What to do?


New Member
May 8, 2021
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Good morning everyone. I am new to the group, and have found this site to be very useful. I have spent many hours researching, watching, training, etc, on the carpet/floor cleaning business. I have decided to start my own. I currently have a full-time job, but I am self-employed. This will be a side business to start. I have roughly $10,000 in cash that I am going to put towards the business. I live in an area that has a lot of tile flooring, however, carpet is still here. I am leaning towards the portable route, as there are high rises, condos, etc. But, I feel like I am stuck in the middle of between the portable route or the truckmount route. I can get a loan, easily. Also, looking into family members who may be interested in investing. So, would I not go the truckmount route? Portable route would be the rotovac 360i, with the Ranger 1200 stage 2.

I have seen a few used truckmounts/vehicle that are on the internet. One has a Prochem/SS Rage truckmount 1050 hours. $28k

Anyways, thanks for reading and look forward to the responses.

rob allen

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Sep 5, 2007
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Robert Allen,Jr.
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A used well maintained unit will serve you well. I personally prefer a new unit and we sell those. But do what fits your budget the best. Feel free to post up pictures and ads here and I'll let you know if it's a good value and what questions to ask.

john martinez

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Dec 9, 2014
phoenix, az
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AZ NaTiVe Labor
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United States
I'd recommend if you have the room for it get both and use whichever fits the job better. TM is obviously going to take a much bigger footprint but if that's not an issue you can always sell it if it doesn't make sense for your & your customers needs. Don't overlook stone floors Too.


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May 15, 2016
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As long as the overhead isn’t too much for you, Get a Truckmount first then a porty as a back up that can do those high rise apartments
Most of your work will be on the ground level
If you’re cluey you can get into lots of spots high rise fishing off balconies
I have a TM & portable
Tm is still better than the porty 4stories up so I fished over the 4th story balcony today

With a $200 175rpm scrubber can still clean carpets by encapping whatever your TM can’t get to until you fork out for a porty....

Something like this is awesome cheap price maybe could afford both TM porty
PE500 Extractor with wand and hoses $1,500.00


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May 8, 2021
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Thanks for the replies! TM would be the biggest investment side, which I am all for. My overhead cost would be extremely minimum for a TM, excluding wear and tear, and daily operation costs i.e. chemicals, and repairs/servicing.
A couple of truck mounts have been attached. Two separate vehicles.
2005 gmc savana 121k miles
Prochem/SS Rage truckmount 1050 hours
vacuum and solution reels,
vacuum and solution hoses
fresh water tank and shelf
fully loaded van is ready
cold AC
CLEAN title
$28,900 obo

2005 Chevy express 3500 6.0L extended 165k miles
Hydramaster Boxxer 318 up to date w service 2800 hours
fresh water tank
Waste tank
150ft vacuum hose
150ft solution hose
50ft garden hose
carpet wand
accessories pkg: includes 3 tier chemical shelf and rakes
3 piece reel includes vacuum reel and 2 Large solution reel
Includes Hoses with cuffs, barbs, quick disconnects, shut off valve on vacuum and solution
New tires
rear view camera
towing package
slide door
Bed liner
This is a fully loaded package ready to work ,Runs great
Turn key
Freshly installed with brand new fuel tap
Clean title
Cold AC

Do not need to rush on purchase, just want to be ready for moment. Thanks again for the help.


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May 8, 2021
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Theres a man who is selling his trailer. Blew both his rotator cuffs, and has decided to sell. It comes with a ChemTex Panther 27 Dual with 93 hours on it.
Complete only 5 months old carpet/Tile cleaning business Dual Wand setup Tore up my shoulder and my pain is your gain Earning $1500 to $3000 a week with leads from Home Advisor and Thumbtack Includes all logo rights and cell phone and number Advertising collateral Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Tile and Grout Cleaning 300 feet of vacuum and pressure lune 230 degree steam 540 CFM Blower Dual Wand Cleaning Gecko tile and hard surface cleaning attachments 2 hand tools 2 wands Stainless steel shelving 100 gallon Stainless steel return reservoir 1 New 12X7 foot trailer with costing wrap

I dont really want the logo, and number as the area will change.


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