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Post by Mo on Thu May 28, 2015 8:43 am

If anybody want's to borrow this tool let me know but lets also see if we can make it better.

For the sake of not having to write "hard surface cleaning wand" I'll refer to this tool as the Blaster.

Some one mentioned a shorter tube. Look like you can cut the tube and make it any size you want.

The clearance seems to be about the same as my SX12. I did notice that the spray bar that connects to the head is not air tight. I'll see if I can fix that today.

Thoughts, opinions, etc?
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Post by milspec6 on Thu May 28, 2015 9:02 am

SS Jets (tile cleaners will corrode brass pretty quickly)
Angle the jets instead of straight down
Squeegee blade
Vac release valve

Thanks for the video, surprised me that it fit under your toe kick so well. Around here, there are a lot of 3 inch clearence, but it will vary by region...no way to design a tool for all areas.
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Post by Mo on Thu May 28, 2015 11:01 am

Thanks Rob I think my SX-12 has stainless steel jets
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Post by Davey Cracker on Thu May 28, 2015 4:47 pm

SS jets are a necessity, and a Vac release valve would be great, as Mil mentioned!

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Post by SCCC on Thu May 28, 2015 7:26 pm

I don't think it will hurt anything if they are not air tight, might help a bit really, having a little cfm will help draw up the water.
Looks better than my West Pac tile wand, good job Tony.
The jet set up is for sure better than my WP tile wand
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Post by Mo on Thu May 28, 2015 8:09 pm

I guess it could be like a vac relief. I'll see how it recovers water this weekend compared to the sx-12
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Post by Mo on Thu May 28, 2015 8:20 pm

milspec wrote:
Squeegee blade
 One is a squeegee blade the other is a brush head. Did you notice on the video it had two squeege blades in one? Is that how the other are made?
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Post by Davey Cracker on Thu May 28, 2015 8:46 pm

I have the brush head for my Gecko, and the recovery isn't the best, not real bad but could be better. I was afraid (and read) if I got the squeegee head the lock-down would be horrible.........esp. on tiles bigger than 12x12" where you don't have a grout line for any vac relief....which I run accost a lot.

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Post by Mo on Thu May 28, 2015 9:01 pm

The squeegee is pretty stiff too I guess cause its new
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Post by Ken Raddon on Thu May 28, 2015 10:35 pm

Those wand like tile tools were the first type of tile cleaning tools to come out for tile years ago. I bought a spinner after owning/using one of them wand types and I see absolutely no use for the large or wide one. I do have a 4" one and I use that for edges and behind toilets. But why would anyone want to clean tile with a tool that is many times more work than a spinner?

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Post by milspec6 on Fri May 29, 2015 6:02 am

I do agree with Ken about using wands on tile, but they are great tools on concrete. Flooded basements or sewage back-flows is where these wands shine.

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Post by Mo on Fri May 29, 2015 6:58 am

Very interesting what guys think about hard surface wands. Ken hates them and Dave loves them. Can't wait to try it myself and compare
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Post by Ken Raddon on Fri May 29, 2015 7:24 am

I see where Dave agrees with me about wands on tile. As for cement I have a squeegee wand i picked up for about $20 for cement, no jets obviously. Wands are a less expensive way to get some tile cleaning income coming in.

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Post by Mo on Fri May 29, 2015 7:53 am

On another thread about tile and grout Dave said that he thinks his Gecko clean just as good if not better than a spinner and uses it 90% of the time.

I would think a spinner would cover more ground than a HS wand.
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Post by brianbenaiah on Fri May 29, 2015 8:27 am

I have a large area at our church that is made of an old type of imitation brownish stone tile. It is rough feeling and pouris. It never stays clean and wears out the mop heads. It may wear out bristles on this tile wand though. I dont have a spinner so I would use my 175 to agitate dirt after pre-spraying then go over it with HW and that wand.
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Post by Ken Raddon on Fri May 29, 2015 9:49 am

The gekko may clean just as good but my first experience with a hs wand was so disappointing I almost gave up t&g. Maybe I should take another look at this geko u speak of.

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Post by milspec6 on Fri May 29, 2015 9:52 am

The key to either the wand or spinner is the recovery. I feel like the cleaning portion is being handled by the chemicals and agitation, so the only thing you need after that is a tool that rinses and recovers well.

Gekko tools seem to have very good recovery and some spinners do as well. I prefer to use which ever tool gets me the best recovery.

Opinions differ depending on how well their tools recover. My wand does a better job than a cheap spinner, but a good spinner beats the wand.

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Post by Mo on Fri May 29, 2015 9:52 am

What is HW Brian? Since you will already be scrubbing with 175 just use the squeege head. You can use both to test it out the heads are pretty easy to take off and put on
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Post by Ken Raddon on Fri May 29, 2015 9:55 am

Hey I went looking for the geko online and cant find it at jondon or interlink. I found it on ebay. Are they not making them anymore?

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Post by brianbenaiah on Fri May 29, 2015 10:02 am

[quote="Mo"]What is HW Brian? Since you will already be scrubbing with 175 just use the squeege head. You can use both to test it out the heads are pretty easy to take off and put onuote]
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Sorry I may have the letters (hot water) (HWE) wrong.Razz I'll just use the wand to spray water at ? pressure and then suck it up.
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Post by milspec6 on Fri May 29, 2015 10:22 am

@Ken Raddon wrote:Hey I went looking for the geko online and cant find it at jondon or interlink.  I found it on ebay.  Are they not making them anymore?

It probably got renamed to something cooler and more dangerous sounding for marketing purposes. I haven't shopped for one in a couple of years.
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Post by Davey Cracker on Fri May 29, 2015 2:50 pm

Isn't there one called a "Raptor"?

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Post by dp1 on Fri May 29, 2015 6:48 pm

@milspec6 wrote:
@Ken Raddon wrote:Hey I went looking for the geko online and cant find it at jondon or interlink.  I found it on ebay.  Are they not making them anymore?

It probably got renamed to something cooler and more dangerous sounding for marketing purposes.  I haven't shopped for one in a couple of years.

Sounds like it's going to get more expensive Razz
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Post by Jose D on Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:38 pm

I have been using the first tile wand that tony made with brush head for about 1.5 years now. It gets the job done but it takes me longer to clean tile. I actually hate cleaning tile with the wand and hope to upgrade to a spinner tool eventually.
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