Pads don't stick to plate.
November 24, 2010
I haven't experienced any tearing, as I have only used these on my Flex 3401, but they won't stick to the backing plate. They will simply fall off if I am not careful in carrying the buffer with them on. Only carry buffer upside down, and be careful on vertical panels for fear of pad slipping off and having backing plate rub on paint while spinning. It almost happened a few times. I have to readjust the pads every 30 seconds or so, to recenter them, because they get lopsided, and eventually want to fly off even on horizontal surfaces. I had high hopes for this pad, with no splatter, ect. They DO seem to conform to irregular surfaces well, but since they don't stick, they are extremely annoying. New Flex, new pads, so new velcro on both. It was the first pad I tried. When I tried a CCS pad, that actually stuck to the backing plate, I could hardly stop pinching myself. Buffing became easy and worry free. I don't know what the best pads are, but these are horrible. As others have said, a waste of money.