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Old 10-11-2013, 07:04 PM
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What are most of you using for a buffer? I had a old Sioux electric that weighed a ton but worked great. It died and looks like it will be expensive to fix. When I bought it back in about 1973 the guy said it would last me the rest of my life. Didn't make it but did make 40 years of hard use.

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Old 10-11-2013, 07:53 PM
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look into the flex buffer. it has an electronic switch which slows the start up . big deal is it weighs only 4.5 lbs. flex has been around for many years.

Chemical Guys BUF_L3403VRG - FLEX L3403 VRG Lightweight German Circular Polisher
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:26 PM
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Shine. Is that what your using? I bought a cheap fill in from harbor freight and they should be shot for selling it. The flex looks light which would sure save on the back and shoulders at 63. Does it do give a nice smooth polish to your work?
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:29 PM
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yes. i bought one when my b&d died . i had a flex many years ago but it was bigger. quality tools. i use the flex and lake country pads. at 4.5 lbs it is half of the b&d at 9 lbs.
i love mine. i really like the slow engage of the speed .
only thing at hf worth carrying out the door is the cash register .
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What are most of you using for a buffer? I had a old Sioux electric that weighed a ton but worked great. It died and looks like it will be expensive to fix. When I bought it back in about 1973 the guy said it would last me the rest of my life. Didn't make it but did make 40 years of hard use.
Oh man I had a sioux also and also bought mine in area of 1970-72, it buffed out many of lacquers jobs back in 70's, had to replace the cord twice and the switch once, like you said it weighed as much as i did (200-230 lbs depending on year) and it was a workout every time you used it.
About 10 or so years ago it was beyond saving and at that time, so bought a Flex, no complaints, as it has been a good buffer and the speed control is really good.
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Going to look into ordering one this week. If a Flex is good enough for Barry and Shine thats good enough for me. The best part is this one dosen't have to last 40 years if you get my drift. Steve
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watch chemical guys for a special . when i got mine i got the backing pad and several pads, some cleaner and some lube. they always run specials .
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man , i remember those old cast aluminum buffers from the 60's. must have weighed 12-15 lbs . you could run them on a roof like a floor buffer one handed .
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Chemical Guys has the flex buffer that Shine recommends on sale now as a kit for the same price as the buffer only.

When on the webpage be sure to clip the special coupon tab on the right hand side for another freebie added to the deal.

Page also says order today and get a free bottle of pad conditioner. ( who knows how many days is today,lol)

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Well guy's got my buffer today. I've been doing this work for over 40 years and used and been around a lot of buffers. Shine and Berry where spot on. This is by far the smoothest and quietest buffer I have ever run. You can adjust the speed and it just slowly comes up to what ever you set it at. I just used it to go over a job that I used the harbor freight peice of junk on but will give it a real test this next week but so far looks great. Thanks again Shine. Steve
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they are sweet . wont wear you out either
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