Rupes BigFoot 5" Duetto Electric Random Orbital Polisher
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.
High speed + lots of motion = very fast polishing.
Use the Duetto for the sanding of fine automotive paint!
The LHR12E BigFoot Duetto leaves surfaces beautifully polished & remarkably scour-free.
• 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 also be used as an automotive paint sander
• Smooth & balanced swooping motions for increased user comfort
OPTION 1: Add a Rupes 4-Piece Foam Buffing Pad Set, save 15%.
You'll be ready to tackle just about any polishing task if you've got a set of 5" Rupes® Foam Buffing Pads on hand.
They've been optimized specifically for use with Rupes BigFoot machines (read about them here).
There are 5 grades of foam pads to choose from:
Blue = Coarse Cut | Green = Int. Cut | Yellow = Polish | White = Finish | Gray = UHS 1-Step
OPTION 2: Add Rupes Microfiber Buffing Pads, save 19%!
Rupes 5" Blue Coarse Microfiber Cutting Pads can remove paint defects rapidly. Flared-edge design enables them to contour to complex surfaces with ease. Rupes 5" Yellow Microfiber Finishing Pads delicately polish all types of paint finishes (read about them here).
Blue = Coarse Cut | Yellow = Finishing
OPTION 3: Add X-CUT Foam Abrasive Sanding Discs & Interface Pads, save 15%.
If there's even a small chance that you'll be using the LHR12E for sanding chores, you'll want to have some X-CUT Foam Abrasive Sanding Discs on hand. These discs are available in P1500, P2000, and P3000 grades. We've packaged four of each grade, enough for you to run X-CUT Discs through their paces.
For optimal sanding results, be sure to utilize an interface pad. By placing an interface pad between the sanding disc and backing plate, the disc will more easily conform to curved or complex surfaces. Should you inadvertently tilt to the machine during use, an interface pad will help to distribute pressure across the face of the disc.
980.041 (soft) | 1055F (firm)
OPTION 4: Add a spare backing plate, save 15%.
Better to be safe than sorry! Having a spare backing plate on hand is always smart. The Rupes 980.027 5" Backing Plate is a direct replacement for the factory installed unit. The Rupes 980.015 should be used if you would like a bit less holding power (these are factory installed on the 5" Rupes Skorpio® Palm Sanders).
This machine carries a one-year parts and labor warranty.
Check out the LHR12E's next of kin: Rupes LHR15ES 5" Electric Random Orbital Polisher