Backpack system

Discussion in 'Water Fed Pole Cleaning' started by Danfire, Jun 25, 2014.

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  1. Danfire

    Danfire Well-Known Member
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    Hi all, I took on a round from a retiring co-worker last September that I currently clean traditionally. I have an issue with a few windows that involve standing on steepish peg tile bay roofs that are only possible with one hand gripping the cill. I am not looking to go totally water fed pole as I'm currently working out of a Focus estate that I have to share with my wife, the round isn't big enough and I don't have the spare time to take on much more so I can't justify buying and running a van. I thought the cheapest solution might be to buy a backpack system for those houses where the pitches are a bit dodgy. I have a friend with a water fed pole business that said he could give me the water I need so what I need help with is selecting everything I need to get me set up and anything else I haven't considered. Thanks for any advice.
     
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  2. Smurf

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    You could always make your own very cheap diy trolley type setup then just need say a 22-25' wfp that would reach most awkward jobs you would come across.
     
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    Danfire Well-Known Member
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    I didn't really fancy trying to cobble something together. Might be a bit lazy but was hoping I could get something off the shelf and ready to go for less than a couple of hundred. I'm sure once I've made the investment it will end up getting used for more than just the odd awkward window. Any suppliers I should be looking at or best avoided?
     
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    It usually comes down to getting the backpack from either Gardiner or Window Cleaning Warehouse, WCW costs more for a larger tank. Get at least the Gardiner CLX27 as your pole or if you can afford it an SLX (well worth it)
    Buy an adaptor to connect to customers outside tap then you could do gutter jobs faster & take on conservatory roof cleans too.
     
  6. Danfire

    Danfire Well-Known Member
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    Thanks RiceRocket, I have been trawling the web and found the WCW site selling their BigBoy backpack with a 18' Phoenix pole for £240. I was going to go for that but will take a look to see what I could get a Gardiner set up for, their backpack seems pretty good value, hopefully someone will put a set together for a sensible price.
     
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    and let us all know what you end up with and how it works out as some of us havent quite taken that dip that you are about to:D.....yet.
     
  8. Danfire

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    Will do cheapncheerful. I hope it proves to be useful but what will probably end up happening is I will end up cleaning all those windows that couldn't be reached previously so the round will take longer but the customers won't want to pay any extra though. This option would never have been viable if I couldn't get the free water, I think it's going to be barely worth it as it is though I hope it works out and if I can avoid some of the more dodgy pitches it should be a winner.
     
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    No job is worth your life.... Keep safe ;)
     
  10. tench0771

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    ide get a wcw bk pk the facelift pole is a nce pole to use clamps r ace mch faster in use than gardeners bit more expencive but u make that up in the extra speed of the pole:)
     
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