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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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List Price $694.67
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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 Addition for my Shop

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I have been wanting this buffer for a while, but didn't want to spend the money. After installing and using for the first time, I realized that it was worth every penny spent. I was sick of using the form buffers, and just went ahead and bit the bullet and purchased. I wish I had done this a long time ago.

5.0

Smooth

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Verified Buyer


Well made buffer- Still getting used to it .Only used medium and fine compound/wheels so far .The mounting diagram does not line up as someone stated.

4.0

Works well

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Expensive for what it is, but it does the job very well. For the price, it would have been nice to include the plywood mounting base, or at the very least, slot the motor bracket mounting holes like every mounting bracket I've ever seen. That would make mounting the motor and adjusting belt tension a lot easier. I don't have a lot of confidence in the longevity of the import motor.

5.0

Great replacement for my original!!

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Verified Buyer


This is a replacement for my original unit that I lost in Hurricane Harvey this year! The old one served me well for over 6 yrs, so I expect this one to be great also!!!

4.0

A great addition to my shop.

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Verified Buyer


I've known for a long time how well they worked and now I have one of my own. Does it ever give a shine to new and old guitars. My old Martin[43 year old D41] almost looks new except for dings and bruises. The old barroom smell is still there. If you find buffing by hand is strenuous, you need one of these for you shop.

5.0

Great Buffer

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Verified Buyer


Well built and runs smooth as silk. Should have bought one of these years ago.

5.0

Worth every penny!

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I have their older version but even the older one works great. Now that I have it I can't live without it. I made cardboard sleeves to put over the wheels to keep them tight. If you don't they may spread out.

5.0

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It seems like a lot of dough but it is BAD A** worth the $

5.0

Great time saver

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Verified Buyer


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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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.

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