Dewalt Polishers & Buffers
“You buy a machine and what you really get is satisfaction, entire satisfaction.”
- R.E. DeWalt
The company called DeWalt
has been around since 1924, but the first DeWalt machine was invented in 1922. It was a radial arm machine that provided more versatility in woodworking operations. The inventor was Raymond E. DeWalt.
DeWalt had worked in mills and construction jobs since he left school, and saw firsthand how labor costs forced one man to do the work of several and receive no additional compensation. DeWalt was eventually offered a supervisory position of a woodworking mill. Despite a heavy workload, the president was unwilling to raise wages. DeWalt used his ingenuity to rig a saw that could be adjusted to any angle, height, or position so that work went faster and the men got more done. The invention lowered labor costs for the mill and gave DeWalt a great idea – open his own machine company.
In 1924, DeWalt opened his first plant in Leola, Pennsylvania. Their first product was a radial arm machine to provide more versatility in woodworking operations.DeWalt
has since expanded the scope of products to include tools for most any application, including car polishers. DeWalt
polishers, like all their products, are built to last and designed to make tough chores easier.
The DeWalt 849 Variable Speed Polisher
is one of their best with all ball-bearing construction, an 8 amp motor, and heat-treated, precision cut gears. It was one of the first variable speed polishers used by professional detailers and remains a prominent fixture in many garages today. DeWalt
set the standard with this polisher and subsequent polishers have failed to improve on the durable construction of this old standby.