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    Re: Want a new polisher (DA)........What would you go with?

    If I had the Cyclo, and wanted something to accompany it, it would probably be a Porter Cable 7424xp, and a set of Microfiber, and the LC purple thin foamed wool for heavy cutting, and some foams for general cutting, polishing, and finishing work. Maybe get pads and plates in the 3", 5", and 6" sizes.

    It also depends on the type of work you`re doing. I can use the pc even in the production environment, without any complaints. Also, the PC is at home with the weekend warrior, or the casual user just looking to take care of their household vehicles. It also makes a great carpet scrubber for interiors.

    The Griot`s is similar. Smoother, quieter, more robust, but I`m fine with the PC. We have a gg6 at the shop, and I still prefer the PC for some reason.

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    Re: Want a new polisher (DA)........What would you go with?

    General Lee- Ah, thanks for that feedback about the work-time. Might give it a go next time I have a large panel to really correct (which, fingers crossed, might not ever happen again).

    And just like danlc95 with his appreciation of the PC, your appreciation of M205 is so different from *my* opinion that it just goes to show how different people can have totally different preferences about this stuff so it pays to ask (and to hope that lots of different responses come up).

    nothingface5384- I simply *love* the old post-style toggle switch on mine (bet that`s just from decades of familiarity). Can`t imagine getting used to the flat switch they`re using now, I`d hate that for sure.

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    Re: Want a new polisher (DA)........What would you go with?

    Quote Originally Posted by danlc95 View Post
    The Duetto and Mini are my main weapons of choice. I have them both set up on my cart, and grab the one I need for the panel I`m working on.

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    Re: Want a new polisher (DA)........What would you go with?

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    nothingface5384- I simply *love* the old post-style toggle switch on mine (bet that`s just from decades of familiarity). Can`t imagine getting used to the flat switch they`re using now, I`d hate that for sure.
    I love the old post style toggle switch on mine as well. I`ve been using my cyclo for well over ten years now, not nearly as long as you. Even though I`m looking for a new polisher, my cyclo ain`t going no where.

    I also have the old PC 7424. Don`t care for it except for applying wax.

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    Re: Want a new polisher (DA)........What would you go with?

    Talk about a great deal on a new polisher:

    Griots Garage BOSS G15/G21 Long-Throw Orbital Polisher Free Bonus! **LIMITED TIME PROMOTION**

    If I were you I`d jump on that ASAP.

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    Re: Want a new polisher (DA)........What would you go with?

    Quote Originally Posted by danlc95 View Post
    If I had the Cyclo, and wanted something to accompany it, it would probably be a Porter Cable 7424xp, and a set of Microfiber, and the LC purple thin foamed wool for heavy cutting, and some foams for general cutting, polishing, and finishing work. Maybe get pads and plates in the 3", 5", and 6" sizes.

    It also depends on the type of work you`re doing. I can use the pc even in the production environment, without any complaints. Also, the PC is at home with the weekend warrior, or the casual user just looking to take care of their household vehicles. It also makes a great carpet scrubber for interiors.

    The Griot`s is similar. Smoother, quieter, more robust, but I`m fine with the PC. We have a gg6 at the shop, and I still prefer the PC for some reason.
    The original PC 7424P/7336SP DA polisher is a classic, back in 2003 when there was only the PC, Cyclo and rotaries that detailers had in their arsenal.
    I remember searching everywhere to find one at an affordable price. If you look on eBay the old PC costs the same or more than the newer XP versions ...LoL

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    Re: Want a new polisher (DA)........What would you go with?

    Quote Originally Posted by General Lee View Post
    My go to polisher for years has been my Cyclo. It is a work horse but looking for something else to add to the mix. With all the new DA`s out there (Flex, Rupes, etc) what seems to be best one out there these days? I want one that is capable of doing good paint correction.
    Depending on the correction needed. A 3401 works great or a Boss/Rupes 15 w/ a m/f pad works great & is going to be smoother.

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    Re: Want a new polisher (DA)........What would you go with?

    Heh heh, being used to a Cyclo, getting a PC was basically buying a big paperweight. The diff in performance was simply shocking. Don`t expect the PC to do the same kind of work. I`d sure want to get something with *at least* equal corrective ability.

    The Flex 3401 (which I have/like) is kinda at the other end of the user-friendliness spectrum compared to the Cyclo

    I expect that the Cyclo + Rupes Mini will be my go-to combo, though I do still consider [somebody`s] 15mm unit.

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    Re: Want a new polisher (DA)........What would you go with?

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    Heh heh, being used to a Cyclo, getting a PC was basically buying a big paperweight. The diff in performance was simply shocking. Don`t expect the PC to do the same kind of work. I`d sure want to get something with *at least* equal corrective ability.

    The Flex 3401 (which I have/like) is kinda at the other end of the user-friendliness spectrum compared to the Cyclo

    I expect that the Cyclo + Rupes Mini will be my go-to combo, though I do still consider [somebody`s] 15mm unit.
    Just need to add a Boss/Rupes 15 now......

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    Re: Want a new polisher (DA)........What would you go with?

    Quote Originally Posted by felixthecat View Post
    Just need to add a Boss/Rupes 15 now......
    Which way are you leaning? I kinda go for the GG myself...

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    Re: Want a new polisher (DA)........What would you go with?

    G21!

    I would say PO5000C..but you already got a 3401...so it wouldn`t add anything to your arsenal

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    Re: Want a new polisher (DA)........What would you go with?

    21mm throw would never work for me, too long a throw for many of the vehicles I do and I doubt I`ll *EVER* do a full-vehicle significant correction again in this lifetime.

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    Re: Want a new polisher (DA)........What would you go with?

    A cheap alternative would be the Harbor Freight DA. Rougher running and more vibration than the GG6, without the lifetime warranty, but an undeniable bargain, and you can get a 2 year extra cost warranty. On Youtube, Scott, the guy on the Dallas Paint Correction & Auto Detailing channel, did a GG6 and HF comparison test (actually, a two part video). The GG6 was rated better overall due to warranty, less vibration, and quieter operation, but the HF was actually better at keeping the pad spinning on contoured surfaces, which seems to fit in well with your desire for better paint correction.

    While the HF is cheap, you should also factor in a new backing plate, as the HF backing plate isn`t usable, and also take a look at some of the Youtube videos regarding the greasing of the gear head. I know a lot of people will jump all over me on this, but I will note that the above mentioned guy, Scott, and Gary Dean, both use a HF polisher day in and day out, and they are professional detailers and use their polishers very hard, and the HF has stood up very well.

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    Re: Want a new polisher (DA)........What would you go with?

    Quote Originally Posted by Accumulator View Post
    Which way are you leaning? I kinda go for the GG myself...
    I have the G15 w/ they`re pads, including the m/f. I like the Uber w/ the m/f. Super smooth machine....

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    Re: Want a new polisher (DA)........What would you go with?

    Vibration is a subjective thing...in the proper sense of the term. If a given subject has vibration issues, then that`s that and nothing else matters. Some people don`t have any issues with it at all, while others do, and to varying degrees. White Finger is no joke, but apparently it`s not all *that* common.
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