View Full Version : Buffer, my lastest project

01-24-2016, 08:45 PM
I just finished building a pedestal buffer for my shop. It is powered with a 3400rpm 1.5 HP single phased motor. I am using an 8 ribbed J profile Micro V belt to transmit power to the spindle. I have a quarter turn twist in the belt so I can place the motor 90 degrees to the spindle and behind the pedestal. I could use some suggestion on the type of Scotch Brite wheel I should purchase for general shop use. They all seem to be proud of their wheels so I would like to get the right one the first time. You can see some of my other home made tools at: www.thekilmerplace.com

http://www.thekilmerplace.com/buffer1.jpg http://www.thekilmerplace.com/buffer2.jpg
http://www.thekilmerplace.com/buffer3.jpg http://www.thekilmerplace.com/buffer4.jpg

01-24-2016, 09:29 PM
Nice looking job, easy to get around. nice work

01-24-2016, 09:47 PM
Super dooper impressed!


01-25-2016, 12:50 AM
Why am I thinking the base is cast concrete, or cast something?, a beautiful job, really nice.
Haven't looked at your other projects yet, but I'm betting they're going to be nice

01-25-2016, 12:57 AM
Fantastic.I made a buffer and it scares the hell out of me. Could you explain the 1/4 twist? Also is there a benefit to the bulk of normal buffers in the head. Does this one have enough mass in the bearing area to dampen vibration or is that not a problem. Do you have a photo from the back?Are they left and right hand threaded or is it not needed. Mine are both right handed but I locktited the one cause I dont trust it.

01-25-2016, 01:36 AM
Super dooper impressed!


What he said.

I see you did'nt fancy having a std tapered pigtail thread for screwing normal mops on with. All the industrial polishers and buffers we used in the UK had left and right hand pigtail threads on each end.

01-25-2016, 05:33 AM
A long time ago in an Ali works I worked at there was a buffer made by a firm called canning, the fabrication department was being reorganised so the buffer had to move for a double head mitre saw (nice machines!), anyway the spark dropped the feed off it and we walked it to its new site, drilled the floor, bolted it down, run a new feed from the panel to the thing, bolted an isolator on the wall, we just coiled the SWA cable up at each end, we weren't allowed to make connections etc, the spark came back after dinner and wired the starter and connected the feed to the distribution board.
The foreman pressed start and the spindle spun up, the two big mops promptly unscrewed themselves, the spindle was running backwards!, it was to be honest quite funny.
The mops were pigtailed on.
When the place closed I grabbed a box of polishing compound, big sticks of stuff and a box of saw wax for Ali out of the skip, I put the boxes under my bench in a garage I had close to a canal where I lived, couple of days later I opened the door late one night, the floor was a moving carpet of rats, they had eaten the wax, which I found out was tallow, aka sheep fat, they even ate the box!
Them rats were savage, friend of mine as a kid worked in a rag recycling shed just up the road, a bale fell on his legs on a weekend when he was locking up, the rats ate him, literally, the only bits left were his legs under the bale of rag.
I had nightmares about that for years, still do sometimes, a lot of the rag was stiched together to make polishing mops