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Old 04-23-2011, 12:43 AM   #1
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Exclamation What is the BEST dual action orbital polisher?



If i was to buy a dual action orbital polisher, what would be the best to get?
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:51 AM   #2
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Re: What is the BEST dual action orbital polisher?

This can be a tough one to answer because what's best for me may not necessarily the best for you.

There are three machines that come to mind;
  • Flex 3401
  • Griots 6"
  • Porter Cable 7424HP
Theses seem to be the most popular here rise to the top of the list. I personally own the Flex 3401 and the Porter Cable 7424

My Polishers from the left; Porter Cable 7424, Makita 9227, Flex 3401, and the Flex PE 14-2-150



The Flex 3401

The Flex 3401 is the most powerful dual action polisher that I'm aware of. It's power combined with the forced or gear driven pad rotation allow the operator to really concentrate of the downward presser needed for efficient correction.

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Griots 6"

The Griots 6" dual action polisher boasts being the most powerful of this style polisher on the market. The Griot's polisher also boasts more torque, which keeps the pad moving even under pressure. Commonly the pad will stop rotating on a typical DA polisher when pressure is applied. Griot's Garage 6 inch Random Orbital Polisher is designed to keep moving so imperfections are eliminated faster.

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Porter Cable 7424HP

The Porter Cable 7424HP is in the same class as the Griots polisher above. Although not as powerful according to the numbers, it outsells all the other brand of this style polisher. Could it be the name Porter Cable that drives sales? Quite possibly but the same Porter Cable is also synonymous with quality and performance.
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Re: What is the BEST dual action orbital polisher?

Like Bobby said, it depends. For me the Griots or PC are the best because I use and love the Megs MF DA system. It works better with those machines. Other pads the Flex 3401 with its forced rotation may be the best. It's like asking what it the best vehicle and not telling how it will be driven (off road, hauling, racing etc).
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Re: What is the BEST dual action orbital polisher?

Here so I dont get attacked on other forums for misrepresenting a buffer:

Best Random Orbital -- Griots Random Orbital
Best Forced Rotation Orbital -- Flex 3401
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Re: What is the BEST dual action orbital polisher?

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Here so I dont get attacked on other forums for misrepresenting a buffer:

Best Random Orbital -- Griots Random Orbital
Best Forced Rotation Orbital -- Flex 3401
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Re: What is the BEST dual action orbital polisher?

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Here so I dont get attacked on other forums for misrepresenting a buffer:

Best Random Orbital -- Griots Random Orbital
Best Forced Rotation Orbital -- Flex 3401
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Re: What is the BEST dual action orbital polisher?

Well I just picked up the Meguiar's G110v2 during the 24 hour sale, hopefully I don't wind up wishing I'd gone for the Griot's GG6 instead but I think I'll be happy with it as a stop-gap between my trusty Meguiar's G100 (1st-gen Porter Cable 7424) and Flex 3401. Of course I also have a Dynabrade DA, but it's a horse of a slightly different color.
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Well I just picked up the Meguiar's G110v2 during the 24 hour sale, hopefully I don't wind up wishing I'd gone for the Griot's GG6 instead but I think I'll be happy with it as a stop-gap between my trusty Meguiar's G100 (1st-gen Porter Cable 7424) and Flex 3401. Of course I also have a Dynabrade DA, but it's a horse of a slightly different color.
Any rotarys?
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Re: What is the BEST dual action orbital polisher?

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Any rotarys?
This thread is about DAs, there's no reason to mention the rotary polishers in my arsenal in this thread.
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well said . I was gonna recommend the Fischer Price as the top dog rotary . all plastic construction . very light weight. so easy to use a kid could . lol ! but yes I started with the gg and just got me a flex
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