Rupes BigFoot 3" Electric Mini Random Orbital Polisher


















Rupes BigFoot 3" Electric Mini Random Orbital Polisher

Rupes BigFoot 3" Electric Mini Random Orbital Polisher

Rupes BigFoot 3" Electric Mini Random Orbital Polisher
The Rupes LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher 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 LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher is a compact, mid-size machine.  Weight: 4 pounds, 15 ounces including the electric cord, and 4 pounds, 3 ounces without.  Dimensions not including the cord are: 11" length x 4-3/4" tall x 3-1/8" wide.The Rupes LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher 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 LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher is COMPACT and superbly BALANCED.  Its orbital action (12mm orbit diameter) is LARGE, especially when compared to other 3" electric machines.The Rupes LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher works well with a wide variety of buffing pads.  Rupes offers two sizes of pads for the Mini. Shown is the recommended size, which features a 3-inch diameter Velcro with a 4-inch diameter face.  There are four grades of pads to choose from.The Rupes LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher can be outfitted with a smaller 62mm Velcro Backing Plate, allowing it to be used with the smaller Rupes Foam Buffing Pads.  Pictured is the 9.BF70J Green Intermediate-Cut Foam Buffing Pad, which features 2-1/2" diameter Velcro with a 2-3/4" pad face.The Rupes LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher can be outfitted with the smaller 990.201 62mm-diameter Velcro Backing Plate.The Rupes LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher can be outfitted with either the factory-sized 990.007 75mm Velcro Backing Plate, or the smaller 990.201 62mm-diameter Velcro Backing Plate.The Rupes LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher, shown outfitted with the smaller 990.201 62mm Backing Plate and a 9.BF70J Green Intermediate-Cut Foam Buffing Pad.  The outlines indicate the diameter of the backing plate and the buffing pad's Velcro attachment material.The Rupes LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher, shown with the 990.201 62mm Velcro Backing Plate and a 9.BF70J pad.The Rupes LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher, shown with the factory-installed 990.007 3" (75mm) Velcro Backing Plate, and a 9.BF100H 3" Extra-Cut Blue Foam Cutting Pad.The Rupes LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher, shown outfitted with a Rupes 9.BF100XM 3" Yellow Microfiber Finishing Pad.The Rupes LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher, shown with a bevy of wonderful Rupes Microfiber and Foam Buffing Pads.The Rupes LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher is also a fantastic sander!  Any 3" sanding disc works well with this machine.  Shown outfitted with a Mirka 3" Autonet Net Mesh Sanding Disc and the mandatory Mirka 9947 3" Pad Protector (available right here at buffdaddy.com!)The Rupes LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher is very likely the best 3" electric sander/polisher currently available. This is in large part due to its 12mm diameter orbit action.  Use it to aggressively sand damaged UV coatings and plastic material from headlight lenses, then fine sand before polishing to a perfect clarity.  The LHR75e Mini can of course can be used to sand & polish the finest automotive or motorcycle paints (and hard plastics such as Lexan and Plexiglas as well).The Rupes LHR75e BigFoot 3" Mini Polisher works best when factory Rupes Foam Pads are used, as their design delivers a balanced and agile feel. Shown: 9.BF70H (blue extra-cut foam pad), 9.BF70J (green intermediate-cut foam pad), 9.BF70M (yellow fine foam polishing pad), and 9.BF100S (white ultra-fine foam finishing pad).The Rupes 9.BW100H 3" Blue Coarse Wool Polishing Pad breaks from the traditional wool pad design, in that it features a dual-length, short string combination. This pad cuts rapidly, yet leaves a nearly pristine finish. Low profile, flared-edge design delivers stability, yet conforms to complex panel shapes with ease. BIGFOOT.<br/><br/>Actual dimensions:<br/>(Velcro: 3-1/8" | 80mm) • (Pad Face: 3-1/2" | 90mm) • (String Length: 3/8" | 9.5mm)<br/><br/>The Rupes 9.BW100M 3" Yellow Medium Wool Polishing Pad is a smooooth operator! An abundance of long & fine wool strings enable the pad to conform to very intricate panel shapes. These pads do a great job of self cleaning, which means that there is a potential for dustiness as the pad releases loaded abrasives & paint debris.<br/><br/> To achieve a rapid cut AND a superb finish, blow the pad clean to eliminate accumulated paint residue or excess buffing liquid. Then, do a follow-up pass using what is left in the pad (if the pad is too dry, add a minute quantity of buffing liquid, and do a single back & forth pass to minimize haziness). Excellent defect removal, and capable of leaving a spectacular finish. BIGFOOT.<br/><br/>Actual dimensions:<br/>(Velcro: 3-1/8" | 80mm) • (Pad Face: 3-1/2" | 90mm) • (String Length: 1/2" | 12.7mm)<br/><br/>Rupes 3" 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.BF100FH<br/><br/>Rupes 3" 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.BF100FM<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. The light can be mounted to illuminate directly in front of the polishing machine, or to the side.<br/><br/>Aluminum mounting arm allows for height & angle adjusment of the FLAMETHROWER. 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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Big FOOTSTEP.  Little FOOT.

The Rupes® LHR75e BigFoot 3" Electric Mini Random Orbital Polisher is just as beastly as its larger BigFoot brothers.... except it's smaller!

Please click the accompanying images for in-depth information regarding all aspects pertaining to this machine.

The LHR75e BigFoot creates a 12mm diameter orbit.
Random orbital machines that use 3"to 4" discs and pads typically create miniscule orbits, sometimes as small as a few millimeters. The Rupes LHR75e creates a 12mm diameter orbit, which really gets pads, discs, and compounds moving.

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 LHR75e, except the motion is rotational, not linear.

The LHR75 BigFoot leaves surfaces beautifully polished & remarkably scour-free.
The first time I used a large stroke random orbital polisher, curious and a bit confused might best describe what I felt upon inspecting the paint surface after a brief polishing test.  Rather than seeing scour marks or haziness (as is often the case when using small diameter pads for compounding), I instead saw a beautifully polished & scour-free result. Initially, you may only use the Rupes LHR75e for tight-area polishing, for small parts, and perhaps for polishing bumpers and headlights. Inevitably, you'll very likely use this beast to polish large areas too.

To recap, this machine features:

• 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 for increased user comfort
• Increased rotation of the backing plate vs. other small machines

    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 (5 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 990.007 3" 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 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 5" or 6" version of this machine?  
Rupes LEGACY BigFoot Random Orbital Polishers: 5" | 6" 

This machine carries a one-year parts and labor warranty.
Rupes USA offers the industry's fairest, fastest, & finest repair service! Check it out here.
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: #990.007
2-7/8" (73mm) 6mm x 1.0mm bolt-mount


Spindle mounting hole:
6mm x 1.0mm thread


Weight:
4 lb. 03 oz. not including cord
4 lb. 15 oz. including cord
Dimensions:
Size: 11" long x 3-1/8" wide x 4-3/4" tall