Rupes LHR 21ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher

Item Description:

The largest stroke of any random orbital polisher!

Extreme stroke orbital polisher capable of removing 1500 grit sanding marks

Capable of reducing work time by as much as 40%

Uses 7 Inch pads making it ideal for polishing larger body panels

The Rupes LHR 21ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher is an extreme orbit, powerful and supremely engineered dual-action random orbital polisher. Dual-action random orbital polishers, often called DA's, are known for their ability to safely polish paint without burning it or damaging body panel edges. Because of their unique polishing action, dual-action random orbital polishers create a high gloss finish that is free of circular scratches or buffer swirl marks. The Rupes LHR 21ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher retains the benefits of traditional DA polishers while offering a tremendous increase in polishing power. The LHR 21ES Big Foot is makes it possible to completely polish your paint 40% faster than other random orbital polishers.

The dramatic increase in performance offered by Rupes Big Foot Polishers is not the result of mistakes or guesswork. It is the culmination of precise engineering, forward thinking, and creativeness. The Rupes LHR 21ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher benefits from all of the aforementioned attributes to give you a paint correction tool with the polishing power of a circular/rotary polisher, while retaining all of the benefits of a dual-action random orbital polisher. Whether you're a novice who is looking to achieve professional results in a safe manner or a professional who is looking to increase speed and efficiency, the Rupes LHR 21ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher is for you.

The Rupes LHR 21ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher has the largest stroke of any polisher available
The Rupes LHR 21ES is known as the Big Foot Polisher thanks to its enormous stroke
The Rupes Big Foot Random Orbital Polishers feature superb ergonomics
All machine polishers use friction to remove paint defects such as scratches, acid rain etching, swirl marks and oxidation. The manner in which they create this friction is the result of how they move a polishing pad across the surface. Circular/Rotary polishers use a direct-drive action, which spins the polishing pad at a high rate of speed, to create a high level of friction. In the hands of a professional detailer, circular/rotary polishers are capable of quickly removing severe paint defects. However, in the hands of a novice, the high-speed spinning motion can overheat the paint or quickly grind edges to bare metal while creating circular scratches known as holograms or buffer trails.

Dual-action random orbital polishers move the pad in an orbital motion around the center of the machine, which is similar to how your hand orbits in tiny circles when you manually apply or remove wax. This movement protects against overheating the paint while making polishing around edges significantly safer. The combination of the orbital action along with the rotation of the pad (created by the oscillations) results in a truly random movement of the polishing pad. This prevents the creation of holograms and buffer swirl marks.

The Rupes LHR 21ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher moves the polishing pad in a large orbit created by a 21 millimeter stroke. The stroke -often called the throw- is the distance from the center of the machine to the center of the pad. Most DA polishers use a 4 to 8 millimeter stroke. By moving the pad as much as 5 times as far per orbit as other designs, the Rupes LHR 21ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher is capable of removing paint defects with previously unheard of speed. Because it is a dual-action random orbital polisher, it will never create swirl marks so you can achieve a perfect finish in fewer steps.

Despite its 21 mm stroke and 4000 OPM (Oscillations Per Minute) maximum speed, the Rupes LHR 21ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher is one of the smoothest, most comfortable polishers on the market. Rupes carefully balanced the weight of the polisher's rotating assembly with the weight of the recommended Rupes 180 mm Foam Pads to create an Italian polisher with the balance of an Italian supercar. You can use the Rupes LHR 21ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher for hours on end without experiencing the numbness or tingling in your hands created by other polishers.

The Rupes LHR 21ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher is powered by an ultra efficient, highly refined 500 watt motor. A speed sensitive trigger and variable speed dial make it easy to select the exact amount of polishing power you need. The Rupes LHR 21ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher also features a trigger lock to reduce fatigue during long polishing sessions. Additionally, the Rupes LHR 21ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher features Rupes' Soft-Start which gradually ramps the machine up to speed, as well as Rupes' Anti-Spin feature which reduces pad rotation when the pad is lifted from the paint to extend pad life and prevent polish splatter.

The Rupes LHR 21ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher's outstanding performance is the result of its innovative features and precise engineering. Perhaps the greatest benefit of the Rupes LHR 21ES Big Foot Random Orbital Polisher is that there is no need to press down on the head of the machine to maximize cut. All you have to do is let the combination of the 500 watt motor and the huge 21 mm stroke do the work for you. It is the Big Foot advantage.

1 year warranty

Made in Italy.

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88% Recommend this product (7 of 8 responses)
By Mitch
Doylestown, PA
Great all around polisher
September 5, 2014
My Porter Cable is old and its a pre XP model so it is already down on power. I wanted something that could be used to do a lot of grunt work and finish down nicely. Rotaries are great but they can leave some marring that needs to be corrected anyway. The Rupes fits the bill nicely, the 21 can correct large areas at a time with the six or seven inch pad. Another nice feature is that the Rupes vibrates less than other machine which will save your hands from certain aches and pains. I found correction was good even without the heaviest Rupes pad. My biggest downside to the Rupes 21 is that because it has such a big throw it is not ideal for smaller, tighter areas!
Correction Capabilities Build Quality Ease of Use Throw size makes tight areas hard to get to.
By Ron
Wyoming, MI
Nice polisher. But is it really better than a Flex?
August 18, 2016
I've had my Flex DA since it first came out. It could handle anything. When the trigger went bad, I took it in the shop and decided it was time for a back up, or a new one. Looking at the Rupes I decided on the Bigfoot. Polisher is impressive. It does nice work. I'm not 100% sold on it being the best. Lake County pads don't fit the greatest. The polisher also had the tendency to stop rotating. Something I notice more versus the Flex. The backing plate you have to be careful of when taking the pads off. You need to 2 or 3 of your fingers in there and carefully take the pad off. It sticks on there too good. You'll rip the foam if you try to do it any other way.

There is also the placement of the Allen wrench key. It's right there beside the backing plate. I can just imagine that thing coming off while in use and flying on a cars paint. So I took that off and haven't used it. The Rupes is quieter than the Flex. That's a big plus for me. It's got a nice design to it.
Rupes also has their own line of pads for it. These are a little more expensive. Something I can do without.
Also for the money you spend, I find it a little discouraging that Rupes wouldn't include a carrying bag with this. Flex does.

I don't regret buying this. But I can be positive that I wouldn't buy another one. I'd stick with the Flex.
Nice design Runs quieter than a Flex. There's isn't really any other pro's when I compare it to others. Backing plate grips pads way too much. You'll have to finesse it a bit when taking off so you don't rip the pad. Placement of the Allen wrench. My opinion not needed on the polisher itself. Carrying bag not included with the price. Higher price for Rupes pads. The polisher stops rotating more often than I'd like. Flex doesn't do that.
By William
Chattanooga, TN
Big Foot Rocks!
September 13, 2015
Before this polisher I have GG 6", 3" Flex PE8, Flex 3401 and this has rocked my world!
Rupes so smooth and easy to use!
Finishes paint down so well and easy compared to my other polishers.
I did the KB washer mod and it makes a major difference in my opinion.
If your on the fence about a big throw polisher try this Big Foot and you will learn to love it.
Very Smooth, corrects very fast, paint looks amazing. Easy to use. Does not beat your body up!
By Dustin
Oak Hill, VA
Great polisher
July 22, 2015
I love this DA. Ive only used it on three cars so far and havent had a single issue. No swirls to speak of. I used this polisher all day and didnt feel worn out at the end of the day. Would buy 10 more times!
-Very little vibration - Cutting ability -huge throw None
By roberto
riverbank, CA
April 21, 2015
the rupes and couldn't be happier. ITs much more enjoyable polishing now because this thing is so smooth and just feels good in your hands.
By John
Rupes Big Foot is easy to control
December 30, 2014
Low vibration, easy to use, the Rupes LHR 21ES is the showpieces for any detailer. This was used in conjunction with Menzerna ceramic polishes and finished with the Polylock sealant on black Mercedes paint and the results were impressive. Worth the money in my opinon.
Low vibration Ease of use Powerful or delacate with the variable speed control Tough to remove the pads
By Neilson
Alexandria, Louisiana
absolutely awesome machine
April 6, 2014
The machine does all the work, no need for heavy pressure. smooth
smooth rupes sytem price unless its on sale.
By Barry C.
DA polisher
July 24, 2013
Have not used it to it full extent yet but so far so good. Only negative was cost of shipping and handling compared to other car product companies.
Powerful and had a great throw to it can complete a job a lot faster. Cost of shipping and handling!!!!