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ForestGrl

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08-20-2015 03:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: psi buffing buffing wheels question

I’m considering buying the PSI buffing system (Beall knock-off). Is there any significant difference in the quality of the buffing wheels that come with the PSI? I’m choosing it to save some $$, but that won’t work if the wheels are sub-standard and have to be replaced. LMK what your experience is! Thanks.

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)


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higtron

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#1 posted 08-20-2015 05:15 AM

Making a buffing system like that seems like it would be pretty easy to make with some all thread and some buffing wheels hook it up between centers on your lathe. I did something similar when I built a lathe powered thickness sander http://lumberjocks.com/projects/52836 I also built a disk sander that was powered by my lathe http://lumberjocks.com/higtron/blog/31503

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#2 posted 08-20-2015 12:16 PM

I bought some buffing wheels from Jetsco on eBay. I mounted them on a Shopsmith and have a variable speed buffing station. The quality from this eBay store seems very good and reasonable price and delivery.

I bought the 6” extra thick wheels from them along with a mounting arbor.

If you find something better, please post it.

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#3 posted 08-20-2015 12:33 PM

Hi Jamie. I had been looking to make a buffing system for a long time. I was in a quandary about exact which wheels to buy for which product ( Tripoli, White Diamond and Carnuba wax) so I contacted Beall and bought just their 3 wheels that came with the products for finishing. I used a 1/2” bolt and washers for the center mandrels and made an 8” extended arbor instead of the 4” that the sell so I can keep my parts being buffed well away from the head. It works great. I don’t know if the PSI wheels are the same but they probably are.

I met Mr Beall’s daughter at a show in Tubac, Az. and that is what she used on everything so I gave them the business.

Jim

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#4 posted 08-20-2015 04:10 PM



I bought some buffing wheels from Jetsco on eBay. I mounted them on a Shopsmith and have a variable speed buffing station. The quality from this eBay store seems very good and reasonable price and delivery.

I bought the 6” extra thick wheels from them along with a mounting arbor.

If you find something better, please post it.

- Redoak49

I did an advanced search using that store name and got zero results. Coule you PM me a URL to the store?Thanks!

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#5 posted 08-21-2015 08:56 PM

I have the Beall for 8 years and am quite happy with it. Each wheel is slightly different re: the flannel/ linen components to optimize the buffing surface for the compoound/wax. I could not find a reference but as I recall the PSI wheels have fewer piys. Cheaper yes. Identical, no. You do get what you pay for. I suspect you will be satisfied with the PSI wheels.

-- MPax, Atlanta

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#6 posted 08-21-2015 09:23 PM



I have the Beall for 8 years and am quite happy with it. Each wheel is slightly different re: the flannel/ linen components to optimize the buffing surface for the compoound/wax. I could not find a reference but as I recall the PSI wheels have fewer piys. Cheaper yes. Identical, no. You do get what you pay for. I suspect you will be satisfied with the PSI wheels.

- mpax356

In the old days, I woulda sprung the extra for the Beall. May still, as I’m wondering—given the longer mandrel (Beall longer than PSI), are the buffs a little further apart? I can see where that might be helpful. Anyone out there have PSI and can measure? MPax, would you mind measuring between the wheels on your Beall?

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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