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    Flex 3401 Polisher Use Etiquette??

    Hello All,

    While polishing for 4 hours with my Flex 3401 in the sun, through a 50' 16 AWG extension cord, I smelled an automotive burnt brake pad smell, and then twenty minutes later the Flex stopped working. It refused to work for over an hour. I let the Flex cool for a couple hours and it ran okay after sitting. This Flex has less than 100 hours total life of polishing. I took the red handle apart and everything looks okay, and is clean inside.

    1) Does anyone know what part(s) would cause a burnt brake pad smell in a Flex 3401?

    2) How often does a Flex 3401 need to take a break while in use, and for how long?

    Thank you for any feedback.
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    Re: Flex 3401 Polisher Use Etiquette??

    Sorry to hear this mate.

    I have never come across this issue ever with any of my Flex 3401ís, or any of my other Flex tools to be honest. Perhaps itís a safety measure in the tool itself that it shuts down if it gets too hot? I hope someone else with a little more knowledge can help you out with some answers.


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    Re: Flex 3401 Polisher Use Etiquette??

    i run 12 gauge cords (50 & 100 ft) with all my polishers and haven't had any problems...

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    Re: Flex 3401 Polisher Use Etiquette??

    More than likely the extension cord is the issue. I would look into that. The type of gauge cord is very important.

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    But while your at it oild the felt ring too just to be safe. I use Mobil 1 synthetic oil. I put a small amount on the felt rim.
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