I got a Beall system a few years ago.
I started with the 3 circular pads.
I liked it so much I also got the 3 polishing balls to do inside bowls.
I also got an old motor for $2.00 at a garage sale so I could have a dedicated polishing setup.
The motor is plugged in to an outlet box under the end of the bench. The receptacle it’s plugged into is controlled by a switch also under the end of the bench. The other receptacle is unswitched for plugging the other equipment in when needed. The outlet box is on a 20 foot cord so I can power up on in the driveway (less dust in the shop.)
I also got several buffing pads, just generic stitched cloth for a dollar at a yard sale.
After I got the system set up I realized the shaft mount was a 3/8 thread.
So I went to the hardware store and got a handful of 3/8 bolts, washers, and nuts.
That let me mount each buffing wheel on it’s own bolt.
I also bought a few yards of sanding belt from Woodcraft and made my own sanding mops in different grits and configurations.
I didn’t get the mandrel set to run on the lathe because when I polish long pieces the wheels get in the way of each other.
Here’s my mobile sand and polish bench.
Here’s the dedicated motor. Not the best but well worth the $2.00.
The original buffing pad in the box, the 3 buffing balls for bowls, the 3 polishing and waxing compounds, 3 sanding mops (180, 220, and 320 grit), 1 metal buffing pad.
Before I got the Beall system I had a small set of sandpaper in increasing fine grit (to 24,000 I think). First time I used the Beall system I put the sandpaper set away. Now I sand pieces to be polished to 320 grit and then go straight to the polisher.
One nice thing about the motor mandrel with the extra buffing pads is that I can polish metal.
Here’s a pen holder made from a 5” shell with 20mm CIWS rounds fastened around it. Nothing polished.
Here’s the 5” shell after 2 minutes with just the fine polishing compound then some old turtle wax.
And here’s a 20mm shell after 2 minutes…no prep or prior cleaning…just 2 minutes on the pad and then a little turtle wax.
Here they are put back together for comparison.
If you want to see what it does on wood just check my projects…
Hope this was helpful
-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."