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Ryobi 18V 10-Inch Variable Speed Orbital Buffer PCL465K1

The Ryobi 18V 10-Inch Orbital Buffer Receives Some Useful Upgrades

Here in Central Florida, it’s almost a necessity to keep a protective layer of wax on your car to help preserve the paint from the intense UV rays. However, that very same sun is what keeps some of us, meaning me, from getting out there and hand-waxing our cars. Luckily, the Ryobi 18V10-Inch Cordless Orbital Buffer is here to help speed up the process and give your hands a much needed break.

Ryobi 10-Inch Orbital Buffer Performance

  • Max Speed: 3600 OPM
  • Pad Coverage: 10 in.
  • Motor Type: Brushed
  • Throw Length: 1/2 in.

This 10-inch orbital buffer features a 5-speed brushed motor that oscillates that pad between 2,000 and 3,600 OPM. Rather than a traditional ON/OFF switch, it uses a variable speed dial that doubles as the power switch. This allows you to easily ramp up the speed based on your application. For instance, a lower speed is best for applying the buffing product while higher speeds are for buffing it away.

Speed Setting Oscillation Rate
1 2000 OPM
2 2400 OPM
3 2800 OPM
4 3200 OPM
5 3600 OPM

Ryobi includes an application bonnet as well as a polishing bonnet with this buffer. These slip over the foam pad and the elastic band ensures they do not slide off. It does require a little persistence to put them on the first couple of times due to their snug fit.

Ryobi Orbital Buffer

To get started, evenly apply your product to the pad and you’re ready to go. For best results, ensure that the surface is both clean and dry.

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Both the application and buffing/polishing bonnets are reusable. For maximum life and performance, it’s best to remove and hand wash after use then allow them to air dry. The bonnets are machine washable using cold water with a small amount of detergent, then machine dried on a low heat setting.

Ryobi 10-Inch Orbital Buffer Design Notes

Ryobi Orbital Buffer
  • Model: Ryobi PCL465
  • Power Source: Ryobi 18V battery
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs (bare), 6.1 lbs (with kitted 4.0Ah battery)
  • Pad Material: Foam

The overall profile of this orbital buffer is very similar to the previous 10-inch model, the Ryobi P435, but with a few helpful modifications. It weighs 4.5 pounds as a bare tool and 6.1 pounds when paired with the kitted 18V 4.0Ah battery. The tool body stands just 7.5 inches tall and the round support handle is just under 10 inches wide.

One big upgrade Ryobi added to this buffer is the textured rubber overmold D-handle. This lets you utilize multiple hand positions and even extends your reach on flat surfaces, allowing for easy one-handed use. Additionally, the main circular handle is ideal for gives you a lot of control while working of contoured surfaces, such as vehicle doors and fenders.

Ryobi Orbital Buffer Price

This 10-inch orbital buffer kit is available at your local Home Depot for $119. The kit includes a standard Ryobi 18V battery, an application bonnet, a polishing bonnet, and a single-port charger. Ryobi backs this buffer with a 3-year warranty.

The Bottom Line

Ryobi’s cordless 10-inch orbital buffer produces great results with a design and feature set that is approachable for all skill levels. The large pad allows you to quickly cover larger surface areas and its improved 5-speed motor gives you more control on a variety of surfaces. While it does lack the efficiency of a brushless motor, it’s hard to ignore the attractive price tag compared to other brushless models on the market. If you’re looking to replace your old corded buffer or just don’t want to hand wax anymore, Ryobi has your back.