Buffer (Clarke 2H 5AB)

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Buffer Benchtop.jpg
This article is about a tool that is no longer at Protospace.
Further information can be found below.
  • Type: 10" Benchtop Buffer
  • Make/Model: Clarke 2H 5AB
  • Serial Number: 55033 M.S. 643
  • Original Owner: Matt F
  • Removed by: {{{removedby}}}
  • Removal Reason: {{{removalreason}}}
  • Loan Status: Semi-permanent Loan
  • Arrival Date: 19Mar2013
  • Removal Date: {{{removaldate}}}
  • Replacements: {{{replacements}}}
  • Location: Metalworking Shop
  • Functional Status: Working
  • Usage Permissions: Open to Members
  • Certification: Demo Required/Read Notes
  • Wiki ID: [[{{{id}}}]]


  • 3 phase
  • 3 horsepower
  • 3600 RPM
  • 10" max grinding/buffing wheels
  • Weighs ~210 pounds for the motor, 165 pounds for the stand.
  • Can be used as grinder or buffer
  • Is at least 75 years old
  • Has grease nipples for bearings on each side, requires occasional greasing

Usage Notes

  • Buffers are considered one of the most dangerous tools in the shop, in part because people underestimate them.
  • Buffing wheels grab the workpiece hard and suddenly! Grip your workpiece at all times like someone strong was trying to tug it away from you. Beginners are surprised, pull is always harder than anticipated even after being warned. Do not underestimate the pulling force.
  • Roll up sleeves, do not wear gloves, remove necklaces, remove loose clothing and anything with a drawstring.
  • Eye protection mandatory.
  • One wheel has an aggressive polishing compound, the other has a softer finishing compound.
  • Buffers are not an alternative to sanding. When buffed, rough surfaces will be shiny but still rough.