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    3" backing plate on Makita PO5000C

    3" backing plate on Makita PO5000C


    A forum member asked me if a 3" FLEX or RUPES backing plate will fit on a Makita PO5000C polisher.

    I tested the FLEX and the RUPES backing plates and the FLEX will fit like it is, the RUPES would have to have the center hole in the backing plate enlarged.

    Here's some pictures....






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    AFTER





    The term I use to describe what it's like to use a large or full size polisher with a small backing plate is,

    Tippy

    This applies to when you're buffing on horizontal panels BECAUSE --> you <-- and that includes me we tend to use the weight of the machine as a part of our downward pressure thus if you're not paying attention, the tool can fall over on the panel.

    With vertical panels it's NOT and issue because when buffing a vertical panel you're automatically holding and supporting the weight of the machine.


    Make sense?


    Also - me testing this and taking pictures and then sharing this is not an endorsement of this practice, I just had the ability to help out a forum member.


    The 3" backing plate and the 4" pad I used on the 1968 Mercedes did work for what it's worth and was smooth running.



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    Re: 3" backing plate on Makita PO5000C

    Hi Mike

    I really appreciate the thread, especially as a newbie. it could be a nice stop gap solution, as its probably a good idea to see if I am competent at polishing before buying another machine.

    I fully appreciate your comment that its not an endorsement of the practice ... obviously the way to go is to get the Flex 7-12 80

    Very interesting you found it smooth running.


    I noticed just running free air without the intended 4” pad it, on speed 1 it vibrated more than the 6” backing plate on its own. But seemed better on speed 3.

    So hopefully the extra pad weight will make it smoother, plus of course putting it on the panel.

    again very much appreciated.

    just wish I lived in the US and could easily by stuff from you.

    hopefully we will do a good trade deal with the US, and enable cost effective shipping across the pond.



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    Re: 3" backing plate on Makita PO5000C

    Quote Originally Posted by Submariner View Post

    Very interesting you found it smooth running.


    I noticed just running free air without the intended 4” pad it, on speed 1 it vibrated more than the 6” backing plate on its own. But seemed better on speed 3.

    Kind of funny to me because I've been point out and answering questions about holding a tool in the AIR and running it and then noticing the vibration for probably 15 years.


    Don't judge a "tool" for vibration by holding it in the air and running it


    Judge a "pad" on "some tools" by holding it in the air and running it, here's my article on that topic. Sorry to say, at this time the gallery is still not reconfigured so the pictures "I" posted are missing. There are pictures from Eldorado2K in the thread that make the point.

    The Air Test - Using NON RUPES pads on RUPES Polishers by Mike Phillips



    And judge a tool for vibration once you've chosen the appropriate pad and have placed the pad with product against a PANEL and then running it.


    Buffers/Polishers were not deigned nor engineered to correct and polish the air.


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    Re: 3" backing plate on Makita PO5000C

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post
    Kind of funny to me because I've been point out and answering questions about holding a tool in the AIR and running it and then noticing the vibration for probably 15 years.


    Don't judge a "tool" for vibration by holding it in the air and running it


    Judge a "pad" on "some tools" by holding it in the air and running it, here's my article on that topic. Sorry to say, at this time the gallery is still not reconfigured so the pictures "I" posted are missing. There are pictures from Eldorado2K in the thread that make the point.

    The Air Test - Using NON RUPES pads on RUPES Polishers by Mike Phillips



    And judge a tool for vibration once you've chosen the appropriate pad and have placed the pad with product against a PANEL and then running it.


    Buffers/Polishers were not deigned nor engineered to correct and polish the air.


    Thanks Mike
    boy is there a lot to learn about this polishing art
    Thanks for the link
    encouraging that it might be smooth on my machine and pad

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    Re: 3" backing plate on Makita PO5000C

    Quote Originally Posted by Submariner View Post

    Thanks Mike

    boy is there a lot to learn about this polishing art

    Thanks for the link - encouraging that it might be smooth on my machine and pad

    Let us know how it goes...


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    Re: 3" backing plate on Makita PO5000C

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    Let us know how it goes...


    Will do

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    Re: 3" backing plate on Makita PO5000C

    ***Update***



    This thread referenced here,


    How to put a 3" FLEX backing plate on Makita PO5000C







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    Re: 3" backing plate on Makita PO5000C

    Just reading here on forum i found a lot of people use The air to test polisher and was a little bit tired of what they were doing
    Swinging The Dick in free air aint gona make her happy
    Use it..
    Then i found this thread and got my calm back again
    smile

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    Re: 3" backing plate on Makita PO5000C

    Hmm perhaps i was a little ove The line with my dirty comment
    So perhaps it vetter to ask moderator to wipe it and my mouth out

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