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HF dual action polisher #5116262
05/26/19 11:22 AM
05/26/19 11:22 AM
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West Michigan
buck91 Offline OP
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Am I missing something or has the dual action polisher at harbor freight been discontinued? Is there another good budget option out there for once or twice a year use? Or is the porter cable kind of the best bet now?


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Re: HF dual action polisher [Re: buck91] #5116297
05/26/19 11:52 AM
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Interesting, they don't show any on their website. Glad I bought mine last year!


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Re: HF dual action polisher [Re: buck91] #5116303
05/26/19 11:57 AM
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The Chicago Electric DA is gone, in the midst of a suspected rebrand to Bauer.


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Re: HF dual action polisher [Re: buck91] #5116338
05/26/19 12:41 PM
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Planned on buying The 6" HF (Chicago Electric) this spring only to find that it had been discontinued. Searched Northern Tool to see if they had an equivalent. Northern Tool has a very similar unit as the 6" Chicago Electric for under $70 shipping included. Can't find any reviews . I read somewhere that it carries a 1 year warranty. I think the Chicago Electric had a 90 day warranty.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Ironton-6in-Dual-Action-Car-Polisher-5-7-Amp-2000-6400-OPM/333046685428?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3Dc9420cac8de14599b6539e6e52c79629%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D333046685428%26itm%3D333046685428&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Aa46ef049-7fdb-11e9-bdd7-74dbd180cdd4%7Cparentrq%3Af52f894b16a0aa6fd65552d6ffa63204%7Ciid%3A1

From what I have read the Porter Cable has a weaker motor.

Re: HF dual action polisher [Re: deoxy4] #5116356
05/26/19 01:10 PM
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^^^ I was going to post the NT Ironton DA polisher. Have to say it 'looks' identical and specs seem equivalent. All store stock around here OOS or low which makes me wonder about it's future availability. But, showing in stock online with FS. On sale, still a tad more expensive than the HF was, but looks like it.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200711901_200711901

Re: HF dual action polisher [Re: buck91] #5116371
05/26/19 01:35 PM
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If it's a gone awaiting a rebrand to Bauer is it because you can't use 20% off coupons on Bauer stuff? Just asking...

Re: HF dual action polisher [Re: David2431] #5116375
05/26/19 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by David2431
If it's a gone awaiting a rebrand to Bauer is it because you can't use 20% off coupons on Bauer stuff? Just asking...


Up charge on a "premium" brand plus exempted from coupons. No thanks, HF!


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Re: HF dual action polisher [Re: buck91] #5116389
05/26/19 02:00 PM
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Originally Posted by buck91
Am I missing something or has the dual action polisher at harbor freight been discontinued? Is there another good budget option out there for once or twice a year use? Or is the porter cable kind of the best bet now?


I find it disturbing that you combined the words "harbor freight", "good", and "budget". You can have two out of three but not all three. Personally, I won't buy anything there that plugs into a wall outlet, even if it's a cordless tool where only the charger does.

Don't get me wrong, I buy things there often, some are a great value but others are too high a risk or too short lived for me.

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Re: HF dual action polisher [Re: buck91] #5116402
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Look at local pawn shops - HF tools seem to be hot in this area at all the pawn shops. Might try ebay, craigslist, facebook or other used websites too. This is a tool that likely saw little use from a previous owner.


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Re: HF dual action polisher [Re: buck91] #5116454
05/26/19 03:29 PM
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Harbor Freight (Bauer) replacement. Don't know how you order it?


https://www.reddit.com/r/harborfrei...w_what_happened_to_harbor_freights_dual/

Re: HF dual action polisher [Re: buck91] #5116859
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Thanks to Tariffs HF is going upmarket with many products..

Have heard most of the cheaper lines are going away very soon....


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Re: HF dual action polisher [Re: buck91] #5116904
05/27/19 12:52 AM
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At $79, I would be very inclined to spend a few dollars more and try to find a used Rupes LHR21ES.


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Re: HF dual action polisher [Re: buck91] #5116947
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Originally Posted by The Critic
At $79, I would be very inclined to spend a few dollars more and try to find a used Rupes LHR21ES.

That's the normal price for the old Chicago Electric as well. There were coupons would often bring it down to the $50 range. Maybe Bauer will be the same.


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Re: HF dual action polisher [Re: buck91] #5117009
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After doing extensive research...it was clear that buying a used Dual action polisher would be a huge risk. If it dies with one use...you might be out of luck.

For the money...and more important for reliability and performance...I got the PORTER-CABLE 7424XP 6-Inch Variable-Speed Polisher. Amazon has it for $119...but got mine for $89 on sale. Having used it for some time...and for various detailing work...it has been nothing short of outstanding.


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Re: HF dual action polisher [Re: buck91] #5117011
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And IMHO Griot's still makes a better machine, with a better warranty, and better customer service.

Buy it once, buy it right.


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