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Old 07-11-2017, 02:08 PM   #1
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Rotary polisher thoughts?

Seen this and wondered if anyone has used it and what are their thoughts on it

http://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/machin.../prod_806.html
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Old 07-11-2017, 02:14 PM   #2
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unless you REALLY know what you're doing, stick with an orbital.

You will get the same results and you won't end up removing the paint on the fenders and other curves on the car.

If you have experience and want to know about this brand of polisher, then maybe someone else can chime in.
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Old 07-11-2017, 02:45 PM   #3
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Thank you
Would you recommend this instead?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171836138638
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Old 07-11-2017, 02:55 PM   #4
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No experience with that brand, but it's an orbital which is what you want.
Seems to have good reviews.
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Old 07-11-2017, 06:04 PM   #5
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Mr. Miyagi would be disappointed.
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Old 07-11-2017, 06:12 PM   #6
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Mr. Miyagi would be disappointed.

Why? Is it a poor product?
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Old 07-11-2017, 06:56 PM   #7
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Get a Rupes.
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:24 PM   #8
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Why? Is it a poor product?
Don't know. It's a reference to "The Karate Kid". "Wax on, wax off." Do it by hand. Tone some muscles.
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Old 07-14-2017, 01:52 PM   #9
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My new Rupes Bigfoot is amazing.
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Old 07-16-2017, 06:09 PM   #10
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Sensible:

Porter Cable - DA
Makita - Rotary

Money to burn:
Rupes
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:17 PM   #11
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Sensible:

Porter Cable - DA
Makita - Rotary

Money to burn:
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I thought Rupes was money to burn, until I used one and realized it was and is worth every single penny of what I paid. Makes my Griot's BOSS look bad.
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:49 PM   #12
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I thought Rupes was money to burn, until I used one and realized it was and is worth every single penny of what I paid. Makes my Griot's BOSS look bad.

Agreed.


I only really suggest a Griot's polisher for someone new just looking to get into detailing and not sure they will ever do more than their own car once a year. If they catch the bug then the Griot's is a good backup / 3" polisher for when they setup.
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Old 07-17-2017, 05:14 PM   #13
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Agreed.


I only really suggest a Griot's polisher for someone new just looking to get into detailing and not sure they will ever do more than their own car once a year. If they catch the bug then the Griot's is a good backup / 3" polisher for when they setup.
Oh absolutely! I would, and have, always suggested a Griot's for starters. They work well enough for beginners and experienced alike. I still like my BOSS, but that Rupes Bigfoot man....it is like butta. I put the 5" backing plate on mine to make it a tad more versatile.
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Old 08-30-2017, 02:55 PM   #14
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I park my car outside and like to wax every month using the ammo method. Considering the rupes 21 for basic maintenance and speed right now... knowing at some point I will need to use it for correction. Any thoughts? Advice?
Would this be extreme overkill? Don't mind it being a little overkill .


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Old 08-30-2017, 03:00 PM   #15
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I park my car outside and like to wax every month using the ammo method. Considering the rupes 21 for basic maintenance and speed right now... knowing at some point I will need to use it for correction. Any thoughts? Advice?
Would this be extreme overkill? Don't mind it being a little overkill .


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Porter Cable DA is like 1/3 the cost and works just fine.
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Porter Cable DA is like 1/3 the cost and works just fine.
good to know, thanks!
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Old 08-31-2017, 12:26 PM   #17
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If you're just learning and don't want to spend a lot till you get technique down, I picked up the Harbor Freight 6" and it's worked great. Swap out the backing plate for a decent one though; the "nub" that is riveted to the plate that screws into the machine is never straight. 12 bucks for a backing plate off amazon and it's perfect. Once the plate is swapped, using decent quality pads/product and focusing on technique will get you much more consistent results than the name on the side of your machine.

Actually has less vibration than the PC, and I got it for under 60 bucks. Sure it probably won't last as long and I don't expect it to. But as I learn on my car and my wife's car, I can start branching out and doing minor correction/sealing for friends (on the cheap naturally), and set that money aside for a Rupes.

Yes, Harbor Freight has a well-deserved reputation for peddling chinese crap (kinda like everything on Aliexpress/Alibaba) but unlike Ali, there are some diamonds in the rough. They have a couple wood lathes that are actually downright impressive, their torque wrenches rate up there with stuff well into 3-figure pricing, and their welding masks come in handy for solar eclipses.
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