Ryobi Upgraded their 18V Cordless Buffer/Polisher

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Ryobi has launched another updated 18V cordless power tool, a 10″ variable speed random orbit buffer, model PCL465.

The new Ryobi cordless buffer is designed for polishing and buffing larger surfaces, such as cars, trucks, boats, and from some of the product images, things like surfboards.

It comes with an applicator bonnet and buffing pad.

Ryobi Cordless Buffer Used to Polish Car PCL465

The cordless buffer has a variable speed dial and can achieve speeds between 2,000 and 3,600 OPM (orbits per minute).

Ryobi says you can start the buffer slower for more controlled spreading of polishing compound or wax, and then raise the speed for a clean and smooth finish.

The bugger has a multi-grip handle, as well as a vertical D-handle for comfort and control.

  • 10″ pad size
  • 2,000 – 3,600 OPM
  • Random orbit pattern
  • Up to 2-1/2 hours runtime on a single charge
  • Multi-grip handle
Ryobi Cordless Buffer PCL465K1 Kit

The new buffer will be available in tool-only (PCL465B) and kit (PCL465K1) options. The kit comes with a 4Ah battery and charger.

Price: $50 for the tool, $119 for the kit

Both are available now, exclusively at Home Depot.

Discussion

Ryobi Cordless Buffers PCL465 vs PCL435
Ryobi PCL465 vs PCL435 18V Cordless Buffers

Ryobi already has a 10″ orbital buffer in their 18V cordless power tool lineup, the P435.

Compared to the older model, the new one has the inclusion of a vertical D-handle, as well as greater coverage of the multi-grip handle.

Basically, compared to the older model, the new one has new hand-grip options at the front and rear.

The new model is presently $50 on Home Depot’s website, matching the price of the older model. There is a now-unavailable listing for a kit of the old model buffer, with 2 buffer bonnets, a single 2Ah battery, and charger, for $138. The new model’s 4Ah battery kit is lower priced at $119, not to mention better configured.

Interestingly, the older model delivered speeds up to 2,500 RPM, and runtime of up to 1-1/2 hours with a 4Ah battery. The newer model can deliver speeds of up to 3,600 RPM.

I would presume the new model’s “up to 2-1/2″ hours of runtime” spec references the 4Ah battery size included in the kit.

The polisher presumably has a brushed motor, and not brushless, which is expected at these price points. But if it delivers the as-described runtime and doesn’t bog down during use, brushless vs brushed isn’t a big deal.

Overall, it looks like Ryobi thoughtfully updated and upgraded their 18V cordless buffer, and without having to raise the price.

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