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    FLEX XFE 7-12 3" Mini Polisher - verification on where made

    I know that I have seen somewhere on the forum that Flex is owned by a Chinese company. My understanding was that the motors are now being made in China. Thanks for any information because it will influence my buying decision. Flex or Rupes 3”.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 45srbest View Post
    I know that I have seen somewhere on the forum that Flex is owned by a Chinese company. My understanding was that the motors are now being made in China. Thanks for any information because it will influence my buying decision. Flex or Rupes 3”.
    While researching Flex, they are indeed owned by Chevron, a Chinese company. Also found out that Lowes will be selling Flex polishers this spring.

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    I have 3 Flex products and have no problem adding more......

    History of Chervon Manufacturing - Pro Tool Reviews

    Lowe’s has an aisle of Flex power tools on sale now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John U View Post
    I have 3 Flex products and have no problem adding more......

    History of Chervon Manufacturing - Pro Tool Reviews

    Lowe’s has an aisle of Flex power tools on sale now.
    Great link, John.

    While it would be great to have everything made right here in the USA, those days are long gone.

    That said, the old mindset of equating all "Made in China" products with cheap crap is also long gone.

    Certain "brand snobs" that put down other products as being inferior because they are manufactured (in whole, or in part) in China are fooling themselves.
    It is no coincidence that man's best friend cannot talk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMys View Post
    Great link, John.

    While it would be great to have everything made right here in the USA, those days are long gone.
    A friend who sourced handheld electric grinding products from China for worldwide sales....actually restarted USA production for North American distribution again. With China wages going up and the cost of shipping, it equaled the delivered cost of making it here. That was done 3 years ago, well before the current headaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulMys View Post
    Great link, John.

    While it would be great to have everything made right here in the USA, those days are long gone.

    That said, the old mindset of equating all "Made in China" products with cheap crap is also long gone.

    Certain "brand snobs" that put down other products as being inferior because they are manufactured (in whole, or in part) in China are fooling themselves.
    Remember when " Made in Japan" was crap?

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    I agree that Japan makes some excellent items. However, I guess my question on purchasing something made in China versus Italy was answered. My personal preference is to TRY and minimize my purchases from China. My Jeep and Jockey t-shirts are made in USA. Are parts in my Jeep made in China? Probably. From the information previously submitted It looks like I’ll be buying a Rupes LHR 15 mark III and a 75E. Things could be worse.

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    Remember when " Made in Japan" was crap?
    Yup.

    I was a little too young to fully understand those "BUY AMERICAN!!" bumper stickers back in the early to mid-70's, but I now understand that the campaign failed. Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by 45srbest View Post
    I agree that Japan makes some excellent items. However, I guess my question on purchasing something made in China versus Italy was answered. My personal preference is to TRY and minimize my purchases from China. My Jeep and Jockey t-shirts are made in USA. Are parts in my Jeep made in China? Probably. From the information previously submitted It looks like I’ll be buying a Rupes LHR 15 mark III and a 75E. Things could be worse.
    Good luck to you, sir........



    And not probably. Most certainly. :/
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    I’ve been using the heck out of my Flex CBeast and Pxe polishing home theater subwoofers. They work great and and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy more. I did not realize they were Chinese made when I purchased but now that I’ve used them, they seem incredibly well built to me.

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