RUPES LHR 21ES BigFoot Polisher

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Long-throw free-spinning random orbital polisher. Buy online and earn loyalty points as you shop.

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The RUPES LHR 21ES BigFoot Polisher is a free-spinning random orbital polisher with a difference (random orbital equates to the term dual action, which is more widely used when describing random orbital machines). In contrast to many of the low cost dual action machines currently available, the LHR 21ES features a gigantic 21 mm throw (most dual action polishers feature a throw of 8 mm or less). As a result of having a much longer throw, the LHR 21ES significantly increases the cutting power of any given pad and polish combination (because the abrasives are worked across a larger area per oscillation). The net effect of this is that the LHR 21ES does more cutting in less time, and this effect is further enhanced by the use of a relatively large fixed-size backing plate (150 mm) that only accepts the largest versions of the various pads available in the BigFoot Random Orbital Polishing System. Given all of this, it should come as no surprise to hear that RUPES designed the LHR 21ES specifically for professional bodyshop environments, where polishing large areas of fresh paint to a high standard in the shortest possible time is critical to profitability. Consequently, although it cuts faster, the LHR 21ES isn't as practical as its little brother, the LHR 15ES, for detailing, as its much larger polishing footprint often feels cumbersome when working in tight spots and on strongly curved surfaces.

Given the above design philosophy, it should come as no surprise that the RUPES LHR 21ES BigFoot Polisher also incorporates a number of other innovative features that are likely to of equal benefit to professional painters and detailers alike. These include a lightweight, ergonomically-efficient, low-profile body with a beautifully shaped head that is supremely comfortable to hold, and speed controls (throttle lever, speed selection dial and trigger lock) that are all within easy reach of the main control handle. Furthermore, by developing a carefully weighted fixed-size backing plate and a complementary range of pads, RUPES have produced a beautifully balanced machine that is incredibly smooth and largely free of the horrible vibrations usually associated with dual action polishers. This means that the LHR 21ES can be safely controlled with just one hand (which is a godsend when polishing large roofs and bonnets) and can be used continuously for long periods without causing your hands and fingers to become fatigued or affected by paraesthesia (commonly known as pins and needles). Indeed, with its ultra-low vibration emission value of just 2.7 m/s², the LHR 21ES can be safely used for close to 7 hours before exceeding the current daily exposure action value specified in the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005, and it doesn't exceed the current daily exposure limit value even if it used continuously for 24 hours.

Key Features

Orbital Throw 21 mm (Free-Spinning)
Speed Range 2000 - 4200 opm (opm = orbits per minute)
Warranty 1 Year (Return To Base)

Description

The RUPES LHR 21ES BigFoot Polisher is part of an innovative system of dual action machines and accessories (collectively termed the RUPES BigFoot Random Orbital Polishing System) that has been designed and engineered from the ground up to produce optimal results in minimal time while simultaneously maximising user comfort and safety. In line with this, RUPES recommend that the RUPES LHR 21ES BigFoot Polisher is used exclusively with officially designated accessories and parts from the BigFoot Random Orbital Polishing System. Currently, the RUPES LHR 21ES BigFoot Polisher can be bought separately (with a 150 mm BigFoot backing plate) or as part of three different pre-packed kits, the contents of which are described in full below. In all cases the machine comes with a one year return to base warranty, but in the event of a fault developing this warranty will only be honoured by RUPES if the machine has been used exclusively with officially designated accessories and parts from the BigFoot Random Orbital Polishing System; non-observance of this requirement automatically terminates the warranty.

RUPES LHR 21ES BigFoot Polisher - STN Kit

This kit comprises...

1 x RUPES LHR 21ES BigFoot Polisher
1 x RUPES BigFoot Medium Foam Polishing Pad (180 mm)
1 x RUPES BigFoot Fine Foam Polishing Pad (180 mm)
1 x RUPES Quarz Gloss Medium Gel Compound (250 ml)
1 x RUPES Keramik Gloss Fine Gel Compound (250 ml)
1 x RUPES BigFoot Buffing Towels (Pack of 4)

RUPES LHR 21ES BigFoot Polisher - STF Kit

This kit comprises...

1 x RUPES LHR 21ES BigFoot Polisher
2 x RUPES BigFoot Coarse Foam Polishing Pads (180 mm)
2 x RUPES BigFoot Medium Foam Polishing Pads (180 mm)
2 x RUPES BigFoot Fine Foam Polishing Pads (180 mm)
2 x RUPES BigFoot Ultra Fine Foam Polishing Pads (180 mm)
1 x RUPES BigFoot Buffing Towels (Pack of 4)

RUPES LHR 21ES BigFoot Polisher - DLX Kit

This kit comprises...

1 x RUPES LHR 21ES BigFoot Polisher
1 x RUPES BigFoot Coarse Foam Polishing Pad (180 mm)
1 x RUPES BigFoot Medium Foam Polishing Pad (180 mm)
1 x RUPES BigFoot Fine Foam Polishing Pad (180 mm)
1 x RUPES BigFoot Ultra Fine Foam Polishing Pad (180 mm)
1 x RUPES Zephir Gloss Coarse Gel Compound (250 ml)
1 x RUPES Quarz Gloss Medium Gel Compound (250 ml)
1 x RUPES Keramik Gloss Fine Gel Compound (250 ml)
1 x RUPES Diamond Ultra Fine Gel Compound (250 ml)
1 x RUPES BigFoot Buffing Towels (Pack of 4)
1 x RUPES BigFoot Detailing Apron
1 x RUPES BigFoot Semi-Rigid Storage Bag

Specification

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AC-Powered Yes
Battery-Powered No
Battery Type n/a
Cable Length 8.7 m
CE Approved Yes
Dimensions 405 mm x 113 mm x 112 mm
Drive Type Random orbital (free-spinning)
Net Weight 2.6 kg
Orbital Throw 21 mm
Plug Type UK 3-pin (G)
Power Rating 500 W
Running Time n/a
Soft Start Yes
Sound Pressure Level 83 dB(A)
Speed Lock Yes
Speed Range 2000 - 4200 OPM
Supplied Backing Plate 150 mm
Thread Size M8 (fixing bolt supplied)
Variable Speed Control Yes
Vibration Level (3 Axis) 2.7 m/s²
Voltage 230 V
Warranty 1 year return to base

How To Use

The RUPES LHR 21ES BigFoot Polisher is a power tool and thus subject to a number of health and safety risks that should be fully understood from the outset; please read the supplied instructions carefully. Please also visit the links to the backing plate, polishing pad and polishing compound pages provided in the Description section above, and read their How To Use sections carefully. Doing so will help to ensure you obtain the best results from your new machine.

Recommended method for correcting soft paint using the BigFoot system:

To correct obvious swirl marks and other common paint defects, start out with RUPES Keramik Gloss Fine Gel Compound on a RUPES BigFoot Fine Foam Polishing Pad. Working at a low to moderate machine speed, with moderate arm speed and light pressure, should enable you able to correct a large proportion of the defects in just 1-2 attempts per 18" x 18" area. If your paint is in bad condition and you subsequently find that more correction is needed, switch to RUPES Quarz Gloss Medium Gel Compound on a RUPES BigFoot Medium Foam Polishing Pad - this combination offers more cutting power, but should be used sparingly, as the rate of paint removal increases significantly. When you are happy with the level of correction, follow up again with RUPES Keramik Gloss Fine Gel Compound on a RUPES BigFoot Fine Foam Polishing Pad, in order to maximise surface gloss. If you want to take the finish further, you may wish to perform an extra jewelling step with RUPES Diamond Ultra Fine Gel Compound on a RUPES BigFoot Ultra Fine Foam Polishing Pad prior to applying your favourite last step product.

Recommended method for correcting intermediate paint using the BigFoot system:

To correct obvious swirl marks and other common paint defects, start out with RUPES Quarz Gloss Medium Gel Compound on a RUPES BigFoot Medium Foam Polishing Pad. Working at a moderate machine speed, with moderate arm speed and light pressure, should enable you able to correct a large proportion of the defects in just 1-2 attempts per 18" x 18" area. If your paint is in bad condition and you subsequently find that more correction is needed, switch to RUPES Zephir Gloss Coarse Gel Compound on a RUPES BigFoot Coarse Foam Polishing Pad - this combination offers more cutting power, but should be used sparingly, as the rate of paint removal increases significantly. When you are happy with the level of correction, follow up with RUPES Keramik Gloss Fine Gel Compound on a RUPES BigFoot Fine Foam Polishing Pad, in order to maximise surface gloss. If you want to take the finish further, you may wish to perform an extra jewelling step with RUPES Diamond Ultra Fine Gel Compound on a RUPES BigFoot Ultra Fine Foam Polishing Pad prior to applying your favourite last step product.

Recommended method for correcting hard paint using the BigFoot system:

To correct obvious swirl marks and other common paint defects, start out with RUPES Zephir Gloss Coarse Gel Compound on a RUPES BigFoot Coarse Foam Polishing Pad. Working at a moderate to high machine speed, with low arm speed and light to moderate pressure, should enable you able to correct a large proportion of the defects in just 1-2 attempts per 18" x 18" area. If your paint is in bad condition and you subsequently find that more correction is needed, switch to RUPES Zephir Gloss Coarse Gel Compound on a RUPES BigFoot Coarse Wool Polishing Pad - this combination offers much more cutting power, but should be used sparingly, as the rate of paint removal increases significantly. When you are happy with the level of correction, follow up with RUPES Keramik Gloss Fine Gel Compound on a RUPES BigFoot Fine Foam Polishing Pad, in order to maximise surface gloss. If you want to take the finish further, you may wish to perform an extra jewelling step with RUPES Diamond Ultra Fine Gel Compound on a RUPES BigFoot Ultra Fine Foam Polishing Pad prior to applying your favourite last step product.

General usage notes:

(i) always wear earplugs and safety spectacles when using a machine polisher; (ii) always tie back long hair and tuck away anything else that could accidentally get caught up (e.g. necklaces or headphone cables); (iii) always switch off your machine at the mains before fitting or swapping the backing plate; (iv) always route the cable up and over your opposite shoulder so as to avoid it coming into contact with the car; (v) always ensure that the pad is in contact with the bodywork when you switch the machine on and off - if you don't do this it's likely to fly off at high speed; (vi) always familiarise yourself fully with the instructions provided for the pads and polishes you are using, and adjust your technique accordingly (e.g. tool speed, arm speed and pressure); (vii) always let the machine do the bulk of the work - there is rarely any need to exert heavy pressure when machine polishing (if the current pad and polish you are using aren't delivering sufficient cut, step up to a more aggressive combination rather than trying to force the issue); (viii) always take a break if you notice that the machine is becoming hot during use - hot machines tend to transmit heat down into the backing plate and pad, which can result in the pad failing prematurely; (ix) always lay the machine on its back when it's not in use, to prevent the pad coming into contact with the ground, and; (x) avoid stepping on the power cable at all times.

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