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Old 06-06-2019, 04:48 PM   #1
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Long or short neck iBrid

So, I’m most likely to pull the trigger on a Rupes iBrid, but can’t decide on the long or short neck. Any thoughts on them? Ideally from those who have tried one or both of them.
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Old 07-06-2019, 12:07 AM   #2
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I have both and I still have to find anything that the one can do that the other cannot.
My thinking was the long neck would be more useful but in practice that has turned out not to be the case and the short neck has worked everywhere the long neck has. In fact the short neck is sometimes more comfortable and controllable just because it is shorter but it is marginal.
It could be argued that extra reach may be useful but if you are reaching then you cannot be comfortable and therefore not getting all you can from the tool in terms of finish.
I find the limitation, sometimes, to be the depth of the head, not the reach but it is a very useful tool when used within its limits for polishing small, confined or strip areas. As soon as areas get a little larger and more accessible though, don't keep going, use a larger machine. It is much faster.
I would say it is not a tool that can be worked hard in terms of pressure but it is accurate, light and easy, I find, to manipulate to ones advantage.
Despite all that, I cannot help thinking that two separate detachable necks and one body would have been a better solution from the off.
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I have both and I still have to find anything that the one can do that the other cannot.
My thinking was the long neck would be more useful but in practice that has turned out not to be the case and the short neck has worked everywhere the long neck has. In fact the short neck is sometimes more comfortable and controllable just because it is shorter but it is marginal.
It could be argued that extra reach may be useful but if you are reaching then you cannot be comfortable and therefore not getting all you can from the tool in terms of finish.
I find the limitation, sometimes, to be the depth of the head, not the reach but it is a very useful tool when used within its limits for polishing small, confined or strip areas. As soon as areas get a little larger and more accessible though, don't keep going, use a larger machine. It is much faster.
I would say it is not a tool that can be worked hard in terms of pressure but it is accurate, light and easy, I find, to manipulate to ones advantage.
Despite all that, I cannot help thinking that two separate detachable necks and one body would have been a better solution from the off.
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This.

I like the balance of the short-neck... Makes it handle like a true mini polisher, and I have yet to find a situation where the reach of the long-neck is an actual advantage.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks guys, I was probably leaning towards the short neck so this really helps!
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The long neck way outsells the short statistically. Having both has to be respected views.
I have not had any negative comments to offer as overall I find it a really great piece of kit.
It gives me much more confidence and control over small areas.
It did take a while to get used to its behaviour and how to balance the pressure to keep it spinning on DA mode.
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