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Forum topic by thughes37 posted 03-03-2011 05:07 PM 1248 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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thughes37

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03-03-2011 05:07 PM

I’m primarily a woodturner and I am looking to add a buffing system to my arsenal of tools. I found that the Beall Buffing System has an adapter that works with a #2 MT for lathes so that you don’t have to find a seperate 1/3HP or greater motor. Has anyone used this system this way and if so, is it something to consider? If not, where would anyone recommend finding an “inexpensive” 1725RPM motor to use? Appreciate all ideas and comments. Thanks.

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 05:16 PM

I use the Beall system with the adapter and love it. I just pop in my lathe, older delta midi lathe, and change out the wheels. It is easy to change and I really like the amount of space (lack of space) it takes up in my shop. My brother has the sysytem with all three wheels connected. I notice there is not a lot room between wheels and you tend to hit the other wheels with your project.

-- Greg, Concordia, Mo

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 05:24 PM

I also use the Beall system on my lathe. I don’t bother with a Morse Taper connection. I simple grab the piece that holds the wheels with my chuck. Works great.

I also agree with Greg that people who put all 3 wheels on their lathe at one time don’t have enough room between the wheels. It only takes a few seconds to change wheels.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 05:45 PM

Rich, do you use smaller jaws?

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 07:19 PM

I love mine. I do use it with the morse taper, and I do use all three wheels at once. Since I have a small lathe and turn relatively small pieces, it works great that way for me. I can see, though, why one might want to use one wheel at a time with larger turnings.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 01:53 AM

I use the standard jaws that came with my One Way Talon.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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rance

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#6 posted 03-04-2011 02:01 AM

Extra motors can be scavanged from a washer or dryer. Don’t know the rpm, does anyone else?

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 04:16 PM

Most regular electric motors run at 3450 rpm. That’s too fast for buffing, but you can gear them down. IMO buffing should be done around 1200 rpm.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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