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  1. Sapphire Steamer

    6 weeks in, need more customers

    Hey folks, Have been doing pretty good all in all for my first five weeks in business, better than my expectations. First two weeks I had two jobs, then three the third week, then five per week the last two weeks. My goal was five a week to hit within the first two months, so I've accomplished...
  2. Sapphire Steamer

    Titan 575, gimped through end of my job today

    Thank you, Dan. I appreciate it.
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    Titan 575, gimped through end of my job today

    Man I gotta tell you, I love this machine. Now that I'm using it correctly, have had not one single issue. It just works and is powerful and matches the colors on the van lettering. I'm already starting to get busier and referrals are starting to come in. Super happy.
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    Titan 575, gimped through end of my job today

    I wanted to give you guys an update. I had a big job and ran the machine for five hours on Thursday, and a three hour job yesterday. Machine ran great with all the doors on the van open, and I put the machine on 'warm' instead of 'hot'. Still had plenty of steam. It obviously just overheated...
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    Titan 575, gimped through end of my job today

    It's inside an 03' Ford Econoline 250.
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    Titan 575, gimped through end of my job today

    Thanks Oxi. I talked to my distributor for more information. Just tested the machine, ran for an hour and a half and cleaned my wifes car, no issues whatsoever. He doesn't believe it's a fuel pump issue because it would at least have cranked over instead of clicking. He believes the truck got...
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    Titan 575, gimped through end of my job today

    I will look into it, thank you guys. I did some more research after mrotto said it should always be running full throttle. For upholstery jobs I was turning it down because the vacuum was so strong, hopefully I didn't damage my machine. The manual says don't clean in the 'idle' position but I...
  8. Sapphire Steamer

    How often should carpets & furniture be cleaned?

    I worked for a major flooring retailer here in the Bay Area, and this is exactly what we were trained to tell our customers. I should have kept the brochure, that's a great idea. At Stanley Steemer, we said 3 times a year (and they conveniently had a maintenance program to cover that, at least...
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    Titan 575, gimped through end of my job today

    Yes, I bought the TM used, professionally serviced. It wasn't cheap. It wasn't already installed in a van, I had it installed in an E250 and they put a fuel tap in. Good to know I was doing the right thing by cranking it up :D Thanks for the positive vibes, I know it's not going to be a big...
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    Titan 575, gimped through end of my job today

    Thank you for replying RVR. You know what bro, I think maybe it overheated. I've been thinking that I don't need to be cranking that thing to full speed all the time, I've probably been overworking it a bit. I've only done 7 jobs since starting my company and the only other TM I've used was at...
  11. Sapphire Steamer

    Inland Marine insurance for TM / equipment

    I'll keep looking for an option for this, thank you guys, appreciate the advice.
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    Titan 575, gimped through end of my job today

    Hey folks, Not going to lie, got a bit freaked out when I couldn't get my TM to start back up today. I was working on a job for a few hours, and could hear the truck stuttering outside. Few minutes later, it shut off. Figured my auto pump out didn't engage for some reason, so I dumped the tank...
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    Inland Marine insurance for TM / equipment

    Hey guys, Called my commercial insurance provider to look into insuring my equipment. They said to look into inland marine insurance, heard the average cost is about $2500 a year. If you don't mind me asking, what do you guys pay per month to insure your equipment? Any recommendations? Looking...
  14. Sapphire Steamer

    Best CRM for 2020

    I'm a new company and have been really enjoying HouseCallPro. They even waived the initial fee for me and the pricing is reasonable. Just talk to the salesperson on the phone.
  15. Sapphire Steamer

    I am so stoked to be all set up!

    Friends, I can't thank you enough for the well wishes and positive vibes. I'm certainly full of enthusiasm and am so happy to be working for myself. I know there's going to be ups, downs, and questions; and this seems like the perfect place for that. The sense of comradery and community here is...
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    I am so stoked to be all set up!

    Thank you guys! I cleaned my last carpet eight years ago. Worked at Stanley for three years and another company for one. I'm drooling to clean again, missed the work and the business. I was in retail flooring for the last six years, and flooring estimation management for the last two. But...
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    I am so stoked to be all set up!

    Got the van all dialed in! It's a start! I can do carpet and upholstery, grabbing tile tools and leather kit next. Proline in Sacramento was awesome. My first run cleaning my sectional the belt slipped because of a stuck bearing on the belt tensioner for the blower, but it's fixed and humming...
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    How much has your truckmount made you?

    My starter TM is a Hydramaster Titan 575... I'm drooling waiting to pick up the van from ProLine this week! I know it's going to make me tons of money! I opted to buy a better machine out the box instead of gimping with the little guy at first.
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    I'm finally in business next month! Toilet adapter?

    I really appreciate the help here. I've ordered this item. You guys are super helpful. Hope everyone had a lovely holiday.
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    I'm finally in business next month! Toilet adapter?

    That's interesting Dream Clean, things may have changed since the old Stanley days. I'm sure I could make something, but could you show me the one that clamps to the bowl? I can't seem to find anything online. No offence, but in my area my customer base would frown upon dumping in their...
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    I'm finally in business next month! Toilet adapter?

    Thank you guys! At stanley we had a weighted adapter that sat in the bowl and had a filter on it, do they not exist? I have a fancy pump out don't want to be watering some bathroom floors. I guess that will work just throwing it in, but seems a bit sketchy?
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    I'm finally in business next month! Toilet adapter?

    Wow guys, it's been a long journey. I joined this forum almost ten years ago when I was a Stanley over at Steemers in the hopes of creating my own business. Finally, I've pulled the trigger! Deposit on equipment, insurance dialed in, website ready to be published, logos on the van, the whole...
  23. Sapphire Steamer

    Anyone have an Amtex Inferno 400 truck mount?

    Been doing my research and fell in love with the Amtex Inferno 400, was wondering if anyone has one? What do you like or dislike about it? Would you say it's as powerful / more powerful than a Stanley Steemer machine? Ben the owner of the company also seems like a nice guy.
  24. Sapphire Steamer

    Had job cancel because I wasn't TM

    Is their carpet fairly new? Manufacturers typically require 'truck mounted steam cleaning' once every 12-18 months to retain vendor warranties, and likely the person who sold the floor covering to them told them that. They may be the same kind of customers asking if you are IICRC certified for...
  25. Sapphire Steamer

    I'm back!

    Heh, enjoyed the responses here. While I do appreciate music, I was referring to the Discord chat system (many online forums also have a Discord). But alas, I wasn't offering or pushing to descend this community down the rabbit hole of social media, just a question and received appropriate...