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    Griot's Garage G9 - 9mm Orbit Stroke Random Orbital Polisher - What's in the Box?

    Griot's Garage G9 - 9mm Orbit Stroke Random Orbital Polisher - What's in the Box?



    Griot's Garage G9 Random Orbital Polisher




    Here's everything that comes inside the box removed.






    The zipper bag contains the user's manual and directions, the backing plate wrench, one set of replacement brushes and a Griot's sticker.








    The User Manual has all the information you need to correctly and safely use the tool.





    The User's Manual also includes the complete line of pads and products for use with this tool.





    The back of the user's manual explains how to use the polisher to remove swirls and scratches.





    Also in the box is the Backing Plate Wrench





    Also included is one set of replacement brushes





    There's a Griot's sticker so you can share your favorite brand of car detailing supplies.





    On the back are the different ways to connect with Griot's via social media







    Tool features...


    The Speed Dial is placed where you can easily make speed adjustments on the fly using your thumb on either side of the tool.







    There's a soft rubber Tool Rest so you can set the tool down without it falling over.





    The area over the speed dial is also soft rubber so when you lay the tool down upside down it won't slide around or tip over.





    The Speed Lock Button is large and located at an angle so it's easy to engage to lock the tool power in the >on< position.






    Under the rear grip is a progressive trigger which is large and easy to operate






    Just in front of the speed trigger is a clean air intake to keep the tool running cool





    On each side of the tool are fresh air vents with removable screens.





    The screens prevent dirt and other debris from getting into the tool and can be removed and cleaned.





    The forward handle is made of soft rubber and is textured to provide excellent gripping while reducing felt-vibration.







    What's behind the backing plate

    To remove the backing plate, use the backing plate wrench and slide it in on the OPPOSITE side of the counter weight.





    With the backing plate removed, you can see what I mean by inserting the backing plate wrench on the opposite side of the counterweight.






    This is the counterweight






    These tabs on the side of the counterweight act like fan blades to create an air current to evacuate air out of the inside of the shroud, which helps to remove heat build-up.





    The air is pushed out of the side vents on the shroud.






    High quality sealed bearings are used throughout the tool for long life.








    Swapping Backing Plates

    Griot's has a new 5" backing plate that is manufactured at the higher quality specifications for this tool. At the time I wrote this I did not have the new 5" backing plate. You can use the other 5" Griot's backing plate that has been historically used with the Griot's 6" Random Orbital Polisher but just to note, the NEW G9 backing plates are from a new manufacture for Griot's and are of much higher quality.


    Here's the factory installed 6" backing plate removed.







    Strong rivets used to hold the matrix of backing plate materials together.





    This is called a Compression Washer - it prevents metal to metal contact.

    MAKE sure it is in place before attaching a backing plate to the spindle or the metal on the backing plate will come into contact with the metal spindle and create a lot of heat and also make a lot of noise.




    Compression Washers wear out over time. Autogeek sells replacements here.



    The specs for the new G9 backing plates are incredibly tough and built to withstand more OPMs than you'll ever create with ANY random orbital polisher.







    There are 6 air cooling vents on the back of the backing plate that vent into and then out of the shroud.






    Note there are 8 more vent holes around the outside of the FACE of the backing plate.





    These vent holes vent out through holes on the edge or side of the backing plate.





    Here's a side-by-side of the G9 6" backing plate and the G6 5" backing plate






    They both use a 5/16" fine thread stud to attach to the free spinning spindle of the tool.









    To attach a backing plate, place the backing plate wrench onto the 6 sized spindle to prevent it from spinning.






    Then thread the backing plate into the spindle and tighten until snug.





    Here's a shot of what a 5" backing plate looks like when attached to the new Griot's G9 Orbital Polisher.





    My comments....
    The Griot's G9 has TONS of power and can easily maintain pad rotation using the factory 6" backing plate and 6" and 6.5" pads. One reason 5" backing plates are popular for this type of tool is because a smaller 5" and 5.5" diameter buffing pads will tend to fit thinner body panels on modern cars better than larger pads.







    Detachable Power Cord
    This is unique to our industry, a removable power cord. This makes it easier to store your polisher when not in use. It also makes it easier to coil-up your cord for storage when not using the tool without damaging the cord.






    The way the power cord locks into the tool is via a locking tab on the male end.






    To attach or remove the cord, press down on the tab button then insert or remove the cord.








    Another nice feature is a velco tie to hold your cord coiled up when not in use.





    And there you go, the new Griot's G9 Random Orbital Polisher.







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    Re: Griot's Garage G9 Random Orbital Polisher - What's in the Box?

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    How to replace the brushes





    Normal wear component
    Brushes are a normal wear component of most electric polishers. How often you will need to replace the brushes depends on how much you use the tool. For an enthusiast, you might never need to replace the brushes. For a professional that uses this tool 8 hours a day, 6 days a week, you will probably have to replace the brushes once a year.


    Brush replacement is real simple

    Step 1: Remove the brush cover using a flat head screwdriver







    Step 2: Grab the base of the spring and gently pull the brush out of the brush slot.





    This is a brand new tool so there is no wear showing on the brush. For a worn out brush, the grey rectangular brush head will be much thinner from wear.




    Step 3: Align the brush to fit into the rectangular shaped slot and gently slide it in.








    Step 4: Re-attach the brush cover
    You'll need to make sure the brass end of the spring aligns with the slots where it rests in the port.






    If you need extra brushes, contact Griot's Customer Service.



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    Re: Griot's Garage G9 Random Orbital Polisher - What's in the Box?

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    Here's the link to my review...



    Review: Griot's G9 Random Orbital Polisher by Mike Phillips







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    Re: Griot's Garage G9 Random Orbital Polisher - What's in the Box?

    Thank you for the details Mike. Let me ask a dumb question... Most tool manufacturers know that for 15mm and smaller throw machines, we prefer the 5'' pads. The Boss 15 comes with a 5'' backing plate, but yet this one does not???? The Flex XFE 15 I just got only came with the 6'' backing plate also. Can we get manufacturers to just include both backing plates and charge accordingly? It seem like a no brainer to me

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    Re: Griot's Garage G9 Random Orbital Polisher - What's in the Box?

    thanks for sharing mike. any chance of a short clip of it through all the speed settings?

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    Re: Griot's Garage G9 Random Orbital Polisher - What's in the Box?

    Very through
    Nice job

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    Re: Griot's Garage G9 Random Orbital Polisher - What's in the Box?

    Quote Originally Posted by VISITOR View Post
    thanks for sharing mike. any chance of a short clip of it through all the speed settings?
    This.

    I'll find out tomorrow when mine arrives, but I've been very curious to hear feedback on the noise (and vibration) levels compared to the GG6.

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    Re: Griot's Garage G9 Random Orbital Polisher - What's in the Box?

    Awesome tool.

    Excellent write up as always, Mike.
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    Re: Griot's Garage G9 Random Orbital Polisher - What's in the Box?

    Ding dang - forgot to mention what the 9 means in the G9

    9mm Orbit Stroke

    The Griot’s Garage 6” Random Orbital Polisher is 8mm orbit stroke length.


    Most tools like the Griot’s Garage 6” Random Orbital Polisher are 8mm. So this is a new change feature about this tool that separates it from all the 8mm tools.

    Still considered a short stroke polisher.


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    Re: Griot's Garage G9 - 9mm Orbit Stroke Random Orbital Polisher - What's in the Box?

    Are they considered long stroke once they are in the double digits ( 10mm & up ) ?

    If not , @ what mm throw does the term long start?

    Thanks

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