DIY Gutter Vac Setup: Advice much appreciated

Discussion in 'Gutter & Fascia Cleaning' started by Gazz K, Jun 19, 2016.

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  1. Gazz K

    Gazz K Member
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    I was thinking of putting together my own gutter vac system after reading that a few people on the forum have done this.

    I have found a 30000W vacuum on ebay at

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WET-AND-DRY-VACUUM-VAC-CLEANER-INDUSTRIAL-80LTR-3000W-STAINLESS-STEEL-/331693725120?hash=item4d3a7c95c0:g:1xQAAOSw~bFWMPHk


    I think Smurf has bought this or something very similar on Ebay. Is it any good Smurf? Anybody else know anything about these?

    Also need some poles, preferably carbon but are they hard wearing enough for this type of work, and where's the best place to get them? What else will I need to complete the set up, or am I better off buying a ready assembled system like the 3000W Vacuum with Carbon Poles at Gutter Cleaning Systems?
     
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  2. Jimroot

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    Smurf isn't on the forum anymore Gazz K

    I twinned a numatic gutter 2400watt vac to grippamax Carbon poles

    You'll also need as well as the vac and poles: end tools, hose, an extension cable

    It's an expensive tool/system to recoup the costs with compared to a ladder and hand tools which is still needed in most cases
     
  3. Gazz K

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    Oh I thought Smurf was still on here. Oops!

    Yeah, I've got a ladder, standoff and footprint and the pro gutter tools. However, I am charging ridiculous money at the moment for gutter jobs and I still seem to be getting most I quote for, although I don't really like doing them so I think I can quite quickly cover the cost of a vac. But, I want to buy as cheaply as possible.

    I've got a job coming up that is impossible to do without a vac. I've done quite a few already where a vac would have come in handy due to limited access

    Is the Skyvac Atom worth a punt? Anything easily accessible will be done off a ladder, but I need an option where access is a problem. I don't want to turn the limited access jobs away and I will charge according how difficult I think the jobs will be. A camera system will come in handy aswell
     
  4. Jimroot

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    I use the ladder where possible

    I use a camera phone on a Harris pole to inspect before and after. I bought a wifi camera but it didn't work

    I think if you're getting enough jobs to justify the cost don't scrimp, get a GoPro cam, carbon poles say 8m, 8-10m hose, a numatic or grippamax (same thing I think) vac or equivalent quality, and a range of push on tools
     
  5. Gazz K

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    How do you fix a camera phone to a pole Jimroot?
     
  6. J and S

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    I have the Gutter Cleaning Systems one that you posted but with the carbon poles and it works well.
    Why bother bodging a cheap one up when you can buy brand new at that price.
    You will need the ladders as well though it's not the be all and end all.
     
  7. Gazz K

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    Yeah think you might be right. What is the best length pole set to buy bearing in mind that I may be cleaning 3 storey town houses at some point? Is it just best to get the 40ft pole set?
     
  8. J and S

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    I got the 40 foot pole set but never used it above 2 storey yet and don't think I want to it's not easy.
    Most poles I have used is 4 and that was enough for me won't be touching 3 storeys.
     
  9. Jimroot

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    'How do you fix a camera phone to a pole'

    Bicycle phone holder

    tench0771 has cleaned some taller buildings via vac

    I've stuck to two floors too as I like to be hands on as I find there's usually issues like tile slide, flashing/membrane, down spout blocks to deal with so vac to me is last resort or known easy repeat 'maintenance' gutter clearing
     
  10. Woody

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    At the moment I'm doing all my gutter cleans by hand, I seem to be drifting into gutter cleaning!

    I was also thinking of making up a gutter vac set but from what I'm reading from Jimroot a lot of the clearing has to be done by hand anyway. I've done jobs where I've wondered how a gutter vac would be able to get the c**p out and from what it appears a gutter vac is not a be all and end all, you still need to get up the ladder as well. I'm I right in this assumtion?
     
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