StewMac Guitar Buffer with 120-volt Motor

StewMac Guitar Buffer with 120-volt Motor

StewMac Guitar Buffer with 120-volt Motor

StewMac Guitar Buffer with 120-volt Motor

Item # 3080
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List Price $722.49
Your Price $686.37

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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 $722.49
Your Price $686.37

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StewMac Guitar Buffer without Motor

StewMac Guitar Buffer without Motor

Item # 3081
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List Price $555.86
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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.

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

Awesome tool!

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Verified Buyer


I got this to buff a full build guitar for a customer. Since then it's been put to work on a lot of smaller projects. Quick and easy, love this buffer!

5.0

This makes the old 3/4" arbor buffers look like a toy. The next step up is over $2000.

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I wish Stewmac had started selling this version years ago. I tossed out the 3/4" shaft buffer for a made in USA arbor and a Baldor motor assembly that cost me about $2000. The old one had a wobble in it from the domet catching on something. I was working for another shop, while living in Colorado. When I looked up the price for my buffer in Arizona the price was up to $2700, so I had them buy the Stewmac buffer. The 1" arbor & Stewmac's excellent customer service were both a huge plus, and the main reasons I gave the big thumbs up, and recommended it. I even had some adapters turned so we can run the 1 1/4" wheels on the Stewmac buffers. I honestly can't see a $2000 difference! Ask me again in 20 years. I can buy a couple of good USA 1HP replacement motors for $1000, so I doubt there will be any issues to justify the difference. I like my buffer better, but it is an industrial piece of equipment, and the price reflects that. I have to go sand, buff & polish something right now.

5.0

Time Saver with Excellent Results

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Verified Buyer


Much faster and more consistent results than foam buffs on a hand-held drill, and much safer than the 9" buffs that I used to use on a floor-standing drill press.

The medium (brown) abrasive cuts enough to eliminate sanding scratches (you can start buffing right after 1000 or even 800, but 600 grit sandpaper still shows scratches when buffed). The fine (white) compound is all you need for newly finished projects, but the extra-fine (cream) compound is wonderful for cleaning up vintage finishes without cutting away any material.

5.0

Excellent Buffing Machine

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I do Guitar Refinishing and restoration. This little setup will give your guitar a wet glass like finish. Definitely a must have for finish work.

5.0

Guitar buffer

By

Verified Buyer


This buffer is really a fine piece of equipment.Really top shelf and professional grade ! Once I
placed the order,it got here quick and well packaged.

Thanks again StewMac

Chuck/Vineland,nj

5.0

Great Addition for my Shop

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Verified Buyer


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

By

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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Verified Buyer


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.

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