advice on where to find 5/8 arbor grinder buffing wheel

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Forum topic by KDL posted 06-09-2013 08:21 PM 4078 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-09-2013 08:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: polish buffer wheel grinder

Hey Lumberites, I’ve got a Delta 8” variable-speed two-wheel grinder with 5/8 arbors. Currently it has one gray grinding wheel for rough work, and one friable white wheel for the lighter work. I’d like to add a stiff buffing wheel so I can polish/hone my blades. Unfortunately, but I’m having fits finding a buffing wheel with a 5/8 arbor. I did find one set of cloth wheels on ebay, but they were quite thin, and only one was likely to be stiff enough to matter. Suggestions? Possible source or better choice of wheel material for polishing?

Many thanks for reading and any suggestions,


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#1 posted 06-10-2013 12:21 AM

In the jewelry industry we use buffs that have a pinhole in the buff and a tapered arbor adaptor. The adaptor slips over the threaded grinder spindle and is fixed in place with a set screw. The spindle taper is threaded in a spiral fashion so you turn on the motor and place the buff hole against the spindle and it just screws itself on. To change to a different buff you turn the motor off, hold the shaft and un-screw the old buff and then put another on just like before.

We have hundreds of special purpose buffs available to choose from. The best ones have leather or shellac reinforced centers and the one I especially like to use to lap steel edges is a chamois buff using chrome oxide green compound.

A good source for these materials is Rio Grande jeweler’s supply in Albuquerque, NM. Go to
and look up polishing supplies.

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#2 posted 06-10-2013 12:26 AM

Like crank49 said. Here’s the tapered arbor adaptors. This one is made go to on the left side of the grinder, if you want to put the buffing wheel on the right then they have another one for that.

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#3 posted 06-10-2013 02:00 AM

I use those tapered spindles as well. Mine came from Wholesale Tool.

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#4 posted 06-10-2013 10:03 AM

I bought one of those cheap arbors on ebay several years ago and hooked a old motor to it. They are a pot metal frame with bronze bushings and a 1/2” arbor that way you can have a separate unit for buffing with 2 wheels loaded with different grit compound. Saves changing wheels and you won’t get much money in it.

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#5 posted 06-10-2013 06:24 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. For all my web surfing, I hadn’t come across those options. Looks like I can use an adaptor or get a pad with a 5/8 hole.

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#6 posted 06-10-2013 06:52 PM

I think they are all 5/8ths arbors when you get to 6” and larger wheels (actually 1/2 wheels that allow you to knock out the bushing to convert to 5/8ths).

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#7 posted 06-10-2013 08:30 PM

You can buy a sleeve bearing (flanged or unflanged) from McMaster Carr. Lots of sizes and metal types.

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#8 posted 06-11-2013 06:21 PM

maybe you could set this thing up. keep you from having to swap out wheels and pads.

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#9 posted 06-12-2013 07:52 PM

These folks will get what you need , but they can be slow.

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#10 posted 06-12-2013 08:07 PM

Thanks for the info on the tapered arbor. That is slick.

-- Tom, MI, SC

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#11 posted 06-12-2013 08:12 PM

I have the harbor freight set up at work that Hoosier mentions. It gets badly abused and has held up well.

-- Tom, MI, SC

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