Jewellery Polisher Review
Friday, April 26, 2013
Clair downs her hand polishing tools and gets to use the small but pefectly formed and powerful Jewellery Polisher from Tools4Jewellery By Clair Wolfe
When I knew this was going to be the tool I was to test, my first thoughts were 'where will this fit in my workroom?' as my own polisher is a weighty old monster, which resides in the shed. So imagine my surprise and delight when the box arrived; it was small and not too heavy either. It was also well packaged and preassembled with cotton mops on each end. It was compact enough to find a home in my overcrowded workroom, which also means no more trips to a draughty old shed!
This jewellery polisher has a high quality 2950rpm 150w motor, fitted with 15cm (6in) mops. It can be used to buff and polish all types of jewellery and will give a mirror-finish shine on metal items. It is 240v, using a normal household three-pin plug, which is attached to the polisher with a surprisingly long and generous lead. It comes with a straight shaft as standard, but can be converted to tapered shafts on request. It has boltholes on its base and can be bolted down to a bench for easier use. It can also be used continuously for 15 minutes but will need a five-minute rest to cool down. The polisher is CE approved.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
The polisher is used to remove scratches, polish and buff metal surfaces to a mirror shine. It can also be used to polish the faces of hammers, to keep them scratch free, which is perfect for planishing hammers. Polishing also hardens metal, which is handy when you cannot over-hammer a design.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
The 150w jewellery polisher and two 15cm (6in) 50ply cotton mops.
HOW GOOD ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS?
There were no instructions at all. Editor's note: since the test, full instructions for the polisher have been produced and are now included with the machine when purchasing.
WHAT ELSE WILL YOU NEED?
You will need some form of polishing compound: Tripoli and Rouge are just two of the many available. Do a little research to see what best suits your needs. Tools4Jewellery carry a great selection; just make sure that you use one mop for each compound. You will also need eye protection when using the polisher, and a dust mask may be beneficial too.
HOW EASY IS IT TO USE?
It is best to secure the polisher to the bench, either by using the boltholes provided, or a clamp. Once secured and plugged in, there is just one switch; on and off. It was easy to use because I have had previous experience; new users may not know the best place to hold the metal against the mop.
CAN IT BE ADDED TO?
It can be added to: there are different mops suitable for different jobs and easily changed by unscrewing a nut. As mentioned previously, there are many different polishing compounds available for use with the polisher.
I am really impressed with the polisher; it is half the size of my current polisher and yet no less effective. It is also better in some ways; it is even gentle enough to polish 1mm wire, which is perfect when making your own earwires. It also does not seem to 'grab and fling' items that are being polished, in the same way my current one does. It is compact, easy to use and produces impressive results. It is also incredible value for money too. If it had had an instructional leaflet/booklet with it, this would help new users change mops, make decisions about which compounds to use, and indicate where to position the metal whilst it is being polished.
£35 exc VAT & P&P
T4J, Unit 2, Oak Street,
Ellesmere Port, Cheshire
0151 355 5158