Cyclo Tips, Facts & Videos
Since this early 1950's model Cyclo Polisher hit the market, the machine has never been duplicated and has always been hand made in America. Some of the Cyclo Mfg. employees have been with the company as long as 50 years!
The Cyclo polisher has been known to perform a decade! It is common to see 30-50 year old machines returned for a replacement part, or general refurbishing. (The 1950's model at left is on display in our shop.)
Ideal for all automotive, marine, and RV finishes, the Cyclo Dual Head Orbital Polisher has been the #1 polisher of choice for vintage Airstream® trailer and aircraft enthusiasts for decades. It will polish paint, fiberglass, gel coat, metal, plastic, tile and even difficult surfaces such as diamond plate, pitted aluminum and glass. It’s even been used to remove puck marks from hockey arena boards.
Cyclo patented orbital polishing mechanisms in 1953 and originated affectionately named "idiot proof" tools for polishing. You simply cannot burn, mar or swirl paint with a Cyclo.
The Cyclo Model 5 is perfectly balanced laterally and longitudinally. One hand operation is a natural. Rotary balancing is accomplished for each head independently and additionally between the two heads with respect to one another. This results in a very smooth running tool.
With the machine's center of gravity and handle pressure centered over the two heads, polishing pressure is applied flatly to the pads. It's like you standing squarely and firmly on two feet instead of one. Contrast this to a single headed polisher. Not as stable as a person standing on one foot. The pad is constantly shifting and wobbling around the edges. This action results in an uneven polishing motion and uneven pressure on orbital the polishing media.
Introducing the Vibration Elimination System (VES):
Cyclo Toolmakers, Inc. today announced the introduction of its new Vibration Elimination System (VES). VES™ is available exclusively on Cyclo Dual Head Orbital Polishers and is composed of a completely redesigned counterweight and VES Adjustable counterweight precision matched, weighted inserts. Prior to this innovation the Cyclo Model 5 polisher imparted only about one-tenth the vibration of traditional rotary and dual action polishers. With the introduction of the new VES, the amount of vibration is reduced even further and nearly eliminated.
Why Low Vibration is Important:
Hand Tissues It has been proven that operators face significant risk of muscle, joint and nerve damage caused by the inherent vibration of power tools. By reducing the amount of vibration you can reduce muscle and joint fatigue as well as the potential risk for permanent damage, as described in ISO 5349-1:2001. Mechanical vibration -- Measurement and evaluation of human exposure to hand-transmitted vibration.
One unique feature of the Cyclo VES is that it is tunable. The system's engineering allows the user to match the VES system to the various attachment systems available for Cyclo Dual Head Orbital Polishers - rubber pad holders or bonnets, carpet and scrub brushes, quick connect adapters with DoublePrecision™ pads, or other Genuine Cyclo attachments. This is achieved by selection of VES weighted inserts. Each weighted insert has been precisely machined to match and offset the vibration created by the orbiting action of attachments. By matching the correct VES weighted insert, operators reduce muscle and joint fatigue as well as the potential risk for hand, muscle and nerve damage.
In addition to the reduction of potential harm to the operator, the VES increases the polisher's stability during operation. Less vibration results in more consistent contact between the polisher heads and the surface being polished. Owners will benefit from a polisher that applies product more evenly and consistently and produces a higher quality finish.
Cyclo Polishing Tips:
Two Heads are Better Than One! You can apply polish with one head while removing it and buffing it out with the other. Apply your favorite polish or swirl remover to a green pad on one Cyclo head, and leave the white pad on the other head completely dry. Angle the machine so that the white pad follows the green pad as you work across the surface. This remarkable technique will produce a perfect polishing pattern without a "missed spot" and cut clean-up time in half.
Apply your favorite liquid wax or sealant with one head and remove it with the other. Place the wax on a white pad on one Cyclo head, and cover the other pad with a terry or MicroSuede bonnet. Angle the polisher so the bonnet follows the white pad across the surface. How about that!
Wool Pads Overview:
Scrub Brushes Overview:
Trouble Shooting & Carbon Brushes
Installing VES Counterweights:
Create Your Own Swirl-Free Finish:
Tips Using the Cyclo Polisher on the Interior: