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I'm in need of a bench top buffer, and the good ones I have come across are $300 to $400, way more than I'm willing to pay. Harbor Freights has a cheapy starting out at $100 bucks, but I want to make sure it will last a long time.

Has anyone built one for a relatively inexpensive cost? What size motor would work, without worrying about burning it up or trying to out do Tim Taylor?
 

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To make sure I understand right, you want a unit which will spin a lambswool wheel or pad at high rpm for buffing with jeweler's rouge, yes??

If so, it would depend on the size of the wheel/pad and the duty cycle (how much time per hour the unit is used)....

IME, buffing, especially with the larger (8-10") wheels, puts a good drag on the motor. In that case, I'd likely run a 1 1/2 HP motor like I use on my Baldor belt sander.....IIRC, it's 15A @ 120V.

Get back to us with more info about the use...
 
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