Rotovac CFX

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Can anyone give me a straight answer based on actual first hand knowledge of this extractor? It seems like a great machine! Easy to use, easy to maintain, lightweight and easy to move, but does it get the job done??

I have been going back and forth with 4 or 5 five different machines that I could start my business with. I understand that it's not all about the extractor. It's going to be about the process, the chemicals, the technique, the effort and the equipment I'm comfortable with. But I want to know... Will the CFX work efficient and effective enough (paired with the 360i or with a wand) to get the job done on carpets? Can this function well enough as my primary machine as I get the carpet cleaning side of my business started?
 

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Yes (with a 360 or rotary & wand and GOOD chemicals), and paired with about any functioning small electric pressure washer you get auto dump, continuous flow, and chem injection. IMO, the machine is priced higher than it needs be. For about the same price, you can buy the mini-extractor from Cross-America and the C-A auto dump & auto fill lids. That gives you the same machine WITH pressure greater than tap water.

I use mine as a booster/auto dump for my standard extractor. Gives me easy auto dump.

I'd look on Ebay for a cheap one from someone who liked the idea of owning his own business, but, didn't have the required drive. ;) Lots o' cheap stuff on Ebay.
 

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Used the Rotovac CFX and the Rotovac 360 for over a year now. It has worked very well
and can say nothing but good things about it.....

It's true that you can pick one up on ebay for about half the retail price. Sometimes Rotovac
has some demo units that they sell for $500 or more off.

If you are doing and 'locked door commercial jobs' or hi rise condos or apartments, this machine
is very valuable.
 

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Hey Brian,
If your looking for a used cfx and a 360 pm me.
I think you would be very happy with it.
Nick
 

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I learned something this weekend. If some *&^%())*(^^%^%*()_))(((%$@$*))( spills shampoo/dishsoap/foaming handsoap/etc and lets it dry you better have anti-foam by the truckload in your CFX. One time I really wished it had a MUCH larger waste tank. A 360 on tile can make some serious foam.
 

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How much does the CFX cost including the docking station? I can't find a price anywhere on the web. I'm confused. Does the CFX put out 250psi or 500psi? Can it run an RX-20?
 

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The whole thing (power pod and solution tank w/ 250psi pump) is over $2000. The CFX power pod by itself has no pump, thus runs on tap pressure.
 

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Rob had a receipt list of all the stuff he bought from Rotovac, maybe he will chime in or you can search in the "General" forum.


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How much does the CFX cost including the docking station? I can't find a price anywhere on the web. I'm confused. Does the CFX put out 250psi or 500psi? Can it run an RX-20?
It depends on the hose length, but even at 25' I feel most porties are under powered to run an RX. It really all depends on how many dry passes you want to do.
 

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I looked at the CFX on their sight, but doesn't seem to give enough info. What are the suction stage motors on them? dual 2 stage, dual 3 stage or 1 3 stage.
I talked to them the other day and they have dual 2 stage and dual 3 stage....

What are you current CFX owners using now?
 

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I have the original with dual two stage vacs. I use it exclusively with my 360. The cleaning results, operating with tap water, are equal to my TM. The difference is time. The CFX is faster than traditional fill'n dump portys, but slooooow compared to a TM.

If I were buying now I would absolutely get the base unit (fresh water tank w/pump) with the power pod. There are times in an occupied home when it is difficult/not advisable to hook up directly. I would also get the dual three stage vacs in the power pod. Here's the deal with heat - if you're using a 360 stop worrying about it, if you're using a wand you may need additional heat. Extra dry passes with your 360 are key to the systems performance - don't be in a hurry!
 

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I now have the funds to purchase a used Rotovac 360 and portable extractor, but I too am trying to find out which portable extractor get. The CFX is tops on the list because of its portability and ability to auto dump.

To the users of the CFX, how does it fair with foam? I had a steamin demon and it did not operate correctly without the foam button being used extensively.
 

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How is the CFX able to clean grout with only 250psi, much less run a powerwand like the 360?
Is the CFX the dream portable? Light weight, powerful and able to clean T&G without high pressure?

My dilemma has been wether to upgrade to an M-12 with 1200 psi for T&G and 250PSI for carpet. But, if I can clean T&G with the CFX with just 250psi, then that would be a huge plus since since it weighs half what the M-12 weighs.

What say you?
 

nextlevel

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At 250psi for the actual CFX it may well do T&G but not as efficiently as if you had higher pressure, heat, and a dedicated tool such as turbo tool.

Although the Rotovac T&G head does look enticing. Just wonder how it actually works?
 

Jeff Madsen

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I've only had problems with foam once - ran into a bad spot where the homeowner had dumped a lot of detergent and who knows what esle on it. It has far fewer foam issues than the other porty's I've used.

As far as tile and grout - I haven't used the tile and grout cleaning head. I will say, however, that I'm fairly disenchanted with blasting grout lines with high pressure to clean them. I have an SX-12, a Gekko, and I've done a fair amount of T & G work. You just can't always tell when your into a bad installation job. I think more agitation, higher heat and less pressure is the recipe for me.
 

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