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    Re: Makita BO6040 Removing Sanding Marks

    Great stuff mike, that hood looks awesome. I'm actually looking to pick up a "practice hood" myself soon as I am starting to get more into it.

    I'm looking for a buffing tool that will do a little more "work" than my 7424xp and was considering a straight up circular polisher, would you say that this Makita is a better option for someone just doing this out of their garage on the side? So far the PC has done a great job on nearly everything I've touched, although I feel i could have gotten some more defects out if I had something with a little more power...

    for instance ...

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    Re: Makita BO6040 Removing Sanding Marks

    I have a Makita BO6040 I have done alot of cars with it .I use it more in the random orbital setting.
    Now that I have a flex it has not come out of the cupboard much now lol .....
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    Re: Makita BO6040 Removing Sanding Marks

    Quote Originally Posted by The Moose View Post

    I'm looking for a buffing tool that will do a little more "work" than my 7424xp and was considering a straight up circular polisher, would you say that this Makita is a better option for someone just doing this out of their garage on the side?

    You can do everything with a rotary buffer and a PC. I know I can. Rotary Buffer does the grunt work, the PC ensures a swirl-free finish and can machine apply wax.

    The Makita BO6040 is like a cross between a PC and a Flex 3401 because you get the free spinning mode and the forced orbital rotation mode. Your choice, use the forced mode for heavy correction and the free spinning mode for light swirl removal or machine applying wax.

    It's a toss-up as to which choice would be best for you... if it were me I would go for the rotary buffer since you already have a PC, that is if you're in relatively good physical shape as buffing out entire cars using a rotary buffer takes a lot more energy and muscle than using a DA Polisher.

    If you want more power but don't want to expend more energy then go with the BO6040 or even better, the Flex 3401


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    Re: Makita BO6040 Removing Sanding Marks

    Bringing a thread back from the dead....

    I find it interesting that you say the 3401 is smoother. The smaller orbit of the BO6040 would lead me to believe that in itself would provide noticeably smoother polishing action?

    I watched a couple youtube videos and the BO6040 looks very smooth.

    FWIW, according to Todd Helme, the overall numbers(on paper), the BO6040 may have even a bit more polishing potential than the 3401.
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    Re: Makita BO6040 Removing Sanding Marks

    Hi,

    Can anyone tell me the RPM speed for this machine at 1-5?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Makita BO6040 Removing Sanding Marks

    Quote Originally Posted by WRAPT C5Z06 View Post

    Bringing a thread back from the dead....

    I find it interesting that you say the 3401 is smoother. The smaller orbit of the BO6040 would lead me to believe that in itself would provide noticeably smoother polishing action?
    Who were you quoting here Mark?


    Quote Originally Posted by WRAPT C5Z06 View Post

    I watched a couple youtube videos and the BO6040 looks very smooth.
    The smaller orbit stroke length of 5.5mm does make the Makita BO6040 and the new Makita PO5000C smoother than the FLEX 3401 if you're not holding the any of these tools flat.


    Quote Originally Posted by WRAPT C5Z06 View Post

    FWIW, according to Todd Helme, the overall numbers (on paper), the BO6040 may have even a bit more polishing potential than the 3401.
    Looks like Todd may been ahead of his time considering the time stamp of your post is


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    Re: Makita BO6040 Removing Sanding Marks

    Quote Originally Posted by Cars Audio View Post

    Hi,

    Can anyone tell me the RPM speed for this machine at 1-5?

    Thanks in advance.

    Sorry I just found your post dated about 4 years ago... and it was your first post too...


    Guess you're just lurking now?


    As to your question... since this thread was posted the Makita BO6040 has been discontinued but there is a replacement and that's the Makita BO6040J


    Here's what I found for specs on both...


    Makita BO6040

    1,600-5,800 OPM
    180-670 RPM



    Makita BO6040J

    1,600 - 6,800 OPM
    180 - 670 RPM



    Not sure if the above helps or if you even hang out on this forum any longer but this would be my good-will attempt to bring your post to conclusion.


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    Re: Makita BO6040 Removing Sanding Marks

    Hi members
    I went cheap and got a used makita bo6040
    Anuone found a Nice 5" backing pad for these machine?

    OR
    are you happy using The 6" and lager buffing pad?

    3 pads and compound suggestions for forced machine
    cutting coarse, medium and finishing

    Meguiars, menzena? Padtips?

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