The Ryobi 10 in. Orbital Buffer provides up to 3,200 random OPM for a swirl-free finish. The powerful motor of the buffer helps maintain a top performance during extended use. The buffer's wheel-type handle offers 360 degrees of hand placement, and the slide on/off switch is within reach of the operators thumb for easy operation. A reusable applicator bonnet and a reusable buffing bonnet are included for your convenience.
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72%of customersrecommend this product29 of 40reviews
Rating Breakdown41 reviews
72%of customersrecommend this product29 of 40reviews
Initially, the manufacturer packaged a set of 6-8" muffs for the 10" buffer, it ripped the mounting pad. Took it back, got another one. Bought the 10" muff package to install on the buffer. The product picture shows the muff goes completely around the mounting pad thickness, once I started buffing, found out THAT DOESN'T WORK!!! The muff flew off the pad in various directions. The muff is to be placed around the thinner edge of the pad and fluffs out about an 1" around the pad. Making sure you have the muff/pad placed against the object you are buffing, turn on the buffer and increase pressure on the pad. It works fine if you do these instructions, but I would buy another BETTER 6" buffer at a higher price if it works.
I bought this polisher for sole purpose of waxing/polishing my vehicles. It is the third 10" polisher that I have purchased over the years and it is by far the best I've owned. I used it on my '08 Silverado this morning and had no issues with it at all. It will vibrate and shake a lot if you don't maintain good contact and it will stall if you apply too much pressure. Once I figured out the right pressure, it worked great! It's just like any other power tool, as long as you use properly and follow directions, you shouldn't have any problem.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight
I own a 2004 mid size SUV, silver/grey, I pride myself in taking good care of it, I have been waxing by hand 3 times a year, everytime I seem to spend more time on the job, trying to get rid of scratches on the paint surface. I purchased from Home Depot my RYOBI, 10" orbital Buffer and received it about two weeks ago, this last weekend I used it on my SUV, after waxing and buffing my veh. in about 1/3 of the time, I have been asked by friends and neighbors "if I had a professional body shop buffed and polished my veh. or if I had re-painted it". Those old scratches are gone, the paint shines as any new vehicle. The actual job was effordless, the all around handle made it comfortable and painless even when buffing the sides and tailgate, it's weight is just right to apply the proper pressure without making new scratches or swirls. I highly recomend it to anyone that in the past has neglected to take care of their veh. because it's too hard. "you'll be surprise".
I know several pro detailers that use Porter Cables and other high end orbitals, and they all say that it's dependant more on the user to get the results you want, and that most people would do just fine with a $30 orbital and mild off the shelf polishes.
The bonnets that come with it, are a bit hard to tie and keep on, but got a pair of microfiber ones from an auto parts store that use an elastic band and it worked out very well. I used a mild cut polish with a mild cut pad, and it worked out great on my 2010 Mitsu's black paint, taking out much of the big swirls and scratches.
Solid value and solid piece of hardware. Highly recommended.
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Review 7 for 10 in. Orbital Buffer
some people just are not meant to do certain things but try anyway
i guess some people just don't know how a dual action polisher works. the more pressure you apply the less it will spin and tend to go into a vibration, this is how it is suppose to work as far as the bonnets make sure you are hold machine against car when you turn it on and off. this is not something you would use to buff out a car but more for buffing wax or polish to a nice shine, if you want something for buffing, cleaning paint and removing scratches you should go to the more expensive variable speed polisher/grinder but be careful it will burn thru the paint if you don't know what you are doing. you should never really apply to much pressure with either machine, it is suppose to do the work, not you. you should have at least 3 wool bonnets for removing wax or polish, 2 for removing and 1 to go over the car after wax or polish has been removed to bring to a nice shine. these machines are not really for saving you time but more for saving your hand from getting tired, any good wax job will take time if you do it right and most people try and do things the fastest way taking short cuts 1st step, apply a fine to med cut rubbing compound to remove scratches and defects 2nd step apply good polish to bring up the shine 3rd step apply a good wax or poly sealant
I was hesitant on purchasing after reading a few of the reviews, but figured it was $30 and worth the risk. This orbital polisher works great! You MUST pull the bonnet edge over the edge of the wheel and tie it like you mean it. If you don't do this, your bonnet will get thrown off in the matter of a few seconds. Only complaint is I would much rather have a thumb trigger than an on/off switch. Switch is quite stiff and hard to turn off quickly. For the money, 5 out of 5!
I have used professional polishers and buffers. They were meant for heavy-duty, frequent use and held up well through dozens of jobs. They were also very expensive and some were heavy to hold to the side of the vehicle for very long. For the price, this little machine does a very good job and it is featherweight, minimizing fatigue. Too soon to tell how it will hold up over time, but it did a fine job of wax application, removal and buffing my 2 cars.
So far, I've used this orbital buffer a couple times and it has worked well. I used it for buffing wax finish on furniture (table top). Things to note, the interchangeable cloths are tight and a little bit of a challenge to get on. At first, I thought I had the wrong size cloths, but you just have to work with it to get it around the edges. Also, after 20-30 minutes of use, the vibrations started to make my hands itchy, but that is probably to be expected.
Highly recommend this buffer! It's easy to use and is light.
Pros: Durable, Powerful, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight, Long-Lasting
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Review 13 for 10 in. Orbital Buffer
PostedOctober 19, 2011
This product is great. For those of you who say the bonnet sticks to the car - I don't know what you are talking about. Are you sure you have enough wax on the car so it is slippery? Waxed my car in no time!
I have a 40 year old sailboat I purchased and gelcoat was chaulky and faded. I tried a friends Ryobi on the stern, went out immediatly and purchased one! For the money, you can't beat this product, My boat looks 30 years younger. Big thing is to take your time don't push hard and let the buffer do it's job!
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight, great handle design!
Cons: pad flies off if not in contact with surface
I read the reviews online about the product and followed the advice to get some extra bonnets and to be prepared for the bonnet to want to fly off. I bought some picture hanging wire to replace the cloth cord that holds on the bonnets. It worked like a charm. I've heard people say it doesn't spin it just vibrates. This is because the buffing process is a two part process. The first part is to loosen up the hazed wax by lightly bearing down on the buffer, this does cause the spinning to stop but that's ok, your just working the wax up into a workable consistency. Once you've done this then go over your work with just the wight of the machine polishing and you'll find great results. I don't think this machine at this price is meant for commercial quality but it works just fine for the occassional task with a little patience.
I have had this buffer for a year now and i have buffed out 3 trucks and it works great.It is a time and back saver plus it really makes my vehicles shine and look great.The pads it comes with are washable and still work great.
Insufficient ampage to maintain oscillation under pressure
PostedFebruary 24, 2013
No, I do not recommend this product.
I have used two Ryobi 10" polishers for several years, and have spent about 20 hours with them. I use them to polish and wax a fiberglass hull on a Searay. They work poorly. The criticisms of the bonnets flying off is accurate, except you are not supposed to turn the machine on unless it is already in contact with the surface to be buffed. Like many DA polishers, it is designed so that the rotation slows or stops when the machine is "pressed" against the surface--this is how it avoids creating swirl marks. Unfortunately, I have found that any contact with a surface, however light the pressure, reduces the RPMs to under 60/minute, or much less, which is largely useless. But, on the good side, you certainly can't get swirls from a buffing pad that won't spin and just oscillates over a tiny range of motion! So the oscillation might allow you to work a polish or wax into the gel coat or paint, but it is hard to spread, and there is insufficient rotation to polish and remove residue. I have tried and tried, but cannot find anything that this buffer does well, and I will be purchasing a $200 DA orbital in the near future to remove oxidation and apply polishes and waxes. I may try to see if my Ryobis work better as frisbee-tossers.