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Issue Eight
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Past Issues Index
Roadfly Magazine
Issue Eight
August 9, 2003
Cruising with Jay Leno
Hot Rod Power Tour
Paint Protection Film
Brake Pad Tech
Porsche Cayenne
Porter Cable Buffer
Coming Next Issue
Fernandez Racing
CPO Nightmares
Hot Lap: Strong Strut
Lotus Elise Preview

Review: Porter Cable 7428 Rotary Buffer, continued.

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Working in tandem with the silky trigger is a speed dial that's situated on the top portion of the buffer, nearly directly above the trigger. The dial is also infinitely adjustable from "1" to "6." The numbers don't directly translate into operating rpm, but that's ok - I usually rely on "feel" to determine the proper operating rpm. If you're new to using the rotary, I'd suggest you keep the dial set on "1" until you become proficient with the operation.

Finally, the buffer comes with what appears to be a very high quality power cord that measures nearly 10 feet in length. The power cord is protected with a stress-relief sheath on the "buffer end" of it. The 10-foot length is an asset because it allows the cord to be run up and over your shoulder and then back down to the ground before mating with an extension cord. It's these little details that really make a big impression - but we'd expect nothing less from Porter Cable.

Swinging The Velvet Hammer

Using the 7428 is nothing short of dreamy. From the moment you pick it up to the moment you set it down, everything about it feels "just right." It's light enough that you can use it for extended periods of time and at odd angles, but it has enough heft to get the job done.

The bailing handle is extremely comfortable - it allows you to place your entire palm in just about any position that you desire. This flexibility results in unparalleled control - I don't feel like I'm carelessly swinging a 10-pound maul around all willy-nilly. As far as rotary buffers go, the 7428 leaves the operator in nearly complete control. I say "nearly" because there are still occasions where you feel like you're fighting the buffer to go where you want it to, but the 7428 is much more forgiving than many other rotary buffers.

Power-wise, this thing is an absolute animal and won't leave anyone wanting for more. In one set of tests, the buffer was able to pick-up and sling a 1993 Ford Thunderbird hood from the sawhorses on which it was resting. Now you can see why I'm hesitant to tell anyone that a rotary buffer is completely safe for all applications - that T-bird hood is about the size of a queen-sized mattress, and for the 7428 to sling it effortlessly is pretty impressive.

Luckily, the speed and power is completely manageable, thanks once again to the surgically accurate speed controls. I was able to comfortably operate the 7428 at practically any speed, which is a rear compliment in the rotary world. Regardless of the speed you're using, the 7428 goes where you want it, all the while providing great feedback and control.


In closing, I must reemphasize the fact that not everyone needs to own, nor should they own a rotary buffer. They can be dangerous when used improperly and can quickly take your paint from shiny to primer in a heartbeat. But, for those in the know, the rotary is a true asset and the Porter Cable 7428 is certainly the top dog in its category.

If you're in the market for a rotary buffer, look no further - this is the machine for you. With it's impeccable build quality, top notch operation and the Porter Cable reputation, you can rest assured that this is the finest rotary buffer money can buy. Buy this buffer and you'll not only have it for a lifetime, you'll love every minute of it. It's the type of product that others can only aspire to be.

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