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    Question 3" random orbital polisher

    Hello all

    so I'm thinking of buying a 3" polisher to get into smaller areas when detailing.
    I have been looking at the Griots Garage 3" version as I already have the 6" version and am very happy with it.

    however I wanted to see what other people suggest just so I can look into different models

    thanks

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    Re: 3" random orbital polisher

    The that kind of money I don't think you will do better .if your willing to spend more dollars rupes has some attractive offers in a small polisher

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    Re: 3" random orbital polisher

    The griots 3" isn't going to get you much correction without taking a lot of time. I've taken a DAS pro plus and outfitted it with a 3 1/8" plate to run rupes 100mm pads. It vibrates like crazy, but corrects very well. In most cases, I will still grab my flex kompakt first, but that is rotary and may not be what you are looking for. Your other options are a Rupes LHR 75e or the pneumatic version. Or really bumping up your budget to a Rupes Nano. It's important to think about the smaller areas you will be working on; the oscillation of a DA type machine is not the best suited for tight spaces, but it can finish out in one step. A rotary will require multiple steps in most cases, but it you can run right up to an edge and get full correction there with less concern of damaging adjacent paint, however, there is more potential for damaging the paint you are working on.

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    Re: 3" random orbital polisher

    If your gonna be detailing for a while rupes Ibrid would be the way to go.yes it's a couple hundred but worth every penny.love the carpet attachment and every thing about the machine right down to the professional bag.If you can swing it ,that would be a good fit for you.

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    Re: 3" random orbital polisher

    Bryan,

    Are you a full time detailer of just a hobbyist? Budget would play key in how often you detail.
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    Re: 3" random orbital polisher

    I have both the Griot's 3" polisher and the Rupes Mini 3" polisher. The Rupes is much more powerful and the quality is clearly superior as well. Of course, it costs 3X as much so it should be better in every way.

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    Re: 3" random orbital polisher

    Quote Originally Posted by bryanviper View Post
    Hello all

    so I'm thinking of buying a 3" polisher to get into smaller areas when detailing.
    I have been looking at the Griots Garage 3" version as I already have the 6" version and am very happy with it.

    however I wanted to see what other people suggest just so I can look into different models

    thanks
    Save your money and you could convert your current 6" GG into a 3" DA real easy. You will have 1 Machine that can do it all. I had the GG3" and gave it away. No power and good for only waxing.
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    Re: 3" random orbital polisher

    ^I was going to say just get another GG6 and convert it, or like above. If you get another, you will always have a back up that you are familiar with.
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    Re: 3" random orbital polisher

    Quote Originally Posted by bryanviper View Post
    so I'm thinking of buying a 3" polisher to get into smaller areas when detailing.
    I have been looking at the Griots Garage 3" version
    keep in mind, now that the lake country 3.5" thinpro pads are available it's changed the way the GG3 can perform...

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    Re: 3" random orbital polisher

    Quote Originally Posted by bryanviper View Post
    so I'm thinking of buying a 3" polisher to get into smaller areas when detailing.
    I have been looking at the Griots Garage 3" version
    keep in mind, now that the lake country 3.5" thinpro pads are available it's changed the way the GG3 can perform...

    http://www.autogeekonline.net/forum/...foam-pads.html

    Mini Quick Review: ThinPro pads+Griots 3"

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