anyone using the sx-15?

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    Tron

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    just wanted to see how many are using the sx-15?

    I have two sx-12's and a 7 but i dont know what the big advantage is to the 15 when i go to buy another one day.
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    I have heard nothing good about the 15. if you have liked the sx-12 you will like the Turbo-Hybrid waaaay better. Better water pick up, lower profile = easier work.
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    I did not like the sx-12 at all in fact I went with a 4 jet tile wand because of how much I disliked it. What makes the Turbo-Hybrid better? I have never heard of that particular one. who makes it and where do you buy it?
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    http://www.steam-brite.com/turbofor...g-spinner-wand-th40-free-shipping-p-4081.html

    It works like the sx-12 is supposed to. Has a lower profile so it can get under most toe kicks and it. Has better water retrieval. Lasts longer ........

    The Turbo-Hybrid is the original tile spinner if I remember right and the sx-12 is just a bad knock off.

    I actually have the original Turbo made by turbo force.

    Oh yeah it is also not as flimsy as the sx12.
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    Thats actually what i have, i got used to everyone calling them sx-12 that i just do on default, they are turbo hybrids, ive never used the actuall sx-12, i thought they were identical. so therefore i was wondering if anyone like the 15 better.

    So you only use wands? no spinners?
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    I love my Turbo Hybrid by Turbo Force- really a great tool.
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    I've got the SX 12, don't love it, don't hate it. Wish I had a turbo hybrid (because not being able to get under a toe kick is stupid), but I got my sx 12 off of craigslist for like $75. I bought it with about 5 other tools for $225. I got a gekko awhile back and that thing is amazing. I can totally see why Todd went the route he did, I was considering getting the 14" version.

    I have heard that they lowered the height of the sx15. I looked at an sx 15 at my supplier and it looked just about the same (maybe they lowered the sx12's now?) I don't know how I would feel about that big of a tool on a bathroom floor? i always felt like the 12" was pretty fast, and if it had a fault it was that it was awkwardly tall.
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    Yes, I tried a spinner for about a month several years ago back when the SX-12 first came out and I had problems with it sucking to the floor and getting stuck. It also seemed to leave quite a bit more water on the floor than my wand does and I had a hard time getting corners and edges with the spinner. I finally just went back to the wand and that's all I have used ever sense. Maybe I should give a spinner aother try.

    This is the wand I am using now.

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    Id like to give that wand a try. If you ever want ill trade you one of the turbo hybrids for that. id reather have two differant options than the extra. If that had a swivel head i would imagine that would be great for around toilets and stuff. thats were i have the hardest times.
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    They are cheap, but good. Around toilets is the one tight area with this wand too but it cleans edges and corners easily. You have to use it a few times to break the brush in so it picks up the water really good. I just ordered a second one with a squeege head which works better on stone.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/carpet-wand...226?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c608790f2
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    I want to get one of those! that looks great. I like the brushes for doing travertine or anything that is a little uneven.

    I can't recommend a small 5.5" gekko enough. I think I paid $150 for it on ebay. It was a huge help! I get a lot of bathroom floors and small kitchens.
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    I had one of those at my old job and loved it too. It will be one of my next investments.
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    I had gotten mixed reviews from people, some don't like them I guess. Once I got it though I knew it was going to be useful for the small spaces I tend to do.
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    The SX-15 cleans a 25% wider path. So the speed is a great advantage.

    It has a new design for the vacuum and a new laminar water flow so that it gets the floor drier than the original SX-12 or any of the Turbo models. Drier floors can also save time.

    The vacuum is adjustable with a toe kick for convenience.

    The machine is heavier constructed.

    The profile is lower than the SX-12 and lower than the Turbo Hybrid. This allows the SX-15 to get under any toe kick.

    We have been getting good feedback since it was introduced a couple months ago.

    The SX-12 is no longer being produced.
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    I think I'm going to sell my 14 inch gekko tool and get me of those PMF tile wands like Todd.

    Hate that gekko with it short handle.
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    Did they put a vacuum release on it? I hated the SX-12 because it would lock down on flat tiled floors...the turbo let me control the vacuum
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    My SX12 has a vacuum break on the upright tube.
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    Yes, there is a vacuum break on the SX-15. It can be adjusted with your foot.

    There is also a choice of a brush or a hard flat boot on the bottom. That will make a difference in how likely either tool is to suck down to the floor.
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    We have had the sx-15 for 2 months now and are very impressed with it on the large tile and hard surface jobs we have done. We cleaned an entire indoor track with 1 sx-15 and 1 turbo hybrid, the sx-15 did about a 1/3 more sq. footage than the hybrid. For small jobs the sx-15 is too much, but anything over 500 sq ft we break it out. I also like the quick change setup for the hard and soft rings. The only issue we have had is the hard ring seems to wear out prematurely.

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