- Sep 4, 2007
- Real Name
- Robert Allen III 'Tre'
- Business Location
- United States
Portable or Truck mount?
That could depend on how loosely you define what a truck mount is. There are picture over 100 years old of equipment in horse drawn vehicles for removing the dust from rugs. These included horse-powered vacuum devices.
The first portable extraction machine I knew of was from the folks that started Kleen-rite. This was very early 70's. I did not see a truck-mounted extractor until 2 years later. I had heard of the Ball-Webber and the Bates Big Red but the first I used was aJ udson in the mid 70's.
The US Patent office has a portable extraction machine from 1964 that I do not believe ever made it to the marketplace.
The earliest Portable extractors that I have a picture of were made between 1966 and 1968. They were the Steam Way 100, A portable built by Gene Bates (who later founded Steam Genie, and then Big Red), a Mr. Steam portable by who is now Windsor Industries, and a Deep Steam Extractor (DSC Chemicals came out of Deep Steam Equipment, I believe)
Scott is right that the first "extractors" were the horse drawn, steam engine generated , air blowers. I have pictures of a one horsepower and two horsepower model from Dave Burgin, who was with Certified for many years.
Certainly, some of the first truck mounts came out in the early 1970's - Ballweber, Judge Hot CC, Judson, BaneClene, and Hydramaster. By the late 1970's there were several other companies making them.
Mybe Tre and I can put something together on the history of carpet cleaning. I also have pictures of the first Host and Von Schrader Machines, and of the first Certified Pile Lifter that was made from a belt sander.