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2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? #4605080
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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 !


2017 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L GDI 4 cylinder
2010 Hyundai Elantra 2.0L 4 cylinder
2007 Kia Sedona 3.8L 6 cylinder
Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46] #4605083
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This is something you think about at 2:30 in the morning?

Have you looked at Harbor Freight?

Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46] #4605095
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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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Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46] #4605096
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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

Last edited by tc1446; 12/16/17 07:28 AM.

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Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46] #4605106
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Its more, but get a flex. Or a rupes.

Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46] #4605135
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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

Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46] #4605258
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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.


2016 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 5.3
2017 Honda CR-V 2.4
Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46] #4605261
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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.

Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChevyMan93] #4605274
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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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Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46] #4605276
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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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1997 Honda Civic CX 5w-30 PPPP/Fram Ultra Filter
Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: JC1] #4605325
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Doesn't have variable speed but I like this one:

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

Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: SatinSilver] #4606126
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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.

Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46] #4606309
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Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: ChrisD46] #4606560
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Thanks for the replies (minus our friend from SoCal) ...

Last edited by ChrisD46; 12/17/17 08:03 PM.

2017 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L GDI 4 cylinder
2010 Hyundai Elantra 2.0L 4 cylinder
2007 Kia Sedona 3.8L 6 cylinder
Re: 2017 Best Value 5" ~ 6" DA Orbital Polisher ? [Re: JHZR2] #4606634
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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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