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Industry Top Rated Orbital Car Buffers

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Choosing among the top rated orbital buffers will likely be a frustrating proposition for most of you. In today's world of the Internet, we are literally buried in information; most of which is either bad or misleading.

Even after doing hours of research you will likely find yourself frozen with anxiety and the fear of making the wrong choice. My goal is to represent an unbiased opinion so that you may see a more fuller picture in which to make an educated buying decision. And along with my unbiased reviews, I also add my professional tips that come straight from the world of professionally detailing.

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Orbital Car Buffers:
The good news!

Due to advances in polisher technology, orbital buffers represent the winning combination for virtually every car owner, driveway detailer, enthusiast, and professionals alike. And in case you area complete beginner; we are not talking about the heavy, bloated, rattle your arms-off type of orbital buffer your father might have had growing up!

We are talking quality engineered power tools that will take you from average to amazing!

  • As safe as safe can get!
  • From beginner to advanced professional.
  • Quality buffers with different price points.
  • From paint correction to finish polishing for a swirl free finish.

Darren's Note: The subject of car polishers can get confusing very quickly; especially if you are a beginner. So let me lay out all the variations so you can keep up with a very convoluted topic.

Different Names for the Same Tool:

See this bullet point list to see all the various names for this single tool. (This way you can keep up regardless of where you find yourself next)

  • Orbital buffer
  • Random orbital buffer (random orbital is different than the forced rotation orbital buffer in that both moving actions are gear driven versus the random orbital that has only one of the movements that is gear driven)
  • Dual action (this is referring to the fact that a dual action has two moving actions as compared to the rotary polisher that simply has one moving action and spins on a central axis point. The dual action will spin and vibrate at the same time.)
  • DA buffer (DA is the acronym for dual action)

Orbital Buffers: The Industry Favorites

The orbital buffers below represent the latest and greatest in orbital car buffers. You can see and read the reviews I present here, along with the reviews posted on Amazon when you click on any of the links accompanying the individual buffers.

Torq Car Polishing Kit:

TORQ BUF501X 10FX Random Orbital Polisher Kit (Polisher + 9 Items)

  • One of the top rated, professional grade dual-action buffer without the professional grade price!
  • Comes with added pads and polishes you would have to purchase separately anyways.
  • Unique polisher set-up with digital display and touch buttons for the speed setting. (this is both different and user friendly; I am a fan!)

griot's garage orbital car buffer: boss 21 millimeter throw

Griots Garage BOSS G15 Long-Throw Orbital Polisher Starter Kit

  • The newest introduction into the world of orbital buffers from a long-standing quality company.
  • Also one of the exact buffers in my arsenal of buffers. (Once again; if you have the money, you will not be disappointed by this quality machine)
  • This kit contains everything but actual polishes. (if you want to see what I use professionally, you can see at my car polish review page)

Griot's Garage Paint Correction Kit:

Griots Garage Ultimate Pad & Polish Kit

  • A quality pick of orbital buffers despite an entry level price.
  • The more appropriate choice for anyone shopping on a budget.
  • Will be the only car buffer any driveway detailer or car owner will likely ever need.
  • The actual orbital car buffer I first started out with and still use to this day fro any machine wet sanding I do.

Darren's Professional Review: While this choice from Griot's Garage might appear as low budget when lined up against the other orbital car buffers, by no means is this a cheap piece of machinery. This is still professional grade, and a car buffer I still use professionally on a regular basis for light duty paint correction and finish polishing. So easy to use, one handed use is possible. If you are unsure as to the direction you are headed with regards to simply being a driveway detailer or perhaps entering into the world of professional detailing, I would start with either this one, or the Torq kit if you are on a tight budget. If you have the extra money and you also want to shop for your own custom car polishes like the one's I recommend at my car polish page, then you may want to step up to the more expensive BOSS 21 from Griot's. But any beginner is not going to fully appreciate the experience of the BOSS 21 unless you know you have a discerning eye and want one of the absolute best right from the beginning.

Orbital Car Buffer Summary

If you are a person that is part of the "analysis is paralysis" camp, then you will not be disappointed as the Internet is filled with endless car buffer reviews, opinions, and advertising. You can spend the next 2 months searching, reviewing, and pondering to the point of nausea!

...and still be no closer to your original goal 

"Paint so shiny and glossy, heads will be forced to spin in envy!"

Or you can simply follow my professional advice taken straight from the world of my professional life. My words of advice are honest and intended to provide a solution that will actually work for you and your world. If you are wondering why I have not included any of the Rupes car polishers on this page; the simple answer is that I personally think they are over priced. Rupes definitely make quality dual-action buffers, but you also pay for the brand recognition without necessarily getting any added power, features, or benefits with the higher price. But many would disagree and don't mind what I would consider over-paying.

I hope this has helped rather than confuse!


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