Delaware mineralogical society

A Delaware 501(c)(3) non-profit earth-science educational organization


DMS Member Auctions Page

From time-to-time, DMS conducts refurbished or 'as is' equipment, specimens, and related items Member Auctions. Either Members will want to share from their hobby, or benefactors will donate to our organization with the goal to encourage collecting and the lapidary arts.

In recent years, Tom Pankratz, our Vice-President of Fieldtrips, has taken the mantle of processing the equipment, and running our internal auctions. As we are not permitted to offer by auction during the year to the general public, DMS Membership offers the opportunity to acquire and advance their appreciation of the hobby. Auction rules are below.

The proceeds fund club activities, such as fieldtrips, our Junior Program, honorariums to Guest Speakers, and support of Delaware natural history museums. Members, thanks for your support.


Now to March 31, 2018 at 5:00 EST: Frantom combination tool

This is an auction of a Frantom combination trim saw, grinding wheel and end sanding pad / buffing wheel what was donated to DMS.
Please see the DMS auction rules, which are in an attached document. These are new rules modified earlier this year.
The auction starts with this announcement and ends March 31 at 5:00 pm EST

Starting Bid: $25
Bid Increment: $5
Buy-it-now: $125

Item description:

1. See the attached photos.
2. The Frantom company formed in 1972; I don’t think they currently make lapidary equipment.
3. The trim saw is 6” and is oil cooled. The spinning blade picks up oil from the sump. The oil returns to the sump through holes in the bed.
4. A 16 oz bottle of oil is included
5. I cut a 1” piece of quartz easily so I think the blade is reasonably good.
6. The trim saw blade splash guard is broken and missing. I made a temporary splash guard from a plastic bottle which worked well enough for me to try the saw out. It’s included.
7. The grinding wheel is 5”, and well used. It has flat spots. It’s useable, but perhaps should be replaced with a 6” wheel.
8. It’s not obvious to me how the grinding wheel is lubricated. There is no water drip system. And the 5” wheel is not big enough to pick up lubricant from the sump; I think a 6” wheel would. Or a spray drip system could be made. There is a sump drain hole that’s plugged.
9. The flat end disc looks like it was used as a sander. Nothing is there now. Silicone dioxide sand paper can be glued to the disc. There is no obvious lubrication system.
10. Or a buffing pad could be tied over or glued to the flat end disc to polish stones.
11. There are 2 arbor bearings that appear to be in good shape. The arbor runs smoothly and quietly.
12. The arbor is belt driven by a1/4 horsepower Sears Craftsman motor. The motor runs smoothly and quietly. I added a new power cord with a ground.
13. There is no switch; you plug it in to turn it on. A switch box could easily be added.
14. A coat of paint would make it look a lot better. I pressure washed it to get it clean enough to paint.
15. Overall: there are a few things to be bought and some work to be done to get this unit going, but once done it’ll give years of good, reliable service.

Photos of Frantom Combination Tool (.PDF)

DMS AUCTION RULES (revision February 11, 2018)
1. Auctions will run for approximately 2 weeks. Auctions will start with the emailing of the auction notice and end
a. on the date and time specified, unless there is a ‘late’new high bid in which case
b. 24 hours after receipt of the last high bid
(example: if an auction ends at 5:00pm on April 1 and a new high bid is received at 4:59 on April 1, then all bidders are notified of the last bid and the auction will remain open until 4:59 on April 2).
2. Auctions will be announced by email to the membership of The Delaware Mineralogical Society. Auctions may also be posted in the newsletter and on the website.
3. Auctions are for DMS members only.
4. Items auctioned will be described in reasonable detail and accompanied by photos. Additional information will be provided upon request. Items may be viewed by making arrangement with Tom Pankratz.
5. Bids must be submitted by DMS members to Tom Pankratz in writing. Email is preferred.
6. You may bid any amount, but you are only committed for, and the amount you pay should you win is only equal to the ‘second highest bid’ + ‘the minimum bid increment’.
(Example: In an auction with a minimum bid increment of $5, if I bid $30 and you bid $50, and nobody else bids, you win the auction for $35, and you only pay $35. However, if I rebid at $45, they your bid automatically increases to $50 and you pay $50. If I were to bid $55 then I win and pay $55.)
7. You will receive confirmation of your bid by return email, and told if you are high bidder or not. If not, you will be told what the highest bid is. If you do not receive a bid confirmation within 24 hours re-contact Tom Pankratz by phone or email.
7a. The sentence I send will read: You hold the high bid at $ X.00, with a reserve to $ Y.00. ‘Y’ will always be ‘equal to’ or ‘greater than’ X.
8. A starting bid, and ‘the minimum bid increment’ will be included in the auction announcement.
9. A ‘Buy-it-Now’ value will be included: the first bidder to bid this value wins the auction.
10. A record of all bids will be kept and all bidders will be updated weekly and then 2 and 1 day before close of auction
11. Auctions will be blind’ and ‘silent’. Identity of bidders will not be revealed. The amount of all bids will be communicated as indicated in ‘10’ above.
12. The identity of the winning bidder and amount bid will be announced to the DMS Board and made available to members upon request
13. Payment shall be made to the Treasurer of The Delaware Mineralogical Society within 7 days of close of auction
14. Items are expected to be picked up within 7 days of confirmation of payment by the DMS Treasurer.
15. Items are expected to be picked up within 7 days of confirmation of payment by the DMS Treasurer.