I have the Makita and have used it for quite a few years. It has served me well and been abused. I think I paid about 150 bucks for it after a bit of shopping
. My friend bought a cheapie and bought a Makita after using mine, FWIW. You need a variable speed polisher that goes down to less than 3000 rpm
or you may burn stuff. The Makita has a capacitor or something in it that helps it start slow and it has the torque to work through tough spots. Also, it helps to use the right compounds as the MaineSail website talks about. Also, I have tried the new foam pads---they work really well on detailing my cars, but are really awful for polish and wax on fiberglass
for some reason I cannot explain. On the mooring
, I run my Makita with an el cheapo chinese 2 cycle generator
that I bought on line for $100 (free shipping) that has also worked amazingly well for the last three years. Just some learnings. People think my 30 year old boat is new.