Lot of problem with my CRB

cleaninNseattle

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I just opened my crb for the first time in 3 or years to repair some damaged wiring. What I like to do every time I use my crb is clean it when I finish using it by first unplugging it, turning it front face down on the ground, remove the brushes, then i lay my vac line next to the underside to catch some overspray from my wand . Spray a bit of water on the underside to loosen any debris, vac it up, put the crb away clean and ready to use for an encap job.
 

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Just to be clear ... there are two “Strong “ CRB manufactures , the knock off out of Florida but really over seas and the real “Strong” out of California. I believe currently there is a lawsuit against the knock off Florida folks. I have the Strong from Cali by Kelly Love and it is been running strong for a long time with not one issue.
 

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I just looked at the Austrian 15inch unit at a local place round my way. I thought it would be a lot lighter than my Nobles 20inch dual speed 185/315 SpeedShine unit I run day in and day out. I'll tell you what....Not a huge difference. Then again buffers never really were a hardship for me carrying them but a CRB would've been nice to replace the Oreck I use on stairs. I may end up getting one but I could get another Cimex for the price.
 

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Just to be clear ... there are two “Strong “ CRB manufactures , the knock off out of Florida but really over seas and the real “Strong” out of California. I believe currently there is a lawsuit against the knock off Florida folks. I have the Strong from Cali by Kelly Love and it is been running strong for a long time with not one issue.

We’ve sold a ton of both over seas models from Europe and Asia. The Florida ones have not only closed the gap but their next model this Summer will surpass them. We have only had 3 problems with all our Florida sales, 2 were gears and one broken handle. Just like cars, the Europeans can’t hold off the Asian market because they match and surpass the quality.
 

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We've used both the Strong and the Austrian (we have over 20 of these), the Austrians don't break down, even with repeated abuse. The Strong machines have very little tolerance.
 
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We service CRBs for my guys in the area, and I must admit that the Strong machines seem to have a lot more repair issues than the Brush Pros, the Procaps, or the Whittakers (which we hardly EVER see!); oddly enough, each seems prone to a different type of problem.

Mostly the gears strip fast on the Strongs. Procaps tend to have broken lifting rods, and Brush Pros have microswitch problems. Of them all, Brush Pros are usually the fastest fixes, Procaps are a pain because the rods are tough to get to but simple aside from that, and Strongs take the longest because of travel time for the gears.
 
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hmmm now I wonder if I should just buy a 175 and not worry about a CRB! Are the belt driven ones less maintenance and repair then gear driven CRB's?
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175 is like a tank...will last 30 years.....
Jeff doesnt use a CRB.......

175 for rentals and commericial....
could get a light weight 175....15"....for around 550$
that would work for residential

I have a powrflite crb...sale for 1450$....
i believe I saw one on sale for 900$????
 

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I have a twin 20” whittaker and it’s a work horse. It has never broken down in the 5 years I’ve had it. I bought it used. I like the fact that its brushes are close together making it less bulky than other CRBs. I can agitate prespray on stairs with it, it suspends those soils on bullnoses with ease, easier than my 175 to carry upstairs, it digs stuff out of carpets that my 175 misses to and it lifts the nap at the same time as it agitates my prespray, my 175 doesn’t really lifts the nap.
I have stiffer CRB brushes for harder surfaces like tile and grout but I like using my 175 there better.