Portable for a backup?

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  1. Matt Wood
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    In a few months I'll be investing in a backup to be there just in case my Box truck breaks down. I'm considering putting a portable in my trailer. So, for a backup unit, what portable would you get?

    Keep in mind, I have no knowledge of portables. I've read conversations talking about different vacuum motors, and I am elementary to all that.

    I'd like to get another truck mount to put back in the trailer, but that's not in my budget for a couple more years. Heck, in a couple years I hope to have the need for another van/tm setup.

    But, in the meantime, I need a portable backup. So what's your thoughts?
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    Matt, where you are it seems like you need a portable like you need another hole in the head. What you need to consider is, do you need a simple machine with one cord that can help you out if your TM breaks down or do you have a need for a high performance portable with 2 or 3 cords to attempt to duplicate what your TM can't reach.
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    I'm thinking just a simple machine with one cord just to do one, maybe two days worth of work.
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    Demo one first.

    After that humbling experience you'll have a whole new perspective on what a POS portables truly are.
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    I have a Ninja 1200psi portable that I keep in the van for high rise condos. So high pressure but no heat. Use Customers hot...hopefully...hot water. I have used it a couple of times and did what I needed it to do but... if I never use it again the rest of my life... :lol:
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    So using one at an upholstery class isn't enough experience? Lol.

    That's the only experience I have on one
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    Save your money. If your truck breaks down it should be back up in a day or two tops for most things. Most people would be willing to reschedule if it does happen. Like Ron said if your going to get something get a cimex or something to encap with so if you had too you could use that in a pinch and would be handy for comcail jobs down the road. If your worried about your truck mount breaking down it time to get a newer one it another thing to consider... save the money and buy yourself a newer truck mount that much sooner. Also you can rent truck mounts from some local supplies store, or if you know someone else near by.

    That my thoughts about a porty backup. I got a porty that I been holding on to. It the one I started out with 15 years ago and Since I got a truck mount I not used it on one job and I keep telling myself to keep it for a back up and I never have used it. I sometimes use the porty in the shop for some fringe work but that is rare. I had truck mounts for 13 or more years now.
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    They are twice work of a truck mount.
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    I'm not worried about the truckmount braking down.

    I'm more concerned about my box truck having a hiccup

    My downtime in 2016 was harsh from my truck
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    Wasn't @Larry Cobb talking about a perfected portable a few weeks ago?
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    You could also rent a portable unit if your truck did break down, but save your money, or get something to encap with. The last high rise I did I encaped and they loved it. I thought about taking my portable to do it but it was too much work.
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    No. They are actually pretty good for upholstery cleaning. :shifty:
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    If there were high rises in my area, I'd be full throttle on encapping
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    They still have a little dog and kids or grand kids...wouldn't encap residential even if it was a little easier.
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    for a single cord machine, I would go with the edic 17 gallon with the 220 psi pump and 2-2 stage vac motors. Add the inline heater that slides onto the back with its own cord and you will have a nice little unit for upholstery or vertical blind cleaning and it is light enough to haul up and down stairs if your tm breaks down. use the wand that comes with it as your tm wand will be too big.
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    Matt, there is a guy from Texas that makes truckmounts. There is one on wheels called a prowler. You should buy one of those. The heat is great and they will run forever, but they are easy to work on yourself for repairs. Although they should not break down often, that is unless you don't know how to operate it correctly. At least that is what the guy that assembles the machines will tell you.
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    Amtex?
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    Ouch! That hurt:dejection:
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