PORTER-CABLE 7424XP Variable-Speed Polisher Review

The PORTER-CABLE 7424XP Variable-Speed Polisher is the polisher that you should buy if you are a beginner who wants a good value for his money. What this tool mainly offers is convenience. It is easy to use but it is powerful enough to achieve the results that you want. Thanks to this polisher, you can get the shine and finish you are aiming for without further damaging the surface you are working on.

The unit also features its 4.5 amp motor, which lets you finish the job fast. Together with this, the unit provides variable speed that runs from 2500 to 6800 RPM so that you can adjust it depending on the necessities of the application. This also allows you to use the tool using various pads and treatments.

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The PORTER-CABLE 7424XP spins using a central spindle that rotates based on an eccentric offset. This characteristic of the polisher reduces the burning of the paint and other substances on the surface worked on. The randomness of this polisher’s motion ensures that you get a shiny, smooth, and consistent finish. This feature also makes it easy even for beginners to achieve the professional look that they desire.

Easy and Comfortable Operation with Removable Side Handle and Compactness

The PORTER-CABLE 7424XP has a two-position side handle that is removable. It can be positioned on the left or on the right to enable you better control over the machine by allowing you to change the handle’s placement based on where you are comfortable with.This tool also weighs only 6 pounds with dimensions of 11.5 x 10.5 x 6 inches. Its light weight and compactness keep it easy to maneuver and operate.

PORTER-CABLE 7424XP Features and Specifications

Here are the features and specifications of PORTER-CABLE 7424XP:

  • Power-120 Volts AC, 60 Hz
  • Amperage– 4.5 Amperes
  • Orbits per Min– 2,500-6,800 OPM for power
  • Wheel Diameter– 6 inches
  • Cord Length– 11.5 feet for extended reach
  • Spindle Thread Compatibility– Accepts 5/16 to 24 spindle thread accessories
  • Dimensions- 11.5 x 10.5 x 6 inches for compactness
  • Weight– 6 pounds for easy operation
  • Service Contract Description– 1-year free service
  • Warranty Description– 3-year limited warranty
  • Removable Handle– for comfort and better control
  • Comes with an Allen wrench– for easy changing of accessories

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The PORTER-CABLE 7424XP is a reliable piece of polisher. We give it a rating of 9.2/10. Customers have so much positive feedback about this polisher, especially regarding its professional finish. Swirl marks are not a thing with this polisher, which means a smooth and consistent finish for any surface.

One customer said that there were no problems with the burning of the paint from using this polisher. These results are possible without having to dread on the operation of this tool since it is easy to handle and it can be utilized with speed variability, allowing it to be used on different surfaces and application requirements.

Things to Improve

Despite its numerous positive feedback, this tool also has its inadequacies. It does not come with a hook and loop backing plate, which means that it needs to be separately purchased if you are going to use the Meguiar pads.

These adapter plates are common making them easy to purchase. There were also some complaints from other users about the polishing pads as these fell apart after polishing a single car. But for the polisher itself, the users had no issues.

Some people also commented that they failed to read the specs carefully, which means that they have not considered carefully the suitability of the polisher to different needs. While the PORTER-CABLE 7424XP is suitable for even the toughest jobs, some customers have varied needs that may not be addressed by this tool. Still, those buyers who failed to review the specs found the polisher to do a great job, producing no swirl marks and clearing the scratches from the surface.


The PORTER-CABLE 7424XP is a reliable piece of equipment, especially for beginners. Many owners are using it as a buffer or polisher for their cars. This can be used for eliminating swirls, applying wax, and polishing the paint job. This tool operates with minimal vibration but it still takes some getting used to. It is relatively quiet, which makes operating it comfortable for a variety of environments.

The unit itself is easy to handle, especially with its removable side handles that allows left or right-handed users to work comfortably with and maneuver it properly. It is possible to operate this machine fast, especially if you are on a schedule with its powerful 4.5 Amp motor.

With all of these considered, the PORTER-CABLE 7424XP is one to rely on when it comes to quality and convenience. It is a perfect starter polisher for beginners and ideal for users who need a lightweight and compact tool they can have in their small garage. Do check out other orbital sander reviews or belt sander!

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