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Old 08-02-2019, 03:27 AM
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Looking to see what kind of buffer or polisher everyone is using to detail their boats.
Old 08-02-2019, 03:38 AM
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I have a dewalt 849x i believe
Old 08-02-2019, 03:43 AM
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For a minute, I thought I was in the wrong forum and sonehow clicked on The Sandbar. Alas, you are talking about wax :-(
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Have a Mikita and have beat the crap out of it for years,Still works like new.
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Old 08-02-2019, 04:14 AM
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I just used the crap out of a $25 harbor freighter on a ‘96 chalky as hell hull and it worked great.
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The Dewalt DW849 as another poster said is excellent but it weighs a metric shit ton, just got a Flex polisher, could not be happier, cost quite a bit but worth every penny, no more aching and pulsating arms like before, they make several sizes from micro to large, got a mid range variable speed rotary type. Not sure if it represents value for money but feels so smooth to use and its quiet in comparison. We got a couple of Shurhold ones and was not impressed, expecting more, but seemed to be lacking oomph.
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Originally Posted by buxa View Post
The Dewalt DW849 as another poster said is excellent but it weighs a metric shit ton, just got a Flex polisher, could not be happier, cost quite a bit but worth every penny, no more aching and pulsating arms like before, they make several sizes from micro to large, got a mid range variable speed rotary type. Not sure if it represents value for money but feels so smooth to use and its quiet in comparison. We got a couple of Shurhold ones and was not impressed, expecting more, but seemed to be lacking oomph.


Do you like the switch on your Flex?
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Random Orbital from HF, been using it for a few years. Just as good as the Sure hold one.
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Do you like the switch on your Flex?
For soft starting you mean? I think its for not slinging polish or delicate surfaces or something. Don´t really have an opinion one way or the other, the guys in the yard all want to use it, we got it at an incredible discount.
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Milwaukee or Makita, the rest are toys
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Festool Rotex 150. It’s a beast and makes a great sander as well.
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Orbital from HF, has held up very well and no complaints. Even has "soft start".

RO machine is a Porter Cable 6424 (IIRC). That has held up well also, would buy it again.
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Originally Posted by buxa View Post
For soft starting you mean? I think its for not slinging polish or delicate surfaces or something. Don´t really have an opinion one way or the other, the guys in the yard all want to use it, we got it at an incredible discount.
Company purchase? There darn expensive for just the average boat owner that uses them just a few times a year
The switch seems to be the like or dislike about them
I use the the Porter-Cable 7424XP
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https://shurhold.com/collections/dua...n-polisher-pro

Designed for boat market.
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Makita 9227C
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Originally Posted by jerryclaybrook View Post
Is it though? Most of Shur-hold's stuff just looks like basic OEM. What specifically did they "design" in that polisher that differs from any other mid-market Chinese unit?
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Originally Posted by Thalasso View Post
Company purchase? There darn expensive for just the average boat owner that uses them just a few times a year
The switch seems to be the like or dislike about them
I use the the Porter-Cable 7424XP
It was a company purchase, you´re completely right, they are too expensive for the majority of people doing the work themselves sporadically, we got a 40% discount from RRP. The guys haven´t said anything about the switch, they say they like that its lighter than the other, but are convinced you can get bigger wool bonnets on the other machines, we habitually use a brand called Stayer, like the Dewalt, heavy but very long lived, we had two Shurhold units and the problem was the pads and the backing plates, IIRC its a 3/8" adapter and so we were forced to use a specific type of pads and plates which are not as easily available here, the others use a 14mm which is easily available.
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I have the Cyclo duel Orbital Polisher. The thing is a beast and works great. My buddy bought it and damaged the cord, he was throwing it away. I put a new cord on it and it worked great.
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One day I'll pick up one of those expensive pro models but for now the $30 Rigid 6" orbital from Home Depot does a pretty good job for routine maintenance/cleaning.
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For Dewalt the DWP849X has been the best. But for abuse the Makita wins hands down. We sand and buff 45' buses everyday so we go thru lots of equipment. For orbitals I like the Griots Boss line. I have all the different sizes.

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