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Bench polisher/buffer

I am looking for a bench polisher/buffer and I don't want to spend a bunch of bucks on something that will get occasional use. Anybody have any opinions and experience with what would be the one to get. I don't mind a used one, I just want to make sure it will do what I want. The first job will be to polish the aluminum lips from BBS wheels.

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Try to get a used one, preferably made in USA. Get the longest shafts possible and the highest horse power.

Kijiji, CL, eBay, etc.

Double sided is the best.
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I built one using a belt driven arbor and using the motor from my table saw.. Made a stand for it and a motor mount.. Worked out just fine.. You may need to tinker with the sizes of the belt sheaves to get a proper rpm for buffing..

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I built one using a belt driven arbor and using the motor from my table saw.. Made a stand for it and a motor mount.. Worked out just fine.. You may need to tinker with the sizes of the belt sheaves to get a proper rpm for buffing..

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Beyond my capabilities. Rather buy one as I am not that good at making one. I've even seen one made with the compressor from a refrig.
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Beyond my capabilities. Rather buy one as I am not that good at making one. I've even seen one made with the compressor from a refrig.
Approximately 3450 RPM's if you're buying one.
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How important is the rpms?
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Very important. Too slow and you'll be there forever.

You'll end up buying another machine and it will cost double.
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I discovered after a jeweler gave me some jewelers rouge that it is hard as a rock. I couldn't use an electric drill to pick up compound onto the pad. The jeweler said I needed a high speed buffer for it to work. I am now understanding that most compounds are not as hard and you can use a electric or battery powered drill will work. So anyway I want to be able to use the rouge and this means something faster than an electric drill.
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Speed is important, but power is what you need. I'd look for something that is at least 3/4 hp. I think, not sure, that most are about 1750 rpm. You need enough power so that your buffer doesn't constantly bog down on you. Makes for a long day trying to get one or two pieces finished. A HF buffer will only make you work harder and longer.
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Here's a 1HP C-man,3450,fatty.

Got the basic motor from a friend in trade for some welding.Trick bits:Lathe turned extended shafts with really nice machined flanges.The "hoods" are thumbscrew held in place.Meaning,you can loosen and turn the hoods to whatever direction.It's all sitting on an old grinder stand.

Besides the wheels(Caswell is a great resource as posted above),theres only "time" as investment.

No,it's not a "real" buffing machine as it dosen't have the long reach arbors.But this was a decision made for what we needed.....which every shop has to make what works for them.

If I needed long reach arbors would do exactly whats posted above and build it with shafting and pillow blocks.This way you can utilize step pulleys and have change speeds.
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Here's a 1HP C-man,3450,fatty.

Got the basic motor from a friend in trade for some welding.Trick bits:Lathe turned extended shafts with really nice machined flanges.The "hoods" are thumbscrew held in place.Meaning,you can loosen and turn the hoods to whatever direction.It's all sitting on an old grinder stand.

Besides the wheels(Caswell is a great resource as posted above),theres only "time" as investment.

No,it's not a "real" buffing machine as it dosen't have the long reach arbors.But this was a decision made for what we needed.....which every shop has to make what works for them.

If I needed long reach arbors would do exactly whats posted above and build it with shafting and pillow blocks.This way you can utilize step pulleys and have change speeds.

Looks like something the OP should looking for.
HP and RPM are dead on.
Of course, more HP is even better though.
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123,we use it almost everyday.This is in our woodshop......sharpening plane irons,chisels and all the other cutting edges....this is the last step in the process.It's been indispensable.

Ever see a pnuematic drum sander?The drums have rubber bladders,on machined ends.This gets covered with a cloth stocking like "thing".....then you slide a sanding sleeve over(3x9 would be typ),hit the schrader valve with whatever air #'s you want.They're pretty dang handy for sanding/grinding funny shaped pcs because you can vary the hardness to match the product.

Anyway,we have a 1/2 dz of the heads layin around.Haven't found the time,but will.........am going to make a fairly big,dbl ended pump sleeve sander.Got all the parts...just need to get the base figured out.Going with the shafts and pillow block method.Will take pics.
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save up your money and get yourself a Baldor. i have had mine about ten years and made some great money with this . doing a lot of small aluminum parts off harleys my buddies own or going to swap meets and pick up $10 or $20 parts. clean them up & polish in a half hour or so and popped them on ebay and sold them for a $100 or more. the buffer paid for it's self in 3 months.
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123,we use it almost everyday.This is in our woodshop......sharpening plane irons,chisels and all the other cutting edges....this is the last step in the process.It's been indispensable.

Ever see a pnuematic drum sander?The drums have rubber bladders,on machined ends.This gets covered with a cloth stocking like "thing".....then you slide a sanding sleeve over(3x9 would be typ),hit the schrader valve with whatever air #'s you want.They're pretty dang handy for sanding/grinding funny shaped pcs because you can vary the hardness to match the product.

Anyway,we have a 1/2 dz of the heads layin around.Haven't found the time,but will.........am going to make a fairly big,dbl ended pump sleeve sander.Got all the parts...just need to get the base figured out.Going with the shafts and pillow block method.Will take pics.

We have a couple of those at work.
Great tools. We use them for stainless on a portable grinder.
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