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    Re: I think I`m going to buy a flex polisher

    X2: What machine did you end up getting?
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    Re: I think I`m going to buy a flex polisher

    Maxshine 21mm

    Found a good deal and took a chance.

    Interestingly enough about forced rotation. If anyone is interested I found a website tonight where one could purchase a rupes millle through sezzle

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    Interesting find! Never heard of Sezzle. I could not find anything... guess you have to sign up before they will let you "peek".

    I see two merchants on Amazon selling Maxshine one has 900W and another 1000W machines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John U View Post
    Interesting find! Never heard of Sezzle. I could not find anything... guess you have to sign up before they will let you "peek".

    I see two merchants on Amazon selling Maxshine one has 900W and another 1000W machines.
    Sorry should have been more clear about Sezzle. Merchants team with Sezzle and you complete the transaction paying it the full balance in 4 equal installments over a 2 month time I believe. 3 pluses about it I see. Does not affect your credit report as long as you pay on time, no interest, and you get your product shipped the at the time of the first payment. Like a CC, but never any interest.


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    Re: I think I`m going to buy a flex polisher

    Quote Originally Posted by Astouffer512 View Post
    Maxshine 21mm

    Found a good deal and took a chance.

    Interestingly enough about forced rotation. If anyone is interested I found a website tonight where one could purchase a rupes millle through sezzle

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    Sizzle Chest also has one for `trade` in The Swap Meet section of this fourm!
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    Re: I think I`m going to buy a flex polisher

    How do you get to the swap meet section ?

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    Re: I think I`m going to buy a flex polisher

    Quote Originally Posted by Sizzle Chest View Post
    I too did not know this section existed..... helps to go to the front page once in a while and see what else is out there!
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    Re: I think I`m going to buy a flex polisher

    What would be the difference over a 3401 vs a rotary machine ? Iíve got an old makita rotary that I still use.

    Iím always wondering about upgrading it to something else.


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    I upgraded from my Porter Cable to the new version of the Flex 3401 and LOVE it! Iím a casual enthusiast, too.


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    Re: I think I`m going to buy a flex polisher

    Quote Originally Posted by Striker View Post
    What would be the difference over a 3401 vs a rotary machine ? I’ve got an old makita rotary that I still use.

    I’m always wondering about upgrading it to something else.


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    If you`re OK with your rotary I wouldn`t bother with the Flex 3401.

    OTOH, if you simply don`t like rotaries (that`d be me. sold mine to STOKDGS), or have a crazy aversion to the possibility of holograms (me again), or...just don`t want to put in time to "master" a rotary (somebody else who might be reading this thread), then by all means go for it. But as I always say, try to use one first to see whether you like it. Some folks simply hate the things, others (me again..) like `em just fine.
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    Re: I think I`m going to buy a flex polisher

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    If you`re OK with your rotary I wouldn`t bother with the Flex 3401.

    OTOH, if you simply don`t like rotaries (that`d be me. sold mine to STOKDGS), or have a crazy aversion to the possibility of holograms (me again), or...just don`t want to put in time to "master" a rotary (somebody else who might be reading this thread), then by all means go for it. But as I always say, try to use one first to see whether you like it. Some folks simply hate the things, others (me again..) like `em just fine.
    Itís a love hate. I can yield good results from it. But Iím always thinking if I could finish better with a rupes or other random orbital.

    Also, my makita weighs a ton lol. Doing low panels sucks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Striker View Post
    It’s a love hate. I can yield good results from it. But I’m always thinking if I could finish better with a rupes or other random orbital.
    Ah, I failed to address that! [Slaps self upside head...]

    I would *NEVER* finish out with my Flex 3401. Every single time I`ve experimented, it left an unacceptable finish that was significantly improved by a RO follow-up. I wouldn`t even trust it to finish out OK with a nonabrasive product like AIO.

    But hey, that`s just me, and I`m awfully finicky about my Finish Polishing

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    Hence why I am leaning to add a rupes MK3 15


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    Re: I think I`m going to buy a flex polisher

    Determining what type of buffing/ polishing machine you should buy has never been an "easy" answer for anyone making that decision. It comes down to these factors listed below, and they are in no particular order or "weight" to their importance, but for everyone you kinda know what is important to yourself as a detailer to determine that.
    1) Initial cost. Let`s face it, COST probably determines a lot of things and the proverbial question of "How much do you want to spend" in this buying/purchasing decision is important. Everyone has a budget or set amount they are willing to spend.
    2) How often are you going to use it? Everyday use for a professional detailer is much different for a hobbyists who may use a buffer once or twice a year.
    3) Your personal skill level and ability coupled with buffer usage experience. Starting with a rotary may not be the best choice for a beginner UNLESS you are willing to dedicate the time to learn how to use it. Just because you can pick up an electric guitar does not mean you can play like Eddy VanHalen and even if you practice on the guitar, you may NEVER be able to play like Eddy (sorry to bust your Guitar Hero bubble!)
    3a) What type of buffer do you want to learn or have learned to use:
    a) Rotary
    b) Dual Action-Random orbital
    c) Direct Drive Random orbital
    d) Opposing dual-motion Rotary, AKA Cyclo, although technically it is a Random Orbital
    3b) What type of power:
    a) Corded electric
    b) Cordless rechargeable battery
    c) Pneumatic, which everyone forgets, but those of you in body shops could not live without.
    3c) If it`s electric, what is the wattage or amperage power rating?
    3d) If it`s a rechargeable battery, how long does the battery last under full power, and/or how long does it take to recharge?
    3e) What are the RPM`s or speeds (oscillations per minute) it can operate at?
    4) If it`s a Dual Action-Random Orbital, what operating orbit size:
    a) Long throw (15mm or 21mm)
    b) Intermediate (9mm or 12mm)
    c) Short throw (8mm or under)
    5) Can the buffer/buffer do correcting AND polishing, or just one of those two, OR will I use it only to apply waxes, sealants, or All-In-One Last-Step Products?
    6a) What size(s) of pads will I use or can I use the size(s) I have from a previous buffer?
    6b) Can I change out the backing plate to accommodate different pad diameters?
    6c) What pad types work best with the buffer Or will it accommodate different pad material types of:
    a) Low profile foam
    b) Dense closed-cell foam
    c) Microfiber
    d) Wool or foam wool
    e) Cotton chenille bonnet (those of you with Wen or Craftsman buffers know what I am talking about)
    f) Cleaning brushes (Don`t laugh! They makes special 4" diameter brushes that can be screwed on to a Porter-Cable DA in place of the backing plate that detailers can use to replace hand scrubbing!)
    6) Ergonomics and machine weight
    7) Buffing machine manufacturer`s:
    a) Reputation for reliability and build quality,
    b) Warranty,
    c) Service and parts availability.

    I have not even mentioned paint types (old lacquer, single stage enamel, Emron, clear coat) or clear-coat hardnesses or material types (paint, plastic, gel coat fiber glass, chromed metals, polished aluminum, or the ever-present carbon fiber) that you may be using your buffer/polisher on.

    So once you have that all figured out and made your assessments and evaluations, let us Autopians know which buffing/polishing machine(s!) you decided to buy and use.
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