The new entry level polisher from Rockcar is impressive. At 850W and with a 12mm throw it's hard to call this "small" or "entry level". It is a smaller machine than the Rockcar 15, and if you have to choose between the two the Rockcar 15 is the better machine, but the Rockcar 12 delivers impressive bang for buck with quality not normally seen at this price point. We have tested and taken it apart ourselves and were impressed with what we saw. This is a quality solid and comfortable to use machine, and while pros will still prefer the Rockcar 15 the Rockcar 12 is not far behind at a much cheaper price point. High quality, easy to use, and it looks cool.
This is a lot of machine for the money, and great with your Chemical Guys Hex Logic Pads and V line of Polishes. Fits the 5.5" size Chemical Guys hex logic pads.
Long 12mm throw to cover more area with each pass, and for more polishing power. The 12mm throw combined with the 125mm (5”) backing plate is a great combination for polishing quickly and efficiently with cars. A larger throw is often too much for the curves of most cars, a smaller throw takes longer to cover the same area. While the Rockcar15 gives a bigger coverage, the Rockcar 12 still has great throw to come pretty close, at a much cheaper price. If you are a Pro detailer you will really notice the difference of the Rockcar15, but if you are just polishing every new and then the Rockcar 12 gives unbeatable value for money.
A powerful 850W motor. The same amount of work is achieved with less effort with this more powerful machine. This means you achieve better results faster, with less work for you. It also means the motor is under less stress making it more durable and reliable.
Pure copper wiring electric motor – Like its bigger brother The RockCar 12's motor uses pure copper wiring, while more expensive to use copper conducts electricity better this makes for a more powerful and durable machine.
Impressive cooling system to keep air flowing. Polishing creates friction and friction creates heat. This heat can damage the paint surface, polishing pads, the backing plates and the motor.
This RockCar polisher has 101 cooling vents and holes throughout the machine including the backing plate, with a large integrated internal cooling fan to force air flow through the machine to keep things cool and large cooling tunnels inside the machine cavity engineered to maximize air flow and cooling for better results and longer durability.
The backing plate is identical to its bigger brother the Rockcar 15. Have a look at the backing plate and you can see 8 cooling tunnels cut on an angle to force cool air through the backing plate itself as the backing plate spins. 14 cooling holes on the pad mount surface allows hot air to rise through the large cooling channels combining to force hot air away from the pad and paint surface and backing plate.
The metal housing above the backing plate has metal fins like you have on a gearbox of a car to further improve cooling. Similar but smaller than those on the Rockcar15. Rockcar Polishers are engineered to run as cool as possible with impressive build quality.
Low vibration make it a pleasure to use. Underneath between the front grip and the steel section, is a rubber dampener to isolate vibrations. This makes a big difference to the vibrations you feel through your hand and arms, making the machine much more comfortable to use especially on bigger jobs. The machine has been carefully balanced and engineered to reduce vibrations and operate efficiently. In our testing there was a noticeable difference in the vibrations we felt with this machine. The Rockcar 15 goes further with additional rubberized front grips.
Random orbital dual action free spinning drive for hologram free finishing. The random orbit dual action is designed to mimic hand polishing, reducing contact in the same place over and over and reducing the risk of paint damage. This is achieved by having two movements in the machine, hence “dual action”. As the motor drives the backing plate around, the backing plate does not just spin, but also follows an orbit on which it is free to rotate depending on forces and friction, hence “random orbital”. If too much pressure/friction is applied the random orbital movement will stop reducing the risk of paint damage making it a much safer machine to use. There are other machine styles such as rotary or forced rotation, and in the right hands these can give great results, but we believe the dual action random orbital is currently the best option for safer, high shine, hologram free low risk polishing.