Rotovac cfx ranger and 360i (the ultimate Portable discussion)

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By Sky on Mar 29, 2017 at 9:39 PM
  1. Sky
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    I purchased the delux package from rotovac and have recently started using it. I am new to carpet cleaning and am absolutely flustered by the set-up and breakdown time. Some people say it only takes them about twenty minutes to set up their porty where as it took me about 40min to set up the cfx to the faucet run hose to the toilet and begin auto pump out.

    Is this set up time normal when first starting or is this simply normal for the rotovac portable package? I do not have the money for a TM so no need to suggest it. Also there are 6 wires needed, where as other portables only have about two to four wires. Any thoughts on this?

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      A 40 minute clusterfook sounds about right for a new guy who purchased that specific equipment.

      Not at all your fault, just not a beginner-friendly package as RotoCrack makes it out to be.

      There are many easier options, and this forum will help you get it right, but you should first focus on how you can dump that equipment so you have the funds to buy the right stuff.

      Can you exchange it?
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      Hate to be a porty pooper but that...is the deal-do.

      Setup, tear down are a beech! Popping breakers a fact of life. Contrary to what anyone says a porty can't clean as good as a TM.

      Its a myth continued through time by porty owners. No TM owner will ever tell you a porty can do what his TM can do.

      Ok, so now what can you do. With the powerhead you can accomplish some decent results. Buy good chems, let them dwell, agitate them with the power head trigger off, then rinse trigger on and make dry passes until the tube clears.

      6 is an almost impossible amount of cords to manage. The home or apartment is going to look like black spaghetti. I'm not sure what all 6 power, but if you can cut a few out the process would be much smoother.

      Six cords? Oooh my! :eekk:

      The more you clean the faster you will get at setup and tear down. Relax, you'll knock time off as you get comfortable with the system.

      Good luck!
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      Stay out of this Chalupa.

      No point in encouraging him to try to make the best of such a complicated setup as a beginner.

      It will only lead him to frustration.

      I'm a big fan of starting with basic portable equipment and a wand, and learning the fundamentals first.

      Sure it can be done, but why should he torture himself.

      Better to take a step back and re-boot the right way.
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      Frank....shadddupa your mouff! :winky:

      The dude bought and used it already. Its his. :errf:

      SIX cords. :eekk:
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      Takes me 40 minutes to clean a 1 bedroom suite with a portable. Filling/empty with a bucket. 2 cords for the machine, one for the heater. Crb adds 15 minutes. Autofill/dump can be complicated sometimes.
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      In the front to back out? 40 minutes?

      Fookin porty hacks! :winky:

      Seriously I think it would take us longer with a tm and we carry our own water. Sumptin ain't rite! :headscratch:
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      Invest in good extension cords.
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      To be exact its three cords, pump out hose and vacuum hose. So six items to keep track of while cleaning.

      Yes I can exchange as I am still under the thirty day trial period. Should I just try to get use to system or start fresh? I feel no matter how experienced I get that set up/breakdown time will not be easily demenished.
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      What type of work do you see yourself doing? That setup would work well if you're near a janitors closet.

      It a home you would lose the auto feed and auto dump but then you back to the bucket brigade.

      Ron? Frank? Willy? Nate?
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      Are you doing houses, apts, or commercial?
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      Sky, with practice, you'll get much quicker.

      6 Leads??

      The CFX has 2, one of which plugs into one of 2 leads on the Ranger.
      The other goes to power.
      The Ranger should then have one going to power.

      This makes 2 leads going to the power supply.

      You then also have one lead going from the 360i to power.

      I do not have the Ranger, but I had the earlier model which is similar but with a lower pressure pump.
      It only had the one lead.

      I use only faucet pressure, so I have no reason to lug the Ranger around, just my CFX15 & 360i.

      I have no problems setting up or breaking down regards time.

      This combo give me pretty good results.

      I'm not complaining, as it's a very versatile tool for everything I need, although it won't suit many.

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      Shorty, how long does it take you to set up? How many jobs can you do in a day with just using CFX15? Say 3bed and living room?
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      In doing everything from housed to commercial and apartment buildings.
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      Systemise, systemise, systemise...

      Never walk in or out of the property without something you need next up in you hands.

      When you arrive and you are going inside to the walk through, you're packing heat...

      Put all your water in / out hoses and cords in separate bags. Bags that fit them just right. Walk passed the bathroom? Drop the dump hose in it's tasteful little baggie. Have two separate bags of extension cords, it pays. Go to one end of the property. drop one cord bag. Walk to the other end drop the other bag.

      Get the RE and have the head clean and ready to go on the unit before you get there. Have a full and hot HF before you arrive or pre dose your pump up or what have you with powder and fill and dissolve at the job. But have it ready to go. Don't do stuff on the job, be ready.

      Do the system backward to pack up. You don't go outside empty handed. Pack each hose and cord in the pack and take it away.

      Spray something that smells wonderful at the front entrance so its fresh for arriving home and arriving guests. When you leave pass over three cards and ask nicely for a review.

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      Do you have the ranger with its own pump or do you have to hook up to a faucet every Time?
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      First off, ignore Chavez- he doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground on this subject. :clap::clap::clap:I'd lose that package, get a crb and a 500 psi dual 3 stage parallel machine. You won't always need the crb. but it really helps with rat nasty carpets and can be used on tile and grout as well. I did a 1 bedroom apartment today, rolled up at 7, rolled out at 7:50. You need a few little helpers like a filler hose and good organization working for you. I'll post a little more in depth tomorrow, but I got a really early start in the morning.
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