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Nick M.

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@RobAllen please provide a review of this product. Many in this industry offer carpet repair as an addition to the client once we are in the home. My power stretcher case holds seven polls and weighs a lot and sucks to pull in and out of truck every day. Please offer your insight on this product. How well does it work? Applications and circumstances it can be used in? And when a real power stretcher can out perform this product?
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I’ve been installing for over 20 years. This tool is one of the greatest things to happen in the industry. I have not used my pipes in quite a while. It took some practice but once you get used to it and don’t freak out about the little bubbles it puts directly behind the shoes when you stretch off of it you will fall in love. I knew installs you to stretch your way around the room, no need for a knee kicker to do a set wall. Henristretches most of the time you can get by with just stretching towards one wall away from the wrinkle. The only time I have found that I still need my pulse is when trying to pull a wrinkle through a doorway.
I did make a modification when I first got the tri-force, I installed knee kicker Spike heads instead of the cotton head.
This tool saves a ton of time and saves you’re back from lugging those polls.
 

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It's on my list to buy, I wasn't sure if I'd get the Mini Max Tri-force or the full size Max. But it looks like the Mini Max maybe discontinued, which is fine because the latest version has pins in the rear facing legs which make the Max smaller and possibly adjustable compared to the earlier version. At least thats how it appears when comparing pics online. I have a roberts crab stretcher and it has its uses, especially for seam work. But I hate the fact that crab stretchers can pop tack strip if pulled to tight. One reason I liked the Mini Max was it came with a nice case which would fit in the truck. The Max comes with no case so storing in it my overflowing Van maybe awkward.
 
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By the way all the reviews I've read from actual users seem to be good. Most of the naysayers tend to be guys that haven't used it and can't imagine how it works. I have not used it but will soon give it a shot. Doesn't seem like rocket science
 
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I let a couple other installers try it out. At first they didn’t like it. But they gave it another try and now they ask to use mine still.
 

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It's on my list to buy, I wasn't sure if I'd get the Mini Max Tri-force or the full size Max. But it looks like the Mini Max maybe discontinued, which is fine because the latest version has pins in the rear facing legs which make the Max smaller and possibly adjustable compared to the earlier version. At least thats how it appears when comparing pics online. I have a roberts crab stretcher and it has its uses, especially for seam work. But I hate the fact that crab stretchers can pop tack strip if pulled to tight. One reason I liked the Mini Max was it came with a nice case which would fit in the truck. The Max comes with no case so storing in it my overflowing Van maybe awkward.
Any stretcher will pop strip if its not nailed off. Even walls you are not hooking onto will pop. Most hacks out there use concrete strip both wood and concrete floors which is fine. If they go back with 1 1/4" ring shanks when on wood subfloor. Buttttt, they dont. Concrete needs to be reinforced too. Shoot it, glue it, jet tac, aluminum drives, tapcon or hand bang its your choice. But it needs to be done or the strip will fight you till the end. I double up strip on all streching walls no matter what. And i nail off all strip around the room. Nothing worse then stretching it in and finding out that the strip failed behind you and carpet pulled away from the wall.
 

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its not a power stretcher though. not even close


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wonder if you allow your installers too use such a tool in lieu of an actual power stretcher for a new install
There you are wrong. I can pull inches with it getting the carpet tighter than a drum. It is a true stretcher. I barely use my pipes anymore, well honestly I barely install anymore. I was just going to use this for small repair work and small rooms but found it to be better than I thought at stretching. I’ve done stretches with it over 40’. Tight!
You should really try one for a bit.
 

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I see the videos of them using the tool but they don't show if the carpet is in there tight. As in tight as a drum, like how I get the carpet with a power stretcher. I always go into the middle of the room and see how much I'm able to lift the carpet if at all when I'm done. I think it can be useful for repairs and stretches but not full installs.
 
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I see the videos of them using the tool but they don't show if the carpet is in there tight. As in tight as a drum, like how I get the carpet with a power stretcher. I always go into the middle of the room and see how much I'm able to lift the carpet if at all when I'm done. I think it can be useful for repairs and stretches but not full installs.
That’s what I always do too. Was happy to see that this tool gets it very tight, can’t lift the carpet in the middle. Way faster than using poles too.
 

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That tool doesn't stretch carpet but between the head and the feet. No way to stretch across the whole room. I wouldn't let my guys use it.
I get at least 2 calls a week to do re-stretches. Mostly because so called installers are too cheap or lazy to use the right tools. Sometimes its a piece that is older and just needed a re-stretch but most the time it's less than 2 years old and was installed improperly.


nscleaners ; lets not bs each other. There is no way you did a 40 foot stretch with that tool. The pins are too long also and will hook the pad on shorter nap carpet. For a 40' stretch the best tool would be a senior power stretcher.
 

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That tool doesn't stretch carpet but between the head and the feet. No way to stretch across the whole room. I wouldn't let my guys use it.
I get at least 2 calls a week to do re-stretches. Mostly because so called installers are too cheap or lazy to use the right tools. Sometimes its a piece that is older and just needed a re-stretch but most the time it's less than 2 years old and was installed improperly.


nscleaners ; lets not bs each other. There is no way you did a 40 foot stretch with that tool. The pins are too long also and will hook the pad on shorter nap carpet. For a 40' stretch the best tool would be a senior power stretcher.
You’ve never really used one and you obviously haven’t done research. I used to run installation crews for my dad where we guarantee installation for life of carpets. That means no knee kicking in and no stinger tails and no bear claws. But I get behind this stretcher. It works! It stretches between the legs all the way across the room. ALL THE WAY! No BS about a 40’ stretch, honest truth.
I kept the cotton heads for shorter carpet but rarely switch it out. I’ve not had any issues with pad bunching or pulling loops.
Do your research or try one. My dad was hesitant too as a certified 40 year installation veteran, but he now stands behind this as well. This is all coming from flooring specialist, not hacks.
 

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You’ve never really used one and you obviously haven’t done research. I used to run installation crews for my dad where we guarantee installation for life of carpets. That means no knee kicking in and no stinger tails and no bear claws. But I get behind this stretcher. It works! It stretches between the legs all the way across the room. ALL THE WAY! No BS about a 40’ stretch, honest truth.
I kept the cotton heads for shorter carpet but rarely switch it out. I’ve not had any issues with pad bunching or pulling loops.
Do your research or try one. My dad was hesitant too as a certified 40 year installation veteran, but he now stands behind this as well. This is all coming from flooring specialist, not hacks.
there's no way that thing exerts the same amount of force as a power stretcher

i like my crab stretcher but even with additional tacks and reinforcement there's no way it can duplicate my power stretcher

since you have the tool do an actual side by side
 

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Ive have the tri force for about 5 years, and do not regret it. Its been for itself. It like other tools does have a learning curve but in my opinion if you just invest a bit of patience, itll be worth it
very good tool. If you have a paypal account use it to pay for it itll be a safer and faster process.
 
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