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Old 12-04-2012, 11:02 PM
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I went through this debate last year. Initially, I bought the HF polisher. Didn't really like it but it was proof of concept that I didn't have to wet sand. I returned the HF after it died (about a week later) and bought a makita. That thing is a monster. Whatever speed you set it on, it will keep that speed pretty much regardless of the pressure. I ended up going with the Maguires setup for oxidation removal. I bought their 3 stage process of compound/waxes and I bought the different foam pads which Maguires recommended. The foam pads didn't hold up as well as I would have liked, but the final result was great. If you are going with foam pads, make sure and get a cleaner brush. I found that regular cleaning at high speeds helped a lot. I also stored the foam pads in zip lock containers to help keep them from drying out.
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