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Unread 02-23-2015, 05:23 PM   #1
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Bosh vs DeWalt buffing/polishing tool

This could go on any car forum (and probably get more responses)... but I only have an account here.

Anyway, I was looking into getting my TJ professionally buffed and waxed. But that's upwards of $210 at most places.

I think I am just going to buy a buffing tool, and then I can reuse it, as well as use it on family member's cars, etc.

My question here is on brand. I, myself am a Milwaukee guy, but the Milwaukee buffers are the most expensive. Ironically, the Bosh polishers are the cheapest, and IMO Bosch is the best. However, the DeWalt buffer (looks cooler and) has better reviews on Amazon.

Does anyone have any experience using the Bosh or DeWalt buffing tools who can comment on which would be the best for personal use?

Here's the links to each on Amazon.
Bosh: http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-GP712VS-...bosch+polisher
DeWalt: http://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DWP849X...ref=pd_cp_hi_0

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Unread 02-23-2015, 09:32 PM   #2
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I have both a Dewalt and a Makita with slow start. The Dewalt served me well for almost 15 years but after buying the Makita I wont buy another Dewalt for buffing
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Unread 02-23-2015, 09:37 PM   #3
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I have both a Dewalt and a Makita with slow start. The Dewalt served me well for almost 15 years but after buying the Makita I wont buy another Dewalt for buffing
Why's that?
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Unread 02-23-2015, 09:49 PM   #4
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Quiter, lighter.
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Woooweee if you have never buffed a car before and have never done buffed a old paint job also all I would say to you is be really careful. It is extremely easy to burn thru an old finish especially on corners. There are orbital buffers that are for applying wax and light buffing that would work better than the ones you are looking at with way less risk.
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Unread 02-26-2015, 08:06 AM   #6
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Woooweee if you have never buffed a car before and have never done buffed a old paint job also all I would say to you is be really careful. It is extremely easy to burn thru an old finish especially on corners. There are orbital buffers that are for applying wax and light buffing that would work better than the ones you are looking at with way less risk.
I've buffed cars by hand before... but that's tedious and seems to only go so far. My Jeep is around 11yrs old, would you consider that an "old finish." This is my first time buffing my jeep.
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The old Milwaukee buffers are bullet proof I have one that is over 35 years old and other than replacing the brushes twice and the switch once it ha been trouble free. But they are incredibly heavy and expensive. Although I never had a Bosch buffer I have had durability issues with their other products.
My wife has a Snap-On buffer that is over 10 years old that has been good but now needs a new switch , it is a Dewalt buffer in a black colored case. I did paint and body for years and my wife details cars so both have been heavily used . For my money the Dewalt is a good choice.
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The old Milwaukee buffers are bullet proof I have one that is over 35 years old and other than replacing the brushes twice and the switch once it ha been trouble free. But they are incredibly heavy and expensive. Although I never had a Bosch buffer I have had durability issues with their other products. My wife has a Snap-On buffer that is over 10 years old that has been good but now needs a new switch , it is a Dewalt buffer in a black colored case. I did paint and body for years and my wife details cars so both have been heavily used . For my money the Dewalt is a good choice.
Dewalt 849. Great buffer but once you use the Makita you wont go back
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Dewalt 849. Great buffer but once you use the Makita you wont go back
I have a 4" Makita angle grinder that is great and a good friend of mine has a Makita buffer and he loves it. He is also a professional detailer and uses it constantly.
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I've buffed cars by hand before... but that's tedious and seems to only go so far. My Jeep is around 11yrs old, would you consider that an "old finish." This is my first time buffing my jeep.
Yes. Consider this - say I have a clearcoat car that has been 1500 wetsanded and buffed in the past - the clear is getting thinner already. The type of buffers you are looking at are higher RPM and can easily burn clearcoat off the corners - for example Ive painted and buffed a few hundred cars and even then on a fresh ( ok maybe too fresh burned thru the paint on a hood I finished painting with 3 coats of clear. I believe you would be better off with an orbital buffer UNLESS - you are in a position to repaint if it eats something up. If you look closer to the end you can see where a buffer ate the paint - it is pretty easy to doe especially on a thin older finish,

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I have the Makita 9227C and love it. Works great. It has variable speed settings and a strong motor. It's a professional grade tool.
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