Phillip writes: “Cyclo claims to make ‘the world’s finest orbital polisher.’ They offer a full line of dual-head polishers — electric and pneumatic with pads, discs, and brushes. The dual-head design mimics hand polishing for a great shine.”
While you could argue about the “world’s finest” claim, you can’t argue that these aren’t some sweet looking power tools. The model 5 (pictured above in “scrub” mode with brushes attached) even comes in an optional 14-carat gold plated finish. Wow.
The basic model 5 is designed for 115V 60 hertz applications and sports a 220W 1/3 hp motor. It spins as 3k RPM, but weighs only 6.5 lbs. The housing is made of heavy-duty cast aluminum, and is — as you can see — highly polished. It sells direct from Cycle for $310.
The pneumatic version requires 90 psi at a minimum of 12-14 cfm — that’s quite a lot, so don’t expect to use this with your pancake compressor at home — spins at 3200 RPM, and sells for $625.
Cyclo offers lots of other versions as well, including the gold-plated “special 50th anniversary” 5M electric at only $275. Hell, if I was going to spend $310 on a polisher, I might go ahead and dump an extra $65 on gold plating; it does look sweet. For Toolmonger in the EU, 230V/50HZ versions are available, too.
Froogle turns these up on the street for much less — starting at around $220. They are a specialty item, so you’ll probably have to order to get one.