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What machine to buy?

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Jared, Sep 2, 2014.

  1. Jared

    Jared Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, after watching a friend do some correction on my car, and how easy it seemed, I am ready to purchase some stuff by the end of summer to take care of the car this winter while I'm bored.

    He used a Rupes, I know some like Flex, PC and Griots. Don't want to spend a ton, and it's just for my car, not a side hustle or family cars.

    I tried going back and looking for threads, didn't find anything that had any good comparisons.
     
  2. 2005_Silverado

    2005_Silverado Banned

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    HF polisher and get the warranty

    /thread
     
  3. Cheeny23

    Cheeny23 The Resident Wop Staff Member

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    :truestory:


    my rotary from hf is still going 6 years later.
     
  4. Jared

    Jared Administrator Staff Member

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    Thanks. I'm going to pick something up for my birthday in December. Should give me something to do during winter. Maybe I'll practice on Hector's truck first?
     
  5. ScottyBoy

    ScottyBoy The LED Man

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    I have the Harbor Freight DA polisher, and it does the job. I only paid like $50 for it with a 20% off coupon.
    It works good with the Chemical Guys backing plate and Hex Logic pads.
     
  6. DeanH1290

    DeanH1290 Well-Known Member

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    Might have to look into the harbor freight ones as well. Didn't think to look at one of those when I got my meguiars DA power system.
     
  7. iTzTy

    iTzTy Oh.

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    I bought the HF (Chicago Electric) DA about 3 months ago and its perfect for what i use it for. Google a 25% off coupon, there's one circulating that's good until like January right now.
     
  8. Ginger

    Ginger Bubbles

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    I've had a pc. They are ok but slow. I love my rupes. It's so much nicer and faster. I would only get that or the flex. I talked to Sam he suggested the rupes and he has a flex.
     
  9. TechieTruckGuy

    TechieTruckGuy 3.5 EcoHell

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    Get a griots garage. Relatively inexpensive. Doesn't have the extreme vibration that the HF Polisher has. I still have a HF Polisher but use a DA brush on it for doing floor mats.

    Griots Garage 6 Inch Random Orbital Polisher
     
  10. SamCarroll

    SamCarroll Faux Runner Staff Member

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    Truth.

    For your situation I'd do this Jared.
     
  11. Adjusted

    Adjusted Super Moderator

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    The Griots is what I have, only used it once so far but it was easy for a beginner.
     
  12. slicksierra

    slicksierra Feel some type of way

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    Also have the griots its 150 for the 25 foot cord version which is what you want. Has more power than a PC but doesn't have the throw of the rupes. But do you need a huge rupes with a 15mm or 21mm throw? I dont think so with the G8. Hell I did my truck with just the griots and that has 16 feet worth of bed panels not to mention the rest of the truck. For nearly a quarter of the cost it would be a great machine for semi annual swirl removal, applying sealant and or wax and removing other light defects. This machine with a 5" backing plate did wonders for my paint but you just cant expect it to remove stuff that needs wet sanding.
     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2014
  13. Cheeny23

    Cheeny23 The Resident Wop Staff Member

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    I have a griots from back when it was just a normal pc lol.

    Sent from pasta.
     
  14. slicksierra

    slicksierra Feel some type of way

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    Yeah they up'd the torque since then
     
  15. TechieTruckGuy

    TechieTruckGuy 3.5 EcoHell

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    Don't get me wrong I would love to have a rupes but I can't justify it since I don't detail a car every single day. What I will be purchasing is the 3 inch model of griots garage as well great for tighter areas


    Sent from my Stealth Lookin iPhone using Tapaturd
     
  16. SamCarroll

    SamCarroll Faux Runner Staff Member

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    I have a flex but use my PC for 3" pad. Love it
     
  17. Jared

    Jared Administrator Staff Member

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    Good info! For the price I'll probably try the HF since so many say it's decent.
     
  18. AlwaysSomethin

    AlwaysSomethin New Member

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    I have PC, just got 3" pads. But am impressed. Definitely want flex or rupes for larger panels now though.
     
  19. Jordan

    Jordan OG CGM Member

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    I have the HF polisher with a 5" Astro backing plate and use 5.5" CG HexLogic pads and the combo seems to work great and you can't beat the value. For what you're looking to do, I agree with Sam and Ed... definitely the HF polisher.
     
  20. DylanVK

    DylanVK New Member

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    IMO the $50 or $60 you save buying the HF over the PC or GG polisher isn't worth the added vibration and noise. If we were talking $100+ swing in price, sure.

    Its not that the HF isn't capable of doing all the same things, I just think some level of comfort/quality is worth the extra $$$ and its not exactly a big price jump.
     

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