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polisher/buffer #4492331
08/18/17 09:44 PM
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FL, USA
shurguywutt Offline OP
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Recommend me a good polisher/buffer for car detailing. Thanks!


2008 Pilot 2WD J35Z1 153k
Shell 5w-30
Re: polisher/buffer [Re: shurguywutt] #4492341
08/18/17 09:52 PM
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What's your budget?


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Re: polisher/buffer [Re: shurguywutt] #4492345
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For personal cars, the HF dual-action is fine. If your in the business, there are better and more expensive ones.


2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: polisher/buffer [Re: shurguywutt] #4492360
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All depends on budget. The HF unit is a real bargain and works well. If you want to spend more, there are other options.

Re: polisher/buffer [Re: shurguywutt] #4492370
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I have this 10" unit from Craftsman and it works well (there are 100+ reviews you can read on it):

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-10-in-buf...CFZKOfgodG8IINg

The handles are really useful for using it at different angles and reducing fatigue. It comes in a useful container that holds it and all the accessories.

Re: polisher/buffer [Re: shurguywutt] #4492388
08/18/17 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted By: shurguywutt
Recommend me a good polisher/buffer for car detailing. Thanks!
As a proud owner of a high-dollar Flex machine, I recommend a Harbor Freight machine for about $60.

They aren't precision machinery. Unless you are a professional detailer, you don't need that kind of durability.

(they didn't have them when I bought my Flex).


Last edited by jimbrewer; 08/18/17 10:53 PM.
Re: polisher/buffer [Re: shurguywutt] #4492404
08/18/17 11:10 PM
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I have the Harbor freight 6 in. 5.7 Amp Heavy Duty Dual Action Variable Speed Polisher
https://www.harborfreight.com/6-in-57-amp-heavy-duty-dual-action-variable-speed-polisher-69924.html

I paid $69.99 now on sale for $49.99
works fine and the foam pads bargain also

The Maguire's Ultimate Compound with the yellow pad will take all the swirls out of your car in a jiffy.

Last edited by Stevie; 08/18/17 11:11 PM.
Re: polisher/buffer [Re: shurguywutt] #4492462
08/19/17 12:31 AM
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MTL, CANADA
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Astro pneumatic 9901 dual torque polisher. Amazon


2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

Re: polisher/buffer [Re: Oro_O] #4492643
08/19/17 09:09 AM
08/19/17 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted By: Oro_O
I have this 10" unit from Craftsman and it works well (there are 100+ reviews you can read on it):

http://www.sears.com/craftsman-10-in-buf...CFZKOfgodG8IINg

The handles are really useful for using it at different angles and reducing fatigue. It comes in a useful container that holds it and all the accessories.


This is NOT a polisher. This is a wax spreader. It is really only useful for applying wax.

Re: polisher/buffer [Re: shurguywutt] #4492692
08/19/17 10:02 AM
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Thanks for the replies... Now my budget is probably about $100 and so far I am looking at the HF https://www.harborfreight.com/7-inch-electronic-polisher-66615.html 7 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty Digital Variable Speed Polisher or maybe something higher quality (used) off craigslist or in a pawnshop perhaps. It will be for personal use for detailing the family SUVs.

Last edited by shurguywutt; 08/19/17 10:04 AM.

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Re: polisher/buffer [Re: shurguywutt] #4492700
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We have had excellent luck with the Harbor Freight stuff in general. A couple of things have broken and were replaced when we brought them back. Overall their stuff holds up surprisingly well.

Buy the polisher, take it home and try it out. If you don't like it bring it back!


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Re: polisher/buffer [Re: shurguywutt] #4493305
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Originally Posted By: shurguywutt
Thanks for the replies... Now my budget is probably about $100 and so far I am looking at the HF https://www.harborfreight.com/7-inch-electronic-polisher-66615.html 7 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty Digital Variable Speed Polisher or maybe something higher quality (used) off craigslist or in a pawnshop perhaps. It will be for personal use for detailing the family SUVs.


Reviews dont look too promising on that unit. I have yhe HF 5.7 amp DA polisher. The unit you linked is more of a rotary. I can recommend the Astro pneumatic dual torque polisher, results i have seen easily outdo the HF unit and its even less in price.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004WIWC0...&ref=plSrch

This was recommended to me by the member here Trav, and as Ive said, a great unit to start with.


2007 Corolla Red Pearl 155k miles
PP 0w20 & ST 4967

Re: polisher/buffer [Re: shurguywutt] #4493322
08/20/17 12:43 AM
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Griot's 6" Random Orbital

My recommendation. Buy it and the 5" and 3" backing plates and you will be able to do any surface on any car indefinitely. It's a workhorse and carries a lifetime warranty from a respected and easy-to-deal-with company.


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: polisher/buffer [Re: rooflessVW] #4493425
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Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Griot's 6" Random Orbital

My recommendation. Buy it and the 5" and 3" backing plates and you will be able to do any surface on any car indefinitely. It's a workhorse and carries a lifetime warranty from a respected and easy-to-deal-with company.


I agree 1000%!! Get the one with the 25' cord. It will exceed your budget but will be worth every cent.

Re: polisher/buffer [Re: RTexasF] #4493435
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Originally Posted By: RTexasF
Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Griot's 6" Random Orbital

My recommendation. Buy it and the 5" and 3" backing plates and you will be able to do any surface on any car indefinitely. It's a workhorse and carries a lifetime warranty from a respected and easy-to-deal-with company.


I agree 1000%!! Get the one with the 25' cord. It will exceed your budget but will be worth every cent.


Another vote for the Griots. I've got a second gen I bought back in 2011, been a great machine even with 6.5" pads. Literally can't bog it down.


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