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#1 Ryan313 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 06:44 PM

I have a 7"/9" variable speed electric buffer. I have never used it and I have never seen anybody else use it. I would like to turn it into a cut off saw. Like the one Chris (Cvans) converted. Do you guys think it is strong enough to use a cutting wheel with it? Do you think the RPMs will be too high?

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 06:57 PM

I don't think the RPM's will be high enough. It should have enough power. I have used one like it for years, but its a 2 speed sander/buffer, I use it on high speed.

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 07:20 PM

What's the amperage of the buffer ? Should have a plate with the voltage and stuff on it.

My first guess is no, buffers alone won't have enough power. But they do sell buffer/grinders. I think. They would surely work.

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 08:45 PM

It should have enough power, but buffers are lower rpm that grinders.

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 08:49 PM

Yep, on the slow side for cutting.

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Posted October 05, 2012 - 09:02 PM

Yep, most buffers like that run at 1/2 the speed of a grinder. I have a Milwaukee buffer that has held up good for about 20 yrs. Looks identical to a grinder but 1/2 speed.
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Posted October 05, 2012 - 09:11 PM

My experience says a good variable Buffer runs at 0-3.5K rpm and a grinder runs at 5K or higher...if it is a variable speed then you could easily check rpm's...but odds are that it would function just fine. of course grinding rust or polishing some metal is going to be a whole lot different than cutting stainless...

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Posted October 06, 2012 - 07:41 AM

The question I have is the lack of a blade guard. Perhaps it has one. I don't doubt it would work, but a lighter 4 " std cut-off tool is much easier to hold square-to-the-work. Any twisting, will snap a blade and send pieces to places you may not like.

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Posted October 06, 2012 - 08:28 AM

I have a variable speed dewalt buffer that i have been using as a grinder since it was new. It's only been used as a buffer a couple of times.
The big difference is i always use the "flap" wheels. You have never hogged metal off faster than using a 7" 36grit flapwheel on this thing.

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Posted October 06, 2012 - 10:27 AM

Ok, I was just curious to whether it would work or not. If it would work I would just make a guard and better handle and use it to cut bigger stuff. I will probobly stick it back up on the self and let it sit for another few years. lol.

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Posted October 07, 2012 - 04:28 AM

if you can find some flap disks to fit it, I would at least try it for that. Might be real good for removing paint from large areas.




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