Portable for a backup?

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  1. Jimmy L
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    I agree save your money. It would sit in your trailer or garage for years for non use. Just like a OP machine.
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    Just kidding Matt, I know you used to have one
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    Yes, but honestly I believe you would regret it after about 10 minutes of use.
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    Portables are great at helping one realize how much they prefer their truck mount.
    It's a psychological feel good scheme contrived by the truck mount manufacturers. Knock yourself out Matt, buy one. You'll feel so much better about your rig.

    Why not take the money you'd invest in a good portable and apply towards making your box truck less likely to break down?

    If I wanted a portable as a backup I would get a two corded, 2x 3 stage vac motors, as these will do a decent job in short hose runs. Though you need to find out how homes in your area will handle the load. Usually you'd run one cord to kitchen (20 amp circuit) and the other to the lower load outlets. These days most portables have a light indicator that tells you when you're on the same circuit.

    220 pump is ok, not great, but it will reduce load (the 500 psi pumps are heavier and take more juice, but nicer to have more psi). I would not get one with a heater as that will require to give up on vac power or load the circuits. You'll compensate by more time (dwell) and agitation. This will do a decent job on carpets and upholstery. For upholstery alone you'll do fine with less power.
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    He use to be in a trailer, so of course he wants a portable. He'll get a Mytee.
  6. Matt Wood
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    You're such a douche.

    I'm really surprised it took this long for you to squeeze in a trailer joke
  7. Matt Wood
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    The way Larry is talking about his portables, I'll probably get one of those when I'm ready to make the purchase
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    We both have a knack for stating the obvious.
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    I live in a trailer park down by the airport. And I'm damn proud to be white trash!
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    So, which Wally do you frequent?
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    New to all of this, it seems like you guys are all offering great advice. I have been cleaning carpet for 24 years. I used a portable once in a senior assist home because I didn't want to run hoses down the hall from my truck mount that someone might trip on. After that one time experience I would never use a portable again. I had a break down on my truck mount that took two days to fix, I called my customers and said I can do it this weekend but I will not use a portable on it, just wait for my truck mount. I did not lose one job.
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  12. Matt Wood
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    Thanks for you input.

    By the way, I like your electric hose reel idea. How long have you been selling that conversion kit?
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    Get a used one, call around to distys who rent them out. Cost you half as much as new.

    I use mine once a year to clean fancy upholstery for a spa in a mall. Other than that, total waste. Only worth buying a new one if you need it everyday.
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    Im using a portable, and i am doing great...for time being. I guess i am just enjoying the new work and revenues to be concerned with what tools im using as long it gets the job done right.
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    Yeah well just don't start doing videos, Mr hyper-typer!
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  16. Matt Wood
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    No need to apologize. I've never used a portable, so that's a very good way to look at it.

    I need to start looking at a used entry level truckmount to put in my trailer as a backup:dejection:
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  17. Matt Wood
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    Why?

    You'd still bitch about it
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    stop misquoting me!
  19. Matt Wood
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    lol
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    Bought a portable to do upholstery and that worked great.

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