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Old 05-08-2016, 08:13 PM   #1
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I want to get a buffer but don't want to get one of the $30 ones. I am looking to see if anyone here uses one often and has any imput on which ones are better than others. (I will be using it on many cars, definitely not regularly on my GT). I have used them before, but haven't had much luck looking around online yet. Thanks for any help or suggestions!
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i have used mikita,dewalt and milwaukee.i would get the dewalt,but the kawasaki polisher they sell at pep boys is pretty solid,i use at the bodyshop i work at and it has never let me down,just change the brushes and keep the keep the inside free of wool pad hair and your good.
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Okay, I'll definitely look into that. Is that particular one electric or run off compressed air?

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no it's electric, you dont want a air powered buffer because it's hard for a air compressor to keep up.
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I used to work as a detailer at a local dealership, and we had the compressed air ones, that's why I was checking. Thank you very much for your advice!

Although we also had an electric one now that I think about it...

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Go with the Porter Cable 7424XP. Autogeek sells it.

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Most of my detailing friends also suggest the porter cable.
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The Porter Cable is a good beginner one.
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Most of my detailing friends also suggest the porter cable.
Its an excellent beginners machine and the enthusiast who uses it to take care of their personal cars. I have a detailing business on the side and use my Porter Cable 7424 on my customers vehicles.

It does a nice job but paint correction just takes so much longer than a better machine. I'm thinking of adding the Rupes Bigfoot 21 to my detailing arsenal or the Flex 3401

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Its an excellent beginners machine and the enthusiast who uses it to take care of their personal cars. I have a detailing business on the side and use my Porter Cable 7424 on my customers vehicles.

It does a nice job but paint correction just takes so much longer than a better machine. I'm thinking of adding the Rupes Bigfoot 21 to my detailing arsenal or the Flex 3401

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Yeah I've been contemplating grabbing one to learn on. But too many other things need buying at the moment lol
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Yeah I've been contemplating grabbing one to learn on. But too many other things need buying at the moment lol
I completely understand! The Flex is like $425

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I've used buffers before so I don't necessarily need a beginner's one. I am looking to get one that's capable and solid so I won't have to step up later. I don't need a $425, though! I am willing to pay a bit more for a nice one but I don't need one that's at that level, since I'm detailing cars as a hobby and not as part of a business or something. I'll have to post pictures of when I'm done with one of the ones I'm cleaning up now!
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i would go with the rotary style polisher,there is just too many steps with a porter cable and too costly. once you get good with the rotary polisher you will never want a porter cable except for applying sealants/wax.
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i would go with the rotary style polisher,there is just too many steps with a porter cable and too costly. once you get good with the rotary polisher you will never want a porter cable except for applying sealants/wax.
The porter cable is awesome for sealants and waxes. It will remove swirls and make paint corrections but it just takes so long if there is serious swirl and scratches.

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Just ordered the Flex 3401 VRG!

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