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 buffer 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


Rotary Polisher Buffer | M1000 - 5in Plate, 1000W |

  • Rotary polisher buffer works with the 5in backing plate that quickly covers large areas
  • 1000W powerful rotary engine cuts quicker than dual action polishers
  • Auto-shutoff carbon brushes safeguard against overheating damage
  • Compatible with 1in to 5in rotary backing plates to reach all areas
  • Pair with the Mini Rotary Polishing System or Rotary Extension Shaft Set to refine intricate details
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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

Dual Action Polisher in Action

Dual Action Orbital Polisher | M15 Pro - 5in Plate, 15mm Throw, 1000W |

  • The dual action orbital polisher embraces a 15mm throw with a 5-inch backing plate and 1000W for doing all the hard work
  • The adjustable 6-speed dial allows for controlled and precise polishing
  • Convenient locking trigger and ergonomic handle maximize comfort
  • The elongated 13-ft power cord offers a long reach and wide working area for the M15 Pro
  • The DA orbital polisher provides longevity with the high-quality CNC counterweight and NSK bearing
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The 5in, 1000W machine has a 15mm throw and a range of 2200-5000RPM. This ideal mid-sized polishing machine is perfect for any beginner getting into detailing as well as the seasoned professional.

Our Dual Action (DA) Polishers



Power Polishing
MaxShine M1000 Rotary Polisher Buffer


Cut SpeedFaster
Remove Severe
Faster Removal

Burning Paint

Increased Risk of  "Burning"



Finish Results

Often Leaves Hazing 
MaxShine M15 Pro Dual Action Orbital Polisher


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 polishing 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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