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Old 09-05-2014, 10:52 AM
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Looking for some advice hope someone here has bought a polisher from Harbor freight. I got a 30% off plus 50 credit, don't want to spend arm for cable porter. Have any of you guys used/know how good or bad harbor freight's polisher are? Any input welcome.
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As a plumber I use my tools everyday. I can't afford to have a tool break in the middle of a job and that's why when I buy tools I use everyday I buy brands I know are durable. But when it comes to tools I use every now and then I have no problem buy'n harbor freight Don't know where in socal you are because there is a very cool tool warehouse in LB on paramount blvd north of the 91 that sells harbor freight quality and name brand too...AJ WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTORS, INC.
Been going there for years and they have been around longer than harbor freight
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I picked up the da polisher from harbour freight about 3 months ago. So far I have done 4 boats ranging from 21-29 foot. 3 passes on each boat, cut, polish, and wax and I have had no problems with it. Runs cool, good speed control. Only problem I have had is with the harbour freight foam pads. The backing pad on the polisher is slightly larger in diameter than the Velcro attachment on the pads and it eats away at the foam after some use.
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I picked up the da polisher from harbour freight about 3 months ago. So far I have done 4 boats ranging from 21-29 foot. 3 passes on each boat, cut, polish, and wax and I have had no problems with it. Runs cool, good speed control. Only problem I have had is with the harbour freight foam pads. The backing pad on the polisher is slightly larger in diameter than the Velcro attachment on the pads and it eats away at the foam after some use.

That's what i wanted to hear, i plan on doing my 3 cars. Dont need top of the line as long as it works and does a good job.
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if you can get one which doesn't have an exposed arbor under the bonnet, you'll never have the problem my brother had with his harbor freight polisher...

maybe he was going too fast, or maybe the draw string wasn't tied right.. but the bonnet flew off and left the exposed arbor which scratched the paint he was trying to polish.

as far as I know, normal two handed polishers don't have exposed arbors.. just the grinder style polishers have exposed arbors




{I'm referring to a threaded shaft sticking out of the buffer wheel}
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Option 1
6 in. Variable Speed Dual Action Polisher
option 2
7 in. Variable Speed Polisher/Sander

which one do you guys think would be a better choice. Im thinking #2
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If you dont have experience with buffing I would go with option 1. A rotary polisher (option 2) if used improperly will easily destroy paint.
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My vote is #2, might have to order one for myself.
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If you dont have experience with buffing I would go with option 1. A rotary polisher (option 2) if used improperly will easily destroy paint.
By that you mean leaving it in one area too long?
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If your not an experienced polisher be careful on the edges and corners. It's very easy to catch a corner and burn the paint. I personally do the corners and edges by hand first. Find a detailing supply place to buy compounds and waxes from
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