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      09-26-2013, 11:24 PM   #1
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Cheapest place to buy Porter cable 7424xp

I'm a noob at detailing and everyone tells me to get Porter cable 7424xp (because it's safe) ... Buuut I have also heard that the porter cable is made in Mexico now and the quality ha got a bit downhill. So I have 2 questions :

Where is the cheapest place to buy a Porter (I'm in Canada but I have a place I can ship to in the states and pick up)

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Is there something better for the noob I am
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Porter Cable is a great beginners polisher, but honestly you will out grow it after 1 panel lol. A great alternative if you are willing to shell out a little bit more is the Griots Garage 6" polisher. It is more powerful than the weak PC and will help you by providing more correction. Best bet is the get a 5" backing plate and stick with 5" or 5.5" pads. Hope this helps!
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Great! Griots Garage 6" polisher is actually $10 cheaper then the other one. So im thinking of doing M105, M205 and finishing it off with zaino full system.

Any other recomendations?

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M105/205 combo is a good combo and is the one I started off using. However M105 dusts like crazy, which can be annoying. I started using Menzerna FG400 for that reason but I find myself reaching for the M105 still because the cut on that is just amazing. I'm not familiar with Zaino products but have heard good things about them. My favorite LSP at the moment is BlackFire Wet Diamond Paint Sealant.
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yes pick up a Griots machine we had stopped carrying the PC about 2 years ago now.

Check out our kits -> Griot's Orbital Polisher Kits
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I only use the Porter Cable as a wax spreader theses days. GG is a better machine and the lifetime warranty doesn't hurt either.

I prefer M101 over M105 for the same reason as others had stated. For the time when I want that extra bite, I would add a drop or 2 of M105 to D300 or M101.
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Harbor Freight has a polisher that has gotten good reviews and goes on sale pretty often at $48. Look up harbor freight 6" DA. People say it's stronger than the PC.
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Since you're in Canada. Order from eShine.ca

I get all my supplies from here. You can't go wrong with the 7424xp and I've heard good things about the GG. I use a Flex 3401 personally.

PC By itself:
http://www.eshine.ca/1porter_cable_7...182.php?cat=28

PC with your choice of pads and backing plate:
http://www.eshine.ca/1porter_cable_7...185.php?cat=28

Griots:
http://www.eshine.ca/1porter_cable_7...185.php?cat=28


Every weekend they have great deals. If you spend over $100 or whatever you get some free stuff. This weekend is a free bottle of HoneyDew SnowFoam.
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x2... get the flex3401... the regular dual action polishers like the gg 6" or the pc7424 are basically wax spreaders that you can use to correct paint

the flex3401 is much better machine and if i had to have just one i would choose it over the pc or gg any day, makes working much much quicker
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Since you're in Canada. Order from eShine.ca

I get all my supplies from here. You can't go wrong with the 7424xp and I've heard good things about the GG. I use a Flex 3401 personally.

PC By itself:
http://www.eshine.ca/1porter_cable_7...182.php?cat=28

PC with your choice of pads and backing plate:
http://www.eshine.ca/1porter_cable_7...185.php?cat=28

Griots:
http://www.eshine.ca/1porter_cable_7...185.php?cat=28


Every weekend they have great deals. If you spend over $100 or whatever you get some free stuff. This weekend is a free bottle of HoneyDew SnowFoam.
I live close enough to drive to their shop (Nicest little powder puff chinese crested dog named Cricket). Very nice people. And I actually had no idea about their weekend deals! Thanks for the tips.

Also, I recommend the Griots DA. PC seems to be a bit weak but if you're good with doing multiple multiple passes, then that's a good thing also. You can never be too safe. You'll just have to learn to put a balance between time consumption and paint safety. Or you can just practice and become really good at it!
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