Disappointed with wagtail slimline flipper

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  1. Jake

    Jake Grand Master
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    Really not happy with the wagtail! Got delivered today and I just can't get used to it, it's jumping around the glass, missing bits, can't get a perfect window at all!!!

    With my liquidators I'm doing no detailing at all and it's easy work,

    I'm finding the wagtail is aching my wrist, and just isn't doing a nice job at all?

    Is it just because I need to get used to it?

    It's so jumpy, even after changing the rubber,

    I've also dog eared it and still getting loads of detailing...

    Really frustrating!!
     
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  2. boarcity

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    you have to hold handle between finger and thumb, similar to you hold a pen . if you hold it like its a bike handgrip thats wrong & you will hurt your wrist.
    holding it the correct way the tool does the work, not your wrist
     
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  3. Jake

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    Ok I'll give it a go Jonny,

    Still seems like it won't be the most accurate of tools...?
     
  4. Smurf

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    It also a different angled handle so can take some getting use to
     
  5. norm

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    HMAN has a vid on here heating the handle and changing the angle might help
     
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  6. Eric Gilliand

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    Keep practising without the pad for a few days. Use it as you would a normal squeegee i.e. with separate scrubber. The other thing is make sure there is no 'slop' at the pivot. tighten/loosen bolt so that it swivels freely but without any movement between handle and disc. Also initially because you're using light grip as boarcity described work on wrist and forearm rotation as opposed to activating the whole arm as you would for a normal fixed squeegee. Red Razor in Wag Channels work superbly. I also pinch in the back of the channel to hold the rubber tight (same effect as the Ettore end clips).
     
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  7. H MAN

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    It may need the angle of the handle to the squeegee channel adjusted as well.
    Found doing this you have a lesser problem with your wrist action.
     
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  8. boarcity

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    #8 boarcity, May 20, 2015
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    theres a learning curve,holding it like a pen and rotating the pen in thumb n forefinger to make it wag - the natural way is to grip it like a regular squeegee handle but this wont work cos your wrist ends up fighting the wagtail pivot
    .Some folk get it on first day , FIRST 10 MINUTES [galling to see] ,some take months to get it to wag.

    i took a full 6 months! See at first i was trying too hard to get it working ,but couldnt get it ,the Klutz phenomenon, so i gave up and just did straight pulls with it

    then one day i was goin about my work mind on something else and on big glass i suddenly i got it, the wag was wagging to the touch---this was the lightbulb moment for me !
     
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  9. Jake

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    Yeah perhaps it'll take some time, I actually find its aching my wrist at the moment, and jumping on the glass a lot,

    I'll stick with it, thanks for the advice everyone
     
  10. H MAN

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    The aching wrist is caused when swivelling turning at ether side.
    This is because of the angle of handle is 40degrees.
    If you at least try as suggested in the video above see how it feels then.
    If it does not feel any better then you can simple put it in it's original position.:)
     
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