Trying to find the best automotive buffer will likely prove to be an extremely frustrating proposition for most of you reading this; and likely this is not the first place you have gone looking either! As I tell my children; get used to being frustrated.....life has just begun!
Welcome to the digital age. You aare now drowning in a bottomless sea of free information.
And all you want is to find the best car buffer so you can have a really, really shiny car!
Any session within the hundred or so online forums will be a frustrating experience with opinion after opinion; most of which are nothing more than inexperience people misrepresenting themselves. (not that I have an opinion!) Unfortunately with this overabundance of bad information, many of you will be making a decision based on partial information at best, and bad information at worst. My car buffer review is designed to walk you through the process and ask questions that you didn't even know to ask yourself, all so you can then make an informed decision!
Isn't that the million dollar question? And if you had that answer, you most likely wouldn't be here. Many of you will struggle to find the perfect automotive buffer for the job. So follow along as I break it down into bite sized pieces and lay the dots out for you to connect based on you and your world.
Considered by many to be the safest car buffers alive due to slower RPM speeds and what is called non-forced rotation; this means that when enough pressure is applied by you, the spinning stops but the polisher continues to basically vibrate or oscillate. This is very different than what are referred to as rotary, or high-speed car polishers that are notorious for leaving swirl marks, holograms (buffer trails), and burning edges (rubbing the paint right off any edges on your car due to excessive friction).
The very reason these car buffers are so safe, is the very reason they are severely limited to doing major "paint correction"; they cannot build up enough friction and heat to perform anything more than wax application, light polishing, and swirl removal.
"Sounds like you have just talked me into choosing a random orbital car polisher Darren, and then proceeded to talk me right back out of it."
See how confusing this topic becomes very quickly?
Darren's Note: If you are trying to keep things ultra simple and want as much "proof" as possible before making a decision, then either one of the buffers below will work for you. The Black and Decker is more about simply using for wax applications, the Porter Cable will give you even more power and versatility to perform light to medium duty car polishing. But read further as I will simplify it even more based on my professional experience.
Like many other areas of life, we often learn after the fact that we have made a decision with partial information. Hopefully I have revealed more information in attempt to help you be a more informed consumer. Hopefully you are now ready to make a decision and take your polishing to the next level. A lot of satisfaction comes when the right motivation meets up with the right tools! So good luck and go make it shine!
P.S. If you find yourself still sitting on the fence and really don't enjoy the painful "science" of review after review, I would simply go with the Torq and make your life super simple.