Griot's Garage 10813STDCRD 6" Random Orbital Polisher with 10' Cord Review

  • Written by: Amanda Myers

Today, we are are going to check out the Griot's Garage 10813STDCRD 6" Random Orbital Polisher with 10' Cord.

I have reviewed a couple of dual action polishers before from Meguiar's and Shurhold and looking at the specifications of the Griot's Garage random orbital polisher (which is a dual action polisher) is that it has the most powerful motor at 850 watts. The other polishers have 500 watts.

Also it already includes the backing plate, polish and wrench at only $149 (as of February 2nd of 2017) which is a great offer, makes this polisher much more expensive compared with the other polishers.

It is a bit heavier compared to the Meguiar'sand Shurhold polishers, but its weight is manageable.

It is extremely good-looking with the red and black color and it seems that its housing is durable. I have only used it for a short time so I haven't personally tested how long this tool is going to last. But based on my research online and from other buyers, the product is durable, it has the highest ratings in many online shopping websites. It has very few reported complaints and defects. Furthermore, Griot's Garage is known for their excellent customer service and a lifetime guarantee against defect so you can buy their products with confidence.

Detailed Specifications


Rated Voltage: 120V AC
Rated Current: 7 Amp
Rated Power: 850 Watt Motor


Variable Speed: 2,500-6,800 OPM
Diameter orbit: 8mm orbit (5/16")
Speed Settings: 6-speed settings
Backing Plate: 6" diameter hook and loop
Pad size: 6.5" pad size
Net Weight: 7 pounds
Dimension: 8 x 12 x 6 inches
Power Cord: 10 and 25 feet options
Switch type: Push type

What makes this top rated

This is actually Griot's 3rd generation orbital so it has gone through several innovations and improvements for the past years based on customer feedback and suggestions. The company is so dedicated to perfecting the car care products, tools, and accessories that they sell.

Just like the 1st and 2nd generation orbitals, the 3rd generation is a safe and effective machine with 7 Amp 850 Watt powerful motor. However, Griot's has redesigned the exterior to make it more comfortable and easy to use.


6-position handle - The handle is adjustable and removable as some people doesn't want to use the handle, while others prefer to polish with one hand. It has a rubberized palm grip and finger notch on the head plus molded hand and finger grips on its housing to ensure complete, non-slip control.

The speed control dial and power switch - These were moved to different locations so that it is easily accessible to the user

Hook-and-loop backing plate - This feature makes it easy for the user to attach or replace any foam pad they prefer to use.

Operates under low speed and low heat conditions - No fear of burning your paint.

Because of its powerful motor, ergonomic and safe design, the Griot's Garage Random Orbital Polisher is strong enough for professionals and safe enough for beginners. This is one of the most versatile polishers in the market as it is effective in safely removing swirl marks, water spots, oxidation, light scratches and other imperfections quickly with little effort and it fits all kinds of users.

Helpful Guide on How to Use the Polisher

How to use the Griot's Garage 10813STDCRD 6" Random Orbital Polisher:

  1. Remove the contaminants on your paint by using a paint cleaning clay.
  2. Inspect the paint to see what degree of polishing is necessary.
  3. Put a polish liquid on a foam polish pad.
  4. Center the foam pad on the backing plate.
  5. Set variable speed control dial.
  6. Place the pad flat on the car surface and turn the machine on.
  7. Begin working on a cross pattern using firm even pressure.
  8. Work up and down then left and right.
  9. After the polish is evenly distributed, remove it with a microfiber towel.

Click on this link to get instructions straight from Griot's Garage Official Website: 

For more inquiries or help, call Griot's Garage Customer Service at (800) 345-5789 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. PST Monday through Friday

Advantages and disadvantages

  • Handle can be adjusted or removed
  • Non-slip rubberized grip
  • The backing plate and pad can be replaced with small ones with a different brand
  • Includes a 6" hook and loop yellow disc
  • Can get into tight spots
  • The machine has a lot of power. One of the most powerful dual action polisher.
  • Doesn't vibrate compared as much as the other DAs
  • No matter how much pressure, the pad continues to spin
  • Very affordable compared to other dual action polishers
  • Two sizes to choose from for the power cord: 10 and 25 feet
  • A little bit noisy
  • A bit heavier compared to other dual action polishers

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of drive system is used?

Is this considered a dual action?

What voltage is it designed for?

What is the OPM?

What is included in the box?

Does this come with a backing plate?

Can I change the backing plate?

Can I replace the backing plate?

Does this come with pads?

Which pad is appropriate for 6" orbital?

Can I use pads with other brands?

What is the warranty for the polisher?

Editor rating: 4.9/5

We rated this product on multiple criteria such as those listed below:

Ergonomic styling - Is it light and easy to grip?
Safeness - Is the product safe for the user and the environment?
Easy to operate - Is it easy to start, maneuver and are the buttons easy to use?
Effectiveness - How well and easy was it remove contaminants and defects on the car surface?
Durability - How long can a person use the product? Was it easily damaged?

The only reason why I rated it as 4.9 out of 5 stars is because the product does not include a pad. Although it is quite common that dual action polishers does not include a pad when you buy them, I highly commend those car care companies that sell a complete polisher kit at a similar price.

In terms of ergonomic styling, it is one of the best if not the best out there. One look at it and you will know right away that Griot's wants to make a perfect tool for their loyal buyers.

The product is effective and safe. It removes contaminants and does not scratch. Although it is a bit noisy, it is tolerable. It does not vibrate as much as the other polishers and its spinning motion is great and does not stop even with too much pressure. While working, you'll see that the tool works beautifully on your car, boat, aircraft or any vehicle you have.

Buy or not buy: This product is very versatile and useful not just to car owners, automotive detailers, beginners and professionals. The product can also be used at home on glass and shower doors, countertops, metal, carpets, and more.