SISAL BUFFING WHEELS


The Sisal Story

Dual-Purpose Polishing and Buffing Wheels Sisal Plant Fluffed-Put Strand Strands Twisted Woven Fabric Sisal is a slender, hard cellular strand of fiber that has demonstrated its great strength and tough resiliency in the form of binder twine, cord and rope for many years. These same qualities, along with its natural abrading and grease absorbing characteristics, provide an ideal buffing wheel fabric. A buffing wheel constructed of sisal will provide both polishing and buffing action. For example, it is not unusual to reduce or completely eliminate the need for fine grit, set-up polishing wheel operations with the combined polishing and buffing action of sisal buffs. Sisal buffs effectively remove or blend stretcher strains, orange peel, polishing wheel grit lines, abrasive belt lines, light die marks and other surface imperfections from drawn, stamped and roll-formed metals. Surface imperfections left from machine tool marks or grinding wheel grit lines on forged parts can be removed with the use of hard treated sisal buffs.

Sisal buffs are extensively used for finishing steel stampings that require subsequent semi-bright or bright plating. The final finish is enhanced by first sisalizing the base steel to a bright luster. Moreover, the need for “color buffing” the copper or nickel plating may be entirely eliminated.

The finishing of roll-formed, stamped or drawn stainless steel and aluminum articles that are normally first “polished” and then "buffed" may yield to being “sisalized” and thus result in worthwhile savings of time, material and labor. In other instances, multiple wheel automatic buffing machine operations can be improved simply by installing a buff head or two of sisal buffs in front of the cloth buffs. The objective here is to increase the rate of cut; improve the finish; reduce the timecycle and the number of cloth buffing wheel heads normally required to do the job.

Sisal buffs are available in a wide variety of constructions. There are a many applications where they can be used to produce a more aggressive buffing action and therefore deserve investigation on your particular buffing operations.

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FLAT FACE BIAS SISAL BUFFS

Type “FF"

For Heavy-Duty Cutting on Roll-Formed, Drawn, Stamped or Cast Metals Type "FF" Sisal buffs are produced by laminating eight-ply (8) of bias-cut woven sisal together, mounting the assembly on steel center

hubs and then spiral sewing with 3/8" gage spiral thread through the total thickness to make 1/2" wide compressed sections. When multiple sections are snugly mounted on the buffing lathe shaft, a flat face width is presented. This face can be shaped, through wear, or dressed to conform to the profile of the work piece.

UNTREATED 8-PLY BIAS SISAL BUFFS

Type “FF"

Spiral Sewed Flat Face Type, 8 Ply, 1/2” Face Width, 3/8” Spiral Sewed

STYLE BS-38
Product Number
Buff Diameter
I/D of Hub
 515-274  8"  3"
 515-275  10"  3"

STYLE BS-58
Product Number
Buff Diameter
I/D of Hub
 515-276  12"  5"
 515-277  14"  5"

STYLE BS-78
Product Number
Buff Diameter
I/D of Hub
 515-280  16"  7"
 515-282  18"  7"

DIP TREATED 8-PLY BIAS SISAL BUFFS

Type “FFT”

Spiral Sewed Flat Face Type, 8 Ply, 1/2” Face Width, 3/8” Spiral Sewed - Resin dip Treatment

Treatment: Resin dip treatment is recommended when the buffing job requires a stiffer buff with a more aggressive polishing action than untreated buffs can provide. Treating also contributes to longer buff life.

STYLE BS-381
Product Number
Buff Diameter
I/D of Hub
 515-311  8"  3"
 515-312  10"  3"

STYLE BS-581
Product Number
Buff Diameter
I/D of Hub
 515-313  12"  5"
 515-314  14"  5"

STYLE BS-781
Product Number
Buff Diameter
I/D of Hub
 515-317  16"  7"
 515-319  18"  7"

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RUFFLED OPEN-FACE SISAL/CLOTH BUFFS

Type “RS”

12-ply bias Construction, Metal Centers, 1/2” Circle Sewed.

Bias-Cut woven sisal fiber is sandwiched between layers of bias-cut cotton and sewed into a packet strip. Intended for those buffing operations that require a more aggressive cutting and leveling action than can be obtained with bias cotton buffs. Type "RS" open-face sisal/cloth buffs effectively remove or blend metal stretcher strains, ripples, score marks, light die and tool marks, and other surface imperfections from drawn, stamped, roll-formed ferrous metals as well as non-ferrous metals. Flexibility is retained, allowing this buff to be particularly adaptable to buffing concave, contoured, recessed and drawn profile forms.

The following list of articles regularly buffed with this construction demonstrates its unique versatility for buffing both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Automotive Parts, Toaster Bodies, Cutlery, Pots and Pans, Steel Stampings, Roll-Formed and Drawn Articles of Carbon and Stainless Steels, Extruded Moldings, Die Castings.

UNTREATED 12-PLY SISAL/CLOTH

Type “RS”

12 Ply Bias Construction, Metal Centers, 1/2” Circle Sewed

STYLE RS-312
Product Number
Buff Diameter
I/D of Hub
 515-238  8"  3"
 515-239  10"  3"

STYLE RS-512
Product Number
Buff Diameter
I/D of Hub
 515-240  12"  5"
 515-241  14"  5"

STYLE RS-712
Product Number
Buff Diameter
I/D of Hub
 515-244  16"  7"
 515-246  18"  7"

DIP TREATED 12-PLY SISAL/CLOTH BUFFS

Type “RST”

12 Ply Bias Construction, Metal Centers, 1/2” Circle Sewed - Resin Dip Treatment

Treatment: Resin dip treatment is recommended when the buffing job requires a stiffer buff with a more aggressive polishing action than untreated buffs can provide. Treating also contributes to longer buff life.

STYLE RS-3121
Product Number
Buff Diameter
I/D of Hub
 515-256  8"  3"
 515-257  10"  3"

STYLE RS-5121
Product Number
Buff Diameter
I/D of Hub
 515-258  12"  5"
 515-259  14"  5"

STYLE RS-7121
Product Number
Buff Diameter
I/D of Hub
 515-260  16"  7"
 515-261  18"  7"

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FULL DISC CLOTH & SISAL BUFFS

Type “CCS”

  • Constructed using full disc layers of Sisal with outside cloth covers. This reduces buff debris and produces a softer and less aggressive buffing effect than the bias sisal buff mounted on steel center hubs.
  • Economical to use since they may be worn all the way to the arbor hole.


STYLE CCS-14
Product Number
Buff Diameter
Arbor Hole
 515-337  6" 1/2"
 515-338  8" 1/2 or 5/8"
 515-339  10" **
 515-340  12" **
 515-341  14" **
 515-342  16" **


**Specify Arbor Hole size desired when ordering.

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