Buffing Arbor/Machine?

Discussion in 'Glues, Fillers & Painting' started by Duplex Dave, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. AxeMaker

    AxeMaker New Member

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    Devine Brothers has a similar kind of Safety Plate that you are using with 1/2" arbor holes. I have some flat ones now that are 4".

    I have a 1/2" arbor so to use the Jescar wheels I would need to buy several pairs of reducing bushings like these on Amazon?


    So what is the difference between the canton flannel wheels I bought and the domet? They are both very soft wheels aren't they?





     
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    Yep those are the correct collars for airway buffs.

    It wasn't until you mentioned the arbor size that I caught you are using a 5/8"shaft. I think you will find that a bit weak, especially at 36" long. The original SM was a 3/4" shaft and that had a bit to much flex in it. The newer set ups like mine are 1" shafts. This also allows fore a wide fitment of standard industrial buffs.

    The difference between buffs? All I really know is the airways are the industry standard for buffing out lacquer finishes on instruments. They are what everyone I know uses from the factories to the small shops. The loose flannel wheels like you have are mostly used for polishing metals like aluminum and chrome. I think they will either be to soft to cut with the compounds we use or will run hot and burn the finish. But I really don't know on that one.....Give them a try and let us know.
     
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    The 1/2" shaft @ 36" long is the same as what Stewart-MacDonald is selling now.

    Once I get everything painted and put together etc.. we'll see how the canton flannel works.
     
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    Everything seems to hinge around what buffing wheels you will be using and then building out from that. I'm going to be running wheels that fit a 1.25" shaft, 48" long minimum.
    The SM shaft is too short IMO.
    Something like this:
     

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    No it's not, shafts are 1". here look at the specs....
    StewMac Buffing Arbor | stewmac.com
     
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    Oh you're right it is 1" ! Well I guess I will be using the 1/2" on my belt sander project then being that it calls for a much shorter shaft.

    So I just bought a new 1" axle and pillow block bearings. It wasn't too painful only $72.05 with tax.

    EDIT: Today, 10/12, I found a pair of the 4" Airway Flanges for $21.95 at Bright Works. Which from shopping around is not a bad price.

    The axle I bought is actually a Go Kart axle that is 44" long, 1" is diameter. It has been turned down to 3/4" on each end two inches long and threaded. It was $49.99 at Northern Tool. The pillow block bearing I also purchased at Northern Tool here for $8.99 each.

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    013.JPG 013.JPG 020.JPG 026.JPG 027.JPG Buffer 010.JPG Buffer 017.JPG Forgot to post up my buffer I completed a few months ago. 1.25" shaft from McMaster Carr, had to get the ends threaded at a machine shop. Basically all the parts we from McMaster, except some of the pully's and collars were from Grainger. 1hp motor off Craig's List, I thought it might not be strong enough but it's perfect. Had trouble finding a 1.5 or 2hp 120v motor for less than $300, but I don't think I need it. Buffing wheels are 16".
     
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    That looks awesome. Collings runs machines like that, they've got something like 8 of them I believe. They're fantastic.
     
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    So, I Google'd buffing arbors and lo, and behold, here pop up you guys...the world is good. I started reading the 2013 entries, and found at the end of the trail a picture of my dream arbor, and lists of stuff to build it with. Since I just finished the build on guitar number 1, and since I'm just starting the finishing, I might as well build my own arbor set-up. I'll keep track of it along the way for you guys and post pictures if I can figure out how...thanks, Dave.
     
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    Great thread from the past. It's time for me to step it up in my shop and build a proper buffing rig. That Stew-Mac rig is over my budget. I would like to keep it under $500. Are there any update or new info anyone can share before I dive in here. I was thinking of picking up a Shop Fox arbor but it's 3/4" and I am not sure that will do. Thanks for the info.
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    So I went ahead and bought the Stewmac setup. After working out the total price of several other options it was only about $150 more when all is said and done and it is a high quality, purpose build setup. The only issue I have is that they don't include any mounting hardware but $20 and a visit to Ace took care of that. ;)
     

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