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#4605080 - 12/16/17 04:34 AM 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ?
ChrisD46 Offline


Registered: 09/10/10
Posts: 1897
Loc: GA.
Looking for updates on the above subject with variable speed - under $100 would be great but may have to spend more than that ... Thanks in advance !
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#4605083 - 12/16/17 04:47 AM Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46]
OneEyeJack Offline


Registered: 09/14/10
Posts: 7475
Loc: S California
This is something you think about at 2:30 in the morning?

Have you looked at Harbor Freight?

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#4605095 - 12/16/17 06:19 AM Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46]
rooflessVW Offline


Registered: 12/24/11
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Loc: North Carolina
I like my Griot's. I like the warranty and I like the company.

I like my Rupes Bigfoot too but I rarely ever pick it up.
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#4605096 - 12/16/17 06:21 AM Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46]
tc1446 Offline


Registered: 12/10/10
Posts: 946
Loc: Lexington, NC
I got one from HF and don't recall the price but it was way less than $100. Used it on the Ranger with light compound and it worked great. Have since used it on a light scuff on the ABS plastic body of the Vanderhall and again, it worked as it should. Instructions say just let the weight of the buffer do the job; down bear down on it. Heres the exact one I used...https://www.harborfreight.com/6-inch-compact-palm-polisher-90219.html


Edited by tc1446 (12/16/17 06:28 AM)
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#4605106 - 12/16/17 06:57 AM Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46]
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Registered: 12/14/02
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Loc: New Jersey
Its more, but get a flex. Or a rupes.

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#4605135 - 12/16/17 07:49 AM Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46]
imstew Offline


Registered: 08/16/09
Posts: 11
Loc: canton ohio
If you look you'll find someone reviewed the harbor freight comparing it to a porter cable (I don't recall the outcome). If you are patient, you can find a chemical guys on sale about 4 times a year, just keep checking slickdeals.net Harbor freight has their's at their typical sale price of $55 WITH COUPON this weekend. https://www.harborfreight.com/6-in-57-Amp-Heavy-Duty-Dual-Action-Variable-Speed-Polisher-69924.html?ccdenc=eyJjb2RlIjoiODI1NTczMzYiLCJza3UiOiI2OTkyNCIsImlzIjoiNTQuOTkiLCJwcm9kdWN0X2lk%0D%0AIjoiODkwNyJ9%0D%0A

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#4605258 - 12/16/17 10:19 AM Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46]
ChevyMan93 Offline


Registered: 06/05/17
Posts: 131
Loc: Tennessee
Get a harbor freight one and do the grease mod and it will be a great DA for you. I personally have a torq10fx and i like it, a lot of pros like rupes or the flex 3401. But a weekend warrior would be fine with the harbor freight model.
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#4605261 - 12/16/17 10:22 AM Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46]
RTexasF Offline


Registered: 10/01/02
Posts: 2878
Loc: North TX
Harbor Freight DA offers 5.7 amps, 680 watts, 90 day warranty, $70.
Griot's DA offers 7.0 amps. 850 watts, lifetime warranty, $150 or less if you shop.

This explains why I have the Griot's machine and not the Harbor Freight.
I used to detail for a living so the better polisher paid for itself. For the once a year polish by Joe Consumer the HF will likely do the job. I also have a PC and a Cyclo.

My choice would still be the Griot's but with the extended cord length. It's just a bit more $$$. Value does not equate to the cheapest available in my book.

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#4605274 - 12/16/17 10:38 AM Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChevyMan93]
JC1 Offline


Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 3001
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Originally Posted By: ChevyMan93
Get a harbor freight one and do the grease mod and it will be a great DA for you. I personally have a torq10fx and i like it, a lot of pros like rupes or the flex 3401. But a weekend warrior would be fine with the harbor freight model.


What is the grease mod you are speaking of?
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#4605276 - 12/16/17 10:39 AM Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46]
JC1 Offline


Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 3001
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
I have the HF one. For what I use it for a few times a year, it works well. Buy it with the 20% coupon.

https://www.harborfreight.com/6-in-57-Amp-Heavy-Duty-Dual-Action-Variable-Speed-Polisher-69924.html
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#4605325 - 12/16/17 11:51 AM Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: JC1]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10136
Loc: OH
Doesn't have variable speed but I like this one:

https://www.autogeek.net/mothers-wax-attack-polisher.html

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#4606126 - 12/17/17 10:33 AM Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: SatinSilver]
RTexasF Offline


Registered: 10/01/02
Posts: 2878
Loc: North TX
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Doesn't have variable speed but I like this one:

https://www.autogeek.net/mothers-wax-attack-polisher.html


The disadvantage I see is that it may be fine for large open areas but it cannot get into smaller areas at all. The Griot's or PC allow a change of backing plate which allows for smaller pads to reach areas otherwise inaccessible with the Mother's machine. No speed control, as you mentioned, is also a negative.

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#4606309 - 12/17/17 02:29 PM Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46]
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Registered: 06/05/17
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Loc: Tennessee
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#4606560 - 12/17/17 07:02 PM Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46]
ChrisD46 Offline


Registered: 09/10/10
Posts: 1897
Loc: GA.
Thanks for the replies (minus our friend from SoCal) ...


Edited by ChrisD46 (12/17/17 07:03 PM)
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#4606634 - 12/17/17 08:00 PM Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: JHZR2]
jimbrewer Offline


Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 1423
Loc: New Mexico, USA
Originally Posted By: JHZR2
Its more, but get a flex. Or a rupes.


As a proud owner of a Flex--- it's overkill. For a guy looking to keep the car in the garage looking nice, HF should be fine.

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