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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 4:33:17 PM on 14 May 2014.
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 Location: Windella, NSW
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First up, GTC, my bench is 900 mm high, a comfortable height for standing or sitting on a high stool.
My problem is that I'm having difficulty buying an 8 inch rag buff to fit on a tapered shaft on a grinder. I wasted money on one, but found that the centre hole was well off centre and the vibration nearly destroyed the bench. The local supplier didn't want to know about a refund or exchange for one that worked.
I then tried the machinery store advertising in Silicon Chip, but alerted them to my earlier problem. The one they supplied was slightly worse, but no problems with a refund there. They supplied the grinder and the original mop.
Can anyone suggest a supplier that I could try, perhaps even testing for balance before delivery.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 9:42:15 PM on 14 May 2014.
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 GTC
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Thanks. I've just about settled on 900mm as the ideal bench height.

As for bench grinder buffing wheel, I would have said Hare & Forbes (especially as that's where you bought the grinder), or Blackwoods, or even Bunnings.

I'm surprised that H&F can't supply a decent one.

Have you checked eBay?


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 7:41:43 PM on 15 May 2014.
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 Location: Tamworth, NSW
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I have a Bosch grinder that I put an 8 inch buff wheel on.
All from bunnings.

Have you considered a speed controller?

The only issue I have had with mine was a stray spark from the welder....


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 4 · Written at 8:07:52 PM on 15 May 2014.
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The motors in bench grinders are not suitable to run from a speed controller. They are split phase induction motors with many fitted with centrifugal switches to enable the start winding an the switch only disengages once full speed has been reached.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 3:30:15 PM on 18 May 2014.
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 Location: Windella, NSW
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I had looked at the Bunnings web catalogue and couldn't find one, but they have a 6 inch mop in stock, so I bought this.
Its balance is not perfect, but OK and perhaps the lower circumference speed will be gentler on bakelite and me.
Thanks for the comments
Harold


 
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If you are using a buffer to polish Bakelite I would urge lots of caution. This is the one device that will burn Bakelite beyond repair. If you haven't used this method before I reckon some practice on a smashed cabinet would be beneficial.


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Brad.

A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 7 · Written at 7:17:05 PM on 18 May 2014.
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 Location: Windella, NSW
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I have done many cabinets and other bakelite products with the buff and your caution to a new user is well founded.
I certainly started on some wrecked cabinets to get a feel for how to do it properly.


 
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