Every now and then a new polishing machine comes along that changes the way that paint correction is performed, and the RUPES LHR 15ES BigFoot Polisher was definitely one of them. Released in 2011, and featuring a massive oscillatory throw of 15 mm and an accompanying range of pads and polishes designed to take maximum advantage of this, the LHR 15ES promised nearly the same level of cutting performance as a traditional rotary polisher, but with none of the associated risks (excessive heat) or limitations (hologramming). And, as the last five years have proven, it delivered on this promise almost fully, with widespread approval from (and adoption by) the detailing community as a whole (i.e. both professionals and enthusiasts alike). However, as with all things, the LHR 15ES isn’t perfect. Some users still feel that it lacks sufficient cutting power in certain circumstances (mainly when working on harder paint types, and also on concave surfaces, where bogging down can pose an issue), while others have experienced minor issues with their machines (chiefly excessive wear of the anti-spinning cap). As you would expect, RUPES have listened carefully to this feedback, and now responded with a new and improved machine; say hello to the RUPES LHR 15 Mark II BigFoot Polisher!
Compared to its predecessor, the RUPES LHR 15 Mark II BigFoot Polisher features a more powerful motor that delivers 30% more torque and eliminates bogging down on concave surfaces. Furthermore, the durability of the anti-spinning cap has been improved, and a number of strategically placed rubber-inserts have been added to aid grip and support the machine in a stable position when not in use. With these improvements in mind, who is the RUPES LHR 15 Mark II BigFoot Polisher ideal for? Well, given that it handles like a normal dual action polisher and uses similar sized pads, the answer is anyone wishing to buy a professional specification dual action machine capable of delivering outstanding results on all paint types. From a non-professional point of view, this means enthusiasts looking to upgrade to a machine that will enable them to tackle more challenging correction work. From a professional point of view, this means detailers needing to perform intensive correction (and finishing) work without a traditional rotary polisher. Time is money in professional circles, and an investment in a RUPES LHR 15 Mark II BigFoot Polisher will quickly pay off (having to invest in multiple BigFoot polishers in order to be able to use a range of pad sizes is not as painful as it sounds, due to the significant performance benefits and time savings on offer).