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    Rupes MarkII

    I presently have a Flex 3401 and Flex PE8 rotary. I just polished my full size ,crew cab dually and put a paint coating on it. I fully understand what guys are talking about when they say the 3401 beats them up. I didn't do that entire truck in one session, but that is a lot of real estate and I knew it when I was done. Fantastic results, but--- wow. Would the Rupes 15 or 21 be noticeably less tiring? I have a hard time justifying another $500 , but I need to work on my 5th Wheel, which is the size of a battleship. Kinda dreading that. Any input geekers?

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    The Mille is more forgiving than the 3401 however the 15 or 21 will be the least taxing on ones body. A long throw is a must have. I would encourage anyone to own atleast one Rupes to experience what the fuss is all about.

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    That is pretty much exactly my thought. I hate to be stuck in a corner. That is going to have to be ordered this spring. I really am anxious to try one.

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    that was my one deciding factor on which machine to buy. at 68 yrs. of age I wanted to enjoy what I was doing.
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    I would get the 21. A lot of flat real estate. It won't be nearly as as hard on you as the 3401. Just let the machine do the work.
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    Dude i know exactly what you mean. I had a hard time finishing my CC 1/2 ton with my 3401. And you were doing a dually? smh. I can't imagine.

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    Yea, it's a lot of area. I just have to break it into sessions of 4-6 hours and get away from it for a few hours. I enjoy doing it, I just don't want it to turn into a job that is no longer fun.

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    Re: Rupes MarkII

    I have the same setup and I do love my FLEX machines, but I have always questioned the capabilities of a long throw Rupes for saving time.

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    Painted real estate = long throw (21mm sounds perfect in your case)

    Curvy panels- I still reach for my 3401 even though my 15mm XFE and proper technique can keep the pad spinning just fine.

    Echoing what everybody else has said, the long throw tools provide a great user experience and noticeably less fatigue than the 3401. On a comfort only level, I reach for my XFE-7 first because of its quiet, easy to use, less vibration and little heat build up (compared to 3401). Its a "more refined" tool all around, and I know RUPES tools are stupid smooth as well!

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    Re: Rupes MarkII

    All good points,B5. Thanks.

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