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Milwaukee M18 FUEL Brushless Cordless 7 in. Variable Speed Polisher 2738-20 (Tool-Only) YMMV $125

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Home Depot has the Milwaukee 2738-20 M18 FUEL 7 in. Variable Speed Polisher on sale for $125 in some areas. I was able to order a couple for delivery in So Cal for $125 ea, I checked for a buddy in Vegas and it shows $249 so check it out.

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Do you still see the option to ship? Says delivery unavailable.
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Someone on the desktop please post BS link
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Do you still see the option to ship? Says delivery unavailable.
If it says shipping unavailable it's not available in your area. I saw there were a few available for pickup or shipping in the Miami area.
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I've been pretty obsessed with detailing videos over the past few months, so here's my 2¢

Orbital polishers (like this one) have been around for decades. Anyone who's been in the detailing business for awhile will probably swear by them because it's all they've ever known. They take practice to use correctly, and with the untrained arm can cause permanent damage very quickly.

The new hotness is "dual action" or just DA polishers. Unlike orbitals, DA polishers move in somewhat "random" directions, making it much less likely to leave patterns like "holograms" or "swirls".

The caveat is that DAs are slower than orbitals. ...but slow is arguably better, since you want to remove as little clearcoat as possible (only as deep as the scratch).

You can get the best of both worlds with "long throw" DA. The ~$60 harbor freight DA and the ~$100 porter cable DA both have 8mm throws. This means they travel 8mm per "movement". The brand "Rupes" came out with 15mm and even 21mm polishers which travel double and triple the distance respectively. This means they get work done quicker.

Rupes is STUPID money though, talking $300-450 depending on how much you fall for marketing. Some knockoffs have emerged though—the Shurhold 3500 can be had for $130 if you find a warehouse deal. Maxshine, Adams, etc all make decent stuff.

Lots of YouTube videos out there, do your research. Hope this helps someone!
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Where exactly is it $125? Thanks.
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Where exactly is it $125? Thanks.
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I cannot find this after checking all over the US.

Anyone replicate? I'd really like to snag one of these...
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I've been pretty obsessed with detailing videos over the past few months, so here's my 2¢

Orbital polishers (like this one) have been around for decades. Anyone who's been in the detailing business for awhile will probably swear by them because it's all they've ever known. They take practice to use correctly, and with the untrained arm can cause permanent damage very quickly.

The new hotness is "dual action" or just DA polishers. Unlike orbitals, DA polishers move in somewhat "random" directions, making it much less likely to leave patterns like "holograms" or "swirls".

The caveat is that DAs are slower than orbitals. ...but slow is arguably better, since you want to remove as little clearcoat as possible (only as deep as the scratch).

You can get the best of both worlds with "long throw" DA. The ~$60 harbor freight DA and the ~$100 porter cable DA both have 8mm throws. This means they travel 8mm per "movement". The brand "Rupes" came out with 15mm and even 21mm polishers which travel double and triple the distance respectively. This means they get work done quicker.

Rupes is STUPID money though, talking $300-450 depending on how much you fall for marketing. Some knockoffs have emerged though—the Shurhold 3500 can be had for $130 if you find a warehouse deal. Maxshine, Adams, etc all make decent stuff.

Lots of YouTube videos out there, do your research. Hope this helps someone!
Adam, this is NOT an orbital polisher. It is a rotary-- significant sifference. Rotary polishers have their place, with deep correction as well as after painting.

I started out with my first detailing contract in florida 17 years ago, doing 92-100 aricraft a month. I was lucky enough to be an employee of the large flight school at the time for tuition discount purposes when they decided to privatize their aircraft cleaning/detailing, and was lucky enough to be awarded the six figure contract. Back then we used 16 pound GEM Industries orbitals (something your videos will not have shown as only pros would have routinely purchased a $350 orbital back then, and youtube wasn't around). These were the same orbital used to polish granite countertops, so they were obviously capable of paint correction and oxidation removal.

Years later when I was a car dealer doing clean title insurance repairables we used rotary buffers daily (they're still used in body shops daily). Take a look at the last of the AMMO 964 videos on youtube and you'll see a rotart being used side by side with a rupes with identical results...in the right hands.

I'm a hobbyist detailer today, and use a variety of DA machines as well primarily foam pads. I don't use the GEM random orbital much since slickdeals finds me deals on foam pads that makes it cheaper. I still use rotaries when I paint.

Dual Action polishers are not exactly "NEW HOTNESS" as I've had DA polishers for upwards of 15 years. They were definitely around in the 90's, and even the 80's as pad adaptations to DA air sanders from what I've read, just not ubiquitous.

They all have their places. Unfortunately I don't have the time to go over every element of your post, but I'll touch on the long throw--not the best of both worlds, and not the best for final polishing. I'm not going to tear up your entire post, but if people are looking for accurate info, I belive if they solely rely on yours it will mislead them.

Just wanted to clarify just a little for anyone who read your post and thought this was an orbital buffer. It is not.
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Good info. I was doing showroom cars in the early 80's with a rotary buffer. Nowadays I use one with foam pads.
When friends ask advice on learning to use a rotary buffer. I tell them to make sure to have enough money put away to repaint their car first.
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Rupes is STUPID money though, talking $300-450 depending on how much you fall for marketing. Some knockoffs have emerged though—the Shurhold 3500 can be had for $130 if you find a warehouse deal. Maxshine, Adams, etc all make decent stuff.
Wait....

They have 25 dollar glass cleaner and 10 million products of surely the same same old crap with just different scents and slight formulation changes which could probably be replaced with 3 bulk products...

but cheap out as much as possible on the tools? that...you'll...be using...for hours and hours

There are differences though...depends on what' you're doing. 1 or 200 more for a tool you'll use a lot really ain't squat over many years or even worth 2 minutes of throught.

Hell i'll buy a rupes before i pay 25 bucks for glass cleaner (though it's good not 25 bucks worth of good, it's glass ffs). I have some chinese, rupes, couple of flex, dewalt, dynabrade a lot of them mostly rotaries for gelcoat or hard single stage or certain correction) but long thro da's and normal porter cables too. Even some chinese crap... They will all do the job but they do it differently, depending on lots of things too much to go into, but are differences in weight, ergonomics (especially noticable), control, performance and noise and support.

Anyways on this particular milwaukee i can see it for certain quick touchups without dragging out a cord, no way rotary wool pad on battery is worth a squat of runtime. But throw a long rotary adaptors (from detailed image on it) and some small backing places and pads could be useful for certain things, areas, quick touchups for sure bugs,etc. Polishing chrome bumpers, lots of possibilities there (not sure run time) without dragging out a cord but better choices for cord use for sure.

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