While in Florida, I had the opportunity to look at a Rotovac CFX/Ranger up-close; inside and out/up and down as well as ask a few fellas who have used it what they thought about it....99% of the comments that they and their clients had about were/are GREAT.
Anyway, when I first started researching the CC biz and various Portables, I saw a video about the 360I Rotary CC and immediately called Rotovac to inquire about their 360I Rotary. The Sales Rep was very informative, kind and courteous. While speaking, he explained to me that he cleaned carpets part-time with the 360I and Rotovac CFX portable carpet extractor (without the 27 gallon Ranger docking station.). He also explained that the CFX has Auto-Dump out, as well as Auto-Fill....when he explained that it came without a pump, but relied on the average 80 psi found in most homes, I became a bit concerned. He addressed my concerns by explaining that when using the 360I Rotary, you really did not need a lot of pressure because of the agitation created by the machine's rotary action. Made sense to me; but what about when wanting to use a conventional "push-n-pull" wand, hmmmmmm? He explained that 80 psi was a sufficient amount of pressure for residential, as long as a proper pre-treatment had been performed, then he also asked....why not use the 360I all of the time? Though i'm new to CC, I do have some experience from 2003. I was not buying that "80 psi being sufficient with a "push-n-pull" type of wand!
As the conversation progressed, he started telling me about the Ranger Docking Station....it can hold up to 27 gallons of cleaning water, very nice wheels for transporting and you simply "Dock" the CFX Portable Extractor onto it. I logged onto the net and went to their web-site to have a look see for myself....great looking unit (IMO); you get the Auto-Fill and Dump-Out features, because your "docking" the CFX to it. Here is more about what they have to say about it:
"The Ranger is about the same overall size as a standard 12 gallon portable extractor. The BIG difference is that it has an extra large 27 gallon clean water holding tank and a patented automatic empty pump out system. This enables the operator to clean more than twice as long as a standard extractor with out stopping to refill and empty. In addition, the Ranger's modular design allows the upper auto pump out extractor portion to be easily detached from the lower 27 gallon holding tank. This allows for easy loading and unloading from vehicle (two 40lb modules rather than one 80 lb machine) and for direct faucet hook up non-stop cleaning mode."
*Huge 27 gallon holding tank
*Auto pump out
*Dual high velocity vac
motors 200 CFM
*0-250 PSI Pump
*Converts to Compact CFX
*Eliminates The Bucket Brigade
*Optional Dual 3 Stage Vac Motors or 2 Dual Stage Motors
Everything impressed me about the complete modular set-up (CFX and Ranger together.), except the limited 250 psi!
If they were to offer an optional pump with a minimum of 500 psi for some of those nasty commercial jobs, I'd say they would have an absolute winner on their hands, especially after having the opportunity to see it up close and in person.
It would also be nice if the Auto-Fill feature that comes with the CFX Power Pod could also fill the Ranger Docking Station.
The 200 CFMs are awesome (IMO), but what is the WL"? I too will look into that and post the answer asap.
The machine is very well made, no shortage of quality craftsmanship here! The truly modular design is very useful as well!
When you have the opportunity, please watch this video, It will help you to better understand the conveinence of a machine such as this.... versatility as well:
(Note: this video shows the first 360, not the 360I.)
Rotovac CFX Continuous Flow Extractor Carpet Steam Cleaning Machine - YouTube
I think you'll find it interesting, who knows.....maybe you can add a 500 psi pump yourself? Worth checking out!
Here's a video of the CFX Pod unit:
I hope you enjoy!
p.s. If you think this is a machine that you would like to own....call Jeff Ellis at World of Clean's on-line store, he's/they're sure to save you some money!!!!
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