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Just bought a 175....Now what?
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I just purchased a new 175, it's on the way. Now I need to know what to use with it.

In the past, I used a 'nubby' pad driver, since I was only using one type of pad (similar to the Tuways I believe)

This time around, I'm planning on using mostly Encap Green and Peroxcellent. My plan of attack is to agitate with a fiber plus pad, then follow up with either tuways or microfiber pads to extract more moisture.

Is there a pad driver that will work for both types of pads? Or is there a better way to go at this with a 175?

Also, how do you guys feel about shampoo tanks? Is it worth having or should I just stick with the pump-up sprayer for now?
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Tanks for commercial...but not for resi.

I'm not sure what pads to use with the 175

I used to use the big fluffy cotton ones like Wayne Miller uses.

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I hate my tank on the 175!

When I use the 175 I will use the clean freak brush to scrub, then either microfibers, tuways, glad/cottons to finish up.

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Powr-Flite for the best pad drivers. Be sure you order the correct one for your machine size. Call them to be sure. And be sure the one in the link I gave above is the one with "Hook and Cone" tines. They hold a pad much, much better than the ones with bristles.

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Thanks guys. So Steve, that driver will work ok for the fiberplus pads and anything else I throw at it?


(04-21-2011, 05:00 AM)Steve Smith Wrote: Powr-Flite for the best pad drivers. Be sure you order the correct one for your machine size. Call them to be sure. And be sure the one in the link I gave above is the one with "Hook and Cone" tines. They hold a pad much, much better than the ones with bristles.

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This was recommended on another forum.

What do you think? Will I be happy with this?

http://www.foodservicedirect.com/product...-Block.htm

Or how about this:

http://www.powr-flite.com/product/pad-lo...y=ourPicks
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(04-21-2011, 07:08 AM)CleanImage Wrote: Thanks guys. So Steve, that driver will work ok for the fiberplus pads and anything else I throw at it?


Yes.

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(04-21-2011, 07:16 AM)CleanImage Wrote: This was recommended on another forum.

What do you think? Will I be happy with this?

http://www.foodservicedirect.com/product...-Block.htm

Or how about this:

http://www.powr-flite.com/product/pad-lo...y=ourPicks

Personally, I hate the ones with the stubby brush ends. The plastic tines work MUCHO better, like I said in my first post.
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When you call Powr-Flite make sure you tell them you want the "Hook and Cone" type driver... The old part # for a 17" machine was PH16. However they have changed their part #'s since I used to buy them.
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Repeating yourself is one of the first signs of senility.
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(04-21-2011, 02:21 PM)Pigchip Wrote: Repeating yourself is one of the first signs of senility.

I not only have the signs, I readily admit it. Now what was I saying?Oops
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(04-21-2011, 07:16 AM)CleanImage Wrote: This was recommended on another forum.

What do you think? Will I be happy with this?

http://www.foodservicedirect.com/product...-Block.htm

Or how about this:

http://www.powr-flite.com/product/pad-lo...y=ourPicks

Just a thought, this may keep you from having to use a pad first and then clean with a bonnett, we use this system and it works really well. You will have to order 14" bonnet from another company but they are readily available.
http://www.powr-flite.com/product/17%22+...y=ourPicks
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(04-21-2011, 04:13 PM)thearmedjanitor Wrote:
(04-21-2011, 07:16 AM)CleanImage Wrote: This was recommended on another forum.

What do you think? Will I be happy with this?

http://www.foodservicedirect.com/product...-Block.htm

Or how about this:

http://www.powr-flite.com/product/pad-lo...y=ourPicks

Just a thought, this may keep you from having to use a pad first and then clean with a bonnett, we use this system and it works really well. You will have to order 14" bonnet from another company but they are readily available.
http://www.powr-flite.com/product/17%22+...y=ourPicks

Yup, I agree. The dirt napper works quite well. I used it a lot in my day too.dance We even found a loopie to fit them. I liked the loopie even better than the dirt napper bonnet. I can't remember where we got the loopies from though. awwwman There goes that senility thing again.I'm sorry
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They key to a great buffer is one that has the height adjustment on the handle.

Saves your back from stooping all the time to re-adjust.

Thanks Steve for telling me to buy that GREAT Tennant buffer.

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Oh sure, now you tell me. After I ordered the other one. Smile

I'm sure I'll need both eventually. The dirtnapper looks better suited for residential.

Are those brushes too aggressive for cut pile or are they ok?

(04-21-2011, 04:52 PM)Steve Smith Wrote:
(04-21-2011, 04:13 PM)thearmedjanitor Wrote:
(04-21-2011, 07:16 AM)CleanImage Wrote: This was recommended on another forum.

What do you think? Will I be happy with this?

http://www.foodservicedirect.com/product...-Block.htm

Or how about this:

http://www.powr-flite.com/product/pad-lo...y=ourPicks

Just a thought, this may keep you from having to use a pad first and then clean with a bonnett, we use this system and it works really well. You will have to order 14" bonnet from another company but they are readily available.
http://www.powr-flite.com/product/17%22+...y=ourPicks

Yup, I agree. The dirt napper works quite well. I used it a lot in my day too.dance We even found a loopie to fit them. I liked the loopie even better than the dirt napper bonnet. I can't remember where we got the loopies from though. awwwman There goes that senility thing again.I'm sorry

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While we are on the subject of swing machines. I just bought a Pullman Holt 2 speed 20 inch beast. I used it today on a job I have a question about Tuway pads. I bought a case of 21" pads. Am I supposed to use them wet, sprayed with juice or dry? I sprayed them but is that correct?
I usaully just wet the pads on my OP machine
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Phillip, all I can tell you neither me nor any of my techs ever had a problem using the dirt napper on cut pile.

I can see where it could cause tip bloom if caution is thrown to the wind though... use common sense and caution.


Steve, as to how to wet your pads. It is a ford and chevy thing. Try it different ways and choose how you would like to do it. Not everyone is going to agree.

Personally, I liked mine slightly damp and sprayed the solution on the carpet, but that is just me, it is not right, nor is it wrong.Wink
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(04-21-2011, 05:01 PM)Jimmy Wrote: They key to a great buffer is one that has the height adjustment on the handle.

Saves your back from stooping all the time to re-adjust.

Thanks Steve for telling me to buy that GREAT Tennant buffer.

Or, you can just learn to use your foot.

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(04-22-2011, 08:25 AM)Pigchip Wrote:
(04-21-2011, 05:01 PM)Jimmy Wrote: They key to a great buffer is one that has the height adjustment on the handle.

Saves your back from stooping all the time to re-adjust.

Thanks Steve for telling me to buy that GREAT Tennant buffer.

Or, you can just learn to use your foot.

Using your foot is very necessary for one like that cheap CHINESE one I saw on your truck in Pensacola a few years ago. jIMmY is quality minded and wanted something much better!

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