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    FLEX XC 3401 VRG Polisher

    FLEX XC 3401 VRG Polisher

    I have read a lot of the threads here and just wanted people who have one or have seen it in live action to speak up. I was all setup to order the G110 from ADS but I wanted a Flex as soon as I heard about it. I'm not a leaper so it takes me a while to make up my mind. Anway, some general questions on:

    ease of use-

    operationg temps -

    learning curve -

    issues besides older MG pad cutting -

    anyone had to call customer service - (how was it)

    If you were going to purchase a Makita 9227CX3 anyway but you know you can't use it until you get good - what would be the better buy for you?
    (really me)

    G110 or Flex

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    Re: FLEX XC 3401 VRG Polisher

    I have a G100 and a rotary but I really leaning towards getting a Flex too.

    It's like the story of the three bears. G100 doesn't have enough power sometimes, the rotary has too much and scares me but the Flex is right in the middle.

    Here's a link to a video so you can see one in action and hear it. Link
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    Re: FLEX XC 3401 VRG Polisher

    Yeah I can't see the video but if it's the guy with the vehicle tapped off on the side with the time stamp at the end then I have seen that one and that's one of the reasons i'm leaning that way. I was going to purchase a Makita out the box but after reading over the site I realized that would be a bad idea. So that's why I was going to purchase the G110 to use during my details right now but I work outside right now and had waxing is teaching me that the spring chicken has left the building or has the door open.

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    Re: FLEX XC 3401 VRG Polisher

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    Re: FLEX XC 3401 VRG Polisher

    I tried out a flex last weekend and loved it. I use a rotary most of the time and the PC alot too. The Flex has a nice feel to it and has plenty of power.

    We split the car and did half with a rotary and half with a flex, using the same pads and products. Both sides came out equally good.

    The only downside is the price. I paid $60 for my Vector rotary and love it, so it's hard to cough up over $200 for the flex. If you don't yet have a rotary or PC, I think the Flex is an excellent choice and will give you the most bang for the buck in that scenario.

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    Re: FLEX XC 3401 VRG Polisher

    Quote Originally Posted by jmitch8011 View Post
    I have read a lot of the threads here and just wanted people who have one or have seen it in live action to speak up. I was all setup to order the G110 from ADS but I wanted a Flex as soon as I heard about it. I'm not a leaper so it takes me a while to make up my mind. Anway, some general questions on:

    ease of use- takes some adjustment because it does act like a rotary in that it pulls and needs to be controlled, but isn't as bad as a rotary pulling and is still safe for the paint

    operationg temps - I'm not sure if you're talking about paint or machine... paint might get hot in some cases but I never experienced anything than just a bit warm to the touch

    learning curve - As stated above, if you've used a PC, this will take a bit getting used to as it needs to be controlled in order to move where you want it to move, as opposed to just pushing/pulling the PC wherever you want... oh and this also spins counter-clockwise, so it might be a bit weird at first but you won't notice it after 15-20 hours of polishing (continuous or non haha)

    issues besides older MG pad cutting - I didn't experience any issues

    anyone had to call customer service - (how was it) didn't call at all

    If you were going to purchase a Makita 9227CX3 anyway but you know you can't use it until you get good - what would be the better buy for you?
    (really me)

    G110 or Flex...

    I would definitely go with the Flex because it'll give you a good idea for what's to come with the movement of the machine, plus you'll be on the safe side of paint correction yet still do a great job while learning the Makita on the side
    If you're not detailing a lot of vehicles and you're not going for speed, Flex is a great tool for correction, etc. I've had all three and just sold the Flex to buy a G110 and use along with my Makita... I replaced the Flex with the G110 simply because I only use G110 as a backup for those picky paints that won't finish hologram free with the rotary. This way flex was sitting way too much and a tool that good and expensive should be used and used often. So as I said above, Flex is a great starting tool, especially if you plan on moving to a rotary. Once you move to the rotary your Flex will be great as a back-up or vice-versa
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    Re: FLEX XC 3401 VRG Polisher

    How did you like using it on side panels?

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    Re: FLEX XC 3401 VRG Polisher

    I used the Flex on the same Mustang that Jeff (KerrinJeff) was talking about, I don't think that there was much of a learning curve with it. That being said I'm fairly new with using machines instead of my hands, so I can't comment on what the curve will be like for someone who has used the rotary for so long they could do it in their sleep. Might be awkward "going backwards". Anyway, you can check it out in this thread

    http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25243


    There is a shot (pg 3)of the left front fender before and after, the after shot is sectioned for rotary and the flex. I think the flex looks better. This was one pass with 105. Granted they had different pads so maybe I'm wasting everybody's time , comparing apples and oranges????

    I thought the flex did an excellent job overall, in fact I ordered mine this a.m. and can't wait to put it to work!!

    Just my .02. Thanks for reading!

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    Re: FLEX XC 3401 VRG Polisher

    Quote Originally Posted by jmitch8011 View Post
    How did you like using it on side panels?
    I'm not sure how to answer that haha... flex on side panels vs. flex on horizontal panels is directly proportional to makita/cp on side panels vs. makita/cp on horizontal panels

    In other words, it was just a bit harder to use on side as it is on horizontal panels, just as with any other polisher... no "special" issues for the sides
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    Re: FLEX XC 3401 VRG Polisher

    hey thanks! My mom always told me to look before you leap! Ok she never said that it was more like why didn't you look before you leaped but anyway, I will be purchasing one of these puppies and playing with it on my scion tc to start. I got a nasty scuff from a phantom motoriest about two weeks ago. i didn't post pics because i'm not going to fix it by hand pending advice of course. I'm trying to get the machine rushed but I guess i better wait my turn.

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