Rupes BigFoot 5" Duetto Electric Random Orbital Polisher


















Rupes BigFoot 5" Duetto Electric Random Orbital Polisher

Rupes BigFoot 5" Duetto Electric Random Orbital Polisher

Rupes BigFoot 5" Duetto Electric Random Orbital Polisher
The Rupes LHR12E BigFoot 5" Duetto features a conveniently located Speed Controller.  Speed range is 4,000-5,500 RPM.  As is the case with all random orbital polishers, the rate of free-spinning backing plate rotation varies.The Rupes LHR12E BigFoot 5" Duetto is comfortable to use.  It features a hand pad over the head of the machine, allowing complete and easy control.  While a side handle could be used, there is no option for one through Rupes.  Really though, a side handle is not a necessity. The machine also features a built-in non-marring white rubber standoff, allowing the machine to be securely stabilized when not in use.The Rupes LHR12E BigFoot 5" Duetto is COMPACT and superbly BALANCED.  Its orbital action (12mm orbit diameter) is LARGE, especially when compared to other typical 5" electric machines.The Rupes LHR12E BigFoot 5" Duetto can also be outfitted with Rupes uniquely-designed Microfiber Pads!  The speed of cut is typically greatly enhanced versus a foam pad when using these pads. Shown is the Rupes 9.BF150XM Yellow Microfiber Polishing Pad.The Rupes LHR12E BigFoot 5" Duetto , shown with a bevy of wonderful Rupes Foam Buffing Pads, and 5" X-CUT Foam Abrasive Discs.The Rupes LHR12E BigFoot 5" Duetto is also a fantastic sander!  Any 5" diameter sanding disc works well with this machine.  Shown outfitted with a Rupes 980.041 5" Interface Pad, and a  9.45403 5" P3000 grade X-CUT Foam Abrasive Disc.The Rupes LHR12E BigFoot 5" Duetto is very likely the best 5" electric sander/polisher currently available. This is in large part due to its 12mm diameter random-orbit action. Shown outfitted with a Rupes 980.041 5" Interface Pad, and a  9.45400 5" P1500 X-CUT Foam Abrasive Disc. Also shown: 9.45401 (P2000) and 9.45403 (P3000) 5"  X-CUT Foam Abrasive Discs.The Rupes LHR12E BigFoot 5" Duetto is very likely the best 5" electric sander/polisher currently available. This is in large part due to its 12mm diameter random-orbit action. Shown outfitted with a Rupes 980.041 5" Interface Pad, and a  9.45403 5" P3000 X-CUT Foam Abrasive Discs.The Rupes LHR12E BigFoot 5" Duetto is COMPACT and superbly BALANCED.  Its orbital action (12mm orbit diameter) is LARGE, especially when compared to other typical 5" electric machines.The Rupes LHR12E BigFoot 5" Duetto works best when factory Rupes Foam Pads are used, as their design delivers a balanced and agile feel. Shown: 9.BF150H (blue extra-cut foam pad), 9.BF150J (green intermediate-cut foam pad), 9.BF150M (yellow fine foam polishing pad), and 9.BF150S (white ultra-fine foam finishing pad).The Rupes 9.BW150H 5" Blue Coarse Wool Polishing Pad features a diverse string length & density combination designed to deliver fast cutting action, without the heavy scouring typically associated with heavy-cut wool pads.<br/><br/>Available in 1-inch, 2-inch, 3-inch, 5-inch, and 6-inch diameters. BIGFOOT.<br/><br/>Actual dimensions:<br/>(Velcro: 5-1/8" | 130mm) • (Pad Face: 5-3/4" | 146mm) • (String Length: 3/8" | 9.5mm)<br/><br/>The Rupes 9.BW150M 5" Yellow Medium Wool Polishing Pad features highly refined, non-twisted wool strings. The term "non-twisted" refers to the fact that the wool strings are NOT braided together to form a thicker, rope-like string.<br/><br/>This pad delivers a smooth feel during polishing. The plushness and length of its wool strings enable the 9.BW150M to work efficiently on super-contoured areas.<br/><br/>Available in 1-inch, 2-inch, 3-inch, 5-inch, and 6-inch diameters. BIGFOOT.<br/><br/>Actual dimensions:<br/>(Velcro: 5-1/8" | 130mm) • (Pad Face: 5-3/4" | 146mm) • (String Length: 1/2" | 12.7mm)<br/><br/>Rupes 5" Microfiber Coarse Pads feature a beveled or flared-edge design, allowing them to stay planted to curved or complex panel shapes.<br/><br/>With the progressively flaring edge, comfort of use is through the roof! 9.BF150FH<br/><br/>Rupes 5" Microfiber Fine Pads feature a beveled or flared-edge design, allowing them to stay planted to curved or complex panel shapes.<br/><br/>With the progressively flaring edge, comfort of use is through the roof! 9.BF150FM<br/><br/>he Rupes 9810.027N 5" Backing Plate is factory installed onto the LHR15ES.<br/><br/>Rupes Buffing Liquids. All three liquids are free of heavy oils & fillers, making them ideal for use in preparation of surfaces that will be protected via cross-linking sealants, polymers, and coatings.<br/><br/>9.DACOARSE250 | 9.DACOARSE<br/>D-A Coarse is designed to deliver rapid defect removal. Although D-A Coarse is an extremely capable cutter, state of the art technology and untold hours of testing and adjusting this formula enable D-A Coarse to oftentimes deliver a visually perfect finish.<br/><br/>9.DAPOLISH250 | 9.DAPOLISH<br/>D-A Polish is likely to be the go-to liquid for the majority of polishing situations. It’s been designed, tested, and tweaked to deliver everything professionals & enthusiasts desire: the potential to cut rapidly, yet finish beautifully; short or long buffing cycles; ease of use; fail-safe performance.<br/><br/>9.PURE250 | 9.PURE<br/>UNO Pure is likely to become the world standard for finessing swirls, haziness, tick marks, and other imperfections that are often created when attempting to perfect finicky paint types.<br/>The Buff Brite FLAMETHROWER Professional Polishing Light can be mounted in all sorts of ways. Its tubular light bar fits into an anti-vibration rubber compression ring, allowing it to rotate 360 degrees.<br/><br/>The light can be mounted to illuminate directly in front of the polishing machine, or to the side. Aluminum mounting arm allows for height & angle adjusment of the FLAMETHROWER.<br/><br/>Delivers a spectrum of light optimized for illuminating paint surface defects.<br/><br/>(7,800K color temp | 400/800 lumens | 2,200 MAh lithium-ion battery)<br/><br/>Replace the factory plastic bolts with polished button head stainless steel bolts! Nicer looking, plus they allow you to super-tighten the head cap assembly (which always seems to loosen up when using the plastic screws).The Rupes Embroidered BigFoot Big Bag Tool Case is a BEHEMOTH of a bag! It's built like a tank,and can carry a surprising amount of weight. "One of my bags weighed in at 64 pounds!" KB.<br/><br/>Specifications-<br/>Part number: 9.Z917/BF<br/>Dimensions: 23"L x 15"T x 13"W<br/>Weight: 10 pounds<br/><br/>*Note: When in upright position, carry handle adds 3-1/4" to height.<br/><br/>Features:<br/>Heavy Duty Waterproof Material<br/>Foldaway Metal Carry Handle<br/>Detachable Shoulder Strap<br/><br/>Internal storage section features:<br/>(1) Vast Open Space<br/>(4) Internal Wingflap Pockets<br/>(8) Bottle Storage Pockets<br/>(2) Endcap/Side Pockets<br/>(2) Full-Width Slotted Pockets<br/>(2) Machine Hold Down Straps (Velcro)<br/><br/>The Rupes Embroidered BigFoot Big Bag Tool Case is internally IMMENSE. "For off-site polishing tasks, I've been known to utilize as many as FOUR of these beauties: Bag #1 is loaded with all of my electric polishers, spare parts & plates. Bag #2 is used to store all of my pneumatic tools, air hoses, couplers, and fittings. Bag #3 is used to store extension cords, portable lighting, and hand tools, etc. Bag #4 is used to store buffing pads and microfiber towels." KB<br/><br/>Specifications-<br/>Part number: 9.Z917/BF<br/>Dimensions: 23"L x 15"T x 13"W<br/>Weight: 10 pounds<br/><br/>*Note: When in upright position, carry handle adds 3-1/4" to height.<br/><br/>Features:<br/>Heavy Duty Waterproof Material<br/>Foldaway Metal Carry Handle<br/>Detachable Shoulder Strap<br/><br/>Internal storage section features:<br/>(1) Vast Open Space<br/>(4) Internal Wingflap Pockets<br/>(8) Bottle Storage Pockets<br/>(2) Endcap/Side Pockets<br/>(2) Full-Width Slotted Pockets<br/>(2) Machine Hold Down Straps (Velcro)<br/><br/>/files/1519584/uploaded/rupes-big-bag-prodbrd1-800x468.jpgRupes BigFoot Semi-Rigid Embroidered Duffle Bag.  (22"L x 12"W x 12"H) #9.Z871/BFRupes BigFoot Semi-Rigid Embroidered Duffle Bag.  (22"L x 12"W x 12"H) #9.Z871/BF
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Duetto. Serving double-duty as a sander and polisher.

The Rupes® LHR12E BigFoot 5" Duetto Electric Random Orbital Polisher features a 12mm orbit diameter, which is 50% more orbital motion than competitor's typical machines.  This places the Duetto solidly into the large stroke category, yet it is still reasonable to use for tight-area sanding & polishing.

Why is a large diameter stroke or orbit beneficial?
To better understand why a large stroke machine can deliver better and faster polishing results, imagine hand sanding a panel of wood with a typical sanding block & paper using very short 1mm back and forth strokes. Although sanding would be concentrated and exact, most of the sanding debris would remain positioned between the sandpaper and wood panel. Rapid clogging of the sandpaper would likely occur, effectively limiting cutting power and finishing potential.  

However, if the length of each sanding stroke was increased (within a similar time frame), the sandpaper would move along at a more rapid pace.  The increased speed of motion would assist in loosening any stuck-on debris from the sandpaper, all the while helping to eliminate sanding debris residing between the paper and wood surface. The exact same principles of extending the stroke apply when using the LHR12E, except the motion is rotational, not linear. 

Use the Duetto for the sanding of fine automotive paint!
This versatile tool can also be used for fine-grade automotive sanding, but the user should have at least some experience with machine sanding, because sanding can take place rapidly.  In addition, edge-digging and consequental deep scouring of the surface may occur if the machine is not kept level to the surface being sanded.  It is not necessary nor desirable to use high speeds when sanding;  the ideal speed is one that allows the disc to travel along the surface in a smooth, flowing manner, with at least some rotation of the backing plate.  Use of a foam interface pad is highly recommended.

Pair the Duetto with Rupes X-Cut Sanding Discs.
Although the LHR12E's 12mm orbit diameter positions it at the low-end of the large stroke polisher category, it's definitely on the upper end when it comes to using it as a sander. Regardless, sanding is very comfortable and controlled.

To recap, this machine features:

 • A 12mm orbit diameter
 • Fast cutting speed
 • Fantastic finishing potential
 • Extended working time per application of buffing liquid
 • Less build-up of contaminants across the face of discs & pads
 • A stroke diameter enabling it to be used as an automotive paint sander
 • Smooth & balanced swooping motions for increased user comfort


    Add a variety of Rupes Buffing Pads.   (save 30%)
You'll be ready to tackle just about any polishing task if you've got a set of Rupes® Buffing Pads on hand. Rupes Foam Pads have been specifically designed for use with large stroke, random orbital polishers (4 versions are available). Rupes Wool Pads deliver for a smooth & controlled feel (2 versions are available). Rupes Microfiber Pads deliver maximum cutting speed (2 versions are available).

    Add a spare Velcro Backing Plate.   (save 30%)
Having a spare backing plate on hand is smart.  The Rupes 980.027 5" Backing Plate is a direct replacement for the original.

    Add Rupes Buffing Liquids.   (save 30%)
A trio of buffing liquids to choose from. All-new formulas.

    Add a Flamethrower LED Light Kit.   (save 30%)
This handy light mounts directly onto your polishing machine. 

    Add a pair of Polished Stainless Steel Bolts.  
Replace the delicate factory supplied plastic bolts, with polished stainless steel bolts! Nicer looking, plus they allow for super-tightening of the head cap assembly.

    Add Rupes X-CUT  5" Foam Abrasive Sanding Discs.
These discs are available in P1500, P2000, and P3000 grades. We've packaged four of each grade, enough for you to run these discs through their paces. For optimal sanding results, be sure to utilize an interface pad.

    Add an Interface Pad.
If you'll be using the LHR12e for sanding chores, you'll want to have an interface pad handy.  By placing an interface pad between the sanding disc and backing plate, sanding discs will more easily conform to curved or complex surfaces.  Should you inadvertently add excessive tilt to the machine during use, an interface pad will help to better distribute pressure across the entire face of the disc. 981.041 (soft) | 1055 (firm)

    Add a Duflle Bag or Carrying Case. (save 30%)
Never run out of room when transporting your polishing tools & accessories! Rupes Embroidered Duffle Bags & Carrying Cases are quality built. Three to choose from: Duffle Bag Duo | BIG BAG Tool Case

    Looking for a 3" companion to this machine?  
Rupes LHR75E BigFoot 3" Random Orbital Polisher.

    Looking for a 6" version of this machine?  
Rupes LEGACY BigFoot LHR21ES 6" Random Orbital Polisher.

This machine carries a one-year parts and labor warranty.
Specifications & Notes:
Motor specifications:
400W / 110V

Speed settings:
Variable @ 4,000 R.P.M - 5,500 R.P.M.


Stroke size:
6mm offset, creates a 12mm orbit diameter


Machine type:
Random Orbital Polisher aka Dual Action

Action 1:
Shaft drive rotates a free-spinning backing plate spindle, creating a circular path measuring 12mm in diameter

Action 2:
Backing plate free-spins and can rotate in either direction.


Backing plate: #980.027
4-7/8" (73mm) 8mm x 1.25mm bolt-mount


Spindle mounting hole:
8mm x 1.25mm thread


Weight:
4 lb. 13 oz. not including cord
5 lb. 8 oz. including cord
Dimensions:
Size: 11-3/4" long x 4-7/8" wide x 5" tall