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Old 07-01-2019, 09:17 AM   #1
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Orbital buffer suggestions

With a new 25rq expected toward the end of the month, I'd like to wax it as soon as possible. I 'll be hand applying the wax, but would like an orbital buffer/polisher to remove it. Any suggestions on brands and perhaps which pads you have liked to do this?

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Old 07-01-2019, 09:55 AM   #2
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I bought a porter cable 7424xp. So far it's lived up to it's high ratings. I'm happy with it. Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off.........
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:04 AM   #3
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Son-in-law loves his Porter Cable. I bought a Simonize cordless and tossed it when the batteries failed and when I couldn't find the proper size pads ( probably why it was on sale ). Porter Cable seems very popular so I expect pads will always be available.
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:12 AM   #4
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I bought a orbital buffer. Doesn't work for me. My arms were exhausted after about 20 minutes of holding it UP. I couldn't get up on the ladder high enough to use it at chest level. YMMV
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Old 07-01-2019, 10:30 AM   #5
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I met a fellow last summer that had a new 25rq he told me the first thing he did was take it in and have it clear coated so he would not need to wax it.
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Old 07-01-2019, 11:19 AM   #6
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Turtlewax makes an electric buffer polisher that is a palm held model and is a 5 or 6 inch pad. Very light weight and it is designed to be held with one hand. Here's a YouTube video someone made. .
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:14 PM   #7
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Clear coat?!! That is a sort of paint right? Will it peel after say a dozen years or so? I hope somebody jumps in to address pros and cons of clearcoating.

As to polishers, doesn’t the cord mar the surface, say you are on the roof and the cord catches on roof vents and such. I can’t find many cordless models on Amazon, at least nothing that seems durable. I will try and follow this thread. I am tired of putting polish on then having to buff. I also don’t want to pay somebody to do something I can do.

Dewalt has a polisher that has a slow speed of 600 revs per minute, and is highly regarded.
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I've been using an inexpensive ($20.00) Harbor Freight orbital buffer for the last 4 years for my 17 & 21. It works, and when it dies, I'll just get another one...
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Turtlewax makes an electric buffer polisher that is a palm held model and is a 5 or 6 inch pad. Very light weight and it is designed to be held with one hand. Here's a YouTube video someone made.
Humm, weighs 3.2 lbs. Now THAT I could handle! THANKS!
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:59 PM   #10
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I did some research and the Turtle Wax Polishers are no longer being manufactured. If you want a cordless polisher you might have to buy a polishing wheel for your cordless variable speed drill.
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I did some research and the Turtle Wax Polishers are no longer being manufactured. If you want a cordless polisher you might have to buy a polishing wheel for your cordless variable speed drill.
Yeah, I found that out when I couldn't find ONE anywhere in Portland, OR
I did find this one, but it's only single speed. I'd really like to find one that's lightweight and I can use one-handed, so I can hang on to the ladder with the other!


https://www.lowes.com/pd/BLACK-DECKE...lisher/1207867
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Another one with high ratings is the (Amazon) DEWALT DWP849X 7-Inch/9-Inch Variable Speed Polisher with Soft Start. I have a new 25RQ and I may go back to a wax finish. If/when I do I will buy this.

I just put a coat of BTS on my BF. We will be going on a trip of about 2 to 4 months in a couple of weeks. If the BTS does what the mfg hype says it will, I will continue to use it. If it does not, off it comes and I will try something else. As it is the bottle says to buff after the application of BTS (Bow to Stern)...so I may just go ahead and get the Dewalt when we get back home.
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Here's some available at Walmart but they look like a different brand name. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Turtle-Wa...b90f34f4443f0d
I have the Turtle wax one and used it to wax my trailer with Maguire's marine wax and just wiped it off with a micro fiber towel. I have never used any other kind of wax that wiped off as easily as the Maguires wax
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Turtlewax makes an electric buffer polisher that is a palm held model and is a 5 or 6 inch pad. Very light weight and it is designed to be held with one hand. Here's a YouTube video someone made. .



I'm WAY too clumsy to wrap the cord from an orbital buffer (even a small one) around my neck and climb up on top of my Bigfoot and start buffing.



Recipe for disaster!
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I'm WAY too clumsy to wrap the cord from an orbital buffer (even a small one) around my neck and climb up on top of my Bigfoot and start buffing.



Recipe for disaster!
Or the basis for a really good Darwin award!
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I agree I didn't do that when I waxed my Casita but having a buffer that I could hold with one hand while on my step ladder is sure a lot easier than trying to hold a great big 7 or 9 inch buffer and safer too.
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For our Little Joe, we followed the instructions found in this forum recommending Zep Hardwood Floor Polish and it worked beautifully. No buffing or polishing.

5 years ago and still looks new. I attached before & after pictures - hope they come up.

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For our Little Joe, we followed the instructions found in this forum recommending Zep Hardwood Floor Polish and it worked beautifully. No buffing or polishing.

5 years ago and still looks new. I attached before & after pictures - hope they come up.

. . . . . Fred

This?


https://www.amazon.com/Zep-Hardwood-...SIN=B00FY8LXTK
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While the Harbor Freight buffer I linked to is designed for 2 hands, I've used it with one. It weighs 4.3 pounds...
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or this?

https://www.lowes.com/pd/zep-wet-loo...SABEgITavD_BwE
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