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 Posted: Thu May 17th, 2018 08:10 pm
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Tom Nordin
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I'm starting to find that a decent buffer would be a welcome addition to the bench.

Don't want a big ol' monster, yet also don't want a Harbor Freight buffalo chip.  Intermittent non-professional use.  I like the look of Eastwood buffers in 1/2 and 1 HP, but that's only because they're decently priced ($100 to $180) and have much longer shafts than regular bench grinders.

Still have to add pads, rouges and a decent stand - all adds up.  Thoughts on worthy alternatives for my best bang for the buck?

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 Posted: Thu May 17th, 2018 08:57 pm
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Rick Powell
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I have an Eastwood 3/4hp buffer and a 3/4hp Baldor, I prefer the Baldor and am certain it will run forever, the Eastwood is smooth for a decent product made in the Far East.

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 Posted: Thu May 17th, 2018 09:31 pm
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Lane Shirey
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I have an Eastwood 1 hp. But mount it on a stand, as the bench doesn't give you enough clearance for larger blades. Also you might want to fab a dust collection system.  I made a hillbilly homemade dust collector that works great with a shop vac. You'll want it after you polish the first few times and you find everything in your shop covered with sticky black lint and dust.  Just sayin'


Buffing Tom?   Heh!  Watch it, it becomes a little like eating pringles. Can't buff just one!  Blades, hardware, next your wife's shoes, oh yeah that's what got me into trouble. 



Always keep an eye on that leading edge. Be careful not to catch an edge, or it'll send the blade flying across the room... and never buff cages, or do it at your own peril. Ask Nick. 



Look on Craigslist, that's how I found mine. Baldor makes a fantastic buffer but they're very $$$ for our casual use. And as they say about HF.  Everything there is incredible as long as it doesn't have moving parts. 



Cheers! 

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 Posted: Thu May 17th, 2018 10:11 pm
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Chris A. Campbell
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I have a Eastwood 1hp and Harbor Freight 1/2 hp.


Thought Eastwood would be step up but prefer the Harbor Freight.
You should get the $40 buffer from HF to at least start off on

Last edited on Thu May 17th, 2018 10:27 pm by Chris A. Campbell

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 Posted: Thu May 17th, 2018 10:53 pm
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RPM needs to be considered as well. I have an old Dayton which is 3450 RPM, it is great on some things. I also have a Sioux which is 1800 RPM. The 3450 is great for many blades, but the 1800 is a great finish machine & good for the few cages I attempt. Wrapped too many cages up in a wad with the 3450 machine.

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 Posted: Fri May 18th, 2018 12:10 am
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Lane Shirey
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My Eastwood can switch to either speed. 

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 Posted: Fri May 18th, 2018 12:35 am
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I second the statement about the dust collector.  I have a Baldour on a stand that I keep near the garage door, and I take it outside when practical.  I also have a Harbor Freight model mounted to my bench and it works great.  I rigged up a dust collector from an industrial dry cleaning vacuum I bought at auction an some PVC pipe.

Let's put it this way- if you are using it indoors, you have two choices.  Spend $200 rigging up a dust collection system of some sort; or order a pallet of Kleenex, a case and a half of Flonase, and buy at least 100 shares of each stock to try and recoup some of your money.


Lane Shirey wrote: I have an Eastwood 1 hp. But mount it on a stand, as the bench doesn't give you enough clearance for larger blades. Also you might want to fab a dust collection system.  I made a hillbilly homemade dust collector that works great with a shop vac. You'll want it after you polish the first few times and you find everything in your shop covered with sticky black lint and dust.  Just sayin'


Buffing Tom?   Heh!  Watch it, it becomes a little like eating pringles. Can't buff just one!  Blades, hardware, next your wife's shoes, oh yeah that's what got me into trouble. 



Always keep an eye on that leading edge. Be careful not to catch an edge, or it'll send the blade flying across the room... and never buff cages, or do it at your own peril. Ask Nick. 



Look on Craigslist, that's how I found mine. Baldor makes a fantastic buffer but they're very $$$ for our casual use. And as they say about HF.  Everything there is incredible as long as it doesn't have moving parts. 



Cheers! 

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 Posted: Fri May 18th, 2018 12:41 am
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 Posted: Sat May 19th, 2018 10:58 am
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Tom Nordin
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Thanks guys!  A lot of good info here, much that I hadn't considered.  The wife's shoes...   :P

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 Posted: Sun May 20th, 2018 10:16 pm
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Lane Shirey
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If you already have a shop vac, my dust collector costs about $100. I'd be happy to share the details. 
 And even with it, I always wear dust filtering respirator masks. You only get one set of lungs. Well, I suppose you could get a transplanted set, but the mask is easier. 


Basically it's a dust collector kit from HF, 2 PLASTIC/rubber pipe flashing collars for the roof, and some assorted PVC pipe parts. It has gates so you can close the side you're not using for maximum vacuum, and you just plug the shop vac hose into it. I'd have to say it (and also probably Jamie's) catches 80-90% of the dust and lint. Oh, and my buffer stand is the one with 4 legs also from HF. Not the best, but it works and adapts very nicely to the dust collector I describe. 

Last edited on Sun May 20th, 2018 10:22 pm by Lane Shirey

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