Which is the better portable machine Amtex Prowler or Jaguar 8.4

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bkj5145

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Hello everyone, I am working on my business plan for starting my own Carpet and Tile cleaning company. I have solidified everything except for equipment. I want to make sure that I am versatile and can maximize the equipment that I buy for at least the first two years while I get established and make some money.

I am leaning towards an Amtex Prowler 14hp, because it has heat and is portable, because I can run it from my van or move it close to buildings if I have a bigger job. I live in a large metro-plex and I worry about the perception I would have from using a portable. All of the operations around my area that I have seen use truckmounts. The prowler new is going to run me about 7500 new, with a wand, 150 feet of vac/solution hoses. I am planning on serving higher-end residential homes and targeting mostly small commercial.

With the Jaguar, I have heard good things about it, but it doesn't have heat, so I would have to have an external heater. Seems like it would add extra time to setup versus something that is gas powered, and I have to use customers electricity. Will this unit work if I buy a generator?

Amtex Prowler
http://amtexequipment.com/prowler14hp.php

What are you thoughts between these two machines, are their other machines out there that I should be considering?
 

brianedwards25

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I dont own either machine but I am interested in the replies to your inquiry. One plus of the jaguar is it can be used indoors for commercial when you have to close doors but having 2 or 3 plugs is no fun lol. Either should have the power you need for a reasonable price. The jag is cheaper and you could get a cimex or OP machine to offer some encap vlm cleaning.

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Hello everyone, I am working on my business plan for starting my own Carpet and Tile cleaning company. I have solidified everything except for equipment. I want to make sure that I am versatile and can maximize the equipment that I buy for at least the first two years while I get established and make some money.

I am leaning towards an Amtex Prowler 14hp, because it has heat and is portable, because I can run it from my van or move it close to buildings if I have a bigger job. I live in a large metro-plex and I worry about the perception I would have from using a portable. All of the operations around my area that I have seen use truckmounts. The prowler new is going to run me about 7500 new, with a wand, 150 feet of vac/solution hoses. I am planning on serving higher-end residential homes and targeting mostly small commercial.

With the Jaguar, I have heard good things about it, but it doesn't have heat, so I would have to have an external heater. Seems like it would add extra time to setup versus something that is gas powered, and I have to use customers electricity. Will this unit work if I buy a generator?

Amtex Prowler
http://amtexequipment.com/prowler14hp.php

What are you thoughts between these two machines, are their other machines out there that I should be considering?

Hello. I hope you found the answer you were looking for. It looks like it's been since August. Do you mind if I ask what you ended up doing?

I'm new to this forum. I've been in business about 6 years doing Mobile Car Detailing. Before that I worked for a company for 5 years that did Carpet Cleaning and Water Damage Restoration.

I'm interested in what you found out about the Amtex Prowler 14 HP. I've been seriously considering purchasing that machine from Houston. Is it a good machine? Since I do Mobile Car Detailing, I think it would give me what I need for a Power Washer and Vehicle Interior Steam cleaning. Also, I do some Carpet Cleaning on the side, so it seems like it would work for that.

I'm intrigued if anyone has any input?
 
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There are a LOT of guys here with very strong opinions one way or t'other on those Amtex machines. I'd do a search and see what they have to say.
Thank you. Yeah, I've looked into what's available and what has been said about it here. I haven't heard much about it in recent times though. The most I've seen about it is from 2 years ago or longer. So, I was just wondering about how it's looked at these days :)
 

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Jaguar is a great extractor with a 800 psi pump. I use a 2ht Propane heater. Over 2000 hours on the Jag . 3K plus on the heater.
Prowler is Gas TM / heat with a 2000 psi pump.
Suppose you could power wash with the Am..... But .....
 

HANDYMANNY

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THE AMTEX PROWLER IS A VERY GOOD AND POWERFUL MACHINE. I GET INCREDIBLE VACUUM AND HEAT EVEN AT 300 FT. (SUMMERTIME) I HAVE NOT TRIED THIS LENGTH OF VAC HOSE IN THE WINTER. THE MACHINE IS EASY TO SERVICE AND REPAIR. A HUGE ADVANTAGE IS THAT WHEN YOU TAKE MACHINE IN FOR SERVICE, YOU CAN LEAVE THE MACHINE AND DRIVE YOUR TRUCK AWAY. I HAVE HAD SOME ISSUES BUT RESOLVED WITH A PHONE CALL TO BEN. BEN HAS VIDEOS ON YOU TUBE THAT SHOULD BE WATCHED NUMEROUS TIMES IN ORDER TO GET THE SEQUENCE OF START UP AND SHUT DOWN PROPERLY. UNLIKE MANY OTHER TRUCKMOUNTS, THIS MACHINE CAN BE WHEELED OFF YOUR TRUCK WHEN VEHICLE NEEDS TO BE USED FOR OTHER THINGS.