Rupes LEGACY BigFoot 5" Electric Random Orbital Polisher
Rupes LEGACY 5" BIGFOOT POLISHER.
NOTE: This is the original version of the BigFoot Polisher, now referred to as the LEGACY. The updated version (officially named the MARK lll) is located here. The MARK lll offers improved performance, and higher RPM. The Legacy and Mark lll machines are very similar in appearance.
The Rupes® LHR15ES BigFoot 5" Electric Random Orbital Polisher is S•W•E•E•T. Say goodbye to your buzzy, short stroke random orbital polisher; this Italian marvel delivers rotary-like smoothness. Thanks to its enlongated design, the LHR15ES even feels like a rotary buffer.
The LHR15ES BigFoot creates a 15mm diameter orbit.
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 LHR15ES, except its motion is rotational (not linear), and we use buffing liquids (not sandpaper) to accomplish our work.
High speed + lots of motion = very fast polishing.
The LHR15ES BigFoot leaves surfaces beautifully polished & remarkably scour-free.
• An orbit diameter of 15mm
• Super-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
• Smooth & balanced swooping motions that increase user comfort
• Increased rotation of the backing plate versus other machines
OPTION 1: Add a Rupes Buffing Pad Set, save 15%.
You'll be ready to tackle just about any polishing task if you've a set of Rupes® Buffing Pads on hand. These pads have been optimized specifically for use with BigFoot machines (read about them here). Choose from five different grades:
Blue = Hard Cut | Green = Int. Cut | Yellow = Polish | White = Finish | Gray = UHS 1-Step
OPTION 2: Add a SPARE backing plate, save 15%.
Make sure to keep a spare backing plate on hand, as a simple dropping of the machine can bend the backing plate's mounting pad. This can stall polishing work until a replacement plate arrives.
The Rupes 980.027 5" Backing Plate is a direct replacement for the factory installed unit. Click here to read more.
NOTE: This is the original version of the BigFoot Polisher, now referred to as the LEGACY. The updated version (officially named the MARK ll) is located here. The MARK ll offers improved performance, and higher RPM. The Legacy and Mark ll machines are very similar in appearance.
This machine carries a one-year parts and labor warranty.