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StewMac Guitar Buffer Complete Outfit

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StewMac Guitar Buffer Complete Outfit

StewMac Guitar Buffer Complete Outfit

Item # 3080
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List Price $670.28
Your Price $636.77

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StewMac Guitar Buffer Complete Outfit, International

International

Item # 3084
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List Price $670.28
Your Price $636.77

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StewMac Guitar Buffer Complete Outfit, without motor

without motor

Item # 3081
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List Price $517.69
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StewMac Guitar Buffer Complete Outfit

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.

2012 upgrade: 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.
Guitar Bufffer
StewMac Guitar Buffer: a compact powerhouse!


"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
Product Development Stewart MacDonald



3080
3084
Complete outfit
includes:
• Buffing arbor
• V-belt
Motor with pulley
Buffing wheel rake
Buffing wheels (four)
• Mounting flanges
Menzerna compounds (fine and medium)
• Instructions
3081 Outfit without motor Includes everything listed above except the motor
(you supply your own).

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 Motor is for domestic use. 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 Motor is for international use. 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.

Buffer Base Also 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.

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.

Menzerna Compounds are the professional guitar finisher's favorite. Important: use separate buffing wheels for each grade of compound.


Video

Instructions

Product Instructions

StewMac Guitar Buffer

Installation and safety instructions for the Buffing Arbor System.

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5.0

super nice !

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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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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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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!

5.0

this is a really luthier's must!!!!

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I just got it and immediately gave it a shot. Oh man, that was so fast to get that factory finish. Thank you Stewmac. Like always, you are the best!!!

4.0

Great Product, No Instructions

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I've never used a buffer before. There were instructions on assembling the machine, but absolutely nothing on actually how to use the buffer: how much compound, how to apply the compound, how much pressure to use, how long to buff, the best method for buffing the surface. There was a sales video that alluded to some of this, but it wasn't complete - more of a sales pitch. A quick step by step video would be nice, or at least some instruction so I don't ruin the buffer or my guitar.

5.0

Get One!

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My finishing options just went first class! And although it may seem a little pricey, I can assure you that it's construction quality is unsurpassed. You are getting value for every penny spent. I've bought a lot of lutherie tools/supplies from Stew-Mac and elsewhere but due to cost have never had this as a priority on my needs list. BIG MISTAKE! This should have been one of the very first things you buy when setting up a guitar shop.

5.0

Better

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I had the previous version and it had a wobble. Still very useable, not perfect though. This one runs true and smooth. It is very expensive; but it works extremely well. I use a clear coat, and it will allows me to get a mirror finish. I have yet to burn through too. Definitely a nice machine.

5.0

I LOVE IT!

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I was using the colortone compounds on my drill. They are nice, but WOW, this buffer is amazing. Can't believe I worked so long without one. Buffing out old finishes is what I use it for the most. Buckle rash runs and hides when I turn this thing on!

4.0

Good quality, good results, high price

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The components, directions, and template for the arbor and engine were all as expected. I had the base built up before the kit arrived and everything bolted on just fine. The engine is quiet and ramps to full RPM quickly. When you get to the point of breaking in your buffs, do it outside! Or have a big fan evacuating the cotton fibers out of your shop. Wear a mask as well. Once trimmed and loaded with compound use some scrap to break it in a bit more. Buffing a guitar with both med & fine compounds took me less than 15 minutes and the results were fantastic. Beats hand buffing without question, but this comes at a steep price. You can piece together a unit for less, but the complete kit here has you up & running with a tested, working, reliable, solution in no time. Arbor and hardware earn 5 stars, Service is also 5 stars.

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