Getting started on a budget!

Discussion in 'Water Fed Pole Cleaning' started by Mike Hulme, Apr 3, 2016.

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  1. Mike Hulme

    Mike Hulme Member
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    Hi all!

    So, i am trying to get a basic setup to get me started for under (as far under as possible - £500).

    I looked at the beginers setups on window cleaning warehouse, they do a backpack system with a small di tank and pole, hose etc for £350 + vat
    Big Boy Backpack Starter Kit

    Think I can do better elseware and in bits!

    I quite fancy the diy trolley build - read several threads dozens of youtube vids etc. Im quite capable of building one and it looks much more satisfying! Im pretty sure I can get a setup in bits for not much more money than that backpack setup that I hope would be better?

    So - are the home built trolleys any better than backpacks? The gardiner backpack looks good value as well!

    I was also looking at the cheaper gardiner poles, thinking maybe http://gardinerpolesystems.co.uk/al...clx-ii-carbon-composite-pole/pole-clx-22.html Can anyone recommend the brush to choose? There seems to be a choice of several included with the pole but I have no idea what would be best to start with?

    The PPM of our water is high, 200+. I have today added water butts to my house, my parents and a large barn/stables. Ive got a clean IBC for storage, I am planning to start off with just a di setup and rainwater but if the work level goes up enough I will obviously need an RO system, not including that in the original setup costs obviously!

    All suggestions gratefully received!

    Cheers,

    mike
     
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  2. kevinc250

    kevinc250 Well-Known Member
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    hi mike,your first problem is that you are starting your wfp career as cheap as possible,if you start cheap your equipment will always hinder your growth business wise and you'll enventually end up buying the proper kit anyway,meaning your initial investment was a waste of money which you could have put towards proper equipment in the first place.
    i'm not meaning to come across as harsh or an ahole but its just personal experience from a fair few years of doing this,i would rather invest first in the right kit to enable me and my business to grow into it than keep on upgrading to keep up with demand etc-been there,done that,cost me twice the money.
     
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  3. Marko067

    Marko067 Well-Known Member
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    Your choice of pole is probably one of the best you could choose if your on a tight budget, coupled with a Supa-lite or Ultimate Brush. Medium to soft brushes work best for me. I've always used a professionally built trolley so can't comment on Backpacks. As a tap you'll struggle to do better than a Uni-valve.
     
  4. Mike Hulme

    Mike Hulme Member
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    Thanks for that! Im aware of the risk of starting too cheap and buying everything twice. :-(
    That said, im also aware that if I cant prove its viable I dont want to invest more than I can afford. I guess its not an easy balance to strike.

    Im thinking if I can sort the DI system out, end up with a trolley (looking at some of the DIY ones on here, I can build that and enough people seem to swear by them) and a pole im away for at least a starting point. Would love to invest in a van setup but its just not an option for the moment.
     
  5. Pegasus

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    I use now a Gardiner backpack set up. Think its great. CLX pole came with it. Flexible, can get anywhere with it. Just use estate car. Rarely need ladders but can if necessary. Carry about 40 litres extra DI filtered water and top up where possible. Used to have a Big Boy but lid kept falling off as it was used as carrying handle.
     
  6. Mike Hulme

    Mike Hulme Member
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    I cant see a setup that includes a pole on the gardiner site. The window cleaning warehouse list a full setup but cant find similar on gardiners. I think my main decision now is wether to build a trolley or buy a backpack and strap it to a trolley.
     
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    i used a backpack strapped to a sacktruck for a while & thought it was a great system, gardiners are the best for sure, only thing i would question is a 22ft pole there will be a fair few jobs you cant get with that, a clx 27 would be better
     
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    You'll need to add the pole and backpack separately. They don't come together as a bundle.


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  9. Mike Hulme

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    Thanks for that, I was confused when he said the pole came with it. Maybe they used to list a bundle. The question is, is the backpack on the trolley better than this heres my diy wfp trolley system! seen as they are very similar in price?
     
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    If you have limited funds then you have to make the best of what you can afford. I started trad and bought the minimum of equipment I even bought a ladder which would fit in my van so as not to incure the cost of roof bars. If your set on going down the wfp route then a gardiner back pack and clx pole will serve you well this is what I bought once I realised my business was viable.
     
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