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Thread: RUPES Lhr15es mk11, mini or duetto

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    RUPES Lhr15es mk11, mini or duetto

    Touched on this a bit on a previous post but cannot find it now.

    decided to buy a new polisher to replace my old one. Got the torq 10fx, which I feel is struggling to cut harder paint especially on my black Audi.

    only going to buy one of the above. Can you do a whole car with the mk 15mm throw or will it be very tricky with smaller panels bearing in mind the throw and pad size?

    would I be better off buying the mini or duetto? Is there much difference between the three?

    is there a big cutting / power / finish difference?

    will go will the whole system. So will purchase rupes pads, polishes etc but may switch back to menzerna depending on results as I like that stuff.

    advice would be great

    Thanks
    Juarin

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    Re: RUPES Lhr15es mk11, mini or duetto

    The duetto is underpowered and the MINI is not recommended to polish whole cars. Go with the MKII 15 for sure. Pick up some MF cutting pads for the hard Audi paint.
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    Re: RUPES Lhr15es mk11, mini or duetto

    One question is what pad/product setups have you tried with your current machine?

    As far as machine, I love the Duetto/Mini configuration. I use their polishes and pads, and prefer them to Menzerna.

    You will be recommended to get the 15 MK 2 or the 21 with a 5" backing plate because they have more power, even though the Duetto still has a higher rpm speed at 5500, than the MK2 models. A modded (not that I often use, or recommend it modded) spins like mad. A great tool if you have a technique which is lighter pressure, finesse oriented. Probably not your first choice if you like to use heavy pressure, and need the power to to keep the pad rotating.
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    Re: RUPES Lhr15es mk11, mini or duetto

    Duetto Mark II would have been AWESOME!
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    Re: RUPES Lhr15es mk11, mini or duetto

    I have a 15 if you can afford it the mini is a great tool to have, not sure how I lived without it.

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    Re: RUPES Lhr15es mk11, mini or duetto

    The big picture and what people will notice are the hoods/roof/trunk and sides of the car. (all large panels)
    Go with 15 mk II. The majority of your work will be large panels anyways. In a pinch---you can still knock out the thin panels by sightly edging the polisher and in certain places---by hand.

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    Re: RUPES Lhr15es mk11, mini or duetto

    As for me---I'm getting the 15 and also getting the griot 3" with thin pro pads. Because I'm lazy and don't plan to polish anything by hand!

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    Re: RUPES Lhr15es mk11, mini or duetto

    Quote Originally Posted by WRAPT C5Z06 View Post
    Duetto Mark II would have been AWESOME!
    Would have, and might be??

    Not holding my breath though. I wouldn't be surprised if they kill the Duetto.

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    Re: RUPES Lhr15es mk11, mini or duetto

    Quote Originally Posted by TMQ View Post
    As for me---I'm getting the 15 and also getting the griot 3" with thin pro pads. Because I'm lazy and don't plan to polish anything by hand!

    Tom
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    Re: RUPES Lhr15es mk11, mini or duetto

    Yes custmsprty---I agree. Funds are bit stretched at the moment and that is the reason I opt for griots/thin pro pads for now. Using thin pro pads actually gives the 3" more cutting ability than before. Will cut better than by hand but not as good as mini. Eventually I will pursue the mini at later time.

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