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Then and Now....
#1
How many core machines have you used over the years? What did you start with and what are you using now?
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1 X's Orbot, Windsor & Sanitare Vacs, Multisprayer, Oreck Orbitor, Stepson, BrushEncap (TM4) CRB  
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(08-27-2016, 03:02 AM)thecleaningdude Wrote: How many core machines have you used over the years? What did you start with and what are you using now?

I started with a used Easy Glide, a Kirby and a Stepson 5.75 years ago.  My education came from this board.  Thanks to all!

I have stuck exclusively with VLM cleaning and have not strayed.  It is my niche that sets me apart and I am very thankful for all of the pioneers!  I do have a Namco Scooter box extractor but do not use it often.  I have owned a CX-20 (Brute); Trinity Profit; Trinity CM; Trinity Beast; Trinity Sport and Trinity Liberty ( Sport, Liberty and Beast are current).  CRBs: TM5; TM4; Powr-Flite Multiwash.
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OP machines (Trinity Beast, Profit, Oreck Orbiter, Stepson);  Strong Dry CRB 15" 
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I started with a Recoil in 09'. Then found a used Challenger for $500 and it instantly changed my business. I basically built my business with a Challenger and Vacaway chems!

Fast forward a couple of years and I got back into HWE for the efficiency but always kept an OP machine on the vans.

Today, I have a new Ford Transit with Sapphire 570ss in it and a Orbitec Defender. I just purchased a Mytee ECO-17 and that will be my main OP machine. Right now I'd say I'm 50/50 VLM/HWE and the chems are better than ever nowadays.

If I could do it all over again? I'd 100% stick with VLM and push dry times and no wickbacks. VLM just plain works for my business model and customers. That and the VLM machines are much more affordable.


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#4
Back in the year 1971 AD, I started cleaning (?) with an old Bramil (Australian) 175rpm floor polisher with carpet brush.
After the first job, I thought,"This is like shampooing your hair & not rinsing, so that got the flick, real quick.

I then went to various portable machines, usually about 100psi & 1 vac; motor. Blush 
I also had "janitorial" going on in the early days, so this sufficed,  sort of.

When I moved to Cairns from West Australia, I was able to get better equipment starting with 500 psi, 2 vacs; auto empty/fill, etc;

I then bought my first truck mount from Gary Bethel, an Australian made Hydro-Vac with liquid ring vacuum, heat exchanger, but only around 800psi.

The heat was never really that good so I installed an LPG heater which was mounted on a bracket that I could swing out of the rear door when working.

I've since had many other machines including a MasterBlend TF3500 and Rotovac (original) CFX, bought directly from the 'states when I was over there, which I recently sold & purchased a new CFX-15.

After meeting with Rick Gelinas at Connections in the Riviera a decade or so ago, I purchased my first Cimex, then an Orbot Sprayborg, then another Cimex, and an Argonaut & an Oreck also a 360i with all attachments.

The next two years will see a big change in our direction, downsizing considerably with NO large or heavy equipment.

Specialising mainly on leather, spot dyeing, stain removal & minor carpet repairs, + fabric upholstery cleaning & protection.
We will also be targeting the RV market for carpet cleaning & the above.

I'm not as young as Steve Smith, Toot Horn  so the trouble 'n strife tells me I gotta slow down, relax and see a bit more of the country.

That's the plan.

thanks 

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#5
After 7 years running a bane clean truckmount/portable for another company put together my own rig and started from the yellow pages

2005 Started running a portable from van because %50 of the jobs here need portable over 10 stories high. And a ultimate dry clean machine for upholstery and  tile equipment and separate pump using a heat exchanger hooked up to exhaust from a generator. Built it from info on internet.
astro van with tanks and generator.    http://s1174.photobucket.com/user/jhcinc...0exchanger


2007  Went to a hydramaster 4.8 direct drive   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5Xfi4S-2vU 


2011  Went to 2 trinty cm machines and a stepson---using a nautilus tile machine for large tile jobs where sq ft is large. Less days using hose better for the back and less expenses per year with same gross income.http://s1174.photobucket.com/user/jhcinc/slideshow/Van
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