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Old 03-09-2006, 02:28 PM
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Hitachi SP18VA 7 Polisher

Any comments onj this buffer . I need a new one because my old one speed is no good for todays paints. I can pick this one up for 159.99 at Autogeek.
http://www.autogeek.net/circular-polishers.html

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I have the Porter Cable polisher that is on that page. It is a gret polisher that you do not have to worry about burning your finish with. My son uses it on his black 2003 ZO6 Vette. Personally I do not consider myself a skilled polisher, so I stay away from circular polishers.

The Porter Cable polisher listed on that page is just about half that price at Lowes.

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I like rotory buffers for the HS paints then I follow up with the DA buffer like tht PC I have the Maguairs(rebranded Porter ) that I bought at a garage sale. But the old Milwaukee is to fast think its around 2800 RPM was good for the old Lacquer and enamel paints.

I ended up buying the Makita from coastal just 5 min ago for 10 bucks more but it came with the bag and 2 wool pads . Wool is nice for real agressive compounding .

http://www.coastaltool.com/cgi-bin/S...d1d+1134461365

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I have the Hitachi that I got earlier this year from Coastal Tool for around $100. I don't know why they have gone up so much now but it was a heck of a deal.
It has all of the important features such as electronic speed control, variable speed control, enough power and more in a quality built unit. I have buffed a clear coat finish and a heavily oxidized 23-foot fiberglass boat with it. It worked well.
It was this or the Makita for me but the price was what sold me on Hitachi as both units are nearly identical in terms of performance and quality IMO.
However, I think the Makita would carry a better resale value if for some reason you wanted to unload it (you probably wouldn't get much either way though).
So if the Makita is only $10 more and they throw in a couple of pads, it's a no brainer, but if you find a good deal on the Hitachi like I did, don't think twice about getting it.
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I have this grinder/polisher and am very happy with it - nice variable speed controls - it came with one pad. I bought mine several months ago from Tyler Tool for ~$120 including shipping to me. It's now $194 + shipping !!!! Wow - what an increase in price .
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