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    Should I upgrade to a Flex 3401?

    Hi All, Iíve been using my GG6 for many years now, on my own vehicles, relatives, and occasionally to make a couple bucks. Iím not doing this as a business.

    With that said, Iíve been more apprehensive (or lazy) lately because I feel like the GG6 just takes so long to do a car. Iíve stuck with the 2í x 2í selections, 4-6 passes, good form, etc. I also break down a vehicle into parts where I need to step down to a 3Ē backing plate with a 4Ē pad just to make sure I keep the machine rotating with enough correcting power. (Pillars, narrow bumper sections, mirrors). Iíve always had great results, just a lot of time involved.

    Will a Flex 3401 save me on time? Iíve read plenty with folks saying theyíve saved anywhere from 20-60% of time when doing a car. Obviously thereís the drive aspect which directly results in more correcting power. Also it seems that the Flex can handle 6.5Ē pads adequately where I feel the GG6 does all it can with 5.5 flat pads. This obviously appeals to me with larger panels such as my truck.

    Am I going to see a big improvement moving up to the Flex 3401 or should I just continue to grind it out with the GG6 for the 5 cars a year I deal with?

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    Re: Should I upgrade to a Flex 3401?

    Watch the video from Mike and Yancy they did yesterday. You’ll definitely save time.
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    Re: Should I upgrade to a Flex 3401?

    I sure saved time by switching,how much I’m not sure but it’s noticeable for sure. Years ago I went from GG6 to the 3401 and what I did notice is on vertical panels the Flex can give you a workout, I learned to switch hands to help combat the “walking” that the Flex does. I have long throws, PC style and I still reach for the 3401 80% of the time because with the Flex it’s no stall and all brawl

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    Re: Should I upgrade to a Flex 3401?

    It will save you 40% plus time. I won't be moving away from forced drive mainly for time savings but also they work everywhere. No more needing to worry about the pad nor spinning.

    Sent from my SM-G988U using Tapatalk

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    Re: Should I upgrade to a Flex 3401?

    Another aspect to consider is this:

    Is the time savings worth the extra clear coat removed from the way more powerful Flex?

    If your car is a lease, or you trade it in every 3-4 years, then I would say yes. If you plan on keeping it for 10+ years, then a few more hours to save a little clear would be my choice.

    JMO.........
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    Re: Should I upgrade to a Flex 3401?

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMys View Post
    Another aspect to consider is this:

    Is the time savings worth the extra clear coat removed from the way more powerful Flex?

    If your car is a lease, or you trade it in every 3-4 years, then I would say yes. If you plan on keeping it for 10+ years, then a few more hours to save a little clear would be my choice.

    JMO.........
    The amount of clear removed isn't an issue. Thats easily controlled by what product and pad used. Also doing less passes.

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    Re: Should I upgrade to a Flex 3401?

    Quote Originally Posted by TTQ B4U View Post
    The amount of clear removed isn't an issue. Thats easily controlled by what product and pad used. Also doing less passes.

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    Good to know...........
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    Re: Should I upgrade to a Flex 3401?

    Quote Originally Posted by TTQ B4U View Post
    The amount of clear removed isn't an issue. Thats easily controlled by what product and pad used. Also doing less passes.

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    I definitely agree with less passes.

    I switched from a porter cable 6 years ago and I am still pleased every time I pick the 3401 up.
    It is a wonderful feeling not having to adjust for uniform spinning. Concentrating on the paint and not machine performace is a plus.

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    Should I upgrade to a Flex 3401?

    Quote Originally Posted by TTQ B4U View Post
    It will save you 40% plus time. I won't be moving away from forced drive mainly for time savings but also they work everywhere. No more needing to worry about the pad nor spinning.

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    Something Iíve been wondering about a forced rotation machine - do you polish with it as well?

    Iím very tempted to get a cordless 3401, but Iíd like to be able to polish with it as well vs having to swap back to my mt300. Iíd like it to be my polisher I use for everything is what Iím really getting at.

    Being a hobbyist mostly I canít really justify getting the 3401 if I still end up using another machine to polish as well.


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    Re: Should I upgrade to a Flex 3401?

    Yes you can polish with it, there’s been a few Jet black colors that the long throws finished off better for me but it’s an excellent tool.

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