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Carpet Extractor Standards Draft - Both Truck Mount & Portable

Jim Ellis

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Truck Mount Forum is a great board with a ton of great info and characters including the guy from Australia who cleans with a Bissel Big Green. I'm going to start a "draft" for carpet extractor standards that I hope many of the members can help complete. The "draft" is below and is raw info I've put in based on opinion - some fact - experience - and guessing. There are many members on TMF that have specific technical knowledge and others who have more experience that can add or edit. The final product should be a recommended standards guideline for people who are buying machines - porties or TM's:

Truckmounts

Important Features:

- waterbox
- hx heat sensor
- standard features - this is pretty standard for all TM's
- Solution tank / transfer pump

Performance

Lift: 15" +
CFM: residential - 200+ - residential + small commercial 250+ commercial 300+ large commercial 400+

Portables

Important Features:

- Auto-fill
- Auto - dump
- 2" vac inlet

Performance

Lift: 13" +
CFM: 130+

Anyway this is my rough-in - please add to this along with important points about what key features are important with either a porty or TM. I know there's a lot more that can be added.
 

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I have no idea what to add? My extractor departs markedly from anything matching the above.

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Walk Behinds.


Agitation

Cylinder Roller Bursh is preferable to a Reciprocal Action Agitator. Agitation counts as pressure under the cleaning head. 30PSI clean at about the same effectiveness as 100PSI.

Toothed rubber drive belts are more durable and provide better brush torque.


Solution & Effluent Tanks

Look for units with at least a 6 Litre solution tank and an equal or larger recovery bucket.
Effluent bucket should be top filling type.
NOTE** These machines would be ideal candidates for auto fill auto pump out modification.