Rupes Bigfoot polishers are sweeping the US and are changing the game for professional detailers. The past 2 – 3 years have shifted the mindset of professionals detailers, in that you don’t need to master a rotary buffer to achieve an award winning finish. Todd Cooperider called this back in 2011 with his article, Rotary Compounding – Is it dead? If you have used a Porter Cable 7424XP or Griot’s random orbital buffer paired up with Meguiar’s M105 compound and Surbuf and microfiber pads, you will know where I’m coming from. Put that same polish and pad combination on a Rupes Bigfoot polisher and you will not only achieve a better finish and correct more imperfections, but it will do it in less time!
Rupes LHR15E & LHR21E
What makes the Rupes polishers different than other popular random orbital buffers on the market, is the size of the throw. Popular random orbital buffers offer an 8 to 10 mm range of throw, where the Rupes polishers offer 15mm (LHR15E) and 21mm (LHR21E). A larger throw with the same amount of orbits per minute (OPMs) means that your pad will cover more surface area in the same amount of time. This results in more correction and better results. The way that Rupes is able to do this, all while reducing vibration, makes other buffers feel like a toy in your hand. The Rupes polishers are truly a joy to use, especially as you see paint defects melt away and you are left with a finish that is mind blowing for a paint safe buffer. I was thoroughly impressed when I had the chance to use this machine at the Esoteric Elite Detailer Academy (that’s me in the background with the tripod).
The other difference aside from the throw of the two Rupes buffers is the backing plate. Unfortunately, the backing plates are not interchangeable, so you have to decide if you want to use 5.5″ pads with the LHR15E or 6.5″ pads with the LHR21E. If you work on vehicles with large flat surfaces on a regular basis, then the LHR21E is for you. Otherwise, most professional detailers should lean towards the LHR15E because you’ll be able to maneuver it in tighter spaces. In general, random orbital buffers are capable of more correction with a smaller pad.
Rupes Bigfoot Polishers for Professional Detailers
Investing in a Rupes buffer should be a no brainer to any professional detailer. When you are able to achieve better results in less time, that means more profit per detail. The price difference of this Italian polisher will pay for itself in only a couple of uses. The second you fire up a Rupes Bigfoot Polisher, you won’t think twice about the cost!
Rupes Bigfoot Videos on YouTube
Detailing legend Paul Dalton of Miracle Detail, posted this video of a first time Rupes user. You can see just how smooth the buffer is in even a new detailers hand!
I would encourage you to purchase your Rupes polisher at Esoteric Car Care. Todd was the one that introduced me to this machine and I am excited to put mine to work for me come spring time. While you are at it, check out the Scholl’s polishes as they pair up very nicely with the Rupes! Be sure to come back and post a comment after you had a chance to use the buffer!
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