Mytee M5 vs Truckforce 3500 vs Mytee M12... Porty Fight, who wins?

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In choosing a portable these are the three machines on my radar. I have tentatively laid plans to purchase a Truckforce 3500, but I wanted to put the question to the people. Which would you choose if you had a choice. Here are the options. I'm only looking for portables with APO, AF, at least 2-3 stage vacs, or triple vacs. They are the only options.


  1. $2200 shipped - Mytee M5 - Brand New
  2. $1500 shipped - Truckforce 3500 - USED (30hrs)
  3. $1600 shipped - Mytee M12 - USED (Hrs unknown, age is 2 yrs in good condition)
I'd like to have a machine that is power efficient. Which I know the Mytee M12 and TF 3500 aren't. BUT they are both alot cheaper than a brand new Mytee M5. I have been looking for a Mytee M5 used but with no luck. Any ideas.

The reason the M5 is at the top of the list is because it seems to be the most competent machine around with the features, power, support, and track record to prove its a winner for the majority of people who've used it (from what I tell from the user of it.)

I have $3000 to start this business, which includes buying everything I need for the business. Vacuums, Hydroforce, Hoses, Tools, Shirts, Nano Marketing budget ha, Air Mover, Water claw... You get the picture. It will be done. :-D
 

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I would go for the M12 or TF use the extra $$ for all the stuff you mentioned! Not sure about the TF, but the M12 can also do tile and that will be a great add-on or additional income! The M5 will have the most vacuum of the 3 but no heat and only 500psi. Both the TF and M12 are tanks, so you will need help or ramps unloading those beasts. Whatever you get, you will be happy! Good Luck!
 

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Thank you floorguy_724. I understand there are 2 schools of thought when it comes to T&G. I subscribe to the Chem & Scrub school of thought. The other method is high pressure and chems. I don't subscribe to this. I think you can get it done without the high pressure. For this reason, a high pressure machine is not necessarily high value feature for me. Plus I'd rather have VAC over high pressure (1200psi)

For heat I like the idea of NOT having the heater in the machine for maintenance purposes. I do plan on adding a 2HT Little Giant in the future.

Now that doesn't mean that if the right deal comes along...Any of the aforementioned machines is an option.
 

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I like the machine that you've selected so far, but here's a way that I think you could stretch you dollar a little further, at least to start off with.

How about a Mytee 1000DX-200, and an Air Hog.

250 adjustable psi
200 CFM

And with the Air hog, choose to 180" of water lift. More vacuum power than any of the fore mentioned machines you have there.

Another plus is even with the extractor AND the Air hog, you'll still only be on two cords, and for about $2,000 new!

So what's the down side? Well, no auto features, and only 250 psi. However, you can add all of those things later on, but this would be a killer combo to get you started. Especially if you had a Rotary tool like a Rotovac, hint hint...
 

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Thank you floorguy_724. I understand there are 2 schools of thought when it comes to T&G. I subscribe to the Chem & Scrub school of thought. The other method is high pressure and chems. I don't subscribe to this. I think you can get it done without the high pressure. For this reason, a high pressure machine is not necessarily a deal breaker for me. Plus I'd rather have VAC over high pressure (1200psi)

For heat I like the idea of NOT having the heater in the machine for maintenance purposes. I do plan on adding a 2HT Little Giant in the future.

Now that doesn't mean that if the right deal comes along...Any of the aforementioned machines is an option.

Nice! In that case....go for the M5!! It sounds like you know what you are looking for! Good Luck!
 

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I like the machine that you've selected so far, but here's a way that I think you could stretch you dollar a little further, at least to start off with.

How about a Mytee 1000DX-200, and an Air Hog.

250 adjustable psi
200 CFM

And with the Air hog, choose to 180" of water lift. More vacuum power than any of the fore mentioned machines you have there.

Another plus is even with the extractor AND the Air hog, you'll still only be on two cords, and for about $2,000 new!

So what's the down side? Well, no auto features, and only 250 psi. However, you can add all of those things later on, but this would be a killer combo to get you started. Especially if you had a Rotary tool like a Rotovac, hint hint...
haha, nice setup, and I looked at that type of setup early on in the decision making process, but ruled it out. The reason was because I made the decision early on that the auto features are non-negotiable for me. Period. I've cleaned with them and I won't go that road again.
 

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haha, nice setup, and I looked at that type of setup early on in the decision making process, but ruled it out. The reason was because I made the decision early on that the auto features are non-negotiable for me. Period. I've cleaned with them and I won't go that road again.
Yeah, once you've come over to the dark side, it's impossible to go back.
 

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The truck force has an excellent pump, I did tile and grout with that portable, and it came out good, it can give 650 psi no problem.
The vacuum is good and the pump out is really good and can pump out 20gallons per minutes.
 

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Thomas,

As you know, there are a ton of deals out there that come and go by the moment.

I use this tool to check and see what's available second hand via Craigslist:

http://www.craigslistcrawler.com/

You can enter Recoil, Mytee, etc. and you'll get results from all over the country or you can add a specific location and the keyword. This is great if you're willing to travel for the right deal.

Jaime,

How's the Recoil testing coming along????
 

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Not what you asked but:

AF/Auto dump are over-rated. UNLESS you are always doing more than 4 rooms.

I have gone back to the bucket brigade and love it. OK, love is a stretch.... I do not mind it. I get awesome results with an easier-to-handle machine. But that MHO. For what it is worth.

Having said that, Mytee is my go-to choice always. The M12 is a beast to get upstairs.
 

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If money is a issue for you then I would take a look at the 1005 dx, It's around $1600? about the same muscle as the m5 but without auto pump out. Also You might consider spending more of your $ on a machine that you know you like for years to come. The recoil or the m5 both can be run from the van if you want. Then add the extras like propane heat etc. as your company grows.
 

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Forgot I the eclipse also give you the option for autofill, pump out and 1500psi, never tried but just to put on the table also.
I'll take a look on line at craigslistcrawler for a used one, because I can't afford a new one. But it looks like a nice machine. I do remember some ago a few years a female cleaner having an issue with the machine and it turned out to be a big fiasco. That was prominent on a different forum, cleanfax I think. Anyhow I'll check it out. Thanks for the suggestion.
 

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If money is a issue for you then I would take a look at the 1005 dx, It's around $1600? about the same muscle as the m5 but without auto pump out. Also You might consider spending more of your $ on a machine that you know you like for years to come. The recoil or the m5 both can be run from the van if you want. Then add the extras like propane heat etc. as your company grows.
I have looked at the 1005dx which is nice, but again APO, AF are requirements for me not options.
 

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Thomas,

As you know, there are a ton of deals out there that come and go by the moment.

I use this tool to check and see what's available second hand via Craigslist:

http://www.craigslistcrawler.com/

You can enter Recoil, Mytee, etc. and you'll get results from all over the country or you can add a specific location and the keyword. This is great if you're willing to travel for the right deal.

Jaime,

How's the Recoil testing coming along????
Thanks for the info Jaime. I've never heard of the website you referred to. I've always a similar website called www.crazedlist.org. After using it, I can say it's alot easier than the one I was using.

I am willing to drive to pickup the machine within 600 miles (one-way) of Sacramento, Ca, but haven't found a machine that close yet. The Truckforce 3500 I found is close, but not close enough to drive, plus the s/h to me is only $175 due to its location and some contacts I have in the same area the machine is in who can ship the machine to me after inspecting it.
 

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...Mytee is my go-to choice always. The M12 is a beast to get upstairs.
Yeah, @ 205lbs it's a beast. Not my favorite thing to do on any given day. The M5 would at least alleviate some of the weight, although not by much. I could live with them both though for the right price. My overall preference is the Mytee M5, but its not available used online anywhere that I've looked yet. Anybody selling one for a stellar deal. ;)
 

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I'm leaning towards the CFX w/docking station and waiting patiently for the Virginia Beach porty shoot out. The CFX is light weight and versatile and I'm hoping it has the power and performance to go along with it.
 

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I'm leaning towards the CFX w/docking station and waiting patiently for the Virginia Beach porty shoot out. The CFX is light weight and versatile and I'm hoping it has the power and performance to go along with it.
The CFX with 360i or PW seems like a nice combo as well. Maybe I should add to the title Rotovac CFX/360 combo as well. Let us know what you think about it, if you do decide to purchase.
 

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