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    New LHR21 & LHR15 Mark III

    Any word on when they will be available and are there any differences that are worth it?

    New RUPES LHR Mark III - Rupes tools

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    Re: New LHR21 & LHR15 Mark III

    People aren't going to really "into" an orbital until it has "more power". Something they can stand on and have it still spin at full whack.

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    Re: New LHR21 & LHR15 Mark III

    I believe the main differences were:

    1. Progressive trigger
    2. Longer cord
    3. Small ergonomic changes to the chassis

    #1 is one of my main dislikes about the Rupes and #3 is kinda a personal thing as I do prefer the 'rounded' ergonomics of the BOSS v Rupes but none of those items either by themselves or in total would make me ditch the Mk2 and pony up likely $420 (or more...it's new!) to address.

    I thought there was some slight re-mapping of the motor control module as well but it was kinda dismissed as relatively insignificant.

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    Re: New LHR21 & LHR15 Mark III

    What I find interesting (Not saying that Rupes Tools are not top notch), but having used Portercable, Dewalt, Makita, etc and the like tools. The power tools that those companies make, the lower end tools with shorter warranties come with motors that need the brushes replaced.

    Their more expensive powers tools with longer warranties have brushless motors. Brushless motors heat up less improving the life of the power tool. I can't count the number of times I hear about dissipating heat with Rupes, Flex and the high end polishers.

    So no matter how "good" Rupes tools are, why can't they put their twice the cost per tool were their mouth is and take the next step and go brushless? I mean. My other power tools cost half what Rupes tools do and they are brushless. $420 for a polisher with a $25 motor in it.

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    Re: New LHR21 & LHR15 Mark III

    Quote Originally Posted by dlc95 View Post
    People aren't going to really "into" an orbital until it has "more power". Something they can stand on and have it still spin at full whack.
    That would be the Flex 3401!
    Jim

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    Re: New LHR21 & LHR15 Mark III

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Oldz View Post
    That would be the Flex 3401!
    We know that, but for some reason they want a free spin to do that!

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    Re: New LHR21 & LHR15 Mark III

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Oldz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dlc95 View Post
    People aren't going to really "into" an orbital until it has "more power". Something they can stand on and have it still spin at full whack.
    That would be the Flex 3401!
    My wife once told me to not walk on the kitchen floor. Being the smarta$$ I am, I went to the garage and pulled out my Flex 3401.

    I stood on it, and let the Flex do the "walking" for me.
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    no, that didn't really happen.

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    Re: New LHR21 & LHR15 Mark III




    I’ll take 30!


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    Re: New LHR21 & LHR15 Mark III

    Quote Originally Posted by nakranij View Post

    Any word on when they will be available
    Our social media guy, Elliot posted this on February 11th

    Pre-Order Rupes Mark III!


    We're expecting these incredible new tools to ship out in the beginning of March!


    [/quote]



    Quote Originally Posted by nakranij View Post

    and are there any differences that are worth it?

    According to what Elliot posted,

    Built to handle any detailing situation, the new LHR 15 MarkIII is the new frontier of detailing. The ergonomic design allows for precise paint correction with complete comfort, in curved surfaces and difficult to reach areas. The LHR 15 MarkIII operates at a higher rpm compared to the LHR21 MarkIII. This increased speed provides equivalent correction and does so with a pad diameter and orbit that are more conducive to curved or varied surfaces.


    And then below that is this,


    IMPROVED ERGONOMICS – Rubberized front grip and strategically placed tool rests.

    ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL DIAL – Easy adjustment of the top speed and seamless transitions

    PROGRESSIVE TRIGGER – Throttle controlled leads to greater user control and precision

    EFFICIENT MOTOR - The highly efficient motor of the MarkIII BigFoot Random Orbital Polisher produces a speed range of 3000 to 4500 for the 21mm models and 3000 to 5200 for the 15mm models.


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    Re: New LHR21 & LHR15 Mark III

    I worked in the RUPES booth at SEMA and had a chance to test out the new Mark III on a demo hood. The trigger is nice and the LARGE speed indicator dial is nice. As for any power advantages it's hard to gauge that when running the buffer over perfectly polished hood.


    I know the real test is to buff out a few cars and this way you'll have a real-world experience and thus a real-world opinion.


    So looks like March sometime before they start arriving.


    Then we can so this -->


    Prices

    RUPES BigFoot LHR15 Mark III Random Orbital Polisher $435.00


    RUPES BigFoot LHR21 MARK III Random Orbital $465.00


    Hope that helps...


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