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    Default How Much Anchoring for 8" 3/4 HP Buffer?

    I just picked up a Baldor 332B buffer with a Baldor G14 stand with shelves. This is an 1800-RPM 3/4 HP buffer that takes up to 8" wheels.

    The stand is obviously too small at the base to allow me to use the buffer safely without some other support. I am hoping to avoid drilling my floor because I know every time I pick a place for the buffer, it will turn out to be the wrong place, and I'll have to move it.

    How much anchoring does a machine like this have to have in order to make it reasonably safe? I was thinking I might attach a wide, flat base to it and add casters with brakes. Or I could take it off the stand and put it on a solid workbench.

    I can't really say what I plan to buff with it. I am going to put a wire wheel on one side and use the other side for buffing. Whatever needs to be buffed will be buffed. I plan to use sisal, spiral stitched wheels, loose cotton wheels, and canton flannel.

    The machine has a box with a switch on it. I assume it's magnetic. I am wondering if I really need that for a home shop. I was thinking I'd rather have a modern paddle switch.

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    If you are worried, bolt it to a sheet of steel that sticks out of the front and stand on said sheet when using the buffer.

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    I wouldn't say I'm worried. I am just hoping to get this right by seeking information BEFORE I do something stupid.

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    Having had a shaper start to walk across the floor today, I understand the problem!

    Standing on an extended base will work in this case. Since you are holding the part yourself it'll be as rigid as you are. It's also reasonably portable because you can skid the whole lot across the floor if needed.

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