Which Portable Cleaning Machine is YOUR Favorite?

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Out of all the Portable cleaning machines YOU have purchased, which one is YOUR favorite and WHY?

Please go into details, I also want to hear about the support you have received from the company.

GOOD OR BAD! (If its real bad, then you better provide proof)
 
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I have been buying portable machines for over 30 years now. The value relationship of a portable machine is an important part of how good a buy a portable is. A portable that is reliable and powerful at a purchase price below $2000 is more impressive than another machine that you must pay $3000 or more for to obtain the same qualities.Machines of 20 or more years ago did not have the same powerful vac motors and pumps available to them as can be put in machines today, so most of the best machines will be of more recent vintage.

My nomination as the most powerful and reliable portable in dollar value goes to the MYTEE 1003DX and 1005DX. These heated and non-heated models represent the best power(140"WL from parallel motors plus 450 psi pump)that you can get from machines selling for under $2000 on the market.All contained in a very modern shell that is very ergonomically designed with most of the features that most carpet cleaners need.

Other machines have these qualities as well, but none available at this price point, and many at $1000 higher or more.If you are looking for the best bang for the dollar, these are your only choice.:AddEmoticons0423:
 
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My favorite is also the only one I have ever owned. Mytee 1003 Dx. This thing is a beast.
The one problem I had with it right out of the box was the hose connecting the heaters together broke apart at the crimp. I called Mytee and the lady on the phone pretty much blew me off and told me I had to drive 2 hours to the nearest shop to get it fixed, so I called Mike at Rotovac, where I purchased it and they sent it Next Day Air to me. hummmm. Thats funny.Then when I went to put it on one of the threads was stripped as well right from the factory. I went to lowes and got another connector and teflon tape. I Was never reimbursed for that. It wasn't a big deal but it was messed up that I had to pay for something that was supposed to be under warranty.
Honestly, I have been waiting for the day this machine is going to catch on fire. I wouldn't be surprised.
 

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I haven't used portables in quite a while regularly at least. No doubt the best portable that I ever owned was the Castex Dual Vac Automatic. I'm pretty sure it is not made anymore and perhaps has been replaced by some newer model. The machine worked well though and was pretty reliable and not too hard to work on. I paid a little over 3200. for it. The machine had two 7.2 in. vacuum motors. I can't remember the lift and cfm figures for sure, but I'm pretty sure the cfm was around 200. I could easily put 150 ft. or more of 2 inch vacuum hose if needed and still get very good recovery. I think the pump maxed at 300 psi. It had a float controlled auto fill that worked surprisingly well. It had an auto dump and last step chemical injection just like a truck mount. The only thing it had that really didn't work well was a small defoamer placed on the front of the unit controlled by a small valve. I pretty quickly gave up on the defoamer and just vacuumed it in the recovery tank. I used the machine from the van with a Paloma heater at first heating water to about 150 degrees as it entered the tank. I found a Hypro pump to replace the original pump that was rated at 180 degrees. I later switched to the Little Giant 120,000 btu and heated the water as it left the machine. I don't know what temperature I got, but I do know for certain it was actually hotter than my Boxxer 421. I got that very satisfying popping sound as the steam left the wand which I never get with the Boxxer. I got great results, but the pump must have had trouble pushing the water through the heater and I had more frequent pump troubles. If it were not for the hassle of running two cords from the van all the time I might still be using it. Running those cords could be a real pain sometimes and the machine was way too heavy to carry into a home by myself. It is a box design so it was hard to get in and out of a home by one person. Worked great though, just lousy body design.
 

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Ninja`s ,the older models. I never had any problems .I have 7 from 200psi to 500psi .Some are over 9 to 5 years old. Never had to replace vac`s or pump`s. Not sure about the newer models I have heard some bad reviews.
 

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Don't want to sound like a broken record here, but I have been really happy with my Recoil XPS. I average 100' hose runs and the machine does just fine IMO with good chems, agitation, air mover/fans, and dwell times.

I must say that this is my very first and only porty and I could not have been any happier! I did not realize how good of a machine the Recoil was until I bought my first TM.....although it is a entry level TM. I would definitely buy another if I needed another porty.

The only problem I have had with the Recoil was one of the wires came loose on one of the vacuums, but this was an easy fix. Ed has always answered all my questions and has been the one to answer the phone when I called.

FWIW---The one thing that made this a "super porty" (or any porty for that matter) was a Little Giant heater!! This purchase/mod made a night and day difference to the cleaning and speed of the porty!
 

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N I N J A. I have the 500 psi with heat model. The machine amazes me at how it just keeps on. I use a bucket heater in the fresh water tank in conjunction with in line heater. I get plenty of heat this way. Some say the bucket heater is bad for your pump but I havent had problems yet. *knock on wood*
 

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Steamin Demon
I had to buy some parts from the factory and I talked to the guy that designed it. Easy to work on and simple design.

I like it because it includes APO and autofill. It is a little expensive new for the machine but it works well.

I have never blown a fuse. With only one three stage eight inches from the floor it sucks way better than I expected. I just put a glide on and now I can move it forward while on the floor. Thirty Eight pounds plus a basket full of hoses compared to a Porty is awesome.
 

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Don't want to sound like a broken record here, but I have been really happy with my Recoil XPS. I average 100' hose runs and the machine does just fine IMO with good chems, agitation, air mover/fans, and dwell times.

I must say that this is my very first and only porty and I could not have been any happier! I did not realize how good of a machine the Recoil was until I bought my first TM.....although it is a entry level TM. I would definitely buy another if I needed another porty.

The only problem I have had with the Recoil was one of the wires came loose on one of the vacuums, but this was an easy fix. Ed has always answered all my questions and has been the one to answer the phone when I called.

FWIW---The one thing that made this a "super porty" (or any porty for that matter) was a Little Giant heater!! This purchase/mod made a night and day difference to the cleaning and speed of the porty!

I agree with EEEEEEE's assessment of the Recoil. I would only only add that with the auto fill and dump I can run it non-stop on big jobs like college dorms and it performs flawlessly.
 

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My favorite portable is the namco scooter husky because.

its shaped like a dolly, and easy to manuever and take up stairs.
has dual 3 stage vacs
dependable
the only draw back to this unit is there is no heat, but if you know how to clean carpet then you dont need much heat, just fill up a customers bathtub with hot water and there you go.
 

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Kleenrite portable

I bought a Kleenrite Edge AFCD 800psi Machine about a year ago, and have been very pleased with the performance and reliablity to this point. It has Auto-fill, chemical dump, solution tank pre-heater, dual vac, Auto Liquid chemical metering and 1750 watt heater. The auto dump pumps out 20GPM, and the auto fill keeps it full of water, No buckets. I have had good success for a portable on carpets and even better on tile and stone, it runs an SX-12 and although it is not as hot as a TM, with good dwell time and agitation it does a great job on some pretty tough tile and stone jobs. Your going to pay more for added features but if your like me and have not decided to take the TM plunge yet this machine can do it all for under $4,000. Its a good amount for portable but I have been able to just about pay for it with commercial tile jobs in office buildings on the higher floors. Kleenrite is local to me, they are in Madera Ca, and I have only needed to have the pressure rellief valve replaced on the machine. I called them drove it down there and had a new valve and a complete inspection of the machine done while I waited!!! Great customer service. You can find them at Kleenritemfg.com
 

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I have the eclipse and the truckforce, the eclipse was really good theproble was the pressure gauge, but the vacuum is good.
The truckforce was ok, I just replace one motor, but I will continue replacing the motors and see how will do it.
I am really interesting in a mytee and a recoil I want to try the best portable and have the answer in performance.
 

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I had to buy some parts from the factory and I talked to the guy that designed it. Easy to work on and simple design.

I like it because it includes APO and autofill. It is a little expensive new for the machine but it works well.

I have never blown a fuse. With only one three stage eight inches from the floor it sucks way better than I expected. I just put a glide on and now I can move it forward while on the floor. Thirty Eight pounds plus a basket full of hoses compared to a Porty is awesome.

How do you like the new glide Rick ?
Could you tell me if it improves dry times ? I was thinking of adding a glide to my Demon .

thanks.
 

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defo the older ninjas! i have a perfect het machine at the moment and its great! the extra heat is great. plus its 600psi.
 

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How do you like the new glide Rick ?
Could you tell me if it improves dry times ? I was thinking of adding a glide to my Demon .

thanks.
I am getting a lot more overspray with my glide. It is a lot easier to move the machine. I could not leave the vacuum on the carpet when moving the machine forward. Now I leave the machine on the carpet and suck forward too. I am going to have to change something to eliminate the overspray.
 

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I am getting a lot more overspray with my glide. It is a lot easier to move the machine. I could not leave the vacuum on the carpet when moving the machine forward. Now I leave the machine on the carpet and suck forward too. I am going to have to change something to eliminate the overspray.


Call steamin demon and talk to Tom he has helped me out when I needed it and he says that they have side cover plates that come with the glide to eliminate the overspray .

they attach the the machine and you dont have to mod. anything .