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    Posted: 25/February/2004 at 12:10am

Hello!

We are doing market research on behalf of a manufacturer of carpet cleaning tools and accessories. They are in the midst of redesigning all of their wands. Their intention is to manufacture the highest quality wands at the lowest cost to you. But first, they would like to know what is the most important thing to you so that they can incorporate it in their new product line.

We would sincerely appreciate to have your feedback on the following questions:

1) What problems would you really like to see solved with wands?

2) What features do you like about your wand?

3) Would a guarantee influence your buying decision? What kind?

Thank you very much!
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Wands are very unique, just like the  individual that uses one. I prefer a rather light cleaning wand. But, it can't be too light nor too heavy.

A trend is leading towards making the wand easier to push. ie. using teflon glide attachments. I've tried a couple different mock-ups and have been impressed with the extra ease of cleaning they provided.

A wand with a scrub brush attached to it. Prevents getting down on your knees to manually scrub the spot. Makes the job go alot smoother when certain spots need agitation.

A nice comfortable grip for both the solution trigger and grip assist handle. Makes a big difference on those large cleaning jobs.

A guarantee? That would be nice. Who doesn't like guarantees?

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Wand glides??

Oh oh, here comes Ken Harris!!!

Seriously, I like weight in a wand, my techs think I'm nuts

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Wand with a scrub brush? Who makes that bissell and is it plastic?
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Originally posted by doug doug wrote:

Wand with a scrub brush? Who makes that bissell and is it plastic?

The wand I am referring to is called The WandBrush. The brush attachment sits at the front of the wandhead attached to a cable that runs up the wand to a lever just below the handle grip.

Check out the Hydro-Force website. Unfortunately the last time I checked their wands page was under-construction.

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A light wand is nice.  I like to feel the weight because of the suction created by the machine.  This way I now how well the vacuum is working and if you need to adjust your wand position to get a better extraction results.

Also I really wish they would make a wand that was shaped to easily maneuver further under furniture as some costumers like you to clean underneath their furniture without moving it.

Maybe an exaggerated version with a much larger bend or a longer length of tubing leading horizontally to the cleaning head like this.  It may look funny but my guys love it.  I had a friend customize a Prochem Ultra Light for me and now everyone argues about who gets to use it.  The problem is, that particular wand isn't cheap and when you already have plenty others around it's hard to justify shelling out that much money for new ones.

--- = Handle

** = SHAFT

||| = CLEANING HEAD

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Well I'm no artist but I think you get the point.     

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I prefer a nice 2' wand well balanced with at least 4 jets.  2' allows for more air movement and I also prefer a little weight to the wand.  The old ProChem 2' wands weight about 5lbs short of a ton after you were on the end for about 2 or 3 hours.  I do like the prochem 2' wand it just has a nice feel about it.
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Nice wands

 

Don't like 4 jets AT ALL

if there's more than 2

 

there's too many

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One of the reasons truckmounts work is the ability to use large amounts of water to flush and rinse the carpets clean amd have the ability to extract the water which also very important.
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I like the 4 jets and lots of weight.

i have a couple of wand glides andIlike them less everyday.

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I've been eyeing up that Chemspec wand on this very site.

Just wish I could try it out first.

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Originally posted by Steaminpile Steaminpile wrote:

I've been eyeing up that Chemspec wand on this very site. Just wish I could try it out first.

It's real purty aint it.  

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it's a beauty

I heard it's quite heavy

is this true?

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Bout 12 and a half pounds I reckon.
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