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    Re: NEW FLEX XCE 3401 Corded and Cordless Polishers!

    Quote Originally Posted by DetailDrivenEugene View Post
    So, will flex continue producing the current 3401, or should I buy a 3rd one before I can’t get them anymore?
    At this time they will be continuing with the current Flex 3401!
    If you are needing assistance please contact me via email or call.
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    Re: NEW FLEX XCE 3401 Corded and Cordless Polishers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Meghan View Post
    At this time they will be continuing with the current Flex 3401!
    Awesome! Thanks Meghan!

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    Re: NEW FLEX XCE 3401 Corded and Cordless Polishers!

    Quote Originally Posted by spazzz View Post
    Thanks Mike for answering my sarcastic comments.
    I got caught up in the moment and you handled it very professionlly

    I still wish they had a legit 5 inch backing plate for the VRG.
    At least here in Sweden you can get a 115mm for the 3401VRG. And as I can see it's a Flex original part too. So just under the 5"/125mm size which useally works good with the 5" pads velcro.

    Edit: And found it here on AGO too.

    FLEX XC3401 Mini 4.5 inch Backing Plate, FLEX

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    Re: NEW FLEX XCE 3401 Corded and Cordless Polishers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post
    Besides the fact that this is normal anytime you improve and upgrade things in the world, (anyone have an old iPhone or iPad that they CANNOT update the software?), backing plates wear out. Specifically the velcro HOOKS on the backing plate wear out. anyone that uses any tool that uses a velcro interface on the backing plate, (about 99.9% of all orbital polishers), has had to, or will need to, at some point throw away the original backing plate and purchase a REPLACEMENT - because everything wears out,

    Backing plates indeed wear out. I have probably put 4 or so on my 3401 thru the years.

    When talking hook and loop, there are two types of adhesion if you will....first there is the “stickiness”. That’s what you hear when you tear the hook and loop apart. Then there is a lateral adhesion or a shear adhesion. That’s how much if at all the hook and loop gives from a side to side motion. This is the main factor in hook nd loop in DA polishing machines. Hook and loop actually has some serious engineering involved when it comes to our business.

    Anyway, on my 3401, it was the lateral or shear adhesion that began wearing out. The pad actually walks off center and that means time for a new backing plate. (I’m not talking about if doing a lot of edging that can also make a pad walk off center)

    Sorry for the rant but maybe someone will find above info useful in the future!
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    Re: NEW FLEX XCE 3401 Corded and Cordless Polishers!

    Quote Originally Posted by SWETM View Post
    At least here in Sweden you can get a 115mm for the 3401VRG. And as I can see it's a Flex original part too. So just under the 5"/125mm size which useally works good with the 5" pads velcro.

    Edit: And found it here on AGO too.

    FLEX XC3401 Mini 4.5 inch Backing Plate, FLEX

    Great point here Tony.

    I use this set up on one of my 3401ís alongside one setup with the standard backing plate & another setup with the Lake Country 4 inch plate too.


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    Re: NEW FLEX XCE 3401 Corded and Cordless Polishers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Aaryn NZ View Post
    Great point here Tony.

    I use this set up on one of my 3401ís alongside one setup with the standard backing plate & another setup with the Lake Country 4 inch plate too.


    Aaryn NZ.
    By any chance Aaryn do you use the 5.5 LC Force pads which have a 5 inch velcro?
    If it works for you everyday pros I would entertain the thought of the 4.5
    Otherwise I would by another stock 5.5 Flex and grind it down to 5 again.

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    Re: NEW FLEX XCE 3401 Corded and Cordless Polishers!

    Quote Originally Posted by spazzz View Post
    By any chance Aaryn do you use the 5.5 LC Force pads which have a 5 inch velcro?
    If it works for you everyday pros I would entertain the thought of the 4.5
    Otherwise I would by another stock 5.5 Flex and grind it down to 5 again.
    Sorry buddy, I was at the park with the young fella.

    Yeah absolutely. LC Hybrid Force work real well, & to be fair, any of the LC 5.5 inch pads do. My favourite combo at the moment is LC SDO Pads on the 3401 & the LC Low Lint Wool Pads I am a BIG fan of for serious chopping. 5.5 inch fit nice on the Flex 4.5 inch backing plate, you wonít be disappointed.


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    Re: NEW FLEX XCE 3401 Corded and Cordless Polishers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Oldz View Post
    I love my 3401 for sure, if the new corded SUPER BEAST has the same specs as the 3401, it is a must have!

    10 years later and still curse at myself for occasionally setting the 3401ís Metal shroud on my leg or arm or skin somewhere.

    This appears to have copied the Finisherís ergonomics, which I feel are superior and well engineered!!
    Hey Jim, do you think the new cooling features will translate to less heat generated on the paint?
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    Re: NEW FLEX XCE 3401 Corded and Cordless Polishers!

    Quote Originally Posted by WRAPT C5Z06 View Post
    Hey Jim, do you think the new cooling features will translate to less heat generated on the paint?
    For me the simple answer is no. The machine itself will definitely run cooler IMO.

    The nature of the machine(forced rotation and oscillation) is going to generate heat between pad and paint. I change my pad so often that heat really doesnít have a chance to get from the BP thru the pad and onto the paint. But I imagine technically on paper itís possible to generate less heat on the paint.
    Jim

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    Re: NEW FLEX XCE 3401 Corded and Cordless Polishers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Oldz View Post
    For me the simple answer is no. The machine itself will definitely run cooler IMO.

    The nature of the machine(forced rotation and oscillation) is going to generate heat between pad and paint. I change my pad so often that heat really doesnít have a chance to get from the BP thru the pad and onto the paint. But I imagine technically on paper itís possible to generate less heat on the paint.
    I agree with you.


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