When I bought my 65 Caravel
from a nice fellow in AK., I noticed an old Cyclo polisher inside the trailer and asked if that goes with it. Sure, he said, "I only paid $5 for it at a garage sale, it's yours".
About a year later I used the Cyclo for the first time and it worked OK but I had noticed some whining noise but didn't think much of it until last week when I started to get serious about polishing my trailer. The whine had turned into a screeching, ear-ringing, howl that made the tool unusable. I figured a bearing was shot so I took it apart and sure enough, felt some gravely rough bearing movement, found the parts online
and proceeded to do a complete rebuild when I noticed
something almost unbelievable. This tool was made in 1955
, March 28, 1955
to be exact. That was ten years older than my Airstream and I was so impressed with it's longevity that I had vowed to not to let this old tool die.
I replaced all of the bearings, the power cord, brushes, cleaned, greased, polished and in the process of resurrecting this machine, found out that the company was founded in 1952 and the first production machines were made in 1953
. The design is basically the same as it is today and all of the parts along with rebuild instructions are still available at Cyclotoolmakers.com. The cost of my total rebuild was slightly less than $100 and for this reason, I would suggest buying a used Cyclo Polisher and rebuilding it yourself for about a third of the cost of a new one and in all likelihood it will outlive you.