TOP PICK – Review – PORTER-CABLE 6-Inch Variable-Speed Polisher

What feels like a long, long time ago… (from 1989 to 1999), I owned a car wash/ detail shop. One of the most important tools that I used on a daily basis was a random orbit variable speed buffer. You’ll see people refer to them as polishers, buffers or DA’s (which stands for dual action). I personally prefer buffer.

In my 10 years of owning the business I went through many different brands. They would have lasted longer if it was just me using them, but not all of my employees treated them like it was their own tool. Tools like this don’t like getting dropped from 4 feet without something breaking 🙂

Top Pick - Porter Cable 7424xp PolisherAfter I sold that business I was kind of burned out on cleaning cars, so I would usually take my car to someone else to be cleaned. At the end of 2013 though, I felt like doing a little cleaning of my own. After a little research on the latest buffers/polishers available, I settled on the Porter Cable 7424xp 6 inch variable speed polisher. I’m glad to say, I’m very happy with my purchase.

portercable_7424xp_3This polisher has a nice weight to it. At 5.5 lbs it’s not too heavy and not too light. It’s very well made as almost any Porter Cable product is that I’ve ever used. The ball and roller bearing construction gives it a nice smooth action and rotation. It has a variable-speed dial that operates at 2,500-6,800 orbits per minute (OPM). To give a little more grip, the side handle can be screwed into either side, left or right depending on your preference.

I’ve used this buffer a total of 5 times now since I’ve gotten it and I can confidently say it’s one of the best I’ve used. It’s just as smooth operating as the day I took it out of the box.  I’m using this for mild polishing on my two cars which are both fairly new, but I like a paint surface that’s free of scratches and swirl marks. I recommend this polisher for that type of job… light duty, minor surface scratches, wax applications, etc.  This would probably be a good buffer for some light duty cutting/compounding on a damaged paint surface, but I wouldn’t recommend it for any type of heavy cutting. For that you’d want to move up to a full size high speed buffer. As a side note.. the polishing pad that comes with this buffer is ok, but if you want top quality pads and car detailing chemicals I highly recommend all of the products at Chemical Guys.

Due to my high satisfaction with this Porter Cable 7424xp polisher, I’m selecting it as one of my “Top Picks”.

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