- Sep 25, 2010
- Real Name
- Deron Najarian
- Business Location
- United States
Not about to let the beloved "Downtown" Paulie Brown have all the fun, I got myself a T Rex Jr. with the understanding that if I didn't like it, I could return it. I took it out for the first time today, on moderately soiled carpets. I fully expect that it can clean extremely well, given my experience with the T Rex. However, since I didn't clean any trashed carpets yet, I will not make that official determination. What I can reveal, is the overall quality, ease of use, handling, water recovery, light weight etc.
Let me first say that the build quality of the T Rex Jr. is in a class by itself; even better than the RX20 and earlier versions of the T Rex. The frame/downtube/axle wheel design is VERY rigid and makes movement when rolling or operating, very precise and controlled. There isn't any flex, whatsoever, so combined with its light weight, this machine handles better than any other rotary. The Rotovac's telescopic frame flexes every which way and these machines are not at all in the class of the new Mytee. The Mytee is the equivalent of a Mercedes, with precise steering and solid construction/ engineering well above the competition. While operating, the slightest adjustment in your hands, translates into precise reaction from the machine, like a Porsche or Mercedes. Some of you might recall that I slightly criticized the first batch of T Rex machines because their downtube/wheel design was not quite as rigid as that of the RX20. Not any more! This thing turns on a dime, rolls with precision and handles like a dream. Tell it where to go and it's there.
Unlike the T Rex, the smaller model only has 4 vac heads, so there isn't any drool when you lift the head off of the carpet. Side to side motion is easier because it is much lighter than the T Rex. The full size T Rex might feel a bit more planted on the carpet because of the larger and heavier head but the weight difference more than makes up for it, when it comes to ease of use. The T Rex Jr. is the kind of machine that requires so little physical effort to use, that you will be less tired at the end of your work days.
Water recovery is phenomenal, just as I expected. The full size T Rex is also amazing in this regard. It's too early for me to say if the Jr. model is any better or worse than its big brother when it comes to dry times.
In conclusion, I am going to openly say that the T Rex Jr. is by far, the best, most desirable residential rotary on the market. I even prefer it a bit over the T Rex, because of its lighter weight and more times than not, the smaller head is an advantage. Simply put, the pros outweigh the cons. Pitted against other brands of rotary extractors, it isn't even close. I always commended the RV360i for the fact that it had a niche. Well, sorry to say but that niche is gone and I mean gone. This machine is so much better than the RV360i that I cannot imagine ANYBODY preferring the Rotovac if they ran both of them. It is built of much higher quality, is easier to use, is far more comfortable, runs better, handles and rolls much more precisely and looks better. I also suspect that it cleans better but like I said, I have not cleaned a trashed carpet with it yet.
If you are looking to buy a rotary for residential carpet, don't walk to your distributor. Don't take your time to think it over. Run........run like your hair is on fire. John La"Babe"ra was standing at home plate with his bat aimed at center field and I'll be damned if he didn't whack a monster into Yankee Stadium's center field.
I put my reputation on the line when I say, this is the best rotary extractor ever built, by a landslide. No, "Downtown" Paulie was not talking trash. If he was guilty of anything, it was that he was a tad understated. This machine is phenomenal.