I have wanted to get another buffer for my shop for some time. Changing buffs can be pretty time-consuming and it’s nice to have one machine that can do your most common buffing tasks without changing buffs.
I found a buffing assembly with the three diameter pulley on sale at Grizzly Industrial’s website: http://www.grizzly.com/search?q=(buffer+AND+Arbor
I had a 1 HP Craftsman motor that I picked up at an estate sale for $5 or $10. It’s more motor than I need but I’m certainly not complaining. I got it set up and I have to make something to trap the dust because these new buffs will rain little threads until you get them broke in. I’m not sure where it’s going to be placed in my shop, that’s another issue yet to be solved. I would like to make a stand that would hold both buffers but I’m not sure how practical it would be especially with limited space.
The buffing assembly was around $130 shipped plus $10 for the old motor and everything else was things I had on hand. For less than $150 I have a variable speed 1 hp buffer.
Grizzly does sell a 1725 RPM 1 HP buffer for around $350. It’s a dead ringer for my old Jet buffer except for the color in the name on the front.
I just thought I would show you guys and if anyone is interested in making one of these for your own use, please feel free to ask questions in here or send me a PM.