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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Pats300zx View Post

    It looks like you and Nick had a blast !!!

    We really did have a great time. Can't thank Suby and Bob enough for being such wonderful hosts and also to Max for allowing us to take the trip.


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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    Looks like a great time was had by all


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    hmmm a new product you say!
    Yes, its going to be called the Flex Flash

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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Phillips@Autogeek View Post

    After introductions we had what I think was one of the best parts of our trip and that was a chance to meet with and discuss power tools with the Flex Engineers.


    Both Nick and I had a chance to talk one-on-one with all the top engineers at Flex including Dirk Rock, the engineer behind the Flex PE14

    This was our opportunity to share our thoughts about tool design and the direction and needs of both the enthusiast and professional markets.

    ***Update***


    While at this meeting back in October of 2011 the ideas Nick and I shared with the FLEX Engineers was for a free spinning orbital polisher.

    At that time the long orbit stroke polishers had not been introduced yet as this was October of 2011 that's approximately 4.5 years ago.

    Back then my suggestion was for the Mercedes-Benz version of the Porter Cable. I like the PC for all types of detailing duties like machine decontamination, compounding, polishing, waxing, machine sanding and machine scrubbing. That's a lot from a single tool.

    It looks like the FLEX Engineers decided to go to the larger stroke design for an orbital polisher and I defer to them since they are Engineers.

    The good news is FLEX is introducing a free spinning orbital polisher and it's here!






    On Autogeek.com


    By itself...

    FLEX XFE7-15 Long Stroke Orbital Polisher

    Or in a kit...

    FLEX XFE7-15 Long Throw Orbital Starter Kit – Choose Your Pads!


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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike.Phillips@Autogeek View Post
    ***Update***


    While at this meeting back in October of 2011 the ideas Nick and I shared with the FLEX Engineers was for a free spinning orbital polisher.

    At that time the long orbit stroke polishers had not been introduced yet as this was October of 2011 that's approximately 4.5 years ago.

    Back then my suggestion was for the Mercedes-Benz version of the Porter Cable. I like the PC for all types of detailing duties like machine decontamination, compounding, polishing, waxing, machine sanding and machine scrubbing. That's a lot from a single tool.

    It looks like the FLEX Engineers decided to go to the larger stroke design for an orbital polisher and I defer to them since they are Engineers.

    The good news is FLEX is introducing a free spinning orbital polisher and it's here!

    Thanks for the follow up Mike. Was always curious how it went.

    Glad to see what Flex did with the idea of a free spinning DA polisher and where they took it. Rather than just copy the PC and put it into the market it looks like they over engineered the tool (as Germans are known to do) and gave use something truly useful.

    I really like how the rear controls are the same as the other machines and features the plunger style trigger with locking mechanism to set it and get to work. Not to mention the elongated rotary style body for extended polishing sessions.

    Well done Flex!

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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike@DedicatedPerfection View Post

    Thanks for the follow up Mike. Was always curious how it went.

    Have to say... when I first heard from Bob Eichelberg FLEX was going to introduce a free spinning orbital polisher I was caught off guard.

    My personal opinion is that I like that there are lots of tool options on the market today as compared to 10 and 20 years ago there was really only three options,

    Rotary buffer
    Orbital polisher - the old large clunky models
    Cyclo polisher


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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    Bumpity bump....

    Blast from the past....


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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    Awesome!!!

    What a great thread. I have never seen this one before but damn! What a beauty!

    Appreciate the on this one Mike!


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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

    Still waiting for the VRG replacement/update/newer version, I wonder what on earth happened to that ?

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    Re: Secret meeting with the Flex Engineers!

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    Still waiting for the VRG replacement/update/newer version, I wonder what on earth happened to that ?


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    NEW FLEX XCE 3401 Corded and Cordless Polishers!


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