Variable Speed Polisher
Top picks from orbital to rotary buffers

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Variable speed polisher is really a generalization for numerous types of car buffers and polishers. From orbital to rotary, picking the best polisher will be about matching up your world to the buffer that best meets your needs. Unfortunately many of us are left to make decisions with partial information and find ourselves disappointed after the fact. Often we find ourselves lacking enough experience or knowledge to even ask the right questions in the first place. Finding a top rated car polisher that fits your world will not only affect your polishing effectiveness, but greatly affect whether you are even willing to use the tool or not!


The Good News and the Bad News

The good news is that today, you have numerous choices of truly quality buffers and polishers. The bad news is that this will make the decision process that much more difficult. We will dissect the numerous variable speed polishers to see which one rises to the top and becomes your top pick of a quality car polisher.

High Speed Buffers

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Generally when people refer to a variable speed buffer or polisher, they are usually referring to what is traditionally called a rotary, high-speed, or circular polisher. These types of buffers have been around the longest and represent the widest spread of abilities, speeds, and performance. They also represent the most bad press as all of us are more than familiar with the horror stories of damaged clear coats and burnt paint edges. But just like the proverbial gun debate, buffers don't kill paint; people kill paint!


Top Rated Variable Speed Polishers

Any time on the Internet among the hundred of buffer review sites, as well as any of the thousands of car forums, will only confirm that the top rated car buffers can be reduced down to (3) choices:

  1. DeWalt DWP849X
  2. Makita 9227C
  3. Flex PE14-2-150

Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, these quality car buffers will perform at true professional levels as well as make your time behind these buffers doable!

DeWalt DWP849X

DeWalt DWP849X 7?/9? Variable Speed Rotary Polisher

DeWalt DWP849X 7?/9? Variable Speed Rotary Polisher
  • 12 amp motor
  • Variable speed polisher
  • 600- 3500 RPM's
  • Professional grade
  • Comes with (2) handle choices
  • Soft trigger start and speed control
  • Speed setting dial
  • One of my favorites


Makita 9227C

Makita 9227C Rotary Polisher

Makita 9227C Rotary Polisher
  • 10 amp motor
  • Variable speed polisher
  • 600- 3000 RPM's
  • Professional grade
  • Soft start trigger and speed control
  • Speed setting dial
  • One of my favorites


Flex PE14-2-150

FLEX PE14-2-150 Rotary Polisher FREE BONUS!

FLEX PE14-2-150 Rotary Polisher <font color=red>FREE BONUS!</font>
  • 10 amp motor
  • Variable speed buffer
  • 600- 2100 RPM's
  • Soft start trigger and speed control
  • Speed setting dial
  • The Mercedes of high-speed polishers
  • If you have the money, this is truly the Mercedes of equipment


Darren's Professional Tips:

top rated variable speed polisher

Rather than repeat myself over and over in the individual reviews, I am saving my remarks for here at the end since all these buffers are a sure thing! Meaning, you just can't go wrong with any of these buffers. As far as high-speed polishers, all of these will perform at professional levels and unless you have the privilege of doing a true side by side comparison, you will like any of them, and you will get used to any idiosyncratic difference between them. Just like most every other area of life, you get what you pay for so please allow me to add the few remaining tips:

  • They all perform and do so brilliantly.
  • If you are of the opinion that German engineering means something different and are willing to pay for it, then the Flex is for you.
  • If you want to save a few bucks then simply shop the cheapest of the bunch, and you will still be delighted.
  • The Flex is the lightest and quietest of the bunch.




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