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Old 01-08-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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Flex PE 14-2 150 vs. Rupes LH18ENS

Having learnt loads at the KDS intro day on Sunday with Kelly and team, I'm now narrowing down which machine polisher to go for. Prior to the course, I would have only looked at DAs, but now having had some hands on with both, I'm convinced a quality rotary is the way to go.

I used the Flex PE 14-2 150 at KDS and it was very easy to use and control, definitely an everyday pro machine.

However, realistically, I'm only going to use it a few times a year for our two cars and maybe some practice work on other family members cars

I would normally go straight for one of the top machines like the Flex, but wanted to gauge opinion on the real world differences between the Flex PE 14-2 150 and something like the Rupes LH18ENS?

Both have similar weights and speed ranges from what I can see, but the Flex is around 50% more than the Rupes.

The best price I've found so far is for the flex is £344.10 vs £199.95 for the Rupes, where the Rupes also comes with two Scholl pads and polishing compounds for the £199.95 price.

Rupes LH18ENS with Scholl Kit

http://www.shinearama.co.uk/product....P-LH18ENS-UK-3

I'll probably wait until WaxStock to see the Rupes in the flesh, but interested in the meantime on any feedback from existing users?
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:07 PM   #2
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the rupes one is a 3m rotary so check out the posts on here regarding that
have my eye on one too, although i won't have the cash for one at WaxStock, i'll be looking at them for sure. and agree on the flex, amazing machine
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I have the rupes.
Lovely polisher to hold and is so light. Fairly quiet too.
The bit on the front is nice to hold instead of using the side handle.
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The best price I've found so far is for the flex is £344.10
I can save you a bit on the Flex: £330 + delivery (£4 is cheapest option) with a DRC1000 backing plate.
http://www.waxattack.co.uk/?wpsc-pro...otary-polisher

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Great post Steve....seems great minds do think alike

Expect we'll be side by side checking them out at Waxstock
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I see the Rupes has a soft start, but does it also have the variable trigger speed control like the flex. I must admit I loved the flex, would be interested in a side by side comparison from someone who has used both.
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I see the Rupes has a soft start, but does it also have the variable trigger speed control like the flex. I must admit I loved the flex, would be interested in a side by side comparison from someone who has used both.
The rupes doesn't have a variable trigger speed.
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The rupes doesn't have a variable trigger speed.
Not really sure this would make much difference tbh, you set the speed, put it on and go, don't think I varied the speed much on the trigger when I used the flex, just locked it on straight away and then used the speed control....
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Not really a fair back to back ,

the price difference is nearly twice once you add in 2 pads with rupes .

Me its flex all the way , but then they are being used none stop all week every week.

I was told last week by paint shield how nice it was to able to think while 2 of the kds staff were correcting the same car as install going on.

Gray from paintshield said when roy is machining near by at paint shields HQ the noise level is much higher with the machines he uses.

Its really down to how much usage are you going to do with the machine per year.

For me its the weight / feel / noise level thats important.

we killed many other machines with in 9 months and some very new machines with our style of heavy correction over heat in summer within 20-30 minutes correction .

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Not really sure this would make much difference tbh, you set the speed, put in on and go, don't think I varied the speed much on the trigger when I used the flex, just locked it on straight away and then used the speed control....
wrong, we often start with half trigger when correcting , but remember it was an introduction / beginners days at the weekend ,flex is soft start , and i do sometimes on very small edges use part trigger to correct

You would be surprised / amazed how much more i could demo show and teach on pro days.

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