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Old 10-09-2009, 10:00 AM   #1
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Which polisher?

I see that most use a Dewalt or Makita polisher then for final polish use the Cyclo. Any of you used others that I have not considered? I think I have even read where some have used a variable drill. Would love to hear experiences. The Cylco I have decided on, it's the initial polisher I need to figure out.

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Old 10-09-2009, 10:32 AM   #2
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I use a Chicago polisher/sander from Harbor Frieght. Cheap! I have also used a drill with a sander pad. I liked the larger polisher much better and used the smaller drill/polisher for tight places. My problem is 'tracking' by whatever I use. I clean with mineral spirits and use as little Nuvite as possible. The Cyclo does a nice finish, then I step back, and notice just where the polishers tracked.......
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Old 10-09-2009, 02:13 PM   #3
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I used the dewalt polisher. I liked due to the variable speed control. I found that some areas just needed a different speed. I also used the cyclo. You can buy second hand polishers on ebay for a fraction of the new price.
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Old 10-09-2009, 05:35 PM   #4
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I don't think the type of polisher matters to much, but don't skimp on the wool pads and compound. I started off with compound and pads from NAPA and that was a huge mistake. Get Nuvite Polish. I started with F9, to G6, to S. 3M wool pads cost a little more but cut much better.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:12 PM   #5
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We have a cyclo...but could not compete with the kits ($$), so...but cyclo does have two hard rubber caps that are hoop and latch and to install them you just flip them onto the rotating heads (turned off) the cons about this is the hard rubber attachments are built in a way (you will see) where the hoop part is kind of suspended on a hard rubber column beneath and the cyclos incredible polishing will cause a break in the rubber after awhile...so when or if you do go this route, super glue will anchor it. Lastly we use gravel in a bottle by 3M and apply it with clean terry cloth polish pads from a local dollar store. The Cyclo will do three times the polishing action of the others and since this all is labor intensive you are assured of great end results, we also finish out with Mothers mag and aluminum and this system seems to do the same resulting job as the top 'higher priced' nuvite etc products. The hard rubber attachments cost twenty dollars. But by all means try the Gravel in a bottle as 14.00 for a whole wonderful quart is greatly satisfying . Good luck!
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:14 PM   #6
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I used a drill motor for the F7 on our 31' and wouldn't recommend that. I used gear oil daily (each day used) which helps keep the drill working but I still went through 2 old motors (on their last leg anyway) and 1 new drill motor which died on the last 10' sq. ft. before I was done. If I were to F7 another 31' with 30 years buildup, I would buy an actual polisher. If you decide to go with drill motor, make sure it has a speed adjustment set so it isn't based on how hard you pull the trigger and make sure you get one with the mountable side handle so you can control it better.
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I do this 4 a living get a dewalt
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:25 PM   #8
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Thumbs up Mikita

Makita
is lighter
handle is more comfortable.
variable speed knob is easier to reach.
Lowest RPM is slower then Dewalt.
not as loud as Dewalt.

did I mention it is lighter?....

Usually comes with nice tool bag, which is very handy.

I have used both.

I prefer Makita.
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Exactly the type of feedback I was hoping for, thanks.
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Get the one from Harbor Freight usually on sale for $29 and toss it once you are finished.

Works just as good as the more expensive ones, it might not last as long but does the job.
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Old 10-13-2009, 03:34 PM   #11
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Get the one from Harbor Freight usually on sale for $29 and toss it once you are finished.

Works just as good as the more expensive ones, it might not last as long but does the job.
This this just SO wrong. And they do not work as well.

The harbor freight is just another cheap tool. What is the logic to buying junk and then filling up the landfill?

I have owned my Mikita eight years and anyone that has done this knows it's not a one time thing. It's a many times thing.

Why bother with an Airstream and polishing. Just buy a white box and drive it to the landfill after a year of camping.
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Great point ! There's already too much imported cheap crap in the landfills. Buy something of value and when you don't need it anymore, at least you can sell it. Junk is junk, even if it does last a little while.



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This this just SO wrong. And they do not work as well.

The harbor freight is just another cheap tool. What is the logic to buying junk and then filling up the landfill?

I have owned my Mikita eight years and anyone that has done this knows it's not a one time thing. It's a many times thing.

Why bother with an Airstream and polishing. Just buy a white box and drive it to the landfill after a year of camping.
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Old 10-13-2009, 07:44 PM   #13
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To each his own I bought one about 5 years ago for $29 polished a 31ft AS and have used it for many projects since and it is still going strong.

I suspect you have never owned one and YES they do work just as good and I have used both.
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I have the Porter Cable orbital...will that work or do I need a straight-up angle buffer/grinder to initial cut? I've see the Cyclo but am not sure what its for...is it better for cutting or fine polishing?
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