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Rupes Our history is composed of achievements, challenges, ideas, and international successes. In 1951 the RUPES 123 Stork is launched and instantly becomes an international hit that sparked the continued evolution of existing machine tools. In 1962 RUPES introduced the new TP/PC drill, the first tool in the world with body in technical polymer instead of a traditional cast metals. The new plastic material reduced tool weight and improved electric insulation, becoming an international standard. Moreover, this material improved the worker safety, since it creates a double insulating protection with low weight and excellent durability. Next RUPES revolutionized the world of sanding by launching the first electric random orbital sander, BR 8 in 1968. To preserve the user’s safety, a dust removal system was integrated in all the RUPES sanders and in 1974 the first electric palm sander was introduced: The LE 7, a machine designed single handed operation. 1985 marked the introduction of new vacuum systems, both centralized and mobile. These systems were aimed at the removal of dust generated in smoothing processes, and developed the RUPES “Energy Car”, the first mobile trolleys equipped with vacuum, designed to be easily moved around the workplace. In the year 2000 RUPES earned another star of excellence for the full assembly line automation of the electric motor manufacturing process. 2008 represented a revolutionary change for orbital polishing. The creation of the LHR 150 with its 10 mm diameter random orbital movement, a larger orbit than had ever been seen before in this application. 2010 Under the brand BigFoot, the bar was set even higher in the world of car finishing and detailing. This new system offered random orbital polishers with 15mm and 21mm orbits, forever changing how technicians would approach the process of polishing and refinishing.

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Old 02-04-2019, 03:13 AM   #1
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For the iBird nano polisher which do you use / prefer the long neck or the short neck?
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I have the short neck version, and am very happy with my decision. The balance is very nice on the short neck tool, and I kind of struggle to imagine a space where the long neck could get into that this couldn't... Maybe if you're leaning over a fender and trying to polish deep down into an engine bay. But that's about it...

Another detailer I have talked to regrets buying the long neck, preferring the less awkward handling of the short neck, and has talked to others who also feel that the smart money is on the short neck tool.

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I have the short neck and I've used the LN and TBH there's no real difference besides a couple of inches and price. They are fantastic machines but a bit hefty on the wallet, and pads are expensive especially the Meguairs MF cutting pads BTW I've had mine repaired 3 times by a Rupes specialist and it's only 2 years old

But overall I love it.
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BTW I've had mine repaired 3 times by a Rupes specialist and it's only 2 years old
Interesting and frustrating, what was the failure? I had read on battery terminals failing inside the machine so you are unable to power it with either battery or electrical plug.

My Long Neck is coming up 2.5 years and I don’t want to tempt fate but it’s doing ok still.
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Interesting and frustrating, what was the failure? I had read on battery terminals failing inside the machine so you are unable to power it with either battery or electrical plug.

My Long Neck is coming up 2.5 years and I don’t want to tempt fate but it’s doing ok still.
1. Was gears broken
2. Intermittently stopping and starting
3. As above ^^^^ 2

Working ok but now the speed dial is playing up so may have to go back again
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I had issues with the batteries on mine after one use. It went back to the Rupes specialist who deals with the post purchase repairs. It still has intermittent issues. Frustrating, made worse by Rupes “We’ve never had a single one have an issue” stand despite me knowing many had gone back before. Despite the issues, it very quickly became my most essential tool. I absolutely love it.
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