F or so, as I've seen recommended here at TFF. The only things available were a selection of electric grills. None of them had any heat control, just the built-in cooking temperature. I don't know what that temperature is, but it's probably closer to 400o F than the 200o I was hoping for. I bought a small one thinking it might be useful, but I'd like to
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