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View Poll Results: What is the best brand of polisher/buffer?
Black & Decker 0 0%
Cyclo 0 0%
Dewalt 4 25.00%
Dynabrade 0 0%
Hitachi 0 0%
Makita 7 43.75%
Milwaukee 2 12.50%
Porter Cable 3 18.75%
Proline 0 0%
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Old 01-27-2008, 06:41 PM
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Best Polisher/Buffer

I am about to buy an electric polisher/buffer and would like the hear what the crowd thinks is the best buy/brand... the choices are:
Black & Decker
Cyclo
Dewalt
Dynabrade
Hitachi
Makita
Milwaukee
Porter Cable
Proline
Titan
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Old 01-28-2008, 02:09 AM
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I'm looking to buy a new buffer/polisher also. Over on Autopia it seems that most of the detailers there go for the Porter Cable. So I am kind of leaning that way. You may want to check with some of those guys as that is there livelyhood CHECK IT Most of them use theirs on a daily basis, so they could probably give better insight as to what goes wrong with one when it does go bad. My dad & I always used a Black & Decker, but this was a B&D from way back. The new ones won't last nearly as long as the ones from 30+ years ago.

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The Porter Cable is a nice one for detailing a finished car, but it is not stout enough to buff a freshly sanded clear finish. I would go with a Dewalt or the Makita.

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Which ever one you choose, get one with a variable
speed trigger control.
Once you have it, you won't go without it.
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We have both Makita and Dewalt + some air buffers in the shop. The Dewalt and Makita both work well but the Dewalt is very noisy. This is why my vote goes for Makita. Both are good quality however and will last a long time!
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I first bought a Porter Cable and it just didn't have the torque to handle heavy polishing jobs. I bought the Makita and love it. (as I do all my Makita tools) So I voted Makita...Worth the money. Look around for deals on new ones. I think I bought mine from ToolWarehouse.net for under $200. That was 3-4 years ago though so expect to pay more.
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I have a Porter Cable and like it...but must confess I have absolutely nothing to compare it to. It's the only one I've every used.
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The Porter cable is great for detailing removing minor surface defects, swirl marks, .... with a fine abrasive. I have a porter cable and it makes 3 coats of wax on a full sized silverado a tolerable 1/2 day job.

For buffing out paint after wet sanding you need A Rotary. Over on the meguars forums the dewalt seems to be the choice. To use some of the more aggressive compounds you need the heat of a rotary.
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You're confusing brand with type.
Porter Cable makes a rotary buffer and a
random orbital polisher. I've owned both.
They're two completely different tools.

Buffer 7428
http://portercable.cpoworkshop.com/p...=shopping7428r

Polisher 7424
http://shopping.msn.com/prices/shp/?itemId=832891000

I sold my PC buffer and got a Dewalt, only because the PC buffer
didn't have a variable speed trigger. It really helps when starting up
on not slinging the compound everywhere.
I still use the PC polisher once in while for polishing but like it more for
sanding, which I originally got it for my woodshop.

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