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    Swap out backing plates or get multiple polishers?

    I'd like to buy a DA polisher for personal use, but I am kind of stalled out on which direction I should go.

    I have multiple vehicles of varying sizes.

    • F350 Dually
    • Sienna Minivan
    • Honda CRV
    • Honda Civic


    The Hondas and Sienna have a lot of intricacies particularly on the front end, but the truck & Sienna have large panels as well. I could easily make a case for a 3in polisher & a 6in, but considering this is personal use it's easy to buy a bunch of stuff but not as easy to justify.

    I've never been a fan of buying "cheap" tools so that has me wondering if it is possible/feasible to go with a better 15mm machine and use a 3in backing plate as needed?

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    Swap out backing plates or get multiple polishers?

    Last time I checked it’s not possible to attach a 3” backing plate to a 15mm DA Polisher. You can only swap out to a 3” backing plate on a 8mm polisher i.e. GG6 DA Polisher can do it, along with similar polishers.

    If you get that 15mm polisher and that alone, then you either better be ready to be real good if need be, or your vehicles are ideal and don’t provide any real intricate areas, or you’re going to have to be ok with certain areas not being completely “perfect” because you couldn’t get into them... Or you do those areas by hand.

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    Re: Swap out backing plates or get multiple polishers?

    I would recommend the Griot’s G8 and G9 combo. Their prices aren’t bad and you get both of the needs you’re describing taken care of. They share the same power cord which can make it easier depending on your environment.
    Bruno Soares


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    Re: Swap out backing plates or get multiple polishers?

    Bruno is correct. I have g9 and have barely used a 15 since I got it. The g8 is a powerful 3 inch machine that comes with a 3" and a 2" backing plate.

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    Re: Swap out backing plates or get multiple polishers?

    Buy one machine and various size backing plates. Would be a big waste of money to buy alot of machines for just a couple family vehicles.

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    Re: Swap out backing plates or get multiple polishers?

    F-350 dually? Griots g15 and G8 or flex pixie. Lot of real estate on that truck. Got a 15 and 3” combo and thoroughly happy. G-15,for that Sienna too. Faster and an awesome polisher.

    I am thinking of adding a g9 also but a 15mm is not bad too work with. Took me a out 30 mins to figure it out



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    Re: Swap out backing plates or get multiple polishers?

    I am sure it's been covered before, but with the given selection of vehicles I am working with, am I really going to notice a huge difference in working speed going with a 15mm over the G9?

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    Re: Swap out backing plates or get multiple polishers?

    I own single forced rotation DA with 5 inch backing plate. I polish tight areas by hand. This is another option.

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    Re: Swap out backing plates or get multiple polishers?

    I have a Flex 3401 & a GG G8. I like having 2. I can hit the tight spots, headlights, & my motorcycle with the G8. I didn't buy them both at once so it was easier on the budget. I second the G9 & G8 being a good value on some quality machines. But if you have your heart set on 15mm then go for it.

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    Re: Swap out backing plates or get multiple polishers?

    Quote Originally Posted by madtrucker View Post
    ... But if you have your heart set on 15mm then go for it.
    I'm not locked on anything in particular outside of getting the most sensible/practical setup. Just seems to be a lot of support for the G9 which had me wondering about the realistic value of even considering moving up to a 15mm machine in my scenerio.

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