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Old 02-23-2012, 03:15 PM   #29
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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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great video! makes me want to go and polish some more!
I see why your avatar is so shiny!
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:22 PM   #30
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:48 AM   #31
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I just got done with the rough cut using a black and Decker 7" buffer that I bought from Amazon. It worked really well. Tons of power and the vari speed is nice. Cost is about $55
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Old 02-24-2012, 06:20 AM   #32
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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.
Just as you do when you buy a china st tire.
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Old 02-24-2012, 09:28 AM   #33
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OK. So maybe I changed my mind. I might give Harbor freight a try. Maybe I will take worldinchoas hint and buy the extended warranty. Still way cheaper. I am always looking for bang for my buck. I already bought my Cyclo polisher used off ebay. Thanks for the input everyone!
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:36 AM   #34
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So... revisiting this thread while polishing my next project. Finally bought the Dewalt, my Northern Tool became intermittent. When I first used my new Dewalt I noticed a smoother start and stop. I also like the rpm indicator on the variable speed control. Takes the guess work out of just the single digit numbers.

Skip the HF buffer, buy a Dewalt. period.
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:30 AM   #35
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So... revisiting this thread while polishing my next project. Finally bought the Dewalt, my Northern Tool became intermittent. When I first used my new Dewalt I noticed a smoother start and stop. I also like the rpm indicator on the variable speed control. Takes the guess work out of just the single digit numbers.

Skip the HF buffer, buy a Dewalt. period.
I dont disagree; dewalt makes fantastic, high quality products. ( btw, the single digits on the hf digital display indicate rpm x 1000).
However, the dewalt is not $40 and both get the job done. If I had more than 1AS i would probably make the investment.
How is the polishing coming out?
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:27 AM   #36
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I have burned the motor in my DeWalt out twice on the same trailer in less than 6 months!
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:27 AM   #37
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I bought 2 HF polishers. Both Variable speed. One digital read out one not. Both have worked great. For the AS and other projects
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the dewalt is not $40 and both get the job done. If I had more than 1AS i would probably make the investment.
How is the polishing coming out?
Not knocking the HF when it works. I burned my first HF out. Then I thought I would step up a little and bought the Northern Tool, just recently became intermittent. If I had bought the Dewalt the first time out, maybe I would have saved money on the other two buffers. It sucks when your in the middle of a polishing project then have to wait for the new buffer.
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:42 AM   #39
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Not knocking the HF when it works. I burned my first HF out. Then I thought I would step up a little and bought the Northern Tool, just recently became intermittent. If I had bought the Dewalt the first time out, maybe I would have saved money on the other two buffers. It sucks when your in the middle of a polishing project then have to wait for the new buffer.
I hear ya, its frustrating dealing with parts or tools problems in the middle of a project.
I bought two hf polishers assumimg they were going to burn up. I used the money i saved and got the cyclo. Now THAT is a great polisher. I use it on the truck too
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Where to find pads?

Howdy Airstreamers, I'm about to attempt a first time strip n' polish (for both of us) and I need to know where to buy the polishing pads and the gray and pink bars to use with an angle grinder like in the video above. I live on the Canadian prairie and would prefer a local source, but I don't know exactly what to ask for. So what's the preferred nomenclature for them there wheelie buffie things?

Any good source online might also be useful, thanks.

Btw thanks for the video, it's very helpful.
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:02 PM   #41
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I had 2. A Auto buffer that had a steering wheel handle did not last. HF buffer/ grinder lasted a lot longer than I thought it would.
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Old 09-02-2012, 07:34 PM   #42
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I use a Meguires dual-action polisher... seems pretty solid and has some fancy features as well. Also, if you get into their pro-series of equipment, they make a full line up of cutting/polishing compounds that worked great for me. Their newest stuff stays very consistent while cutting, and if you want you can stick with Meguires start to finish.

I got it on eBay, and a whole package to polish my truck was about $250... compounds, pads, polisher and everything. Pricey, but worked really nice.
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