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So I have been looking no stop at different portables over these last few months, but am still having problems coming to a decision. I'm looking for a portable that will work on our outlets over here. We have 15 amps with 120v, I would also like to be able to run atleast 75ft of hose so that I don't have to lug the unit up and down the stairs. Any suggestions?
 
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So I have been looking no stop at different portables over these last few months, but am still having problems coming to a decision. I'm looking for a portable that will work on our outlets over here. We have 15 amps with 120v, I would also like to be able to run atleast 75ft of hose so that I don't have to lug the unit up and down the stairs. Any suggestions
It'd be nice to have a nautilus with all the bells and whistles like heat, adjustable 500-1200 PSI and dual 3 stage vacuums but the best thing you can do is find an affordable extractor that sucks well and get your business started. HWE (hot water extraction) can be broken down with the CHAD acronym Chemicals, Heat, Agitation and Dwell Time. I'd suggest that the most important is Agitation so if your extractor doesn't provide heat just make sure you're using an effective pre spray, possibly use a CRB counter rotating brush for agitation and then run your wand over everything thoroughly to rinse out the dirty solution. Indecision is the bane of any potentially successful business and you won't stay with your first extractor forever. Learn as you work and the truth is we all fake it till we make it. Don't rule out VLM carpet cleaning with cotton bonnets under a 17 or 20" 175 rpm floor machine. I've been doing more carpets this way with excellent results on both carpets and area rugs and even upholstery. Also don't forget to offer hard floor cleaning. It's much easier and usually pays better. I've recently started using the Turbo Hybrid TH40 but because my extractor only offers 200 PSI I'm using a Karcher pressure washer as my pump and using my Mytee Speedster portable extractor to collect the dirty water. I just cleaned a little under 1,000 SF of Travertine tile and grout today and made pretty good $ with a cold water extractor because all I need it for is suction and I'm pretty sure they all suck. It only has one cord. But I did add an APO auto pump out so now it has 2. Also I've been in communication with the guy who invented the TH40 (by accident I thought I was calling Turbo Force International for parts, the business he started and was basically stolen from him, turns out it was his cell phone# I had saved from a YouTube video he'd made about the evolution of the Turbo Hybrid tile spinner while being interviewed by a fellow tile cleaner in AZ) I was stressing out about damaging this clients travertine bc I couldn't adjust my Karcher PSI down from around 1,500 PSI with the trigger engaged so @ the time I was looking for larger nozzles to increase GPM and decrease PSI after reading comments from other cleaners discussing how to clean Travertine. Needless to say these comments about owning someone's Travertine tile floors if I used over 1,000 PSI put the fear of God in me an just when I was about to abondon either the job or the high pressure nozzles I accidentally called Mark the inventor and he quickly ascertained what I was trying to do and immediately told me that it was a mistake to change out the nozzles because he'd chosen them @ the perfect angle and distance for the "Sweet Spot" of hard surface cleaning as he put it. He also said after 40 years of cleaning ceramic tile and grout and stone floors and improving on his tile spinner invention the Turbo Hybrid TH40 1,500 PSI is my friend not my enemy for any ceramic tile or stone floor. Period. He also talked about how guys like to blame higher pressures on damaging customer's grout when in fact this was actually pre existing defects because grout is made to handle much higher pressures than any cleaner can offer. He wants to see cleaners become more well rounded and offer all services including grout repair, crack repairs in tile using a method he created that doesn't harden quickly like epoxy, color sealing grout etc. After our several conversations I was no longer afraid of using high pressure on any tile floor whatever it's origin. After doing a brief walk through and asking the customer if he\she was aware of any pre existing conditions that my cleaning process my expose there were only a few cracked tiles. I only pre sprayed the kitchen and a few other high traffic areas and I also pre agitated these dirtier areas with a stainless steel grout brush. After I was done cleaning with the TH40 the dirtiest areas were now the cleanest so the customer had me re clean several areas with just my grout brush and some pre spray. After I re cleaned these areas she was happy to pay another $.50 SF to have it sealed. So pressure is your friend on all tile and grout floors and don't be afraid to think outside the box. BTW a 950 gallons per hour pondmaster pump was not able to keep up with my cleaning so I'll be looking to upgrade my APO to around 1500 GPH.
 

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If you're serious find a used entry level truck mount. A high powered quality portable will cost you $5-10k. A entry used truck mount and vehicle $20-30k

Trust me, you'll want the truck mount.
 

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So I have been looking no stop at different portables over these last few months, but am still having problems coming to a decision. I'm looking for a portable that will work on our outlets over here. We have 15 amps with 120v, I would also like to be able to run atleast 75ft of hose so that I don't have to lug the unit up and down the stairs. Any suggestions?
I had this issue last year, so I went online and looked for solutions. Finally, I bought something from Amazon with a 75% discount. That works good.