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Variable speed polisher recommendation

Like a lot of people here, I have one of the $35-40 Harbor Freight 7" polisher sanders. For my needs, it does a good job especially for the price I paid for it.
However, I really need a lighter, smaller version of that unit to get into some of the tighter places on my boat, something in the 3-4" size.
I've done a fair amount of Internet searching and I found some units but all fairly expensive, professional models.
Anyone have any suggestions for a smaller version of what I have that won't break the bank? I know I could put an adaptor on my power drill, but I prefer a right angle unit.
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Re: Variable speed polisher recommendation

How about getting a right angle VSR drill with a buffing wheel? You mentioned a drill with an attachment but wanted a right angle unit which made me think of the right angle close work drill available at harbor freight.

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Re: Variable speed polisher recommendation

Thanks for that tip. I guess I need to make a run to HF to look at options.
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Re: Variable speed polisher recommendation

I picked up a Porter Cable dual action last summer, that seems to work very well. Plus you don't run into the speed issues that sometimes can arise. I also purchased a velcro backing plate setup with pads and things, but it's served pretty well on a few different projects. it's about a 6" size or so? 5.5? Something like that. Haven't had it out since Fall lol. Got mine from detailedimage.com I think it was.
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Re: Variable speed polisher recommendation

If you want to do the right job get the right tool. The 40-50 dollar polishers are just toys

Buy a Makita

MAKITA Polisher Sander W/Tool Bag, 7 In - Electric Polishers And Buffers - 14F044|9227CX3 - Grainger Industrial Supply
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Re: Variable speed polisher recommendation

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If you want to do the right job get the right tool. The 40-50 dollar polishers are just toys

Buy a Makita

MAKITA Polisher Sander W/Tool Bag, 7 In - Electric Polishers And Buffers - 14F044|9227CX3 - Grainger Industrial Supply
I read Maine Sail's thing about washing-compounding-polishing and he said the same thing.

What is the difference between the really good ones and the cheap ones?

I saw this at Home Depot: PRO-SERIES 7 in.Variable Speed Sander/Polisher


It says 10 amps, 220 to 3300 rpm, that's all good right?

I'm only doing a 22' boat, if I don't need to spend $300 on something I'll use maximum once a year I'd rather not.
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I read Maine Sail's thing about washing-compounding-polishing and he said the same thing.

What is the difference between the really good ones and the cheap ones?

I saw this at Home Depot: PRO-SERIES 7 in.Variable Speed Sander/Polisher


It says 10 amps, 220 to 3300 rpm, that's all good right?

I'm only doing a 22' boat, if I don't need to spend $300 on something I'll use maximum once a year I'd rather not.
Well had a 60 dollar Roibi from HD which I used for many years. Took forever to do the job and i thought it was a good job.......thats until.....I read Mainesails sticky and recommendation. Having met him and followed his advice on other items I did so with this.

Since Haleakula was out of the water this year, [I] decided to bite the bullet and by the real tool. I got the whole kit on line for $212 ( 2 pads...and the buffer plus carrying bag.. The good pads are $20 a piece at least. All i can tell you in 1/4 the amount of time I was able to get a 32 year hull looking amazing. Pads and machine make a 800% difference. Not just a small one...800% Low effort...no swirls. No jumping buffing...No slowing down on the machine. It also has a thumb advancement variable speed control which lets you start your buffing at a lower rpm and with the thumb advancement work up to increasing rpm without stopping the machine. Once you use this, you will wonder how I did that I put up with the old one.

Seeing as I will have a boat for a lot of years to come the investment seemed a now brainer. This year wont be my last rodeo of compunding and buffing.
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Re: Variable speed polisher recommendation

Obviously not everyone is reading my text. I have a 7" polisher. Yes, it is a cheap one but I only use it once every 2 years. I want another cheap polisher in the 3-4 inch size to get into the tight areas on my boat. Again, once every 2 years.
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Re: Variable speed polisher recommendation

Griots 3" Random Orbital Buffer - Best Three Inch Orbital Polisher by Griots Garage

Might work?
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Re: Variable speed polisher recommendation

Sorry, I kind of hijacked things thinking of my own chalky 40-year-old hull sitting out in my driveway.... I need to de-tarp it and get polishing.

Anyway, I like the idea of an angle attachment for a drill that someone mentioned. I bet that would be handy.
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