When I found that there was a CC Distributor in Savannah G.A., which is about an hours drive away from HHI, S.C.....i couldn't wait to get over there and have a look see at the place, since I'm a "newbie" and all, I'd be like a kid in a toy store!
While I was there, I also got to look around the back maintenance and storage area and sitting in one of the corners was what I thought to be a brand spanking new ROTOVAC Powerwand.
Turns out is was a very slightly used RV Powerwand and it had been sitting in that same spot for at least a year. Upon a much closer inspection, I was absolutely amazed that it could have possibly been used, as it had not the first sign of wear and/or use on it!
I asked what the story was behind it and the store Manager/Technician (Adam) explained to me that they had ordered a "Starter Package" for a fella and 4 months later he sold almost everything back to them....claimed that "he was to lazy to be self-employed in the CC industry!"
Anyway, he told them that he had only used the Powerwand 3-4 times, once they had a look at it, they believed him because of its's "like new" condition.
I asked if it was for sale and just as soon as they said "yes", I immediately explained that I had been seeing them on e-bay selling for around 750.00 (these were in bad shape, looked very worn and beat-up.); they said that it was simply collecting dust and to make them an offer. I offered 700.00, they said "o.k."!
GREAT, but there was a problem....I would not have the money for a couple of weeks, I explained my situation and that I was just starting out, the owner stepped in and said that "he too started out the same way" and then replied "no worries, pay me 800.00 and make payments at your own pace and amount you want to pay". I handed them some money and they handed me a RV Powerwand along with the Owner's manual and (2) extra felt rings!
I have since used it on commercial and residential carpets and have had excellent results! Both situations required "restorative carpet cleaning" and that's exactly what the Powerwand and myself delivered!
Let me make it clear that the only time I would pull the Powerwand out is possibly for a demo and/or any "restorative" type CC work.
I too find a conventional wand to be the way to go otherwise, but do not find the Powerwand hard to use....just slower to use, but I charge for my time.
I will follow-up this post with some commercial results from the Powerwand, pictures included.
p.s. recently got some teflon glides for it....look forward to using it on some commercial and seeing how it performs.
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