Been a forum member for a year now and have been doing everything by hand.
Time to break down and get a machine to do the heavy lifting and have really been struggling with what to get.
Read Mike's excellent write-up on the Chevy today. One of his quotes about the Flex was
"If you're new to machine polishing my honest opinion is you'll find learning to machine clean and polish easier with a PC style Dual Action Polisher. Note I didn't say you'll find a PC style Dual Action Polisher BETTER, I typed... easier. "
Now, I have been back and forth on the PC, Griots and Flex. Heck, I could even throw the Megs in there. Originally thought the Flex was out of my price range, but lots of posts saying "get the Flex and save yourself the upgrade money down the road." So I start considering the Flex and then Mike says the above.
So back to the start.
Is it better to get a cheaper "easier" machine and spend the extra dough on pads?
Is it better to go with the Griot's to turn a 6.5" pad vs the 5.5" the PC seems comfortable with?
Is it better to take on the learning curve and save the long term money on the Flex?
Since the Flex has the forced rotation, can you only use 6.5" and up sized pads on the machine? Is there a smaller plate for 4" pads on the Flex?
Lots of questions, but when on a budget you don't want to make the wrong choice. The answer from many is "you can't go wrong with any of them." I'm just not that type of shopper. The machine will be used strictly on my car and my wife's minivan. No desire to do this as a job.
I would appreciate any feedback on the above questions.