Brickhouse, it'S like this. In 1993 I bought a Prochem Cub XL new from a dealer in Birmingham, Alabama. While they were installing it, I went with the dealers employee to do a job as awway of learning the new machine. It was 27 degrees outside and the Cub was unable to keep up with the heat. Are they that much hotter now? I don't know. These small entry level HX machines are good for Florida but Maryland in the winter will leave you wanting more heat. For real steam cleaning year round with HX, AMTEX GIVES YOU TWO EXHAUST HXs instead of one. Also concider a Judson propane unit that will blow live rug scorching steam all day with a free flowing Roots 45 and stainless hammertone powder coated tank that is a work of art as opposed to the barnicle breeding aluminum sludge collector the comes with the Prochem. From experience, a starter machine should be chosen based on the most powerful combination of componants
I went from a prochem to Amtex Inferno, and I'm not looking back. The new Inferno costs $6k less than the prochem and it has the same engine, blower, water pump, etc. and is made simpler, but has bigger heat exchangers around the engine's exhaust which is where the real heat is. Prochem and Hydramaster use the blower's exhaust to preheat the water which makes no sense to me. Not only does it create a resistance, it also prevents the blower to give it's full potential on the most it could suck out of the carpet. My dry times are literally cut in half. And I don't see how he does it, but Ben (the owner), is the one and only one who I talk to when I have a problem. I don't see how he has the time to talk to all his customers around the world that he sells to. If you're just starting out and your getting a unit brand new. Go Amtex
If your going used, look for an 80's to late 90's Prochem Legend or bigger with under 1500 hrs. That's the best quality that prochem's ever come out with
I know the old models are in awesome condition and quality, but what my Jondon mechanic told me when he used to work on my old Legend, he said that the new Prochem machines aren't too user friendly and that they have alot of kinks that will cause future problems. I was in the market for prochem until I was told that. That was back in '09. I don't know about this years models, but I do know that they are still not user friendly when it comes to things like belt changes, etc. For some reason, Prochem, Hydramaster, and Sapphire like to hide the blower at the bottom of the truckmount under alot of things that are in the way.
Am I wrong with the 2012 models, or are they about the same way as they were a few years ago?
Matt, don't beat yourself up, lol. You gave the opinion you had at the time, based on your current experience, and at the time it was 100% accurate. You didn't know then what you know now, and if everyone took back what they said when they gathered new experience, none of us would ever have said anything.
You've made it clear that your feelings have changed, I think that's important to keep visible because it may help others who feel the same way. Someone who's in the position you were in back then may see your reversal and it may give them the time to stop and re-think things, too.
Trying to decide which starter unit to go with. I don't see too many diferences in them but I'm sure you guys know something I don't about each. The prices are all similar. Please let me know which one you think would be the best to go with. Suggestions for other starter units are welcome. I tried to buy a used package deal but they all needed too much work. Planning to buy a used van then installing a new unit.
Prochem Blazer GT
Century 400 Avenger 550
HydraMaster Boxxer 318