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    Re: Too Good to Be True: A Variable-Stroke Polishing Machine?

    A solution looking for a problem maybe?
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    Re: Too Good to Be True: A Variable-Stroke Polishing Machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coleroad View Post
    It reminds me of the old shopsmith tool . Great in theory, even when easy to change around the tool. It just isn`t the same as having each separate tool. I personally wouldn`t find it convenient.
    Well, excitement was a bit raised when the Makita came ou a while back. Forced rotation and free spinning, all in one took. Alas, free spin was pretty weak, no?

    May be wrong, too soon to know but I wonder if there will be some kinda `compromise` with this new wonder tool?

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    Re: Too Good to Be True: A Variable-Stroke Polishing Machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by rlmccarty2000 View Post
    A solution looking for a problem maybe?
    The "problem" is finding a polishing machine that CAN do it all and is affordable, and most of all, easy-to-use. Is this product being marketed toward the hobbyist (part-time detailer), full time professional detailer, or production detailer (car lot or volume detailer). Yes, it might be a compromise in how well it can do correcting and polishing, BUT for me as a hobbyist who simply cannot afford having 4 or 5 different polishing machines for each detailing "situation", one do-it-all polishing machine is, at least, "intriguing and appealing". How well it is executed to that function remains to be seen.

    Someone here will suggest that for the estimated selling price of $600.00, a hobbyist may be better off buying cheaper knock-offs or even the Griot`s BOSS twins for that price and then you WILL have polishing machines that fit most correcting and polishing situations a hobbyist is likely to face. I will not argue that.

    Who knows, maybe LC needs to rethink their development and marketing and come out with two different machines: a 21mm / 15mm for larger 5" & 6" pads AND a 12mm / 8 mm for smaller 4"- 3" pads.
    Just a thought, because that is the detailing situations professionals face everyday.
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    Re: Too Good to Be True: A Variable-Stroke Polishing Machine?

    No one has even had one in their hands yet. Can`t dismiss it already. If it already has a motor that is overpowered for 21mm then 8mm should be more than good. It doesn`t sound like weakness will be an issue with this machine.

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    Re: Too Good to Be True: A Variable-Stroke Polishing Machine?

    I kinda wonder whether non-Pros really need a really long-throw unit so much that the capability would be worth the $. OK, easy for me to talk since I have the Flex 3401 for the rare times when I need really aggressive correction, but still..

    Eh, not really being critical, I can see somebody just wanting it because it has the 21mm option available..or any other subjective reason...hey, we liked having my Dad`s ShopSmith even though 99% of the time it was just a Table Saw with a big footprint.
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    Re: Too Good to Be True: A Variable-Stroke Polishing Machine?

    I don`t know if the ShopSmith is a good analogy. You`re just turning that dial at the base of the shroud to change the orbital throw and maybe changes between 5.5" & 6.5" backing plates.

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    Re: Too Good to Be True: A Variable-Stroke Polishing Machine?

    I think they are aiming this at the pro user. With all the normal newbie confusion (or even non newb) about pad diameter, pad thickness, foam composition, throwing adjustable throw into the mix isn`t going to make things any easier. I can see the threads now, along with "What wax for a black car?" we`ll have "what throw do I use with a 5.5" LC Force Hybrid Orange pad with HD Speed?"
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    Re: Too Good to Be True: A Variable-Stroke Polishing Machine?

    I somehow think of Pros as being less likely to use the Swiss Army Knife (better analogy than Shopsmith?) or multi-tool approach, but what do I know about you Pros? At any rate, I`ll be interested to hear what people here think of it.

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    Re: Too Good to Be True: A Variable-Stroke Polishing Machine?

    I agree I don`t see a lot of pros going for it, that doesn`t mean they aren`t going for that market. As I (and others) said earlier in the thread, this seems to be a solution in search of a problem.

    I think even for an enthusiast, you`re more likely to have multiple machines set up for different tasks (including different size BP`s/pads), than be changing the orbit on one machine.

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    Re: Too Good to Be True: A Variable-Stroke Polishing Machine?

    I see Rupes is also gonna be releasing Mark 3 at some point, progressive trigger finally.

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    Re: Too Good to Be True: A Variable-Stroke Polishing Machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike lambert View Post
    I saw pictures, looks a little unruly to handle?
    Model was some Lego pieces.

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    Re: Too Good to Be True: A Variable-Stroke Polishing Machine?

    I may end up grabbing one for hell of it when it`s released.
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    Re: Too Good to Be True: A Variable-Stroke Polishing Machine?

    Quote Originally Posted by BudgetPlan1 View Post
    I see Rupes is also gonna be releasing Mark 3 at some point, progressive trigger finally.
    My Mk II is barely broken in. Wow.
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    Re: Too Good to Be True: A Variable-Stroke Polishing Machine?

    If it works like it is being promoted, I can seee it being very advantageous for a mobile detailer. Less machines to cart around.

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    Re: Too Good to Be True: A Variable-Stroke Polishing Machine?

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    I may end up grabbing one for hell of it when it`s released.
    Here, FIFY. I may end up grabbing one for five hundred plus dollars and the hell of it when it`s released.
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