Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 44
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Woodhacker1 A time saver
I purchased the buffer to both polish my cars and apply wax to my woodworking projects. Generally, it performs well. It is certainly a time saver and the orbital motion produces both a good wax application and a good shine. Two negatives: First, the applicators are attached using a drawstring. This requires that you tie it tight and push it securely under the pad in order to make sure it isn't flapping around and coming loose. Second, I had some difficulties when the battery got low, the motion seemed to cause the drawstring to untie regardless of how I fastened it (this did not happen on a full battery) - frustrating if you only have one battery. I find it a useful tool within the OnePlus lineup.
January 22, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kevin Great Product for the Price
If you are tired of fighting a full sized polisher/power cord and want one that can easily be used with one hand this one is it.
The upright design, handle and body shape make it easy to hold. The single speed power button relieves your hand of getting tired holding down a speed button\trigger.
I would recommend only using the Ryobi large heavy duty Li-Ion battery for maximum power.
The polisher does tend to slow down a little when the wax dries but any polisher will do that.
The only con is the string tie bonnets that are included. They are not easy to use and keep on. Your best bet is to go to Harbor Freight Tools and buy the 6" elastic bonnets. They are inexpensive and work fine.
August 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DaveN Great product - please make available in your stores not only online!
This is a great product and compliment to my collection of great Ryobi 18V products - makes polishing my Lexus much easier! The online ordering and UPS shipping experience was very good - but it would have been easier for me to just buy in a store!
February 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Snowbird Great portability with power
I purchased this buffer to polish the pontoons on our boat while it was on land. Because the boat is stored in a field I needed a battery operated buffer. The 18v battery (purchased separately is strong and long lasting). I was able to easily apply aluminum polish to the 'toons and then buff to a nice luster (more easily than by hand which I had done the previous year). The battery lasted for three quarters of the triple pontoons. The battery charger worked in our truck so while I was spiffing up, the battery recharged (appox. 20 minutes) and I was able to finish the project. Polishing aluminum is definitely hard work; this buffer was able to handle the task. I recommend getting elastic waisted pads and applicators as has been suggested by others.
November 19, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by rcan1015 Works nice with lithium battery.
The buffer just barely fit my grip. If it were slightly larger (or my hand slightly smaller) it would have been a bit awkard to use single-handedly. Placing the bonnets on the unit was tedious--you had to securely fasten the drawstring in an awkward position and then tuck the string into the bonnet. After one attempt, I purchased several packs of 6" bonnets from Ebay that had elastic bands--they work great. The buffer does a decent job for a cordless tool. I used mine with a cutting compound and then waxed and polished the vehicle. It works best on horizontal surfaces where it is easier to control and to apply even, light, pressure. It was to unwieldy to use with one hand on vertical surfaces--two handed operation was fine, but limited the range of motion. I think it is a good value and will pay for itself in time-savings if it lasts for a few dozen usages.
March 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Elton Works really good.
I live in an apartment and don't have access to a power outlet and have looked online for a long time for a buffer that did not require a power outlet. I was surprised how well this battery operated version worked. Overall I will saw that this was a good purchase and saves me tons of time waxing my car.
December 11, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by bahnss Good Product for th Price
Over all this buffer has performed well. The biggest downfall are the pads. Do some searching on how to modify this buffer to accept professional pads.
February 14, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hk22 Great tool.
Very handy and a pleasure to use... EXCEPT the tie-on pads. They are a total exercise in frustration. Do yourself a favor and toss some elastic-banded pads in your cart if you purchase this item.
August 19, 2014