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    Recommended rotary vs cheap rotary

    What's the difference a person would see in results of using on of the three recommended rotarys or buying a cheap $30 rotary? Will a cheap one still clear up sand paper scratches and be able to bolt on meguiar plates and buff pads?

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    Re: Recommended rotary vs cheap rotary

    Yes a cheap one will work but if you want one you'll cherish forever and will provide years of trouble free service plus dial down to 600 RPM go for the Makita 9227C


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    Re: Recommended rotary vs cheap rotary

    I just can't get over the price. $30 vs $190. Wish I knew of a model that was almost as good as the best but only $100 bucks. And like you said low rpm.

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    Re: Recommended rotary vs cheap rotary

    While also supporting meguiars backing plate and pads. Or do all rotarys support meguiars backing plate and pads?

    I'm a newb on this topic. So more detail the better!

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    Re: Recommended rotary vs cheap rotary

    The $30 will slow down when you try to push it.

    Have you used any yet? If not, try the $30. It might get the job done. Once you understand the shortcoming of the $30 one, go for the $200 as your next rotary.

    I bought the $30 and got great results when used with the right backing plate and right pads. I do wish I had splurged a little and got the $50 (cheap electronic) as that "claimes" to maintain speed.

    Mind you, for a newbie with rotaty, NOT maintaining the speed is actually a safety feature :-)

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    IMHO in comes down to what type of detailer are you. If Professional, by all means buy quality equipment. Get the Makita. If you are a weekend warrior, get the Chicago Electric model.

    Either way also go to your local junkyard and get a practice panel, if you are a novice.
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    Re: Recommended rotary vs cheap rotary

    If you are on a budget and funds are hard to come by , try looking for a makita or dewalt on craigslist or at your local pawn shop. A used name brand unit for well under a hundred dollars would be my choice over a new $30.00 harbor frieght unit. Just my 2 cents.
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    Re: Recommended rotary vs cheap rotary

    If you are seriously on a tight budget and really want a rotary, then the Harbor Freight unit will be more than sufficient. When the time comes that you can spring for a Makita, Dewalt, etc then do so as they really are premium tools. In the end though, it's the talent of the operator that plays the biggest role. I'd rather have someone like Mike Phililps, Joe Fernandez, Kevin Brown, Nick Chapman or others of their immense talent buff a car with a $30 HF unit than some hack with a Makita or Dewalt.

    And yes, the HF rotary will accept our rotary backing plates which, in turn will allow you to use our pads.

    One last thing though - do you already own a quality D/A and are now looking at moving to a rotary or adding one to your arsenal? Do you have any experience with a rotary at all? It's a great tool but not something for a complete novice to just jump into.
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    Re: Recommended rotary vs cheap rotary

    I own a $25 DA. I'm not broke (assistant CFO of a nonprofit clinic) just trying to justify the purchase. Money is what I do all day.
    I do plan on getting a panel to work on or just the old 98 cavalier in my driveway. It would be for weekend warrior purposes too. Though owning a detailing shop sounds great.

    The biggest push for me to get one is this. I have three black cars. All with scratches. And paint shop cost would be insane.

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    Re: Recommended rotary vs cheap rotary

    My first rotary buffer was $60 Black & Decker. Then I switched to Makita 9227 and it's like day and night. Especially smooth start on Japanese model is fantastic. I also love low 600 rpm as Mike mentioned.
    When you go with recognized brand it's gonna guarantee years of reliable performance.

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