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    Posted: 30/December/2008 at 10:44am
Hi everyone,
 
I am considering re-entering the carpet and upholstery cleaning business after a hiatus of about 20 years.  In developing my business plan and looking at machines, I am impressed with the US Products Solus series with Evolution wand.  I am also impressed with the Rotovac machine as well. 
 
My questions:
1. Which machine and/or system is performs better?
2. Or, would someone recommend another machine?
 
Thanks for your help.
 
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If you are older, get the rotovac as it is easier on your back.
I mainly do bonnet cleaning these days which has a lower starting price and is physically less demanding while leaving the carpet looking clean and being dry in less time.  You could probably work out of a small station wagon with bonnet cleaning.  Try that with an extractor.
I do keep the extractor around but mostly for tile/grout and as a rinsing process after doing shampoo when I resort to that old way of cleaning (which is what I started with in 1971 and early steam cleaning relied on to really clean carpets).
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Thanks for the feedback.  Very helpful.
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Uhhhmmm...I am not sure if I would agree....Rotovac is great no doubt (I own 360) but for some jobs its an overkill. I love it but I would not claim that it saves your back. It still weights 40 lbs and can be akward in tight spaces.
 
I own US Products COBRA-H and I love it. It really kicks ..s.
 
Good luck!
 
 


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But no scrubbing (like with a regular wand) makes it easier on the back.  I agree about the weight and the fact that for people with stronger backs it is overkill most of the time.  I also have wheels on my standard wand to lessen the labor needed.
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wheels on standard wand? tell me more please.




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Check out this link.  It is at JonDon for those of us in the states:

http://www.jondon.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=12111&osCsid=97c973d67e51cc69e8182bbec148164f
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...add to that lips on a wand and I think you have using a wand for cleaning easier.  Not to say putting up and taking down a ramp for the extractor or moving around the extractor itself is really great on a less that youthful back but if you aren't going with a VLM method, you can improve your living a bit.
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All this feedback is very helpful...thank guys!
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I think most portables will do a certain job, including the US products one mentioned. Some are better than others naturally, however, The only other major consideration would be to select one with high CFM's/Air-flow when running the rotovac.
 
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Check out the TITAN by Ken Harris, has incredible amount of WL and CFM!

(whoops, just realized how old this thread is, sorry! what did you end up with?)
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