|This is a new product introduction, not a true review, because Meguiars has just released these machines and I have not had a chance to actually use one (except briefly at SEMA). I will do a full review of this machine in the very near future. That said, I held this machine at SEMA and was thoroughly impressed with it. I think it's going to be the hottest thing to hit the US since Harry Potter!
There's actually quite a story behind this machine. A little over a year ago, Classic Motoring Accessories, Meguiars and a few other distributors were approached by an Asian manufacturer offering a dual-action machine for the same price as the Porter Cable 7424. For those of you new to machine polishing, the Porter Cable 7424 is an orbital polisher. The pads do not rotate, they "jiggle" in a random motion. This reduces the machine's cutting power (the ability to remove swirls, scratches & paint defects) but eliminates the possibility of the machine creating swirls. On a Dual-Action polisher, like the Flex XC3401VRG, the pads still "jiggle" but there is a forced circular motion. Dual-Action polishers have more cutting power making them more capable of removing scratches, spots and paint defects while still being basically "idiot-proof". Dual-Action machines always cost more than orbital machines so if this Asian company could offer a true dual-action machine for the price of an orbital machine it would be a great value. The problem was, this machine had some problems. We questioned the construction quality, the motor quality and the power switch/speed control. (One of our samples actually burned up during our testing!) Both Classic Motoring and Meguiars passed on this machine although it was picked-up by other web retailers and is still being touted in the marketplace.Meguiars, to their credit, went back to the manufacturer with a list of improvements they wanted and the result is this Meguiars G-110 Dual-Action Polisher. The machine I held at SEMA was a real sweetheart. It was beefier than the original model we evaluated, came with an adjustable, bail handle and was packaged in a molded carry case. A six inch backing plate was included but there was no foam pad included with the model displayed at SEMA.
The bail handle is a winner. It allows the operator to use the proper front and back grip for maximum control. Meguiars told me they had the entire motor assembly and counterweight assembly redesigned. The unit I held at SEMA felt very well balanced and exhibited no more vibration than my Porter Cable 7424.
As soon as our inventory arrives and we fill customer orders, I'm going to do a full head-to-head comparison of the G-110 with both the Porter Cable 7424 and the Flex XC3401VRG. In the meantime, you can get your name on the waiting list and be the first to get what I feel will be THE bargain in a machine polisher. We have a fairly substantial inventory coming but I have a feeling this machine is going to be so hot that Meguiars will quickly be in a backorder situation. If you order the machine below, we will ship on a first come basis. Your credit card will not be charged until we actually ship your machine.