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Old 04-17-2009, 07:23 AM   #1
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Is There a Light Weight Compounder?

I've decided to bite the bullet and give Brutis a mirror finish. It may take me two years, but whatever. I polished my previous 27' '76 Overlander with a small polisher from Sears, but went through lots of pads. It squeeled so high, I think I lost hearing! This time I want to try using a drill to compound (I have a HF polisher, but want to try the drill method too). The Dewalt dw130 that has been suggested here weighs 7.5 lbs!!!! Are there any suggestions for a lighter-weight 1/2" drill to use? Is the Dewalt the endall? How about a Makita drill? Anyone ever used some kind of an air drill? I have an air compresser. Anyone with any suggestions for my weak, old arms?!! (I've got to build into this slowly!)


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Old 04-17-2009, 08:11 AM   #2
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Not much help, but unless your compressor is a monster it would probably rule out an air drill for compounding. It seems air tools like drills like about 16 CFM for continuous use which means a big big compressor; typically one running on 110 Volts would max out at 6.5 CFM. just my 2 Canadian cents.

Maybe side angle grinders are lighter? I was reading the Jestco information which mentions them. Jestco Products Buffing Supply - Airstream Polishing Kit #799S - Size 1 (Powered by CubeCart)

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Old 04-17-2009, 11:20 AM   #3
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