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Rx20, Roto Vac, zipper, bronzer, which is best IYO.

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Post by Cjcann on Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:33 am

Thinking of picking up a powered cleaning attachment. Thoughts? Reviews?
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Re: Rx20, Roto Vac, zipper, bronzer, which is best IYO.

Post by milspec6 on Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:52 am

Rx-20 is best on heavy commercial like restaurants...not much else.
Roto-vac is good on residentials...not much else
Zipper...not beneficial anywhere over other tools unless maybe you are running a Vortex, but even then I would pass on it
Bronzer...I am not familiar with that product

IMHO, a CRB addition is of far better value than any of the above devices.
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Re: Rx20, Roto Vac, zipper, bronzer, which is best IYO.

Post by Matt; My carpet cleaner on Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:46 pm

Depends on what you need it for? Res, comm....
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Post by dp1 on Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:54 pm

Get a rotovac 360i for soiled residential carpet and titanium wand for not so soiled residential and any commercial carpet, rx 20 is way too heavy and too expensive imo.
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Post by Cjcann on Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:56 am

Sorry for the delay in responding, mainly high end res. Stick with the wand?
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Post by dp1 on Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:09 pm

eldiabloz wrote:Sorry for the delay in responding, mainly high end res. Stick with the wand?

Depends on the carpets condition, most high end resi won’t need rotary since they are usually well maintained. However I would still put a rotary in the van just in case, even though you do mostly high end resi, once in a while you would still clean condos or middle class homes that are not always maintained regularly, to be honest, I forgot when was the last time I used my 360i but I have a peace of mind when I see that thing in my van.
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Post by milspec6 on Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:04 pm

I haven't needed the rotary on residential since getting the CRB. Unless you are doing rentals, spend your money there instead.
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Post by dp1 on Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:07 pm

CRB definitely works well, but if you’re running solo, it will take more time cleaning because it’s an additional step.
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Post by milspec6 on Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:09 pm

It is an additional step but an important one in my view. I use it on every single residential job and explain it to the customer as to why. It will get animal fur out of carpet that no other tool can get and when it comes to animal odors, you have to remove the animal. As long as there is some fur deep down in the fibers, it will activate the odor when you introduce moisture...ie wet dog. It also makes sense just as agitation in the washing machine or even when washing your hands, you would never do either with just running water.

A CRB is very practical, effective, and impresses the customer without having to drag around a rotary. It does add time to the job, so it will slow you down, but the benefits are worth it to me.
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Post by Cjcann on Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:54 am

So which crb do you recommend?, I do have the small Bissell rotary, which I love for wood floors and greasy tile applications
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Post by Mo on Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:20 pm

That bissel will work but wont have the weight, width, and agitation of an OP machine or 175. A CRB does a better job removing hair. Its just a pain in the ass to cleaning the brushes
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Post by milspec6 on Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:12 pm

Depnds on how you clean them Mo. I hold an auto upholstery brush against them and turn the CRB on while spraying with the psi hose. I guess that can be viewed as an inconvenience, but not too bad. After a bad job, the brushes get soaked in a cleaning solution first. Still, for what it does, it is well worth it.

As for which one? My suggestion is to get a 15 inch, any brand, and skip the collection trays. I really don't think the brand matters as they all appear to be re-branded machines anyway. They will tell you different, but the first one that I bought came with the decal of one brand in a sealed shipping box of another. When I contacted the seller about the difference, he told me that they buy them from the same builder and re-brand them. They just mixed up the boxes. I promised to give away the secret by naming names, but it was a "well-known" brand.

You just need one that works, the frills are not necessary and often worthless anyway. At 15 inch, it is still small enough to use on stairs without it being too heavy or bulky. The brushes will last you probably as long as the machine does, so extras are not really needed either.
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Post by ACpower1 on Thu Mar 01, 2018 10:50 pm

CRB for sure. We only rotary clean the heavy pet stain jobs.

CRB + wand is much faster than just wand, surprisingly... its an extra step but after the learning curve of it you really get productive.

Plus your referral game will go through the roof.. there are probably 100 carpet cleaners in any big city that spray+wand, you can swim in a sea of them or charge 2x as much and stand above and beyond.
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