Flex XC 3401 VRG
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- One of the most revolutionary auto detailing products of all time
- Powerful yet safe, perfect for experienced and new detailers alike
- Safely removes swirls, oxidation, ultra fine scratches and more revealing a deep and glossy shine again
- Works great with the Lake Country 6.5 inch flat pads and Menzerna or Meguiar's polishes
- Protect and store your buffer in the optional Flex Carrying Case
- 5.5" Backing Plate is built in so not extra purchase is needed
- Product Code: XC 3401 VR
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Customer Reviews93% of customers said that they would buy this item again
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Product DescriptionFlex Power Tools was created in 1922 in Germany and their amazing tools are now available in the United States. We are very proud to be one of the first companies in the US to carry the next generation of orbital buffers with the Flex XC 3401 VRG. Orbital buffers are much safer than rotary buffers because they generate less heat than a rotary buffer while still providing excellent polishing power. Flex has done an outstanding job combining the best of both worlds by making such a powerful unit that poses virtually no risk of burning factory paint with proper usage. Use the Flex XC 3401 VRG buffer can handle virtually any step from delicately applying your favorite sealant or working in a polishing compound. The ultra smooth power allows you to buff out swirls and fine scratches, so you can restore a transparent clear coat. Watch our Flex demonstration video that shows the capabilities of removing imperfections (i.e. swirls, oxidation, ultra fine scratches, etc.) with the buffer.
The Flex XC3401 VRG and Porter Cable 7424 have some similarities and differences that are outlined below. Both buffers move in a random orbit or oscillating motion, designed to replicate a hand buffing motion. They are both approximately 6 lbs so they are relatively light and easy to use. The Porter Cable 7424 XP requires you to purchase an after market backing plate while the Flex buffer comes with a built in 5.5" hook and loop backing plate. With the stock backing plate we recommend the 6.5" inch pads from Lake Country. Both units offer different size backing plates that allow you to use different size pads. The pads used for both units are interchangeable so any pads you have with one buffer you can use with the other, as long as you have the right size backing plate. The Porter Cable 7424 XP has a speed dial that is the only means of adjusting the speed. The Flex buffer has a speed dial which sets the maximum speed you can reach with the variable speed trigger. Hold the trigger down lightly and it will operate at low OPMs and squeeze it tightly to reach the maximum OPMs relative to what speed you have the dial set to. You can lock in the trigger so you don't have to continuously hold it at any speed, just click the button in and you're all set. The Flex XC 3401 VRG has a larger motor with over 40% more power than the Porter Cable 7424 XP (9,600 OPMs vs. 6,800 OPMs). This allows the Flex buffer to provide you more cutting power to remove deeper imperfections when and if you desire. The additional power will help ensure your buffer will not bog down under moderate to heavy pressure. Both buffers have a detachable handle, but the Flex's bail handle is positioned directly over the buffer as opposed to on the side. The design of the buffer puts your hands at 6 o'clock and 12 o'clock, so your hands are equidistant from the middle of the buffer, which helps you evenly distribute pressure. The even distribution of pressure really helps you work in the polish and get optimal results with ease.
The Flex buffer also comes with many other technological advancements that make it one of the premier buffers on the market. Flex uses seven-fold microprocessor electronics: with consistent speed control by tachometer generator, soft start, accelerator trigger switch, restart protection after power interruption, overload protection, temperature monitoring, and speed selection. The oscillating motion moves the buffer precisely 8mm during one orbit. The handle is removable and easy to hold so you can detail for hours with no problems. Quality shut-off carbon brushes: if the carbon brushes wear down, the motor will be automatically switched off and thus protected from damage. There is spindle lock to prevent damage as well. It also comes with a 13 foot power cord and the Flex red plug. The Flex buffers come with a one year warranty and service centers across the US can provide expert repairs if ever needed. This helps ensure that you'll be using this high quality buffer for years to come. So whether you are a new detailer or a savvy professional detailer the Flex can help you work faster and more efficiently while still safe and easy to use. The Flex XC 3401 VRG is a premium buffer that you will love for years to come so pick one up today!
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Reviewed by Mark O. on 6/6/2011
Would they buy this item again? Yes
The Flex is amazing! Its extremely powerful and easy to use. The only negative thing I would say about it is that it is a bit on the heavy side. I would buy again in a heartbeat.
Reviewed by nick c. on 8/31/2009
Would they buy this item again? Yes
WOW! Having been through three PC’s and a couple rotaries in my professional career, I simply cannot believe the power and FLEXibility this machine has out of the box. This is the perfect blend of the power of the rotary, but the safety and ease of the dual-action random orbital that I would highly recommend to the beginner or weekend warrior. While there is still a need for a rotary in extreme cases, unless that is a market you are focused on, ditch it and stick with the FLEX! The combo of the Flex with the FLEXibility of the Lake Country pads gives the user all sorts of versatility. This machine simply does not bog down when force is applied to enable the breakdown of a polish or compound, but glides so smoothly when jewelling a finish or applying a liquid wax or sealant. Professional or not, if I had a choice to make all over again, I would have went with the FLEX much sooner. Believe me, it’s well worth the money!
Reviewed by Terry T. on 6/15/2009
Would they buy this item again? Yes
This is one of my best investments so far in detailing. I've previously applied glaze, sealent, and wax by hand. 2 coats of each! It about killed me! The Flex has paid for itself in just the saved shoulder aches/pains! Really though, it has worked very well. I'm a first timer, and this still came across as easy to use and manage. It does have lots of power, but not the uncontrollable kind. Just be sure you have a good grip before venturing past 5 on the speed setting. I can't wait to use this to apply polish and do some paint correction. The Flex is the gift that keep on giving. Trust me and my pain free shoulders!