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harbor freight mini air polisher any good?opinons needed

my matco mini polisher crapped out dont have the cash for big name one was wondering if the hf one was worth trying.any thoughts opinons recommendations appreciated

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my matco mini polisher crapped out dont have the cash for big name one was wondering if the hf one was worth trying.any thoughts opinons recommendations appreciated
Like many (most??) other HF tools - some are fine and will last for quite a while. often years - the next one out of the box is junk - like my HF air hack saw that stalls on anything much heavier then tin foil.

If you are $$ short as a lot of folks are nowadays and you have a tool/pawn shop nearby, often many good tools are pedaled to pay for a box of diapers or even food. We have one and with negotiations, you can do well but just make sure you have a 24-48 hour return window if it's bad. I have a few odds and ends from our guy and those tools have done well
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I have used the fire out of my HF mini polisher. I would recomend buying good quality buffing pads to go with it but the tool itself has served me well for several years. You can't beat a small buffer for firewalls and other smaller areas.

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I recently purchased this polisher. I'm pretty sure you are talking bout the pnumatic mini polisher. Here's what I thought, and what I have noticed bout two out of the three air tools bought at Harbor Freight. The polisher works fairly well. It doesn't really have a good top speed, and It sucks air like a tornado, which is my issue with HF tools. Better quality tools utilize air better, with less cfm usage. Same with a DA sander I purchased. The exception was a mini grinder, works really well for 2 years used on a DAILY basis! Hope that helps...my 2 cents...
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I agree, especially to the fact that one could be good but the next junk. It's an air hog but can't complain when it's being pushed by an 80 gallon compressor. If you have a small compressor not a good idea. The wool pad it comes with is crap so with a good pad set ($15) I think it's a great steal, but for my own personal use I don't have a compressor big enough for it so at home I'd go drill or a better air polisher. Overall I was impressed by it and thought about buying til I realized how much of an air hog it was, but if I had a bigger compressor heck yeah!
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I have a pretty decent wheel barrow gas powered compressor that pushes a good cfm out... This polisher sucks it dry. I have a mini da sander, grinder, large DA that my compressor will push non stop.
To be fair though, like tech said, I have also used it on a large shop compressor. It worked fine with no lag.... +1 on getting a new pad.
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