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    Does everyone really need a $100+ DA buffer?

    I am sure this has been asked before and I apologize for it, but I have been watching a lot of videos on detailing and I am wondering if every beginner/home user needs a fancy $100+ DA buffer? Or does it really make the difference?

    I am looking at just doing some minor paint correction and polishing. Medium size cars.

    I was looking at the Griot's 6" one becuase I found one half price on eBay but missed out on it. Now I am wondering if just getting a Ryobi 6" cordless orbital would do the job just fine.

    Keeping in mind I used to correct and buff by hand 20 years ago LOL.

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    Re: Does everyone really need a $100+ DA buffer?

    The answer is "NO" you don't. The Griot 6" is a great buy with a lifetime warranty, but it's in the $100+ category.

    I'm a weekend mechanic and have Snap-On tools..do I need it to get the job done?

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    Re: Does everyone really need a $100+ DA buffer?

    Yeah, I really wish I didn't miss out on the 6" griot. It was barely used and half the price new.

    I just think anything like it is a bit overkill for my needs. And I would be tempted to start doing everyone's car LOL

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    Re: Does everyone really need a $100+ DA buffer?

    I haven’t used my buffers in years due to washing marring free but if you do any kind of polishing for money you’re gonna need one.
    Treat it like it's the only one in the world.

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    Re: Does everyone really need a $100+ DA buffer?

    Depends on what you do too. If you get into coatings and the like, you're gonna a need a buffer for sure.
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    Re: Does everyone really need a $100+ DA buffer?

    Simple answer: yes. It’s one of the items you will never regret if you take detailing serious in any way.

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    Re: Does everyone really need a $100+ DA buffer?

    I agree with acuRAS82. Now do you need to buy a Rupes MarkIII? No, but I tell everyone that asks what they should start with. I tell them buy a GG6. Can change backing plate sizes, has great power, easy to handle and the amazing warranty. While I don’t use mine on every job, I always have it with me because it can handle damn near anything.

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    Re: Does everyone really need a $100+ DA buffer?

    ^^Agree, if you could find a GG6 somehow that would be great. Otherwise I assume the G9 is comparable. Griots is good enough for my personal care. Maybe someday I’ll get a Flex but that would be purely for fun, not for necessity.

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    Re: Does everyone really need a $100+ DA buffer?

    Agree x3. Lol

    I have both the GG6 and the the new G9.

    If you can find a 6, grab it. Such an awesome machine.

    That said, the new G9 is a pretty sweet machine for the price. And I had a great time using it this past 4th of July weekend.
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    Re: Does everyone really need a $100+ DA buffer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rsurfer View Post

    I'm a weekend mechanic and have Snap-On tools..do I need it to get the job done?
    Well, if you have rusty, rounded over nuts then those flank-drives are a must. So yes........

    (I'm a Snap-On guy too).
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