Rotovac: 360i vs. Powerwand vs. DHX

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  1. Eric J

    Eric J Member

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    I have been doing lots of research on these 3 models of Rotovacs. I would like some input from people who have been using them.

    I have read good and bad on the 360i. I have read the Powerwand is best at cleaning etc.... DHX is good at getting in tighter spots than the Powerwand.

    Seems to me that the 360i cleans the quickest of all three based on videos I have seen. For the Powerwand and DHX to only clean 3'x3' squares seems really slow. Is that how you really have to do it with the Powerwand and DHX? Would take forever to do a whole house it seems.

    Any and all input in comparing these 3 units would be greatly appreciated. I basically a dedicated Hard Surface company but I get lots of requests from my estatic customers to do there carpets so I guess it is time to have carpet stuff too. Not too shot in the but about a normal wand. Last thing I want to do is clean a color seal 1000 sq ft of tile all day and then have to huff a wand on there carpet. Seems like Powerwand is as smooth as vacuuming, no?
     
  2. grimel

    grimel New Member

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    Haven't used the DHX. I had 2 PW and 1 360. I've sold 1 PW, would sell the 2nd PW. If you aren't doing VERY NASTY carpet the 360 will run circles around the PW. I'm yet to find a carpet nasty enough to need the carpet brushes for the 360. I truly believe smoking hot water with about any decent cleaner and the PW will do miracles.
     
  3. Frank DiGi

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    All three are great tools! I like the good old powerwand!
     
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  4. Eric J

    Eric J Member

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    So when you say the 360 will run circles around the powerwand, are saying in total time to do the carpet?

    Sounds like power wand is best for the real nasty ones and 360 is for medium to decently clean carpets as it cleans faster, but not quite as good. Right?
     
  5. MasterSteamClean

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    The presentaition of the 360 is not apealing plus leaves more water in the carpet. When your all done you have to rake it out vs the intersting pattern the rotovac powerwand leaves, not to mention 3 more vacuum slots
     
  6. Eric J

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    but isn't the powerwand ungodly slow? I figured I would rake out everything anyway? no

    At the speed a 360i works, why not just do an extra dry pass or two? It would still be quicker than a powerwand right?

    Do you really have to stick to the 3x3 foot squares cleaning pattern like Rotovac recommends or is it like anything else, they are being conservative just in case and you can do way more than that before a dry pass with no issues.?
     
  7. Kev Berry

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    I believe the small areas that you work in are so you do not let the water soak into the carpet. I only have a power wand but would like to try the 360i. I just did a really trashed carpet with my P/W and it came out quite good. The realtor had said they just wanted to make it look better for showing and the new owners would rip out the carpet for sure, but now it looks reasonable to leave in. The power wand is slow but does do a good job. I usually do about 3x4 area then go over twice as dry strokes. If you are working on a cut pile carpet check your filters periodically because ti digs out alot of dirt and fiber.
     
  8. blainesstainremoval

    blainesstainremoval New Member

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    i find the rotovac 360 is worth its weight in gold! When your doing up to 5 to 6 jobs a day there is no comparison as to energy capabilities with using the 360 to a wand. So it takes a couple extra drying strokes big deal it does a wonderful job and as far as the raking goes what professional carpet cleaning leaves a home without raking after cleaning!? Thats like building a wedding cake and leaving the icing off the cake! If your taking the time to clean the carpets take pride in your work and finish leaving a perfectly raked clean beautiful carpet.
     
  9. wabassguy1

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    If anyone really wants to try a Rotovac and see the results for your self let me know I can offer a 2 week trial on any of them. You must order or get ahold of me by Feb 1st. I do know that I have used and had all three units and the 360I removes more water then the power wand and the DHX. If your using a truck mount it should not be noticeable. But the 360I is much faster and has many more options then the other ones.

    Let me know if you interested in trying one out. 2 week trial.

    Must contact me only and tell me you saw this on TMF

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  10. Frank DiGi

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    Brain Any chance the members of TMF could get a deal or % off like they did last year??? Let me know?
     
  11. Mikey34

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    I love my 360i. It is fast on just normal cleans, and BTW you can control how much water gets let down for all of you that think it soaks carpets, I have had no complaints yet. If you are doing a real nasty it does a great job also, not to mention you can see the water stop coming up through the clear sight tube, which allows you to know if you need extra dry passes. I have had zero problems with it jumping around on CGD. I even use it on stairs, only break out the stair tool to do the risers. IMO it is a great all around tool. It is like any tool, until you know how to use it properly it will suck, but as soon as you figure it out, BAM it's the best thing in the world. I have never tried the other 2 tools so I don't know about them.
     
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    We have powerwand but are concerned about using it with commercial carpet. Are there any concerns with damaging the carpet? Also we are just starting out and new to the industry. Cleaning casino carpet and tile so a lot of smoke and dirt. Any suggestions on chemicals for this type of work? Using a truck mount system and a turbo but still having trouble getting the grout really clean.
     
  13. Frank DiGi

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    I would not use the powerwand for that type of carpet.. It will jump to much.. Go with the wand and good pre spray like Enz-All by Chemspec.
     
  14. Nick P

    Nick P Well-Known Member

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    If anyone is looking for a Dhx with speed control I have a brand new one hanging around in my garage.
    I would let it go for a good price.
     
  15. johnnygraham88

    johnnygraham88 Well-Known Member

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    You still got this?
     
  16. Blacktiedetailing

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    Eric, you have helped me in the past with tile ?'s so here is my thought. I love my 360i, would not sell it or trade it for anything else. I use it on CGD with no issue, it does not leave water on the floor as mentioned above. Just do your dry passes, watch the water come through the site tube, watch the homeowners face smile with joy when they see what appears to be brand new carpet after the 360i does its job. it is truly amazing...
     
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  17. J-5

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    Powerwand and dhx are pretty much the exact machine except the dhx has the motor speed knob like the widetrack and 360i with the double handle. And i converter my dhx with the clear sight tube for grey extract. Im happy with it. Thinking about getting the widetrack. Havent used the 360i but i like the lawn mower movement i think better than the side to side movement. Had severe back operation and have to be carefull of twisting movement. The dhx works good for me. Later y'all :)
     
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  18. tonyk

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    I have a 360i and I am very happy with its performance. It works super well on very heavily soiled carpets


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  19. tonyk

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  20. Reflections138

    Reflections138 Well-Known Member

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    I love my 360i. I've experimented with it quite a bit. I found that if you keep your speed up all the way for your wet pass, 2nd pass, and then turn it down to about 4 on the last past, gives the best results, regardless of the type of carpet.
     

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