Zippo metal hub, cloth buffs are manufactured using highcount, heavyweight, industrial type cotton sheeting.
Before this cloth is assembled into a buff, the fabric is first biased so that the woven threads are at a 45º angle to the periphery. This prevents cross threads from pulling out, it reduces fraying and raveling, and creates less buffing dust debris.
BIAS-CUT-Prolongs buff life by greatly reducing fraying and raveling.
The result is less buff cost, a cleaner operation, and buff change “down-time” is reduced to a minimum.
Read more below about the features of the Zippo Bias Cut buffing wheel and the differences between different types.
“YT” Yellow cloth has been mill starched treated to stiffen the fabric.
This provides a more aggressive polishing action and longer life than untreated cloth buffs can provide.
|PRODUCT NUMBER||BUFF DIAMETER||STYLE NUMBER||STANDARD ARBOR HOLE SIZE|
|515-7212||6″||DC-600 YT||1/2″ or 5/8″|
WHAT DOES THE TERM “BIAS-TYPE” BUFF MEAN?
Zippo™ metal hub, cloth buffs are manufactured using highcount, heavyweight, industrial type cotton sheeting. Before this cloth is assembled into a buff, the fabric is first biased so that the woven threads are at a 45º angle to the periphery. This prevents cross threads from pulling out, it reduces fraying and raveling, and creates less buffing dust debris.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES GAINED BY BIAS CONSTRUCTION?
BIAS-CUT-Prolongs buff life by greatly reducing fraying and raveling. Result: less buff cost, a cleaner operation, and buff change “down-time” is reduced to a minimum.
PUCKERED FACE – A Zippo™ puckered face, with its many folds, heads up with a larger quantity of buffing compound and retains it longer. This reduces buff wear and compound consumption.
NO STREAKING – A Zippo™ puckered face cross buffs the work surface and provides a uniform buffed surface, free of buff separation streak lines on the work piece.
VENTILATION – The ventilated steel center forces a constant stream of cool air between the buff sections for rapid heat dissipation. Result: a cooler operation; permits higher speeds and wider buff working faces; eliminates buff burning and scorching; produces cleaner and finer finishes with fewer passes.
COMPENSATING DENSITY – Compensating density is built in: The hardness increases as the buff diameter is reduced through wear. This effect offsets the reduced efficiency that normally takes place at lower surface speeds when conventional buffs are reduced in diameter. Result: a consistent and uniform rate of “cutting and coloring” right down to the buff hub.
FINISH IRREGULAR SHAPES – Built in resiliency and flexibility are inherent with bias construction. Result: Zippo™ Buffs flow easily into, over and around irregular shapes and surfaces.
WIDE SECTIONS – Extra thickness – Zippo™ Buffs are twice as wide as conventional type buffs. Result: you need only half as many sections for the same working face.
READY-TO-USE – Perfectly Balanced and Trimmed. Result: All Zippo™ Buffs are ready to mount on the spindle for immediate use.
WHY IS THE ZIPPO™ BIAS CUT BUFF SO POPULAR?
It is economical to produce and to use and it performs extremely well on most buffing operations. It is available in a wide selection of diameters, plies, cloth counts and densities.
While there are an infinite variety possible “Bias Cut” constructions, industry’s normal requirements can be accommodated with basic densities called, medium duty and heavy duty .
The apparent differences are created by the varying yardage content between each type. As the yardage content is increased it folds and compacts more solidly at the buff hub – forming heavier pleats that carry on out to the buff face. Obviously, the greater the yardage content – the greater are the number of pleats formed – and consequently – the harder the buff face becomes.
Since the buff is the carrier for the buffing compound, which actually does the cutting – it is apparent that the aggressiveness of the buffing action and the life of the buff are directly related to the density of the buff face.
In general, the high count and heavy weight 86/93 unbleached cloth is preferable. If additional buff stiffness is desired, specify 86/93 yellow treated cloth. The lower count and softer 64/68 sheeting is recommended only for mild cutting or high color buffing operations.
The product numbers listed represent those that have proven popular. However, other styles can be furnished in 12, 14, 16, and 18 ply constructions. Details on these other constructions will be furnished upon request.