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    Re: How long does the battery last? 40 minutes - Cordless FLEX XC 3401 aka the CBEAST

    Very nicely done review as always, Mike!!!

    I will be picking one of these up when they come out.

    As of now I personally don’t mind the corded versions but that has to be really sweet not having a cord in the way.

    I had a different train of thought with the batteries. I was considering getting a few 2.5 amp batteries to “lighten” the machine up when doing side panels. Obviously they won’t last as long(trade off for weight).

    My question to you is : Are the 2.5 amp batteries noticeably lighter?

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    Re: How long does the battery last? 40 minutes - Cordless FLEX XC 3401 aka the CBEAST

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Oldz View Post

    Very nicely done review as always, Mike!!!
    Thanks Jim. My goal was to be accurate in my testing and my reporting. Both as a professional courtesy to FLEX, (who asked me to test this tool), and to everyone that will read this thread into the future and use the information to help them make the decision to purchase the CBEAST.


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    I will be picking one of these up when they come out.
    Already looking forward to your thoughts.


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    As of now I personally don’t mind the corded versions but that has to be really sweet not having a cord in the way.
    If I really need to plow through a car fast I'm using the corded version for sure. There simply is no substitute for the raw power you get from the FLEX 3401 corded version. But if I don't need to plow through a car then I'll use the CBEAST.

    No pad stall and no cord makes buffing out anything easy.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Oldz View Post

    I had a different train of thought with the batteries. I was considering getting a few 2.5 amp batteries to “lighten” the machine up when doing side panels. Obviously they won’t last as long(trade off for weight).

    My question to you is : Are the 2.5 amp batteries noticeably lighter?
    Actually, the 2.5 AMP batteries are quite a bit lighter. I'll see if I can dig up a scale and weight them both side-by-side. I actually need a scale for a future project, might have to see what I can find and just get it.

    I think once you get this tool and then grip it like I show below and buff out one panel, you'll find it comes natural as it makes the balance of the tool even. Holding the handle, at least when buffing out horizontal panels you'll notice the weight pulling the back of the tool towards Planet Earth. Not a big deal to me but I have already trained myself to grip the tool like this when buffing out entire cars.








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    Re: How long does the battery last? 40 minutes - Cordless FLEX XC 3401 aka the CBEAST

    This thread referenced here,

    Rupes Mille or Flex 3401


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    Re: How long does the battery last? 40 minutes - Cordless FLEX XC 3401 aka the CBEAST

    Hello, Mike.

    I did some research and unfortunately couldn’t find anything on the 5a vs 2.5a battery weights. If you do get a chance to weigh them can you please post here.

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    Re: How long does the battery last? 40 minutes - Cordless FLEX XC 3401 aka the CBEAST

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Oldz View Post
    Hello, Mike.

    I did some research and unfortunately couldn’t find anything on the 5a vs 2.5a battery weights. If you do get a chance to weigh them can you please post here.

    Thanks


    Jim

    Will do.

    I've been looking for my one and only 2.5 AMP battery that Bob Eichelberg gave me at SEMA and so far I cannot find it? I only had one. The rest of the batteries I have in the garage are all the larger 5 AMP versions.


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