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  1. Jason Hepner

    Jason Hepner New Member

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    Glad to be a part of the forum. I have been in carpet/Oriental cleaning field, since 1998. On Tuesday morning I am going to pick up my first, very own truckmount. I am buying a 2000 GMC 3500 (xtra long), with 21k on a new motor, and 64k on the transmission. The machine is a Butler, with 2200 hrs. All maintenance records included. Wands, upholstery tool, stair tool, and a few hundred feet of extra hose and line, beside what is on the reels. Two dehumidifiers and blowers. All for $11000. Does that sound like a pretty good deal to you guys? The folks at Butler said that it sounded great. Any tips from Butler users? Is there an easy way to bypass the live reel? Thanks for any help or advice.
     
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    floorclean Active Member

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    Congratulations on the purchase!


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    Welcome to TMF! It sounds like a great deal to me as long as everything works as it should. I have never ran a Butler but I imagine bypassing live reels shouldn't be too hard, hopefully some Butler users can chime in and answer as well.
     
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    Both live reels are easily bypassed. I ran from the waste tank by 2-1/2" hose to a devastator filter then 2" to the wand. On the pressure reel I just hooked up to the outputs on the dash of the machine
     
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    Take to your local carpet cleaning mechanic pay him to check it out before you buy. sounds like a great deal but hours or anything else could be off.
     
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    Whether you spend 1000$ or 11000$
    You got to have a mechanic who can work on those butlers.
    Not just any mechanic can work on them.
    Very few here in texas, i believe ther are some in dallas.
    Also check the heat ouput , you may have to put in a fuel heater????
     
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  7. Jason Hepner

    Jason Hepner New Member

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    Unfortunately, it is 4 1/2 hours away, so no dice on having it looked over. They are offering me the opportunity to clean some of the carpet at their office. Should I charge for it? Hahaaa
     
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    rccva Active Member

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    I'm not sure why you need a mechanic for a Butler. I've had Butlers for 27 years, I am no mechanic and I have fixed everything that has gone wrong. I had the PTO go out once and my local mechanic down the road replaced it for me. Butlers are one of the easiest machines to work on. The few times you will need to.

    Why do you want to bypass the live pressure reel? I can understand the vacuum reel, but why the pressure?
     
  9. Jason Hepner

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    The company that I worked for, for nearly 18 years, had the solution line attached to the vacuum hose, via zip ties. It has never made sense to me to have the two separated, and I intend on having the same set-up.
     
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    Did you have a separate section not attached for pre spraying? What did you do if you had a water extraction and just needed the vacuum hose?
     
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  11. Jason Hepner

    Jason Hepner New Member

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    We used spray tanks for pre-treating. Nice, stainless steel pump sprayers. When we did extraction (very rarely, as the company was mainly centered around the in-plant work) we used the vacuum/solution hoses. It isn't like the solution lines were that much heavier, or were in the way. It is just a much more efficient way, in my opinion. A couple of months ago, I helped a friend for a few nights of cleaning. He had seperate lines. That was the first time I had ever used that set-up. What a PITA!
     
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    Butlers are good units and easier to work on than most. If it works to clean carpet, gets hot, has the needed suction and so forth, you have a good deal.
     
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