Rotary or Dual Action?

When choosing a polisher the first question to answer is “Rotary or Dual Action?” Below we’ll explain the key differences between a Rotary and a DA (Dual Action) and help determine which is right for you.

Detailing Products Polisher in holder

Rotary Polishers

What makes a rotary polisher a rotary is that its head spins on a single axis in a an even, circular motion.

This motion is what creates heat and friction to allow for paint correction

Get the Power of Rotary

MaxShine M1000 5”/1000W Elite Rotary Polisher

  • 5-inch backing plate quickly covers large areas
  • Powerful rotary mechanism cuts quicker than dual action polishers
  • Compatible with 1 to 5-inch rotary backing plates to reach intricate details
Advance your paint correction skills to a professional level. The M1000 earns its rightful place in the toolkit of every detailer, serving as the ultimate go-to polisher for tacking even the most stubborn paint imperfections.
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The 5in, 1000W machine has a range of 800-3300RPM. It can utilize backing plates all the way down to 1in, though ideally with an extension shaft for any below 5in in diameter. 

Our Rotary Polishers & Accessories

Dual Action Polishers

Dual action, or DA, polishers rotate in two different ways. It spins in a circular motion like the rotary but additionally moves in an orbit, similarly to how the earth spins on its own axis as well as orbits the sun.

Dual Action Oribit Spin movement

MaxShine’s Flagship Dual Action Polisher

MaxShine M15 Pro 15mm/1000W Premium Dual Action Polisher

  • 1000W motor and 15mm-orbit allows the machine to do the hard work
  • Locking capable variable speed trigger and ergonomic handle provides maximum comfort
  • Made to last with high-quality steel CNC counterweight and NSK bearing
The M15 Pro Dual Action Orbital Polisher is MaxShine’s flagship polisher for a reason. Its ideal orbit range and backing plate size makes it adaptable to most detailing jobs; specifically designed to make correcting paintwork faster and easier. 
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The 5in, 1000W machine has a 15mm throw and a range of 2200-5000RPM. This ideal mid-sized polisher is perfect for any beginner getting into detailing as well as the seasoned professional.

Our Dual Action (DA) Polishers



Power Polishers
M1000 Maxshine Rotary Polisher


Cut SpeedFaster
Remove Severe
Faster Removal

Burning Paint

Increased Risk of  "Burning"



Finish Results

Often Leaves Hazing 
M15 Dual Action Polisher Maxshine


Cut SpeedSlower
Remove Severe DefectsSlower Removal

Burning Paint

Low Risk of  "Burning"


DIY, Beginners, Refinement for Professionals 

Finish Results

Easiest Mirror Finish 
The Cordless Polisher

Both, Rotary and Dual Action?

Combine the Best of Rotary and Dual Action Polisher to achieve the perfect result

MaxShine M0312 Cordless Mini Polisher-1
The Hybrid Polisher

Mini Cordless Polisher

Has the option for both rotary and dual action to best fit your polishing needs. Whichever polisher head you choose (rotary, or 3mm or 12mm DA), combined with the included 1.5in and 2in backing plates and pads, will aid you in achieving a perfect polish of those tiny, hard to reach details.

MaxShine M0312 Cordless Mini Polisher kit
MaxShine M0312 Cordless Mini Polisher Rotary Motorcycle action

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In this Youtube video we talk about MaxShine's 5" Polishers. We are going to see each one, from the unboxing to the comparison between them. Dual Action or Rotary, which one do you prefer?


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