April 22, 2021

Professional Tool Reviews for Pros

Ryobi Variable Speed Dual Action Polisher PBF100

Ryobi Variable Speed Dual Action Polisher PBF100

Lightweight Ryobi Polisher Still Comes Up Big

The Ryobi 18V Variable Speed Dual Action Polisher hits stores in December 2020 and promises to deliver a professional-quality finish—with cordless convenience. The Ryobi PBF100 polisher claims it can tackle a full-size vehicle on a single battery charge. It also claims to be the lightest dual action polisher in its class at 3.75 lbs.

10-Second Summary

  • Model: Ryobi PBF100
  • Up to 7500 OPM
  • Lightest dual action polisher in its class at 3.75 lbs
  • Removable aux handle and lock-on switch
  • Dual action rotation
  • Orbit diameter: 1/2 in.
  • Variable speed dial
  • Up to 2 hours of runtime with 9.0Ah HP battery
  • Available December 2020
  • 3-year warranty
  • Price: $199

Dual Action Polishing

The Ryobi PBF100B uses a brushed motor to deliver its 3,000 to 7,500 orbits per minute. The dual-action rotation reduces heat build-up and also dissuades swirl marks.

Ryobi Variable Speed Dual Action Polisher PBF100

The Ryobi Variable Speed Dual Action Polisher makes efficient use of its battery power. Ryobi tells us that the PBF100B gets around 2 hours of runtime on a charge (using a 9.0Ah battery—not included). When they claim it tackles a full-size vehicle on a single charge—this battery and runtime frame the estimate.

The Ryobi Variable Speed Dual Action Polisher uses a slide lock-on switch for continuous polishing. A removable auxiliary handle supports multiple grip positions, and bumpers on the polisher keep you from accidentally banging up your work surface. You even have one on the tail end to keep the battery from touching down directly on the work surface.

Finally, all of this power and efficiency comes in a package that weighs in at only 3.75 lbs.

First Impressions and Pricing

We gotta say, tackling polishers makes for a bold move by Ryobi. Aside from the PBF100B, the company now has 6″ and 10″ corded and cordless buffers. This adds a different kind of tool—a 5-inch dual action polisher. The dual-action feature definitely turned our head as it presents a straight rotary function and an orbital action with a 1/2-inch orbital diameter). It tackles two kinds of common uses. Naturally, a professional detailer will typically use multiple tools for these duties. Ryobi, however, always seems to target that entry-level category with a tool that gets you pretty far along the way—but at a steep discount.

The Ryobi 5-inch dual action polisher gets you really close. As for the price—you can pick up the Ryobi PBF100B at your local Home Depot or online for $199 starting in December. At that price, you can pick up a Griots G9 random orbital polisher—but it’s not cordless. $199 for a cordless dual-action polisher breaks new ground. In contrast, the Makita XOP02Z runs $419 for the bare tool.

The Ryobi PBF100B polisher comes with a 5″ hook and loop backer pad, finishing pad, correcting pad, cutting pad, aux handle, hex key, and wrench. If you don’t already have a battery and charger, look to spend another $79 for a basic battery and charger setup. The 9Ah battery runs about $159.

Ryobi Variable Speed Dual Action Polisher Specs

  • Model: Ryobi PBF100
  • Weight: 3.75 lbs.
  • Pad Size: 5 in.
  • Orbits Per Minute: 3,000-7,500
  • Orbit diameter: 1/2 in.
  • Spindle Size: 5/16 – 24 in.
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Price: $199

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Alfredo Marquez Claussen

You forgot to tell us the orbit size, which is a very important spec when talking about dual action sanders-polishers…

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