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tprice 06-13-2011 06:19 PM

Recommendations on buffer for boat/car
Damn I am getting to old and out of shape to do this crap by hand.

Been outside last hour or so starting putting two coats of rejex on my boat, I know it is not that hard but it is HOT and HUMID here in SC.

The application is no big deal but this wiping all the dried wax off is getting the best of me.

I have one of those cheap $29 buffers that is not worth a crap and Admiral was asking me about getting me a decent buffer for Fathers Day, heck I am worth whole LOT MORE dead than alive:grin::grin: but she likes having me around

Not wanting to break the bank and would like something I could pick up and not have to order but do not mind ordering one either.

I assume I want a variable speed, I have a buddy that fools with old muscle cars and he has a couple of Makita's (I think) and I have played around with them

What do I need to look for and also what should I stay away from.

I do my boat 2 times a year and I have the knowledge to do the cars too but not sure I will ever do those.

Just point me in the right direction

osudaddy 06-13-2011 06:22 PM

Without a doubt and hands down winner....Porter Cable 7424.

BACKTOTHESEA 06-13-2011 06:24 PM

I went with the Makita kit. Was $183 on Amazon for the 9227CX3. Came with hook loop pad, a wool bonnet and another bonnet, foam I think. Also came with a nice storage bag.

Not sure what you wanted to spend, but IMO if your doing cars and a boat a couple times a year I'd go with a good machine.

Mike Boehler 06-13-2011 06:29 PM

I typically buy decent named tools, but I was faced with your problem a couple of years ago when I stepped up in boat size.

I went to Harbor Freight and bought the cheapest one they had. Worked perfect. Still going strong for the couple of times a year we use it.

I think I payed $29.00

The one I got is HERE

Lineside 06-13-2011 06:41 PM

Ditto on the Harbor frieght Chicago buffer. I've done my boats several times and still kickin. If it died today I got my 30.00 ouy of it.

Parthery 06-13-2011 07:45 PM

I've got the Ryobi $40 special from Home Depot....and it works great. Only downside is it's heavy.

It's also sitting on the shelf because I had a chance to pick up the Shurhold buffer from another THTer. After I buffed and waxed the boat, I did both cars in a couple hours. Easy to use...lighter in weight...I'm pleased.

23Dorado 06-13-2011 07:59 PM

Originally Posted by Lineside (Post 3817814)
Ditto on the Harbor frieght Chicago buffer. I've done my boats several times and still kickin. If it died today I got my 30.00 ouy of it.

Yup, the buffer pad doesn't know what's making it spin around.

signmansez 06-13-2011 08:06 PM

Lost my decade old Craftsman High Speed Polisher and my Craftsman Buffer when I left my tailgate down earlier this year (tonneau cover prevents me from seeing it).:banghead:

They were great tools, unlike most of the crap Sears sells today. Went to Harbor Freight and bought their crap polisher and buffer. Did two boats, my truck and the wife's car with them.

They are working great. The polishing wheel is variable speed (a bit testy) and has enough ''balls'' to cut the faded gel coat with heavy duty compound. I was/am very surprised at the performance of these tools. Under $100 for the two plus including the wool polishing pad and bonnett for the buffer.

Volstandigkeit 06-13-2011 09:47 PM

I'll second the Porter Cable. My wife just bought one for me for my birthday after drooling over them for at least 4 years. The only bad part is I haven't had a chance to try it out yet.

Bob's Cay 06-14-2011 07:16 AM

I have a DeWalt variable speed polisher that has worked great. But I would like to get the Shurhold polisher / buffer. The Dewalt is good for heavier oxidation (which I no longer have!), but the Shurhold is much kighter an easier to use for routine use. I borrowed one from my brother and can not tell you how impressed I was with it.

Joe Dirt 06-14-2011 07:35 AM

The Harbor Frieght one can be had for 19.99 now.

Buoy Scout 06-14-2011 07:57 AM

I just bought the Hitachi variable speed buffer/polisher. It's a nice machine. Looked at the dewalt and already have a porter cable random/orbit polisher that works great too, but needed the high speed buffer for some more aggressive compounding work. The hitachi has a nice loop handle over the spindle area, and it's pretty light. I like it.

Mist-Rest 06-14-2011 08:01 AM

Porter Cable is in my tool cabinet.

kone 06-14-2011 09:13 AM

Like my PC but it sure gets heavy after awhile.

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