i've used a random orbit buffer. hell, i bought one, but i prefer to polish my car by hand. the buffer is better for larger flat surfaces, such as the doors, quarter panels, and hood... but around plastics and places you dont want to buff, it's a pain.
it's much easier to use if you buy a whole bunch of 2" masking tape and tape off the places you dont want to buff first( plastics, glass, etc)
That's what I do, I use both. I use a random orbital polisher (I got it at autozone for $50) to do the big areas, the roof, hood, doors, trunk, and I go back and do all the tight places by hand, (around antenna, Windshield washer nozzles, door handles, etc.... I bought it because after the winder I had some scratches in my paint from ice, and I used a cleaner wax etc. and buffed out the scratches. Now I use it whenever I wax my car (which is rare because of time restraints, so anything to speed the process up is a good thing)Why not just use both?
(I still don't know how people think by hand is better) *cringe*
First off, it is not possible to replicate what a machine can do by using your hand. I polish, seal and wax my car with a Handi-Grip applicator. This is by far the easiest applicator to use. You get a much better grip and it's rather cheap too ($1.99 each @ Autozone).I am about to undertake a complete stripdown/claybar/re-wax and just wanted to know if you find using your hand, or machine easier/better. If you use a machine, which one and why pleaseThanx in advance