The Flex XC 3401 VRG Dual Action Orbital Polisher is a dual action polisher that reduces vibration while delivering professional results. This polisher removes swirls, scratches and oxidation that cannot be removed by a traditional dual action polisher. The Flex polisher eliminates much of the risk of using a high speed rotary machine. The orbital rotation of the Flex polisher simulates the circular movement of the human hand while polishing. This motion is less likely to cause holograms than a rotary buffer. The polisher's highly smooth running facilitates a careful, precise finish and allows for hologram-free polishing. This polisher has a ergonmically designed knob handle that creates a precise finish.
Convenient Variable Speed Trigger
The Flex XC 3401 VRG Dual Action Orbital Polisher delivers unmatched power with the convenient variable speed trigger. Meaning at full squeeze you are running at the maximum speed setting you choose. However, unlike other random orbital buffers, if you let off the trigger, the buffer slows down. There is also a convenient lock feature that allows you to lock in your maximum speed setting without using the trigger. Your speed setting is set by a dial that reads 1- 6. The control you have doesn't stop with the speed, but with the ergonomics as well. Flex has conveniently placed the handle directly over the pad. This allows you to place your hands at 6 o'clock and 12 o'clock, allowing pressure to be distributed evenly over the pad while having complete control over the unit. The handle is detachable for those who are used to holding onto the head of your buffer.
How does the Flex XC3401 VRG compare to Porter cable 4724/ 7424 XP?
Both buffers move in a random orbit or oscillating motion, designed to replicate a hand buffing motion. They are both approximately 5.75lbs so they are relatively light and easy to use. The Porter Cable 7424 XP requires you to purchase an after market backing plate while the Flex buffer comes with a built in 5.5" hook & loop backing plate. Both buffers are typically used with 6.5 inch pads while they can use most pads over 6 inches. This means that most pads used with the Porter Cable 7424 XP will be compatible with the Flex buffer.
The Porter Cable 7424 XP has a speed dial that is the only means of adjusting the speed. The Flex buffer has a speed dial which sets the maximum speed you can reach with the variable speed trigger. Hold the trigger down lightly and it will operate at low OPMs and squeeze it tightly to reach the maximum OPMs relative to what speed you have the dial on. If you want the buffer to operate at the maximum OPMs, relative to what you set the speed dial to, you can lock in the trigger so you don't have to continuously hold it. The Flex XC 3401 VRG has over 40% more power than the Porter Cable 7424 (9,600 OPMs vs. 6,800 OPMs) and a bigger motor. This allows the Flex buffer to give you more cutting power to remove deeper imperfections. The additional power will help ensure your buffer will not bog down under moderate to heavy pressure. Both buffers have a detachable handle, but the Flex's bail handle is positioned directly over the buffer as opposed to on the side. The design of the buffer puts your hands at 6 o'clock and 12 o'clock, so your hands are equidistant from the middle of the buffer, which helps you evenly distribute pressure. The even distribution of pressure really helps you work in the polish and get optimal results with ease.