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    Selecting a polisher

    I'm looking to buy a polisher, from what I've read going with a dual action polisher is the way to go for someone with little experience. Just wondering what brand should I go for? It won't be used heavily but I don't want something that's going to break after a year.

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    Re: Selecting a polisher

    7424 or the griots are great durable machines.They will not break on you especially if your not gonna use it all the time.my griots lasted me 3 years with everyday abuse.so I think your good.

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    Re: Selecting a polisher

    If you're serious about detailing, go with the FLEX 3401...it's a true DA. If you want to "test the waters" to see if detailing is for you - then go with the PC 7424 like GSKR recommended.
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    Re: Selecting a polisher

    The GG6 equipped with a 5" backing plate for 5.5" pads and the new GG 3" backing plate for 3.5" pads has the power/torque to handle anything you can throw at it. And, it has a lifetime warranty with excellent customer service so you'd be good to go. Later, if you really enjoy machine polishing, you can add a long throw polisher or a Flex and dedicate the GG to the 3.5" pads for tight area duty.

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    Re: Selecting a polisher

    I was in a similar situation a few years ago and went the cheap route with the Harbor Freight DA. Looking back, I really think I should have spent more and gone with the GG6. While the HF has plenty of power and works very well for me, it is a bit on the crude side with lots of vibration and it's pretty loud. Should the HF ever die, the GG6 will be my weapon of choice.

    The Flex is an amazing tool by all accounts, but as someone who only maintains my personal vehicles and only breaks out the DA twice a year, I simply can't justify the price. IMHO, the Porter Cable and Griots DA's are perfect for the semi-annual detailing fanatics.
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    Re: Selecting a polisher

    I use the Rupes 15 & 21 ... both great machines.

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    Re: Selecting a polisher

    Quote Originally Posted by Komatsu View Post

    It won't be used heavily but I don't want something that's going to break after a year.

    Sounds like you're only detailing your own vehicles. Is this correct?


    If so, go with the Griot's 6" DA Polisher. Lots of power, great warranty. Lots of pad options and once you hone your skill there's nothing you can't do except a full wetsand, cut and buff.


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    Re: Selecting a polisher

    Where would the best place to buy one be? In Canada

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    Re: Selecting a polisher

    When I was evaluating a DA purchase ~5 years ago the decision I made basically came down to my experience with power tools.

    If you are good with power tools in general and have the ability to finesse with them when you use them, then the Flex 3401 would probably be best for you due to the power and forced rotation (which overall saves you time). If money is an issue then the other DA's would certainly work as well.

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    Re: Selecting a polisher

    I'm just doing my own truck and few other cars. Can't seem to find a griots da polisher? Just orbital or is that the same thing? New to the polisher thing

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