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  1. Cowboyjones

    Scientific 370ss MAJOR water useage

    I did a little searching, and couldn't really find anything so here it goes: I have 3 butlers, and one Sapphire Scientific 370 ss. They are all very comparable so I have no issues really with any. The one "complaint" is this sapphire takes longer to heat up, but still typically I can be...
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    So Frusterated w/ Interlink

    I am so frustrated with interlink supply in Denver, CO it is unbelievable. I bought a truckmount from them in August, with the guarantee that they would improve their customer service. I was honest with the guy before I bought it, the only thing keeping me from buying his machine was how...
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    Am I being a Pre Madonna?

    I Just need some advice. I cannot tell if I am being a premadonna or if the customer is semi out of line. I got a call from Motel 6 a few weeks ago and theyd asked me to come out and give them a quote to clean some rooms. I showed up and met with a new GM and the District Manager. They...
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    Wicking issue with hydro force?

    Ok I am new, and stumped. Up until this point, I have been using Bio Break religiously, rinsing with straight water (flow meter, heat) never worked on my old machine, so I just used bio break in a 2 gallon sprayer, mixed 4 oz per 2 gal, sometimes 6 oz per 2 gallon. I pre sprayed, let soak for...
  5. Cowboyjones

    Truck Mount Set Up

    Hey Guys- I just wanted to make a video of my truck mount set up. I know when I was getting into the business I was always so curious how other people were operating out of their vans. Hopefully it will help someone out there looking for ideas, or give some of you other guys a different...
  6. Cowboyjones

    Marble tile and grout

    Ok guys. I had a customer That I cleaned carpets for. They were super happy and asked about my tile and grout option. I did some looking and it is clearly marble tile. The grout is light brown so stains easy. The tile have a beautiful shine to them. The customer wants a price for cleaning...
  7. Cowboyjones

    New Truckmount

    Alright- Instead of just jumping in front of a city bus, I have decided to bite the bullet and buy a new truckmount. I am in a relatively bit of a hurry- but I also want to make sure I do this right and don't regret my purchase. I currently have an old Crossfire 4.4 which has been good-...
  8. Cowboyjones

    Vaccum hose size...

    OK- I need some thoughts. I have a Crossfire 4.4 with a new engine and new blower. I dont think I have quite the suction I once did with the old motor- but too late to bit. Any way- I have 150 ft of suction hose (25 feet is 1.5 inch, all else is 2 inch) and 100 feet of Pressure hose. I...
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    Let us learn about solutions

    Ok- I am still learning- as I assume most of us are on a daily basis. I have been VLM cleaning for about 3 years- realistically I am fairly confident in my cleaning. When I started I had one other carpet cleaner in town that VLM cleaned, he since retired and moved away. A lot of this guys...
  10. Cowboyjones

    Blower Removal

    Hey guys- I have an old Crossfire 4.4 and my blower finally went out. It made about 6000 hours which I cant complain about. I just got all the bolts out and realized that the blower is screwed in to the silencer. Any advice on taking those off? Is it really as simple as lefty loosey? If so-...
  11. Cowboyjones

    Owning a business isn't for the light hearted...

    Well- Long story short. My TM is broken down sitting in a Jon Don parking lot waiting to get fixed. I had a cracked block, replaced the engine and couldn't figure out the wiring. Enter the professionals... However, this has left my very vulnarable. I started out 100% VLM- love it on...
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    Block is cracked...eff

    Well- the worst of the worst. I noticed a gigantic amount of oil in my van recently, finally had a chance to dig in to it. turns up- the block is cracked. Working with an old hydramaster crossfire 4.4. The engines are of course obsolete. The unit has 4500 hours on it. I was thinking about...
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    Agitating Customers....or maybe i'm off

    Ok guys- another fun one. I had a customer call me up asking about cleaning her carpets. She had (in the past) used a different carpet cleaner here in town that just called it quits on his business. He only did VLM cleaning. I have no idea what he used- how he did it. I just know he did...
  14. Cowboyjones

    Foam in waste tank?

    Well I had an interesting Saturday- and the first of its kind. I just recently installed a water tank with pump in pump. First two jobs today- I use the hose from the house at the first job- no issues. Second job get to it just excited to use my new tank and pump. Also for the record I...
  15. Cowboyjones

    Advertising and pricing... Again. Seriously?

    Ok so I am looking for some advice. In my neck of the woods Val Pak does some wonders with local business. We have three carpet cleaners in the Val Pak that have been running ads for longer than 4 years. A spot finally opened up (the fourth) and I nabbed it up. I have done my research and...
  16. Cowboyjones

    Crossfire water pressure issues

    Hey all. I have a crossfire 4.4 and i am having an issue. Every so often I am losing all water pressure. Even if I have good flow into the unit (from customer faucet). Sometimes it works great- other times for like ten minutes then no pressure period. Today it happened and I turned it all...
  17. Cowboyjones

    Rotovac Actual questions

    I am not looking to start an argument over which is better, or why. I am virtually sold by the rotovac 360i, and am looking for the best oppurtunity to buy one. However I want some actual advice from people running the rotovac all day long. Right now I have just a basic stainless steel wand...
  18. Cowboyjones

    1st time for everything

    Alright. I am moving on to year 2 of my carpet cleaning business adventure. It has been an awesome year. We recently bought a truck mount and have been able to expand our business from just VLM (With BP MiniMax) to actual Steam cleaning (instead of that portable crap). Any way boy did I get...
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    This is a loaded question....

    I have two questions for the people that are truckmount forums! My first one, Is I was buying some stuff for my truckmount in Interlink Supply the other day and they told me they were having an IIRC CCT class in the coming 2 weeks. I thought, man I would like to do that just for some info and...
  20. Cowboyjones

    The Thread of many questions..and hopefully answers?

    Ok, I have searched through some of the forum for my questions and haven't had much of an asnwer yet, so here goes nothing. Stilling getting used to this truck mount thing. It is important to note however, that all of you are correct...a truckmount blows portables out of the water. So I have...
  21. Cowboyjones

    Another VCT Price thread, come on.

    Went to an old day care today. It was trashed. Any way They have contracted me to come in and clean the entire building, I don't just mean carpet, I mean VCT, tile and grout, VCT, walls, ceiling, doors, windows, paint, etc. Needless to say this is going to be an awesome job for this guy. I...
  22. Cowboyjones

    Mix Tank is Boiling Over

    On my portable, my mix tank is boiling and I believe it is creating so much pressure it is leaking out somewhere when the machine gets really, really warm. Any thoughts or ideas where I can start?
  23. Cowboyjones

    Crossfire 4.4 Water pump question

    I have a Hyrdamaster Crossfire 4.4 My Pressure for my heated water is intermitentaly going in and out. I will be at 600 psi cleaning and suddenly it drops to 300 (according to the gauge) but I have no actual pressure. The belt doesnt appear to be slipping. The only other noted problem is...
  24. Cowboyjones

    Crossfire 4.4 Water Pump

    Ok, I am a newbie with truck mounts, and HWE in general. I picked up an old Hydramaster Crossfire 4.4 off someone a few weeks ago. This afternoon I finally got a chance to get it out and try it out. It fires up just fine. Has great suction, heat and water pressure...sometimes. In the...
  25. Cowboyjones

    Van Set Up

    Alright guys, I recently acquired a used (new to me) van with a truckmount in it. The guy who previously owned the van always just brought water into the unit with the customers hose. While I don't have any huge issues with that (My thought is I should be able to use water, electricty from...