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StewMac Guitar Buffer with 120-volt Motor

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StewMac Guitar Buffer with 120-volt Motor

StewMac Guitar Buffer with 120-volt Motor

Item # 3080
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List Price $694.67
Your Price $659.94

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StewMac Guitar Buffer with 230-volt Motor

StewMac Guitar Buffer with 230-volt Motor

Item # 3084
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StewMac Guitar Buffer without Motor

StewMac Guitar Buffer without Motor

Item # 3081
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List Price $534.45
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StewMac Guitar Buffer with 120-volt Motor

About This Item

The only buffing system designed for instrument finishing.
Our exclusive professional buffing outfit features a slow 715-rpm buff speed, ideal for delicate instrument finishes.

  • More room to polish large guitars: 36"-long arbor shaft and a small housing for increased clearance.
  • Larger buffing surface: big 14" buffs, selected especially for instrument finishing.
  • The right speed: slow 715-rpm buff speed is ideal for delicate instrument finishes. Driven by a powerful 3/4-horse motor.
StewMac Guitar Buffer: a compact powerhouse!
Features that match the industrial buffers at major guitar factories:
  • Smooth running and quiet. Pillow block bearings on a half-inch-thick aluminum baseplate anchor the shaft for minimal vibration.
  • 3/4-horse motor. Power for the large surface contact required to buff guitars.

"This is a factory buffer scaled for a small shop. Other buffers don't give you enough room to move the instrument, and they run too fast—burning off the finish you're trying to polish. StewMac's guitar builders and tool designers talked about what we wanted in a buffer, and what we want to avoid. No other company has designed a buffing arbor system so specifically for luthiers' needs."
—Jay Hostetler, StewMac Product Development


    Complete outfit includes:
  • Buffing arbor
  • V-belt
  • Motor with pulley (#3081 does not have motor)
  • 4 Buffing wheels: 2 Canton and 2 Domet
  • ColorTone Buffing Compounds, one of each: medium, fine and extra-fine
  • Mounting flanges
  • Buffing wheel rake
  • Instructions

Outfit without motor includes everything listed above except the motor (you supply your own).



Buffing Arbor Also sold separately
Arbor shaft diameter: 1"
Overall length of shaft: 36"
Maximum buffing wheel: 14"

Motor for Buffing Arbor Also sold separately
1725-rpm
60 Hz
3/4 horsepower
Includes 1.89" pulley

#3080 Includes motor for domestic use Also sold separately
This 120-volt AC electrical appliance has a U.S. standard Type B plug with two flat parallel prongs and a grounding pin. 6.2 amps, 550 watts.

#3084 Includes motor for international use Also sold separately
This 230-volt AC electrical appliance has a international plug CEE 7/7 (compatible with Type E and F receptacles) with two round prongs and two grounding clips on the sides and female contact to accept the grounding pin. 3.5 amps, 550 watts.

Buffing Wheels Also sold separately
Big 14"-diameter buffing wheels where chosen especially for instrument finishing. Our Complete Buffing Outfit includes 2 of each: Canton flannel wheels for coarse and medium compounds, and 2 Domet flannel wheels for fine compound for an extra-high gloss. For maximum buffing surface, up to three wheels can fit on each side of the arbor (four wheels are included with the outfit). Additional wheels are sold separately.

ColorTone Buffing Compounds Also sold separately
ColorTone Compounds are designed specifically for musical instruments. These new formulas will give your instruments a professional shine for a showroom grade high gloss finish. 24-ounce buffing bars are smaller than most, but still plenty of compound for years of use in both factories and small shops. Important: use separate buffing wheels for each grade of compound.

Buffer Base Not included, only sold separately
This sturdy platform is made of rigid 1-1/2" thick plywood (38mm), and is drilled and counterbored for accurate arbor and motor alignment. Mount it to our versatile ShopStand, or to your own bench or stand. Dimensions: 11-3/4" x 20" (29.85cm x 50.8cm). Or you can build your own using the plans that accompany the buffer.


Video

Instructions

Product Instructions

StewMac Guitar Buffer

Installation and safety instructions for the Buffing Arbor System.

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5.0

Great time saver

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Wow. This was worth the cash out flow. Easy to set up. I had ordered the base plate and some more buffer wheels.
Once you start using this Buffer you will be asking yourself, "Why was I trying to buff any other way"
I start with medium and then move to the other side for fine.
Guitars come out looking like glass.
I will not say they look like store bought, because I think they look better.

4.0

Details

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Verified Buyer


The $628 doesn't include mounting hardware (nuts/bolts/wahsers).

The directions for where to drill holes in the mounting base shows 12 holes/slots. Only after putting the buffer on the base is it apparent that 4 of them aren't needed. They're probably for the StewMac shop stand, but there's no mention of that.
The directions require counter boring of all the hole/slots, but most aren't needed depending on how the base is mounted to a table or stand. The counterbore diameter is specified as 3/4", but washers for 5/16" bolts from a national home improvement store were larger than that.

4.0

Beware the coarse compound

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These are excellent polishing compounds. However, the dark/coarse bar is very aggressive and if one buffs through to a light colored wood (think spruce) a dark brown stain will result which at least in my case, required stripping and re-sanding the top. I continue to use all the grades but a deep sense of respect......

5.0

My go-to methid for a professional finish

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I have been using a stew mac buffing system for many years and it is the only system I have found to give my guitars a professional finish. The polishing compounds are excellent and really last. If you have not used this buffing system you will be truly amazed. Just make sure you start with the finish properly prepared with gradations of sand paper and use the buffing compounds as suggested. The system also works great for my repair working in removing scratches and touch ups where I have had to use lacquer.



3.0

Buffer review

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Verified Buyer


The buffer base and motor holes did not line up and the buffer base and Erlehwile shop stand did not align either. Something was changed in a jig making this or the base. It looks tremendous but as I had to re-drill, re-size, and use larger washers- that is a clear disappointment in something brand new and exciting to buy. Also, the motor burned out the first time I used it. Kudos to StewMac customer service for shipping a new motor right away! For what this costed I expected much higher quality control, StewMac. Again, thanks for standing so clearly behind the motor replacement.

5.0

Good Buffer..but

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Verified Buyer


The instructions are inadequate..I think I received 2 different types of buffing wheels, but since they were not labeled I was left to guess. There are just too many gaps in the "instructions" to make the assembly easy. Also, The buffer base is probably a bargain if you don't need a different set-up. Expect to spend about 4 hours making one.

5.0

super nice !

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Verified Buyer


This buffer is well made ! Runs smoothly with power to spare! I recommend it

5.0

FANTASTIC !

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The buffer and shop stand are well made .I highly recommend them . My buffer is mobile . I made a base for it out of two 3/4 inch thick plywood 2ft. by 2ft. glued together and mounted four 2 inch swivel casters to the bottom,two of them are the locking type . The whole machine is very stable I did use four 3 1/2 hex head bolts by 1/2 dia . to secure the shop stand and coated the base for the buffer and stand with matt water based polyurethane for easy clean up.

5.0

Great buffer.

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Verified Buyer


This is a great buffer

But...as I'm a numb nut when it comes to machinery i set it up and it had very little power- when i tried to rake the wheels it would stop. After taking the red front sheil off, I realised that the problem was (look at my attached pic) that ALL the allen key nut thingys were NOT locked, but totally lose so everything was slipping but still appearing to be functioning well. Like i said, im a machinery numb nut and perhaps this is common place thing to check but after this all is now perfect :)
I used a ruler indexing off the larger front pulley to align perfectly the smaller motor pulley so all was in line and true.
Great buffer, expensive, but so are my instruments!

4.0

very nice!

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Verified Buyer


Works as advertised! Very messy! Wear a dust mask and goggles and apron! I didn't, but now I would highly recommend them. Follow Dan's Video Demo and that will get you started for sure. I just wish the 'complete' kit for the price, included the base plate and hardware (that's the 4 Star rating), but everything was very good quality in materials. It does make em shiny! But it also shows everything under the clear coat finish that much more magnified... so finish and fill your sound wood well! Also, don't tighten the belt too tight or it won't spin at the proper speed. Think rubber band tight... not alternator belt tight! Build On!

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