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Hey all, new to this forum but not new to the cleaning industry. I’ve worked for a carpet cleaning business for 10 years now. I specialized in everything from carpet, upholstery, tile, power washing, water damage, stripping and waxing and all floor Maintenance, etc. I’m branching out and starting my own business and planning on starting with a portable for now. I’ve read some threads and narrowed my search down to this Porty And was curious if you guys think this price is good and if you’ve had experience with this website. (3,770$ with free shipping on discount cleaning products.com) and possibly advice about the machine. The only portables I’ve used are ninjas and the prospector PE which is the 1,200 psi model. I mostly used truck mounts and we used the Titan 575 (which is one hell of a machine) and boxers. For my needs I know a portable will work for now. I want the best suction possible so i can use more hose. I read that the dual 8.4” motors are where it’s at. 500PSI will suit me for now because i plan on doing mostly carpets, upholstery, etc and possibly flood damage jobs depending on the size. I plan on using an external heater to avoid popping breakers. Although I have experience in the cleaning industry I’m pretty mechanically and technically challenged to say the least. Will this machine run off a generator? I’m going to get a enclosed trailer and was thinking about getting a generator but was unsure how that all works. What’s the longest length of hose to use and still clean affectively? Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all for your time.
 

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Hey all, new to this forum but not new to the cleaning industry. I’ve worked for a carpet cleaning business for 10 years now. I specialized in everything from carpet, upholstery, tile, power washing, water damage, stripping and waxing and all floor Maintenance, etc. I’m branching out and starting my own business and planning on starting with a portable for now. I’ve read some threads and narrowed my search down to this Porty And was curious if you guys think this price is good and if you’ve had experience with this website. (3,770$ with free shipping on discount cleaning products.com) and possibly advice about the machine. The only portables I’ve used are ninjas and the prospector PE which is the 1,200 psi model. I mostly used truck mounts and we used the Titan 575 (which is one hell of a machine) and boxers. For my needs I know a portable will work for now. I want the best suction possible so i can use more hose. I read that the dual 8.4” motors are where it’s at. 500PSI will suit me for now because i plan on doing mostly carpets, upholstery, etc and possibly flood damage jobs depending on the size. I plan on using an external heater to avoid popping breakers. Although I have experience in the cleaning industry I’m pretty mechanically and technically challenged to say the least. Will this machine run off a generator? I’m going to get a enclosed trailer and was thinking about getting a generator but was unsure how that all works. What’s the longest length of hose to use and still clean affectively? Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all for your time.
Why a trailer set up? Nautlis porty 3770, generator for power 1500 - 2500 (you could go with a cheap one but you will get what you pay for), trailer to haul 2000. You will probably spend at least 7200 maybe 9,000 when your all done. If you are mechanically challenged then I would not skimp on price but go with quality. Nautlis units are pretty dependable. You will probably need at least a 10K generator. You are getting in the price range of a fairly decent TM.
 

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Why a trailer set up? Nautlis porty 3770, generator for power 1500 - 2500 (you could go with a cheap one but you will get what you pay for), trailer to haul 2000. You will probably spend at least 7200 maybe 9,000 when your all done. If you are mechanically challenged then I would not skimp on price but go with quality. Nautlis units are pretty dependable. You will probably need at least a 10K generator. You are getting in the price range of a fairly decent TM.
 

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Well, I planned on going with a portable anyway because I think it’s a necessity to have in your arsenal in case the situation pops up where you would need one. I was thinking about the TruckMount route but i like the accessibility of a portable and the fact that no job is limiting my ability. I would go full blown TruckMount but like i was saying a portable is going to suit my needs for now. Once I get business going and start generating income I’ll invest into a TruckMount. I only have a mid sized pickup and plan on using a enclosed trailer to put all my equipment in until a van becomes an option. I kinda prefer to get my equipment and just get started instead of going through the process to find a van and getting all the equipment hooked up. Even if i wanted too I still have a budget to go by ya know?
 

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If you've been doing this for 10 years you just need to jump into a truck mount. You will regret it if you dont and it will take your business a long time to take off.

If you're doing residential and you shos up with a portable customers will make you leave in some cases.
 

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If you've been doing this for 10 years you just need to jump into a truck mount. You will regret it if you dont and it will take your business a long time to take off.

If you're doing residential and you shos up with a portable customers will make you leave in some cases.
 

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Ya i guess that makes sense. Although in 10 years I’ve never been questioned or turned down for using a portable. I just feel like it’s overwhelming with everything that goes into a TruckMount build.
 
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Just buy a used setup if you can. I don't know what your finances are like; but besides the truck mount, how do you plan to get customers?
 

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Im going to have 30,000 to start with. Maybe spend 20k or so in equipment and 10k in advertising. I’m going to have a website professionally made. And so far I’ve had a little experience with google ad words and Facebook advertising. But besides that I’m not quite sure. I’m trying to crunch all the numbers but doing as much research as possible before making big purchases
 

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Im going to have 30,000 to start with. Maybe spend 20k or so in equipment and 10k in advertising. I’m going to have a website professionally made. And so far I’ve had a little experience with google ad words and Facebook advertising. But besides that I’m not quite sure. I’m trying to crunch all the numbers but doing as much research as possible before making big purchases
Be sure to have $ set a side for living expenses. You don't want to have a 300 day and have to use it for a trip to the grocery store and phone bill. Cash flow is the make or break for any new business. If your desperate for cash it will make you make some bad decisions.
 

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Be sure to have $ set a side for living expenses. You don't want to have a 300 day and have to use it for a trip to the grocery store and phone bill. Cash flow is the make or break for any new business. If your desperate for cash it will make you make some bad decisions.
 

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Yes I understand. I’ll make sure I’ll have enough funds in all aspects before making any purchases. I have an additional 10,000 for living expenses. I have 40,000 total sorry I forgot to add that
 
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Yes I understand. I’ll make sure I’ll have enough funds in all aspects before making any purchases. I have an additional 10,000 for living expenses. I have 40,000 total sorry I forgot to add that
Sign up for Google Local Services as soon as your website is done. Get reviews. A good professional website built with WORDPRESS - if it isn't wordpress it isn't going to be SEO friendly.

I highly recommend Housecall Pro as well - it integrates with Google and other platforms. Makes it easy as heck, and offers online ordering through your website.

Once I had my website built I spent about $500 a month through local services, and got $6,000 a month in sales from it.

Now I have done well enough to hire an SEO engineer and my organic internet is doing well. Again though, I'd strongly recommend Google Local Services. It takes about 6 weeks for them to complete the background/insurance check on you to get the Google Guaranteed mark.
 

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Sign up for Google Local Services as soon as your website is done. Get reviews. A good professional website built with WORDPRESS - if it isn't wordpress it isn't going to be SEO friendly.

I highly recommend Housecall Pro as well - it integrates with Google and other platforms. Makes it easy as heck, and offers online ordering through your website.

Once I had my website built I spent about $500 a month through local services, and got $6,000 a month in sales from it.

Now I have done well enough to hire an SEO engineer and my organic internet is doing well. Again though, I'd strongly recommend Google Local Services. It takes about 6 weeks for them to complete the background/insurance check on you to get the Google Guaranteed mark.
 

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I own a nautilus MXE auto fill and auto pump out 500 psi. Have done a lot of carpets and it may take a little longer it has worked good and no big issues. The only issue I have had is one of the vacuum motors will shut off when it gets overheated. So I have a separate fan blow on machine when cleaning.
 

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I own a nautilus MXE auto fill and auto pump out 500 psi. Have done a lot of carpets and it may take a little longer it has worked good and no big issues. The only issue I have had is one of the vacuum motors will shut off when it gets overheated. So I have a separate fan blow on machine when cleaning.
 

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Another thing to think about is that when you upgrade to a tm later on the nautilus will be too bulky to fit in your loaded truck. You rather buy a smaller much more compact unit so later on if your tm is down for service you can easily fit your porty in your van as a back up usage.