Any car needs careful maintenance. And this applies not only to the engine, chassis, but also to its appearance. Gradually, the attractiveness of the paint layer begins to be lost due to the pebbles striking on it, flying from under the wheels of other cars, due to the occurrence of various scratches, and so on. To get rid of them and return the old look to your car, they use special tools, one of which is a polishing machine.
Some masters claim that instead of it you can use the most ordinary grinder, but this is fundamentally wrong. The fact is that the minimum spindle speed for this device is 3000 rpm, and for polishing machines this figure will be almost maximum. If you want your car to look presentable for a long time, then preference should be given to a polishing machine. In general, on sale today you can find a large number of such tools. So that you do not get confused in the variety available, we decided to write a rating of the best polishing machines in 2022. Before analyzing the characteristics of specific models, let’s quickly look at what qualities you need to pay attention to when choosing this tool.
The main operational capabilities of polishing machines
There are not too many criteria for choosing such devices, but all of them are important – the class of equipment, its power, the mass of the tool, the maximum diameter of the disc, the presence of a speed control system. All polishing machines by class are divided into two large groups – professional and household. If you are going to use this unit from time to time, then you do not need a professional tool, since it will cost much more than a household one.
Power affects the maximum load applied to the machine. Accordingly, a more powerful device can finish the job in less time. This indicator usually varies from 400 to 1500 watts. The higher the power, the greater the weight of the tool. It is advisable to purchase a design that weighs less – during work, hands will be less tired, there will be no need to interrupt for rest.
The diameter of the polishing disc also affects the overall performance – this parameter ranges from 120 to 240 mm, models with a diameter of 125, 150 and 180 mm are the most popular today. This factor directly affects the power – the higher it is, the more power. It is desirable that the machine has an electronic system for adjusting and maintaining speed. Such an opportunity will allow the device to maintain a certain number of rotations per minute, regardless of what load it has, respectively, the work takes less time and is of better quality.
When choosing models to include in our review, we, first of all, paid attention to all the factors discussed above, and also took into account the ratio of price and quality of products, and largely relied on user reviews. For each product, we tried to collect the maximum amount of information so that you can choose the best tool for yourself.
The best polishers in 2022
10. PATRIOT AG 180
This product was developed by an American company and manufactured in China. One glance at this tool will be enough to see the high quality of workmanship and assembly. It is made from high quality materials, thanks to which it was possible to achieve a sufficiently long period of operation of the model. All elements are fitted as closely as possible to each other, the grinder is equipped with a soft start system, there are no extraneous noises during operation. Regardless of the force applied to the tool by the operator, the tool spindle will rotate at the same speed. Many users note that this equipment can be used by professionals.
Here it is possible to manually adjust the rotation speed, the machine can be used not only for polishing, but also for grinding. The design is equipped with an ergonomic handle made in the shape of the letter D. Thanks to it, it is possible to provide a very comfortable and secure grip, so the hands will practically not get tired during operation. In order for the unit to serve as long as possible, the stator and rotor are armored, milled gears with engagement in the form of beveled teeth are installed in it. Tooling can be changed in just a few seconds – this was achieved by installing a toolless spindle lock system. The network cable here is rubberized, it retains its softness both at high and at low temperatures. It can be bent as much as you like and as you like – this will not affect its performance.
- Moderately noisy;
- A huge number of innovative solutions;
- Many users even refer to it as a professional tool;
- It copes well not only with a layer of paint, but also with many other materials – wood, plastic, and so on.
- It will be quite expensive;
- The rotation speed control does not always work correctly.
PATRIOT AG 180
9. SPECIAL BMP-1200
This is one of the most powerful machines in our entire review – it has a 1250 W motor, due to which the maximum number of revolutions here can reach 4200 rpm. The device perfectly is suitable for work in the most hard-to-reach spots. The equipment almost instantly copes with minor scratches on the car body, the device can also remove rust from surfaces, work with wood and other materials, giving them an attractive sheen. The power button is located near the main handle, you can easily reach it. The handle itself is covered with a rubberized compound that prevents hands from slipping. The kit also includes an additional handle, which will come in handy if you need to apply extra effort to the tool.
The tool itself does not weigh very much, so they can easily work for more than one hour without a break. The revolutions are adjustable from 800 to 4200 per minute, stepwise adjustment. The engine has a brake function, so it is almost impossible to get hurt while working with such a polishing machine. As consumables, circles or grinding felt discs are used here, their diameter should be 180 mm. Here you can also install the appropriate fur nozzle, which is used for the finishing stage of working with the surface.
- Sufficiently long period of operation;
- Very convenient to use and manage;
- There is an engine brake that protects the user from possible injury;
- High level of quality of the work carried out.
- There is no soft start system for the engine.
8. ZUBR ZPM-240
With the help of such a polisher, it is possible to obtain a perfectly smooth surface in the process of finishing work on materials such as wood, metal, or even many polymers. There is a rather large diameter of the working circle, so the pressure on the treated area will not be too high. The device is equipped with an eccentric mechanism, the action of which is aimed at simulating manual polishing of the surface. Thanks to such opportunities, it is possible to obtain a perfectly smooth workpiece or already a product, and it will not take too much time to work. This polishing machine can not only work on the car body, it can clean up the home parquet, furniture and so on. Due to the presence of an additional handle, the accuracy of the work performed is greatly increased.
The maximum number of revolutions is 3200 per minute with a power consumption of only 140 watts. The handles are all made with the addition of rubber, completely non-slip also due to specially applied corrugation. The start button is fixed, so you do not have to hold it all the time. Polish consumption is economical. The fact is that the top layer of the plate is covered with special water-repellent compounds. This technological solution does not allow part of the polish to be absorbed, respectively, the entire material is used strictly for its intended purpose. The engine is well protected from overheating thanks to the innovative forced fresh air circulation system. Despite the fact that there are no additional features, this grinder will cope well with all the tasks facing it.
- The optimum ratio of price and quality;
- A forced cooling system is provided;
- Long service life;
- High quality workmanship and assembly.
- There is no motor brake when the power is turned off.
7. Huberth RP207183
This is one of the smallest polishers in our entire review. Due to its small size, this device can penetrate even the most inaccessible places and perform all the necessary operations there. Despite the small size, the weight of the equipment is quite decent – over 2.5 kg. This is due to the fact that a fairly powerful motor is installed here – 1100 W, which also has an electronic speed control system. This feature allows you to polish the surface as carefully and accurately as possible, preventing the occurrence of various kinds of defects. There is another interesting system – the machine maintains a constant number of revolutions under load at the same level. The engine is equipped with a soft start system.
The polishing wheels are fixed with a special Velcro, so they can be changed within a few seconds. Spindle speed adjustment is step-by-step, has six levels. The size of the eccentric is 21 mm, so the device is suitable for both small jobs and for polishing large areas. The electrical insulation is reinforced, there is a built-in forced cooling fan. The sock has a rubberized coating, it is very convenient to hold on to it when adjusting the degree of pressure on the device. The handle is covered with special materials that prevent vibration from being transmitted to the user’s hand.
- Reliability and durability of equipment;
- Acceptable cost;
- Small overall dimensions;
- Pretty stylish look.
- Not very easy to find in stores.
6. Status PA180M
It is also a very powerful design – the engine power here is 1300 W, the number of revolutions is adjustable, and this figure is in the range from 600 to 2500 per minute. It is worth noting that the device is very heavy: its weight is over 3.5 kg, so coupled with vibration, it will have a rather strong effect on the hands, which will quickly get tired. The power cable is placed in a neoprene sheath that retains its elasticity at any ambient temperature. Accordingly, you can use the unit almost at any time. The handle is very comfortable, it has a closed contour. There is a switch equipped with a protection system against unintentional start.
The gearbox is placed in an aluminum case, there is a button that locks the spindle in one position, so changing nozzles will be very convenient. Like most of the products included in our review today, this machine has a stabilization of the selected number of revolutions. The device just perfectly holds low speed even under heavy load. The design is original, in it all the elements are aimed at ensuring that it can work for a long time without interruption. The case and all internal parts practically do not heat up. The kit has everything you need to get started, even comes with a few pieces of sandpaper.
- Excellent build quality;
- Pretty reliable unit;
- Accuracy of adjustment of rotation of moving elements;
- Quite reasonable cost;
- Extended kit.
- Decent mass of the device.
5. Makita SA7000C
Many users classify this equipment as professional, and their point of view is not without common sense. First of all, you should pay attention to the body of the product, which is made of rubberized plastic. This is very convenient, because regardless of the grip, the machine will not slip out of your hands. Separately, it should be said about the build quality – no backlashes and squeaks were noticed. A soft start is provided, the engine power is at a very high level: it is 1600 watts. Even with a sufficiently strong pressure on the tool, there is no loss of speed. If a disk of small diameter (around 125-150 mm) is installed, the device does not start to heat up. On the end of the product there is a button responsible for stepwise speed control. Here you can also find a nameplate with information printed on it about the key characteristics of the product.
The device has a decent mass, it does not vibrate too much in the hands, but it is still very sensitive. The handle here is about the same as that of the classic angle grinder. In general, the tool itself is unpretentious in terms of operation. If necessary, you can disassemble the housing and replace the motor brushes. The device can easily cope even with significant amounts of work, and even with intensive use it does not heat up, so this will not affect the duration of its operation.
- Very comfortable, reliable and thoughtful model;
- Can easily handle a significant amount of work;
- The number of revolutions is easily adjustable;
- Clear instructions in Russian;
- Easy to maintain;
- Characterized by a long period of operation.
- A significant amount of equipment;
- The shape of the handle is not very convenient for such a tool.
4. RYOBI R18B-0
The main distinguishing feature of this tool is its complete independence from the power supply, as the equipment is equipped with a reliable lithium-ion battery. Unfortunately, it is not included in the kit, so you have to purchase the battery separately. Designed by a Japanese company, this product is very convenient to use. First of all, there is no need to use extension cords, carriers and other structures that can interfere with work. This feature allows you to polish the car body almost anywhere. If we talk about the power of the battery itself, then it will be quite enough for the tool to start rotating at a speed of up to 2.5 thousand revolutions per minute.
At the same time, the mass of the battery is not too large, so even with the battery installed, the tool will remain comfortable for work. In this case, it will also be easy to manage, as well as an ordinary network polisher. This device is orbital – the eccentric rotates along a reciprocating path. Thanks to this, it is possible to easily cope with even fine processing of the paint layer, and this applies to both convex and concave areas. The stroke of the eccentric cannot be manually changed, so it is unlikely that it will be possible to adjust the operation of the polishing machine to certain conditions. Two discs are supplied with the product – one fabric and one woolen. With their help, you can finish the surface both at high and at low speed.
- Real Japanese workmanship of the device;
- The presence of a battery with a long service life and a long battery life;
- Orbital rotation;
- Long period of operation.
- It will not work to set up the device (change the stroke of the eccentric) for specific conditions.
3. Interskol UPM-180/1300EM
In the honorable third place of our review, there are products from another well-known Russian manufacturer. The company itself has been on the market for many years and specializes in the manufacture and sale of household and professional construction and finishing tools. The motor power of the polishing machine is almost 1200 W. The device is equipped with an angled handle, which is much more convenient during use compared to the removable straight type. The device is equipped with a soft start system, the speed under load is maintained. The product smoothly gains the necessary speed after switching on, there are no involuntary jerks in the user’s hands. The machine belongs to the class of semi-professional tools – it is unlikely that it will be able to work without interruption for 8-9 hours, but it can easily withstand about 4-5 hours without rest.
The device is easy to use, access to the main working elements is easy, so the user, if necessary, can not only replace the motor brushes, but also the stopper button. Sanding consumables are fastened with Velcro, so it takes a minimum amount of time to replace them. the maximum consumable diameter is 180 mm. The device weighs quite a lot, but this moment is minimized due to slight vibration even if the machine operates at maximum speed.
- Good value for money equipment;
- If necessary, you can repair on your own;
- Soft start and speed control system;
- Convenient body and ergonomic shape of the handle;
- Weak vibration during operation.
- Great product weight.
2. AEG PE 150
This design belongs to professional products. Not only is it able to work without interruption for quite a long time, it can be used to process a variety of materials – from wood and metal to plastic and even stone. A special handle is additionally supplied with the machine, which can be installed on the left or right side of the tool, which makes it easier to use. The design has a special gearbox, characterized by high torque. Due to this element, you can quickly process any materials, optimally setting the speed for this. The gearbox casing reduces quantitative and qualitative vibration, so if necessary, the machine can be held even with one hand, without fear that it will jump out of your hands and cause injury.
Like many devices included in this review, it provides for electrical adjustment of the number of revolutions, which helps to choose the optimal mode of operation of the device for each material. The engine power is very high – 1200 W, the maximum diameter of the installed consumables is 150 mm – it is quite enough for normal operation for a long time. The speed is smoothly adjustable in the range from 900 to 2500 rpm. A 4 m long power cable allows you to connect to the mains without using an extension cord. For such a device, a unique forced ventilation system was developed. There is also a button that locks the spindle, which allows you to change the nozzle even faster. If the motor brushes are worn out, the motor automatically turns off without burning out.
- Repaired quickly and on their own;
- High-quality processing of any surface;
- Long service life.
- A bit high price (although for a professional tool it is quite normal).
AEG PE 150
Well, the recognized leader of the rating is the products developed by the world famous German company. This device compares favorably with the closest pursuers in a number of ways. It is quite natural that the design is equipped with a soft start system and reliable protection of the engine against overheating and overloads – this has a positive effect on the duration of equipment operation. All components are of very high quality, the assembly is also on top: for these reasons, the manufacturer gives a three-year warranty on its products. It is not at all surprising that this machine has an adjustable speed of rotation and a system that stabilizes the number of revolutions. The maximum diameter of consumables is 230 mm, fastened with Velcro, if necessary, you can install the surface and smaller sizes.
The gearbox housing is rubberized. This not only improves usability and prevents scratches on the surface of the structure, but also protects the device from overheating. The spindle speed is smoothly adjustable, moreover, this moment is constantly under the control of the user. The number of revolutions is changed by turning the dial type regulator. The air absorber is closed with special replaceable mesh screens that prevent wool and dust from entering the engine – this helps to significantly extend its service life. The back handle is rubberized over the entire surface, which facilitates the use of this tool.
- A fairly large speed controller – its position is convenient to change even in tight work gloves;
- The kit comes with two handles at once for greater ease of use;
- Reliable protection against accidental start.
In conclusion, a useful video
We have reviewed the best polishing machines on the domestic market for construction tools today. We hope that all the information we have collected for you has been very useful in 2022. If you still have some questions, then feel free to ask us in the comments. We will try to quickly find an answer and fully dispel your doubts.