Gutter vac buying advice.

Discussion in 'Gutter & Fascia Cleaning' started by Gray, Jan 16, 2016.

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  1. Gray

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    Hi, Firstly I'd like to say hello to everyone, only registered today. I'm looking to expand my business and purchase a gutter vac but don't have a clue about them. Obviously need a decent one but don't want to spend silly money. Any advice gratefully received.
     
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    Mine came in very useful today against frozen gutter muck! So useful in fact that it stayed in the van taking up space!

    There ok but having used one for a while now, my thoughts are you can do a better job with pro gutter tools, and a watering can/hose to flush gutter through.

    There only good for jobs you cannot get a ladder up to and really high stuff. But they only get out 80/90% from most guttering I find.
     
  3. Gray

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    Plus i've only just joined this site today o_O Have been doing wfp since last April, so hence expanding to gutter vac, think most ppl have gutters
     
  4. Gray

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    I should imagine this time of year there pretty useless, but have to be a safer way than using a ladder. Wats the typical charges? I have no idea!
     
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    I did a gutter vac job yesterday. They were full of weeds, it sucked them out in clumps no problem, but left muck close to the edge of the gutter :thumbsdown:. Why do they leave so much behind!!?

    I left the filter out as it works better with it out. On another thread a poster said he had emailed a company and was advised to leave the filter out for wet jobs. The thing is, the float thing that is supposed to rise when water is sucked in to protect the motors gets full of :turd: and I'm not sure that :turd: is getting up to the motors? Anyone know if this is ok to do?
     
  6. Trev81

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    From a safety point of view yes there ideal, I also find you can charge more as customers seem to like the idea of a machine and poles with a camera on the top rather than just a guy on a ladder with a bucket.

    I use the SkyVac system and I do think its great, and is a good think to market on social media and websites as add on services.

    Recently got into using pro gutter tools and found them to be great, the downside is having my mrs come on jobs with me as I like somebody footing a ladder at gutter heights, just my preference there.

    My opinion is there well worth the investment to have in your armoury, but not a perfect solution to all gutter clear jobs.

    Price wise I generally charge around £20-£30 a length for a 2/3 bed semi, more if the downpipes are blocked up solid.
     
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    Glad you said that Trev - i think gutter vac be best for commercial but my gutter work is all residential . I don't think I will bother with gutter vac is I am happy going up ladders with Unger pole and tools
    Makes more sense me spending on van or poles
     
  8. Gray

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    I'm not really suppose to go up ladders due to a medical condition and wouldn't really want to take the chance hence looking at these vacs.

    So charging around £20-£30 per side on a 2/3 bed semi? Do they clean downpipes or is that a removal job and poke something through it?

    Ive seen these 3000 Watt Gutter Vacuum Systems and have seen the bloke post on here, does anyone know anything about vacs from aquafed?
     
  9. Gray

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    Hi, Firstly I'd like to say hello to everyone, only registered yesterday and managed sent my post to Gav in a private message instead of a forum!! Newbie Alert ;).

    I'm looking to expand my wfp business which i started last April and expand to gutter cleaning as i feel there are plenty of ppl who would use the service.

    Unfortunately due to medical reasons i shouldn't climb ladders and wouldn't want to take that risk. So safest option purchase a gutter vac but don't have a clue about them or how to charge. Obviously need a decent one but don't want to spend silly money.

    Have seen this company posting on this forum 3000 Watt Gutter Vacuum Systems, looks reasonable price but are they any good? Any advice gratefully received. Thankyou in advance Gray :thumbsup:
     
  10. Trev81

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    If the downpipes are blocked solid with muck, quite a few are, all depends on tree coverage around the house and how often they have been cleared out then you will have no choice but to go up and poke it down along with a hose pipe or watering can to flush it down to the bottom, sometimes I take the small bend bit off and bring it down to clean out then re fit it.

    Vacs are ok and good to have for sure, but as I found out quite quickly if thats your only option you will soon get caught out on a job, so going up on the ladder is unavoidable at times with gutter clears.

    I would strongly advise if funds allow to get a gutter cam/monitor with a inspection pole as you can then look before quoting or taking on the job, will give you a good idea if its going to be a easy vac out, or a pig of a job off a ladder with hand tools

    I had this job just before xmas which shows what I mean, no vac alone would of cleared this or anywhere close, also had silly gutter hedgehogs in that are the worst invention ever so had to go up and remove them all too….


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