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Old 02-21-2012, 10:47 PM   #15
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Speaking from personal experience, it's DeWalt all the way. My one & only experience with the HF polisher left me what I thought was a permanent crab-claw hand!!
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:49 AM   #16
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Funny how a little first hand experience turns you into an expert! haha
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Ditto ditching the HF. I bought a cheap one from Northern Tools second time around, and it is still swirling. So far so good, but if it quits, I guess it's a Dewalt next.
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:52 AM   #17
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A Dewalt is in our future. We did the 69 tradewind with Harbor Freight, well most of it. Burned through 5 of those before giving up (yes thank goodness for the extended warranty but what a pain). Borrowed a good quality one to finish then bought a cyclo for the final pass.
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:18 AM   #18
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Just wanted to add a tip for the rotary polishers... I like the 3M Super Buff Pads. It is double sided so you can can get more polishing time in rather than changing single sided pads out. I have several, then throw it it into a bucket for a soak then into the washing machine. Make sure you cycle your washing machine after you clean your pads, or the wifey gets really upset! haha.

For some reason I can't add a link, do a Google search: 3M Super Buff Pads 5701 or 5705.

5701 single
5705 6 per case
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:20 AM   #19
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My frustration with tools that break or don't work like they're supposed to leads me to buy name brand gear. I still own an solid aluminum Craftsman Industrial drill my dad bought in the early 1970s (same as our trailer ); it has built boats, houses, go-karts, ... Milwaukee, Porter Cable, Bosch, DeWalt, Skil Model 77 - all good gear. Just bought a Dewalt buffer for the trailer... I know it will handle polishing the entire trailer multiple times.


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Old 02-22-2012, 09:32 AM   #20
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I've had my Dewalt side grinder for years grinding steel welds on trailers, etc. I've polished my 65 twice with it (compounding) and use a Cyclo for final buffing. The Dewalt just keeps on going. JMO.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:12 AM   #21
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I'm going to buy a polisher soon and was thinking of starting this thread myself.

I plan to use the buffing wheels and bar as in this video. If you have used this process, what polisher would you recommend? I think the guy in this video is using a Makita, wich is a little cheaper than DeWalt or Milwaukee. From reading this thread, I probably won't buy Harbor freight because I want something more reliable.

So, what do you recommend? Is one brand lighter in weight, but still robust enough to last? Is there a brand that is a better value? Should I get a different polisher for the buffing wheels as opposed to the pads that Perfect Polish sells? Is DeWalt the absolute best or is something else just as good? I'm just want to make an informed decision so that I don't have to buy a second polisher. Thanks!

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Old 02-22-2012, 11:15 AM   #22
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I have polished 3 trailers with a harbor freight variable speed buffer. The same one. It still works fine and I am on the 4th trailer with it. The only problem is it was made before the standard 5/8 11 spindle. I have had it for a long time.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:31 AM   #23
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:36 AM   #24
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I have polished 3 trailers with a harbor freight variable speed buffer. The same one. It still works fine and I am on the 4th trailer with it. The only problem is it was made before the standard 5/8 11 spindle. I have had it for a long time.
I have used the HF on my 34' with no problems either. It still works fine. and like I mentioned earlier it is $49. The new HF polishers have the standard 5/8 11 spindle.
I am finishing the last step with Nuvite S and a Cyclo.

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Check out this link from VTS. I polished this way with good success: Polishing Advice
the wool pads available from VTS fit both the DeWalt and HF Polishers and work very well.

Also here from Nuvite:
Nuvite Home Pg

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Old 02-23-2012, 09:05 AM   #25
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@Clifford...I was waiting for this . "A little experience" is correct but I'm DeWalt all the way, with the 3m pads you referenced. Now....if only I could figure out how to bedazzle my DeWalt (yup...have my own) and become a Nuvite dealer all would be good!!
@Goranson...bummed you bought a Cyclo...we would have let you borrow ours.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:19 AM   #26
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I have a bunch of HF tools. My grinder polisher lasted longer than I thought it would, but did eventually burn up. Got my whole stream polished though, except for the final step which I have a Cyclo. For the $35 or so I paid it was worth it. I look at them as throw away tools. The car buffer did not last at all. You pays your money and takes your chances.
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The guy in that video did a class at one of our N Georgia Rallys. Great to see it getting done in person.
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Old 02-23-2012, 01:54 PM   #28
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The guy in this demonstration used the HF polisher...followed with a Cyclo Polisher.

You're right Alan, seeing a live demonstration is always helpful. FWIW, "the guy" in this demo is Mr.InsideOut

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