So I work for Excavating and timbering company that is owned by my family. Lately we've been trying to update trucks and make them look better. Wheel polishing has become a pain especially on very tarnished wheels. Then I saw an industrial wheel polishing machine.
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Seeing as these cost $20,000+ I decided to try to make my own.
So basically it's a 5hp 3440 rpm single phase 220 motor a 12v motor and batter with a switch to control the speed the rim spins at. The motor can be moved around on the mount and is adjusted towards the wheel with a old jack that I repurposed. The issue I'm having is getting the buffer to put a nice finish on the wheel. The industrial one can move in all directions so they are able to cross cut with the buffing wheel. So I'm thinking that maybe a different type of buffing wheel might work better. Any suggestions or improvements will help me immensely. I was thinking of redesigning the whole thing if need be but not sure how to go about it.