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Chemical Guys TORQ X Random Orbital Polisher Product Reviews

25% of customers said that they would buy this item again

Based upon 4 ratings

Customer Reviews

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Would they buy this item again? No
This is the worst D/A polisher I have ever used. I wouldn't even recommend it to a beginner. Get a Griot's machine if you're a beginner cause if you get this you'll hate polishing. So why do I hate it?

- Vibration, it will vibrate your freaking hand off. Especially if you try to run a smaller backing plate on it. It has the poorest balance in a machine that I have ever used.
- Lack of power. The motor in this machine is insufficient to drive a 5 inch backing plate.
- Orbit. The 8mm orbit sucks. You'll be there ALL DAY LONG trying to get any correction done.
- Build quality. The metal shroud gets hotter than Hades, the plastic is cheap and low quality, the bearings are horrible and prohibit free spinning of the backing plate, and during the teardown of this I found the build was nearly identical to the harbor freight Chicago electric DA. Basically it's an upcharged version of a cheap product. Typical, I've found, of chemical guys.
- Ergonomics. This one is a no on the ergonomics. The switch placement is horrible, there's nowhere to actually put your rear hand, and the platypus head is very uncomfortable.

All in all I would never buy this thing again. It's a really bad product and you can get something so much better for only a few bucks more. Look at the Griot's G9 or G21 or the Maxshine m15 pro/m21 pro. Much better-starting polishers and you'll be glad you spent a few more bucks. I promise.
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Would they buy this item again? Yes
I have both the TorqX and the Fx10, but after trying both I prefer the smaller X. The on/off placement helps so I don't bump it and so easy to just switch it on and go. The power dial is at your thumb, plus it clicks, makes one handing a breeze.This is a sleek, compact machine that I use as a dedicated 3", 2" tight space polisher. Great for wax she just fits everywhere, with that pointed rubber front. No need to upgrade this one, the TorqX will remain one of my more trusted compounding/ polishing tools for a long time.
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Would they buy this item again? No
Works ok as a starter polisher due to its entry level price. It can correct paint but after purchasing the Griots Garage Dual Action polisher, this feels like a toy. The Griots is much more powerful and corrects paint much faster. If you're looking for one machine to do it all, get the Griots Garage 6inch polisher and as a second machine, the Griots 3 inch is cheap and works well for the smaller sections.

Again, nothing wrong with this machine, just lacks the power to do any serious paint correction. I also find that since it doesn't have much power, it's fairly easy to stop the machine from rotating if you don't have a good technique and move the machine with the contours of the vehicle. I've put about 80 hours of work on my machine and it still works great.

In summary,

Pros: Smooth machine, low vibration, low cost, good backing plate size, comfortable due to its light weight.
Cons: Lacks power, stops rotating easily if you don't have a good technique, close in price to the Griots unit.
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Would they buy this item again? No
The switch placement I found to be very awkward. Upgraded to Torq 10FX and am very happy. Due to range of motion issues with fingers (gout), and small hands I found switch placement on the back of the machine to require me to take one hand off the machine to find and turn off the switch. After spending time polishing I don't want to chance marring finish while holding the machine with one hand while fumbling for the switch with the other. If you have large hands maybe this won't be an issue. Someone once said "spending more money for a better tool makes you wince once, putting up with an inferior tool will make you wince every time you use it". I'm very happy to have upgraded to the 10FX, much more comfortable handle allowing better control, and switch placement and speed controls are right at your thumb.

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