Porter Cable Polisher
Why this buffer could be your top pick!

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The Porter Cable Polisher is a top rated car buffer that continues to receive great reviews as well as a dedicated following of enthusiasts and professionals alike.  The Porter Cable was really the beginning to what is now a market with many choices for a professional grade orbital car polisher.

Unlike the big and bulky random orbital car buffers you may have grown up with, the Porter Cable is a true quality piece of machinery that is incredibly safe and will take your paint to a higher level of shine!

asking the right questions

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  • What is the Porter Cable polisher?
  • Is the Porter Cable really the safest car buffer?
  • Why choose an orbital polisher over a rotary buffer?
  • Is the Porter Cable buffer a good choice for my needs?
  • What is Darren's personal opinion and tips?

Follow along as I help you ask the right questions in order to come to the right conclusions in your search for the best car buffer for you!

porter cable polisher review

The Porter Cable buffer (buffer and polisher is an interchangeable term) is what is called a DA (dual action) or random orbital buffer. It has two circulating points to the head which is why it is referred to as dual action. Think of the earth as it spins while simultaneously rotating around the sun. It was designed as a safe alternative to the infamous high-speed, or rotary car buffers, as well as designed to replicate the motion of your hand in the form of a power tool.

meguiars random orbital polisher

Random Orbital: Means the orbiting is random and not forced through gear operation. When too much pressure is applied, the rotation stops while the spinning continues. This is why these random orbitals are so safe; it is virtually impossible to generate too much friction or heat when polishing. The Porter Cable is a random orbital.

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Forced Rotation Orbital: The second type of orbital buffer is the forced rotation which means that both the spinning and rotation are gear operated and cannot be stopped with pressure. These types of orbitals offer greater polishing abilities as they can produce additional levels of friction and heat as compared to random orbitals, but still lack the ability to create the heat and friction that can be produced through use of high-speed rotary polishers. The Porter Cable is a random orbital as explained above.

the safest car buffer available

Indeed the Porter Cable is often referred to as the safest car buffer and therefore ideal for the true beginner, but the reason this polisher is so safe has nothing to do with it being a Porter Cable, and everything to do with the fact that it is a random orbital buffer. The many car forums are filled with limitless people willing to echo the fact that this buffer not only has a big following, but represents a viable answer to beginners and car polishing. Long has been the cry of beginners and car enthusiasts for a safe alternative to rotary polishers, and numerous manufacturers have risen to perform.

orbital vs. rotary car buffers

Orbitals do represent a safe and effective means of car polishing. But the very reasons these buffers are so safe is the very reasons their abilities are limited. The Porter Cable is reserved for fine or light polishing such as swirl removal. While high-speed car buffers are consider dangerous by many, this is an unfair label as any tool can be deemed unsafe when used improperly by the inexperienced. The fact is that the latest generation of rotary polishers represent the widest range of uses, along with reduced speed settings that allow these polishers to be as safe as any orbital buffer. You can see my in-depth review of automotive polishers to see if you come to the same conclusion.

choosing the porter cable polisher

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Despite the newly designed rotary polishers, many people will still choose the safety and popularity of the Porter Cable polisher. This quality polisher does have plenty of benefits and there is little wonder as to why it remains so popular:

  • User friendly design.
  • Reasonably priced.
  • As safe as safe gets.
  • Many professionals and enthusiasts alike never move past this polisher.
  • Ideal choice for any beginner and someone looking to perform light duty polishing to their cars.
  • Also a quality finishing tool for swirl removal.
  • Huge fan base due to it being first to the table with professional grade orbital polishers.

If you would like to know my top picks in car polishes, you can go to my top rated car polishing page:

The porter cable Polisher kit:

Perfect Starter Kit Porter Cable 7424XP

"Many guys get hung up on endless searching looking for the "best" of anything. It is a common problem and I get the struggle. To simplify things I simply tell people to do your research, but you gotta pull the trigger at some point. And just know that if you really get into it, you will be buying another polisher down the road. Trust me; you won't be able to help yourself

So just start, get your feet wet, and develop your skills and interest. Then you can over-think it as you progress in your interest and skill set. But if you keep analyzing and never pulling the trigger, you will remain in this holding pattern indefinitely."


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