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Post by Devon07 on Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:56 pm

I wouldnt trade mine in for nothing but at times I want to throw it away!...sheesh! Back when I didnt use them I on occasion would have the wand plug up....with this glide I have been plugged up three times since I put them on. I didnt realize it was restricted once and ended up with a redo.....now im gun shy with watching....today I thought maybe my suction was weak but because the carpet I cleaned was a really different carpet from the norm I just thought the lose bumpy fiber didnt get me a good suction....After a quick mention to ACE he nailed it out of the bag....sure enough my wand has some weld spatter inside it and its not the glide at all.....it was catching at the bend...I have a weld thats crappy (spatter) causing this......I know the glide will need more cleaning than just the SS lips but thought it was really bad for a minute....anyway a big thanks to ACE for pinpointing me so quick. it really wasnt enough to have an issue but I did notice and thought I would be quick to catch a problem. Ace is the place...he should trademark that. Wink

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Post by milspec6 on Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:40 pm

Weld splatter inside the tube? If you get some time, I would like to see that in a photo.

I have never run into that problem, vacuum is never reduced from job to job that I have noticed. I use slot glides, hybrid glides, and a lip glide and with the exception of the occasional piece of tiny gravel getting lodged in there, have never been plugged up.

The fault is often a poor pre-vacuum when it comes to clogged glides. I can sure sure how any kind of foreign item in the tube could be trouble...just like the stupid sheet metal screws in a gutter downspout, but how would it get there?

Looking at my wand tubes, they are either welded from the outside (how would you weld from the inside?) or the tube is just press fit into the head. I don't understand where the splatter would have come from in the building process.
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Post by dp1 on Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:13 pm

I always get my glides clogged but that's because I don't pre vac Razz
But I always check them before I start cleaning, I love the new glide style, they're much easier to install and taken out for cleaning.
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Re: Glides and cleaning them

Post by ACE Services on Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:35 am

Toothpick, hair pin, paper clip, needle, straight pin. Anything like that can get caught in the head or the first bend of the wand. Then it catches a little lint, and gets bigger till it clogs up. Have seen it happen on prochem legend se in the tube going to the waste tank, because it has a bend in it. Those are interesting to get out, if you don't know how. $50.00 secret! !!
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Re: Glides and cleaning them

Post by Devon07 on Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:41 am

I pre vac....and use the CRB....its just a little here and there getting stuck on the splatter...ill try a pic

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Post by milspec6 on Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:51 am

I think we just found a new product for this industry....roto-brushes to clean out wand tubes. Cool
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Post by Devon07 on Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:02 pm

I pre vac but the problem is no matter what I do the weld edges will accumulate hair and build. Its not the glides until the tube flow weakens.

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Post by milspec6 on Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:25 pm

Which wand is this on?

I can see a low profile wand doing this, I guess, but wands like the high flow titanium wands should not have an issue with clogging.

Just trying to nail down my understanding of this problem that you are running into.
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Post by Devon07 on Wed Jan 13, 2016 4:24 pm

I already attached my glide to do today's jobs and cant get a pic yet....BUT i will....the splatter is right where the round tube connects to the flat on the V of the wand....I can see the splatter and an actual small wire from the mig. It needs to be addressed ASAP. So, maybe this weekend or the following I will see what I can do to clean it up. I can only see it looking down the wand suction opening where the glide goes......then the trash is right where the tube connects....on the outside its an amazing clean weld thats very small and looks like a tipped stack of dimes....very clean. I suspect when it was open someone had a wire stick and not clean it up. I bet a hammer and a flat screw driver will knock it off.

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Post by Davey Cracker on Wed Jan 13, 2016 6:54 pm

Is it an AW29 Tony Dang Deal??

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Post by Devon07 on Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:35 pm

I don't recall....when I got my glide I called Cleanco to ask and its one they have made but its a common with a change for them. When I got the Glide I was told it was a good wand and I do like it....its just not the wand I want...i'll keep it as a backup when I get the one I want.

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Post by Devon07 on Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:45 pm

How long do your glides last?....mine are seeing some tackstrip damage...lol

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Post by milspec6 on Wed Jan 13, 2016 8:29 pm

I chewed up my first glide pretty quickly in about 7 months, but that was due to scrapes when used on store front entrances. All those little gravel pieces just chewed it right up.

On my commercial wand, I am on 2 years now and it looks like I should make it another year.

You can sand down the gouges and re-shape the glide as needed.
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Post by Devon07 on Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:56 am

I have a huge CGD job on the 25th...maybe that will help sand it down some. It only has damage from the tack strip about an inch in on each side. Ive been really happy with mine....even more so now that I know its not the glide causing build up. I vac really good....I CRB really good....but with that crap inside one strand of hair will cause a build up.

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