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Old 05-13-2013, 09:03 PM   #1
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Time for a new buffer...

So the vibrations from the PC are killing my wrist and im starting to do more cars so i think its time upgrade my buffer. What other DA's are you guys using(griots,megs)? Or should i just get a flex?
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:01 AM   #2
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How tight a grip you have on the tool will make all the difference; hold vibrating tools as lightly as possible, consistent with safe work practices; allowing the tool do the work. Gloves are available that are designed to exceed the rigorous requirements of the ISO Standard 10819 (ANSI S3.4-2002) for the absorption of vibration due to direct hand contact with vibrating equipment, machinery or hand held tools.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:25 AM   #3
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Learn how to use a rotary, problem solved.

I'd recommend a makita with soft start.
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:01 PM   #4
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Well i dont wana go rotary or i woulda went out and bought one. So griots or megs?
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:47 PM   #5
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Go with a Rupes. Works way better than a flex and there is a far less chance of burning the paint due to its throw. A 15 is great for small cars but a 21 is perfect for really large panels

They're both about the same price but i personally fine rupes to be way easier to use
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:34 PM   #6
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If a PC kills then running a Rupes 15 will reduce the vibration but not eliminate it totally. Rotary would be a choice, although everything on the market is moving to DA work. Flex may work as well. Just be aware all these machines create wear and tear. PC is by far the least weak out of all the mentioned machines.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:49 PM   #7
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I would stay away from a rotary, with a high quality DA you can do pretty much anything a rotary can, just with more time but without a chance of damaging the paint. Also, if you're going to be doing paint corrections make sure you pick up a paint thickness guage.

I recommend a flex but keep your PC for spreading waxes and sealants. With any DA it's going to take a lot to damage the paint unlike a rotary.

Griots, Meg's, PC and similar are all free floating spinal assemblies, they all pretty much feel the same. The flex is direct drive gear driven, which allows you to work faster and in larger sections at a time because its a more powerful tool.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:00 AM   #8
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With newer materials being used for polishing pads (microfiber, deniu, silk, etc) most professional detailer are no longer using rotary polisher as random orbital's offer many advantages.

Wen I first started detailing (five decades ago) I never thought I would make the above statement, but it's been a couple of years since I've used a rotary (and I own five of them)
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