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Old 08-31-2008, 04:26 PM
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HF Polisher/Sander

Anyone on here use this one? Would be using it to buff and polish our car.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=92623


Would like the Makita 9227 but if this one does the job then it might be a good alternative.


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Old 09-01-2008, 08:56 AM
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I bought one of these to buff out my new paint job, and thus far has worked pretty well. I'm no pro, but as long as I've used the foam pads, I haven't had any problem burning the paint. I did burn a small section when I used a wool pad, but since then, I've stayed with the foam pads and slow speeds and it is working well. Typical HF quality, but if it lasts the job, I'll be happy. I got mine on sale for $30.

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The buffer is not what determines if you burn the paint, it's how it is used. I have seen people do it with Dewalt and Makita buffers too.

I have one of those buffers. If you lived close, I'd give it to you, if I didn't like you, that is. They say that it is "variable speed", which is correct. The speed on mine varies all the time, no matter what the setting is. I know another guy that has the same one, and his does the same thing. Took mine back once for that problem and got it replaced with another one that does the same thing. Then I bought the Makita.

A good buffer makes the job a lot easier.

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Old 09-01-2008, 09:33 AM
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The buffer is not what determines if you burn the paint, it's how it is used. I have seen people do it with Dewalt and Makita buffers too.
I know the buffer isn't what determines if you burn the paint, but when I have limited dollars and know this is probably the only thing I'll use the tool for, I will many times buy a HF tool, knowing it is "disposable". The difference between $30 and $200 will buy a lot of other things for my car.....And if I don't really have a long term use for it, I think it makes sense.

As far as the variable speed goes, mine has worked pretty well. I'm sure not as well as the Makita or Porter Cable models, but it has done the job as long as I keep it slow and keep it moving. That is probably the most important thing I learned here after reading all the posts on buffing.
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I stripped an entire pickup with one of those. Abused the heck out of it and it's still going strong. In fact, I just bought a new backing pad for it.

I didn't have any problem with the variable speed. The only bad thing I can say is that I burned out one of the brushes. Mine came with 2 extras, though, and it takes all of about a minute to replace one.

I paid $19.95 and figured it would go in the garbage after I finished the job. Now it looks like it might be around for a while...

Good luck.
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The buffer is not what determines if you burn the paint, it's how it is used. I have seen people do it with Dewalt and Makita buffers too.

I have one of those buffers. If you lived close, I'd give it to you, if I didn't like you, that is. They say that it is "variable speed", which is correct. The speed on mine varies all the time, no matter what the setting is. I know another guy that has the same one, and his does the same thing. Took mine back once for that problem and got it replaced with another one that does the same thing. Then I bought the Makita.

A good buffer makes the job a lot easier.

Aaron
I agree, I had one that lasted two paint jobs but the variable speed is not predictable. I guess I got my moneys worth. but it finally burnt out, getting a dewalt now.
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HF electric hand tools are not the best IMO.. after breaking 3 drills on the same job ( was cheap enough to get 3 at the time ).. my grandfather had his sawsall break after a short use... you could go to lowes and buy the base model B&D and it will operate better than the HF for $10-$20 more.. of course, I'm a fan of B&D.. for the price, it's great quality.
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Iíve never used any other cheap buffers so I donít know what that is like, but I do own one of those and Iíve used the dewalt and Makita buffers. The problem with the variable speed is that itís just basically a rheostat type setting, so you set the speed but it will change with load. In contrast, the Makita will maintain the same speed independent of load. The dewalt I donít believe has that kind of management, but it has a lot more power so speed doesnít vary as much with load.

Thatís also where youíre going to run into problems with it, if you can get used to the speed change with load or work around them itís fine, but itís definitely more difficult than one with more power or better speed control. For me this isnít as big a deal with a wool pad as it is with a foam one.

Secondly, I prefer a wool pad for cutting, and this thing works _a lot_ better than a foam pad (it might just be that I havenít tried the right pad, but Iíve liked them on an orbital setup like the PC buffer, I donít like them on an rotary buffer), but I wouldnít recommend using the one that came with it. Mine actually flew apart at a fairly low speed and the rubber backing pad rubbed a groove through the paint on a fiberglass hood. The worst thing about it is that the combination of dark paint on fiberglass and dark rubber backing pad combined and on the first pass it looked like it was burnt compound rather than the pad falling apart and I made a second pass hoping to clean it up and made it worse. The thing was that the hood had a contour that only allowed the backing pad hit in one spot that kind of hid the situation at first

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I have one ($25). I have not tried it as a buffer, but I am stripping my truck with it. So far so good. Will it hold up? Good question.


I am using an 8" ferro backing pad and 8" 80 grit indasa disks on it.

The stuff that comes with it is garbage for sanding. LOL I used all the sanding disks that came with it. Wore me out!

Switched to the good stuff and in 10 minutes the fender was bare (except the small areas).

I have an angle die grinder (air) with 2" roloc (50 grit) disks for the small areas.

When I fry it, I am hoping I can afford a good one.

When you are broke, you get what you can ($25).
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Old 09-01-2008, 03:05 PM
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For the price it's ok for a variable speed - be forwarned - the handle design is Pizz-Poor and will break by looking at it sideways...getting a new handle won't help...I just made my own.
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I used one to buff my new paint job. It was a little frustrating becuase at times it would stop working. I would have to mess with the screws that hold the brushes in. Some times they would loosen up, some times they just didn't make good contact even when tight.

Oh, and throw the velcro backing pad away in the garbage immediatly. Mine broke right at the stem. Luckily I didn't gouge the paint.
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