The new RX-20????

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We’ve settled on the idea that all cleaning is a matter of degree and that there’s no single carpet cleaning tool that can clean quite like a rotary extractor.

I used the 360i for years before buying the XL. My XL always seemed a bit chinsey and under built for its weight. I got mine early in the brush head days so mine came with a brush head that couldn’t be pushed by the motor that was on it. Rotovac sent me a big motor that would drive the brush head. It sure does but I hate taking the XL out of the truck. It’s really heavy and really burns through expensive Teflon now.

I want better. I want more sturdy and professional looking. I’m very open to leaving behind the brushes and Teflon for a more reliable and professional machine.

What do you guys think? Do I need to try myself, like I have with so many things, to see what is best? My closest disty is @ 2.5 hours away. I don’t exactly have them throwing equipment at me to try for a week and bring back. Real investment happens around here when we change directions.
 
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I have both. The RX is a tank. Psi is usually just cracking the valve open to flush. I stand there with one hand doing dry passes and it leaves the carpet dryer than my wand. Even though its heavy the big wheels make it manageable up stairs. Not enough improvements to spend the money on a new one. A few good deals around seattle on craigs list.
 
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You really clean that many shit pits?

I would have imagined you for a 10" CRB and a Dev type feller
That’s what we do every day except when one of us is alone. On my journey to get to 2 solid routes with 2 trucks, it’ll take some solo missions.
 
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I have used RX-20's both in commercial and residential settings and haven't been as impressed as I have with the 360i and xl. I know some guys that just swear by them but it just hasn't worked for me. I find it awkward and leaving the carpet to wet unless you are doing multiple dry passes. I do multiple dry passes with the rotovacs also but it seems so easy with the light weight. Try before you buy.
 
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I have used RX-20's both in commercial and residential settings and haven't been as impressed as I have with the 360i and xl. I know some guys that just swear by them but it just hasn't worked for me. I find it awkward and leaving the carpet to wet unless you are doing multiple dry passes. I do multiple dry passes with the rotovacs also but it seems so easy with the light weight. Try before you buy.
Typical of a poorly maintained RX.
 
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Look on craigslist for a used RX20. There isn't that much of an improvement from the old to the new.
They should have addressed the weight and make it lighter. Doubt it will do that well against the newer, lighter machines. But it is a great cleaning tool--if you use it. I have a few hi speed RX's that are over 30 years old!
 
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going up stairs with the nice big wheels.... hows going down when you finish the top level lol

I would stick with your 360, I want the XL at some point but the 360i I can carry in one hand... thats hard to beat for a rotary
 
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The RX works well and I don't think it's heavy. I used it on very dirty carpets. A few times on flood work removed a ton of water . I purchased the zipper because of no power cord. Each tool has it's positive side so you need the correct tool for each job. The RX makes contact with the carpet. The zipper uses spinning pressure on the carpets. Each works well for each job. Then theirs the 175 roto. With all the right tools carpet cleaning is a joy getting the job done and then $$$$ yea. jz
 
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Thanks for the heads up on this Coastie!! I picked the one in Flint up yesterday. This one though is a Hydramaster model rotary Drimaster. Still, quite a pickup for $400.
 
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I sold my rx20 did all kinds of pimping to it.

It streaked carpets was heavy to pull on and off the truck.

I use my hoss as much it’s alot easier.

And my 360i is my preference.

Light and ease of use!

But if you want the Grand Daddy of them all by all means buy it!

You’ll either say heck ya or heck no!

That’s the bitch about this industry. There is no magic bullet!

It’s all work.
 
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I sold my rx20 did all kinds of pimping to it.

It streaked carpets was heavy to pull on and off the truck.

I use my hoss as much it’s alot easier.

And my 360i is my preference.

Light and ease of use!

But if you want the Grand Daddy of them all by all means buy it!

You’ll either say heck ya or heck no!

That’s the bitch about this industry. There is no magic bullet!

It’s all work.
I’ve figured that I almost need to try everything (within reason) in order to see how it fits for us.

I need to try it for about 2 weeks because EVERYTHING I try for the first time, I HATE.

I’m still trying to love our Zipper but my helper suffers from the same condition I do. He tried it for about 2 minutes and now doesn’t even want to look at it.

I’m that way too but I’m trying to FIGHT it!
 
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I’ve figured that I almost need to try everything (within reason) in order to see how it fits for us.

I need to try it for about 2 weeks because EVERYTHING I try for the first time, I HATE.

I’m still trying to love our Zipper but my helper suffers from the same condition I do. He tried it for about 2 minutes and now doesn’t even want to look at it.

I’m that way too but I’m trying to FIGHT it!


How long did it take you to learn to love the Swivel?
 
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I’ve figured that I almost need to try everything (within reason) in order to see how it fits for us.

I need to try it for about 2 weeks because EVERYTHING I try for the first time, I HATE.

I’m still trying to love our Zipper but my helper suffers from the same condition I do. He tried it for about 2 minutes and now doesn’t even want to look at it.

I’m that way too but I’m trying to FIGHT it!
I think a lot of people find it difficult to adapt to the Zipper at first. It takes a while to learn to clean in the right direction and manage the hose at the same time. I use my Zipper on commercial only and find it very easy now in wide open areas. I was using it with a helper this summer pulling hose on some apartment hallways and it was incredible. It does use more cleaning solution so you might want an apo.
 

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