Just built a buffer

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  1. Thaddeus

    Thaddeus New Member

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    Motor from Menard's, axle from Northern tool, pulleys and pillow blocks from Axman surplus, belt off a Volvo 240, stand from Harbor Freight, buffing wheels from Stew Mac.

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    Do you plan to bolt it to the floor?
     
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    Looks cool man! May I ask what RPM the axle is running at?
     
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    I have to do something, because it wants to waltz around.
     
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    Around 1700.
     
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    What would you say your total cost is on it?
     
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    About 175 bucks including the 2 buffer wheels
     
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    That axle, is that just a steel rod? It looks like it's threaded on one end. Did you cut those threads yourself? Sorry, it's hard to tell with the size of the photo...
     
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    It's a go-cart axle from Northern tool. Comes threaded and with keyways.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    What HP is the motor? Does it provide enough power to put any pressure on the wheels without slowing down? I need to make one of these - nice job!
     
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    You can probably find a 1/3-1/2hp motor on Craigslist for not a lot of money. That's what I use (1/3hp, an old GE motor that was made to run gas pumps), paid $45 for it.
     
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    There it is! That's my next project, (or second to next).
    Great job! Nice distance and clearance around the wheels. That's usually one of the 2 problems with off the shelf buffers. Size and too small a motor.
     

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