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Old 16-08-2019, 12:16 PM   #1
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Flex car dryer.

I'm thinking of saving up my pennies to purchase the Cordless Flex car dryer from Clean 'N' Shiny. Anyone have one of these machines and are they good? It will certainly come in handy, especially with the type of weather we are experiencing at present, will save me time in plugging in the Metro Vac after every down poor.
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Old 16-08-2019, 12:26 PM   #2
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Thanks Andy, but I'm hoping members on here have one so they can post their opinions too. Does seem like a good piece of kit.
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........... I'm hoping members on here have one so they can post their opinions too.
I’ve been using a similar cordless bower, a Makita BUB182 (now DUB182Z), for around 8 years now.

I already had a few Makita cordless power tools and therefore had the charger and a few batteries so buying a blower ‘body only’ was a relatively cheap purchase at £50.

If you have a good LSP and sheet the water off with an open hose first there’s not much to blow off the body. However, where the blower really comes into its own is blowing water from grilles, mirrors, wheels etc. I wouldn't be without mine and you can almost achieve 'touchless' drying that considerably reduces the risk of inducing marring from a drying towel.

You can even blow fluffy snow off the roof and windows in winter time!

Hope that helps SB.

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Old 16-08-2019, 07:09 PM   #5
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I’ve been using a similar cordless bower, a Makita BUB182 (now DUB182Z), for around 8 years now.

I already had a few Makita cordless power tools and therefore had the charger and a few batteries so buying a blower ‘body only’ was a relatively cheap purchase at £50.

If you have a good LSP and sheet the water off with an open hose first there’s not much to blow off the body. However, where the blower really comes into its own is blowing water from grilles, mirrors, wheels etc. I wouldn't be without mine and you can almost achieve 'touchless' drying that considerably reduces the risk of inducing marring from a drying towel.

You can even blow fluffy snow off the roof and windows in winter time!

Hope that helps SB.

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Your comments help immensely Alan, seems like a good plan to save up, will certainly come in handy after rainfall, just grab the unit and dry away. Thank you.
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As above. I invested in the Milwaukee one and bought the drill, impact wrench, leaf blower and rotary and I must admit yeah it was expensive but it’s so so good. The impact wrench and drill are both Bluetooth and you can set and track it all. Love the quality. I did look at the Flex blower above but it was double the Milwaukee price.
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I have a dewalt version (they all seem to be very similar) with a similar air speed spec (80 m/sec) but slightly lower volumetric (2.8m3/min vs 3.11m3/sec).

Very handy for blowing out water traps and easy to grab and use without running cables.
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I have a dewalt version (they all seem to be very similar) with a similar air speed spec (80 m/sec) but slightly lower volumetric (2.8m3/min vs 3.11m3/sec).

Very handy for blowing out water traps and easy to grab and use without running cables.
Were did you get the Dewalt version fella? I might be interested.
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If you have a good LSP and sheet the water off with an open hose first there’s not much to blow off the body. However, where the blower really comes into its own is blowing water from grilles, mirrors, wheels etc. I wouldn't be without mine and you can almost achieve 'touchless' drying that considerably reduces the risk of inducing marring from a drying towel.

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Your comments on sheeting water off and reducing the risk of marring are not taken notice of enough.
Seems like hundreds of "Best drying towel" threads and always many praising big heavier consumers of water etc..... say no more.
Often suggest sheeting as seems a forgotten tip. Only requires a small towel pat dry. Still need compressed air for the difficult parts, grills, wheels, callipers etc. Having a blower would be even better procedure if sheeting was used.
Complete touch-less
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I’ve been using a similar cordless bower, a Makita BUB182 (now DUB182Z), for around 8 years now.

I already had a few Makita cordless power tools and therefore had the charger and a few batteries so buying a blower ‘body only’ was a relatively cheap purchase at £50.

If you have a good LSP and sheet the water off with an open hose first there’s not much to blow off the body. However, where the blower really comes into its own is blowing water from grilles, mirrors, wheels etc. I wouldn't be without mine and you can almost achieve 'touchless' drying that considerably reduces the risk of inducing marring from a drying towel.

You can even blow fluffy snow off the roof and windows in winter time!

Hope that helps SB.

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Yeah have been using the Makita DUB 182Z for a while, can do more or less a touchless dry Batteries don't last long on full power though approx 10 mins although this model is a leaf blower and is exceptionally powerful on full tilt. Enough to dry the whole car easily.Great if you already use Makita as buying just the body works out much cheaper

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