After working it for the two days, the toppers seemed to have calmed down a lot. I am not sure if it was enough. Will find out more over the next couple days when I get back to the partially done stones.
I remember I had a 3000 plated steel lap years ago and wasn’t impressed enough to replace it. I agree with you that the charged laps are definitely preferable in most cases. I have found the 1200 D’Lite lap works better for quartz prepolish for me than does the charged Batt lap I use for most other materials.
I was constrained by a budget. If the club gets more interest and people start using the machine seriously, then hopefully they will either invest in their own laps or the club will be in a position to get a couple of Batt laps for use after folks get past the basics of the process.