I have a soft carpet brush that I use on really nasty stuff. Even though it is soft, it still digs into the carpet and will tip bloom very fast. Like....the first turn. :)
However, in my case, NONE of the work I do matters because they are trying to save the carpet. So tip blooming is not an...
Dude, I clean carpets every day. I clean the nastiest carpets ever seen....and I do so with a buffer, NOT an OP machine. You can ask this question a thousand times....
Go buy a used buffer and start there. Then, if you actually get busy enough, you can buy 50 OP machines.
Frankly, I get better results now than I did when I had a fire breathing TM and I do NOT use 'OP'. I use a buffer.
Complete effectiveness may be in the interpretation.
I do not buy into the hype anymore.
TM/OP/VLM pick one, master it, get busy, collect check.
I'd still low moisture.
We kid our selves into thinking a deep rinse means cleaner. Dirty water coming from a waste tanks does not tell me the carpet is cleaner.
I get the same and often better results using VLM as I did with a TM.
Get a buffer, some good juice and get busy. Let these guys...
Know of: Vento or HOS machine. Only one I ever used and it pulled massively to the right...always. THAT wore me out.
I read about others and those owners will have to provide their experiences...which will differ greatly from my own.
If you want my take on chemical choices, let me know on...
Yes, the vento. I am having a hard time getting my head around the difference in cleaning between the two machines.
I am open to suggestions... but I am really pleased with my buffer.
Having said that, I have changed my focus to target CDG more than residential. I am demoing at hotels and such...
If a buffer is wearing anyone out, he is fighting the machine.
I just ran a 175 inside a gift shop with a ton of stands, shelving and rack all covered with fragile glass and trinkets. Inches to spare on each side.
OP machines do not clean deeper than a buffer when the buffer is operated...
If this thread is still alive, and if you want one more opinion, read on:
I went from OP to a truck mount and, in short, back to 'OP' which really means low moisture. I do not use an OP machine but a floor buffer.
IMO the buffer offers several important advantages and only one down side...
Why do you want an OP machine over a 175 buffer?
Buffers clean just as good, are cheaper, easier to repair, and can be found somewhere in your hometown.
There is a little more learning curve but anyone with opposing thumbs can learn to drive one within an hour.
Rob, it seems to me you are not the kind of guy who would attack a brand. I read your post and, honestly, I too, thought you were attacking Releasit.
I know how the written word can be inferred wrongly. I have been accused of such myself (often). I have no dog in the fight other than my...