Welcome to Best Auto Buffers Review where I am going to walk you through the difficult process of picking a top rated car buffer. In today's world of the Internet, most of you will find yourself sifting through too much information and opinions, rather than not enough. As society we are on information overload and anyone with an opinion now has a stage to voice their opinion. Any trip into one of the many car forums will only confirm we are drowning in a sea of bad opinions spread by misinformed so-called experts and well-intentioned people who are simply ignorant. But when it comes to making important decisions, how does one tell which are the good opinions versus the bad.
"Darren, I visit so many detail and car forums and each time I walk away being more confused and frustrated than ever. Can you help me figure out what is the best fit for me when it comes to choosing from what feels like an endless selection of auto buffers?"
Unlike most other car buffer reviews, my reviews come from the real world of professional detailing. The reality is that 80% of the people offering opinions on the many car forums have no business offering their opinions...
Opinions which are generally
based on very limited experience and knowledge. Only about 20% of the people are qualified to offer tips and help that is based on real-world experience. To make matters even worse, many of these so-called experts have hidden agendas based on profits first and foremost.
"Unfortunately most people like yourself lack the experience and knowledge to even ask the right questions in order to make a true informed decision. If you had the answers, you likely wouldn't be here in the first place!"
If you are anything like myself which I know many of you are, you would appreciate things made simple by someone you can trust; my goal is to be that someone....
"Never use a buffer on your car!"
That has got to be the number one biggest piece of bad information I hear when it comes to auto buffers in general. This is of course an over-simplistic piece of bad info since the high-speed (rotary) car buffer is the real enemy according to the "so-called" experts. (A rotary buffer is simply one that spins or rotates on a single axis point and can be adjusted from speeds ranging from 600 RPM's on up to 3500 RPM's).
"Just as guns don't kill; buffers don't ruin or burn car paint. The wrong person behind the wrong buffer can be a dangerous moment"
Having grown up in the world of professional detailing, I was limited to high-speed car polishers. Today's auto buffers consist of both high-speed (rotary) and what is called random orbital or DA (dual action) car buffers.(I am using a DeWalt rotary to polish out the gel coat on a boat in this picture)
While the heavy lifting of paint correction and car polishing has traditionally been left to the high-speed car polishers, today's DA car buffers can achieve virtually the same results as a high-speed buffer without the risk generally associated with high-speed (rotary) car buffers.
Random orbitals are what many consider to be the best auto buffers for the largest group of people; from beginners to professionals. Also called DA for dual action, these car buffers are designed to replicate the motion of your hand when applying polish or wax; there are (2) rotating points. (Think of the earth spinning on its axis, while circling around the sun.)
The reality is that many of you have been sitting on the fence when it comes to not only deciding as to whether or not to take a buffer to your car, but which one is the best fit for you and your world.
And for this reason I am separating the area of DA auto buffers into (2) groupings:
The professional grade random orbital car buffers below are truly professional grade equipment which is reflected in the price. What you don't know is that along with the added cost, you also get added performance that includes an overall better user experience.
So regardless of who you are; if you are the type of person who wants nothing but the best, then you will be choosing among these top rated auto buffers.
Rotary or high-speed car buffers are considered the red-headed step children by many inexperienced and misinformed people. Similar to the proverbial gun debate that guns don't kill... high-speed buffers don't damage paint; people do! Now the industry has responded with updated forms of these necessary tools with reduced starting speeds that make these tools every bit as safe as an orbital car buffer.
They are still heavier and more difficult to use due to the weight, but nonetheless, they are very safe when used at the lowest speed settings.
This high-speed car polisher from DeWalt is a true work horse. Yes you could spend more on a top rated car buffer, but if you are not concerned with "appearances" and having to shop based on perception, then this DeWalt is an excellent choice and will provide endless years of true professional level performance.
This is the exact auto buffer that 95% of all body shops use because they are such work horses and can truly perform at a professional level.
I realize there are those of you that simply want the best of the best. If you consider yourself one of those people then the Flex rotary polisher is going to be your pick as the top rated car polisher.
I accept that as a rule we truly get what we pay for, and while I know I can produce the same end result with the DeWalt from above, that I can with this Flex, the difference comes down to the user experience, and the user experience behind this polisher will simply be "better".
Most of us live on tighter budget than we would like, so most of you will be deciding upon one of these auto buffers that will do the most with the least price. In a perfect world you would probably have 4 different types of polishers; a specific buffer for a specific job. ( I currently have 3 polishers I rotate in and out of testing as can be seen in the various pictures of this website) With all that said, how do you decide upon the best buffer that will do the most and allow you to go the furthest. Without knowing your world, all I can do is apply my perspective based on years of experience:
My goal is to always provide what I consider useable information, not information for the sole purpose of entertainment. Hopefully you are much more informed and can make a decision as to what the winning combination of auto buffers means in your world.
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