Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 44
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 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 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 SuperDaveATL Perfect for buffing the gelcoat on the sailboat
I bought specifically to buff the gel coat on my sailboat. I don't have the luxury of removing the boat from the water. Obviously working around water with a tool plugged into 110 volts is generally not a good idea. I have never had a problem with battery life. I wear out before the battery does and you can buy various size batteries anyway. I have the 105 series battery. I was weary about the 6" disc since my other buffer is much larger, but it is great for getting around the nooks and crannies you find topside on a boat. The only downside is the buffing pads have to be tied on. I have a plan in mind to use parts from my other buffer for the hook-it system but at this writing have not tried that out yet. I knew this going in and other reviews I read users went to Harbour Freight to replace them with better results.
July 1, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by diyer Ryobi Buffer
This buffer does a great job on my car. Would have giving it 5 stars if it had a better handle. Great Buffer!
October 14, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by lschett Works good
Very pleased with the performance of the buffer. Not having an electric cord to drag around is great.
September 23, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jim40 Worked as expected
Would give this product five stars but the tie bonnets be careful the strings can get caught up in the buffer.
October 7, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by TallFl woorks well
The buffer works very well. The tie on bonnets are difficult; but. elastic bonnet from Harbor Freight work fine.
September 2, 2014