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Old 07-03-2017, 06:21 PM   #1
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Mini polisher, DA vs Rotary

Looking at expanding my toolset with a dedicated mini polisher and contemplating between the Vertool 12e and the Shinemate EP803.

Primarily looking for something smaller and lighter that can handle 1-3" pads for those awkward places like doorways, front bumpers, a-pillars, mirrors and such where a 5" just is to big, or even a 3" in a lot of cases.

The Shinemate has a lot going for it with the included 1-3" pads which is what I want while there seem to be harder to find 1-2" accessories in the DA market.

I´m a bit hesitant about the Shinemate being a rotary as I have never used one and there seems to be a way where the professionals are leaving the rotary market for that added security that the DA gives, but at the same time a DA might not always work on angles and such.

Is there any machine I have left out that I should look at and is there are real concern about using a rotary (especially being such a small pad)?

what would you choose as a secondary smaller unit?
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Old 07-03-2017, 06:57 PM   #2
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There is this too. The shinemate equivalent to the vertool.

http://www.autobritedirect.co.uk/ind...-polisher.html
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Having started to use a rotary my findings are:
I can use 1" pads.
I can get in tight corners using extensions.
The pad isn't wobbling back and forth randomly so I don't have to protect adjacent areas with masking tape.
To me it is easier to use.
I can control the pressure by taking the weight if necessary.
YMMV.
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I have the mini Rotary and love it, as above it ticks all the boxes for what it can do and is easy to use, used it on the GTO and am glad I bought it. Just one thing, if you get it then first practice with a spare panel or inside your passenger door.
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I'v got the mini rotary and the 12e Mini DA, no comparison when it comes to getting in the really tight spaces although I do rate the 12e highly capable as a machine if your not wanting to go down the rotary route.
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This was all what I needed to go for the Shinemate rotary and I will most definitely try on a testpanel first. thanks people!
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After getting my Rupes LHR15ES Mk2 I was going to get the Rupes mini or more likely the Vertool 12e as I only polish a couple of times a year. But after using some new spot pads for my old rotary (DoDo Spindoctor), I've stuck with that. With a rotary and a spot pad, you can polish right up to an edge which you can't do with a DA due to the throw. The advantage for something like the Vertool 12e would be if you intend to use mf pads to correct which you can't use to with a rotary.
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I have the Shinemate and really rate it. You can also use lower speeds which I can't seem to do with the DA. Also the Shinemate has a slow start which really helps.

As Chongo has said. Practice first as even with slower speeds it's can tend to "walk across panels" if you are not careful.
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The thing to remember with all of these things, start with the least aggressive and see how it goes.

You can run the rotary on speed 1 to get used to it.

By keeping the pad flat it won't walk.

As with all polishing just keep moving even if it is slowly.
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There is this too. The shinemate equivalent to the vertool.

http://www.autobritedirect.co.uk/ind...-polisher.html
I have one of these, very pleased with it, got it to replace my aging portercable, wasn't expecting it to be great at large areas but to be honest just corrected my Ford S-Max with ease.
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