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Old 04-28-2018, 09:34 AM   #1
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Wet polisher recommendations

I'm looking for recommendations on a pro grade wet polisher that will be used to bullnose granite and through body porcelain tile. I see a number of makes/models on Contractors Direct but don't know enough to make an informed decision.

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Old 04-28-2018, 08:16 PM   #2
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I have the makita wet polisher. It’s treated me well and I’ve polished a lot of porcelain bullnose with it.
As a side note I tried quite a few different kinds of pads and finally settled on the scorpion three step diamond pads from Braxton Bragg they’re relatively inexpensive , wear well and polish porcelain nicely
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Old 05-03-2018, 08:52 AM   #3
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What type of profiling blade are you using to rough out the bullnose? I was looking at 6" blades for wet saw or 4" diamond profilers for wet polishers. The guy that used to do my bullnosing used a cup grinder...he was very good at getting a consistent radius without using a radius profiler.
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00B3BLXCY
I use this bit I’ve tried several brands and this one seems to work the best for the money only problem is it slings a ton of water when put on the wet polisher you bout have to rig some type of shield to keep all the water off the back of the polisher
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Old 05-04-2018, 07:11 AM   #5
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Charles, there are 7 different Scorpion grits...you mentioned you use a 3 step method. Which 3 grits have you found works best for you?

Any issues with blow out at either end of the tile when using the profiler?

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Old 05-04-2018, 07:26 AM   #6
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For the 3-step polishing pads, you’re not just choosing three grits within the many available grits. You’re choosing a 3-step system. I’m pretty sure Charles meant to say “Viper” instead of “Scorpion”.

https://www.braxton-bragg.com/index....vel/bc/0,8442/

Click on the link appropriate to your material and whether you’re grinding wet or dry. I use the wet granite pads.

I’ve alwsys used the “router bit” for my wet polisher as it gives you very consistent results. The method your California guy used is very fast and cheap, but requires more practice to get consistent results. No, there is no real “blow-out” issues like you could have when routing wood with a router bit.
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Tonto, thanks for clarifying. What brand polisher do you use?
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I have an Alpha wet polisher. But I, as well as a number of friends who have this same Alpha, report similar stories: The thing has busted somewhere along the lines and the folks that make it seem more interested in selling expensive parts than they are in tweaking their design to make it more durable for the long term.

I like the polisher. It works well. But I wouldn't buy it again.
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Old 05-05-2018, 10:10 AM   #9
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I live in a rural area now and couldn't find anyone willing to do my bull nosing so it falls to me. Thanks for steering me in the right direction on tooling.
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