Recommended traditional starter kit

Discussion in 'Traditional Window Cleaning' started by Kips, Feb 28, 2013.

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  1. Kips

    Kips Well-Known Member
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    Hey folks,

    I wrote this list for another member but have since seen a couple of other people asking what they should get - so am copying and pasting into a new thread.

    This is just my personal opinion, but it's also what I go out to work with when i'm doing trad stuff. It's all from the same shop too so you can get it all delivered in one go.


    Here's a list of stuff I'd reccomend to start off with from wintecs. I like wintecs because they don't charge for p&p and their customer service is good.

    This is all kit I own and would reccomend..

    Unger bucket- £7.61 - http://www.wintecs.c...&products_id=28

    Unger Ergotec Handle - £5.78 (this will be your 'main' handle) http://www.wintecs.c...&products_id=64

    10 inch channel w/ soft rubber (this and the handle above I use on 99.99999% of trad jobs. Smaller channel = easier to work with = faster = better.)- £2.58 http://www.wintecs.c...roducts_id=1041

    Unger S squeegee handle - £4.09 - (this is for the 6 inch channel below, I use this handle because its smaller and the 6 inch channell only gets used on openers and such where the 10 doesnt fit. They are the perfect combination.) http://www.wintecs.c...products_id=522

    6 inch channel - £1.92 - see above - http://www.wintecs.c...&products_id=54

    Unger T bar for applicator, 14 inch - £2.75 - http://www.wintecs.c...&products_id=96

    Ettore porcupine applicator sleeve - £8.61(has bristles that take off dirt and **** really well - saves me using a scraper a lot. I am the envy of all my friends! Really worth getting.) http://www.wintecs.c...&products_id=83

    Pulex bucketonabelt - £10.64 (you can't really trad without a boab, well - you can, but it's a nightmare.) http://www.wintecs.c...products_id=112

    Unger 15cm scraper - £7.85 - Have never needed or wanted a smaller scraper since I bought this and the porcupine glove. http://www.wintecs.c...products_id=923

    Jumbo microfibre - cut in 2, so it's easily pocketable. £3.03 - http://www.wintecs.c...products_id=641
    (Maybe get 2 or 3 if you think you will need to do a lot of detailing?)

    Unger soft rubber - 42 inches - My personal favourite rubber. £2.29 - Nothing worse than starting trad work, finding there is a nick in the rubber, and not having any spare. Worth getting. http://www.wintecs.c...products_id=237

    Only other thing I think you'll need is a 'sill cloth - I just use whatever, an old teatowel, £1 microfibres from the pound shop, my favourite is a carlsberg beer rug towel thing from the local pub - it's just for sills so it doesnt really matter much.


    Now, other people will prolly prefer different brands and items - but this is pretty much the exact kit I use when I do trad work now, these are the 'essential items' that get taken out on the road while a lot of the other stuff - different size scrapers, channels, different handles, etc etc - all get left at home. This is good quality kit, will last, and will do a good job. It is, in my opinion, a worthy investment and well set you off well for learning and mastering trad cleaning!

    Total for all above is £57.15, then you have to add on VAT which at 20% is £11.43 giving you a total price of £68.58.

    That might seem a lot but consider it is good kit that will LAST and do a good job and it's really not so bad.
     
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  2. Posh

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    Only thing I would add is a pole & afold away step. The amount of houses I go to that have high bottom windows. Good list. When you think about it it's quite cheap to start up. I also use 10 inch most of the time as I find it easier.
     
  3. rugbywolf

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    I read this list with interest last time it was on. I thought it was a good comprehensive list for a new starter. However, my list would probably differ quite alot from yours, only because of personal preference. I dare say that there would be many differing lists, and that they would all work pretty well. This would be a good item for the "Tradders" topic at the top of the forum.
     
  4. Mike48

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    Hi Kips,
    thanks for taking the time to advise on a start up kit. I see most of the items are by Unger. Its just that I have a shop near me that sells Ettore products. What do you think of this brand ,could I just use your startup kit ideas but use the Ettore products instead?
    Cheers
     
  5. Kips

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    Hi Mike - Ettore and Unger are the 'top' brands, so to speak. I've never used any of their squeegees but my BOAB is ettore and I use an ettore porcupine applicator sleeve and am very happy with them both. They have a very good reputation so I'd say there'd be no problem kitting yourself out with their stuff.
     
  6. Mike48

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    Hi Kips,
    whats a BOAB, remember im new to all this :wacko:

    Cheers
     
  7. Posh

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    Bucket on a belt. For yer squeegee & applicator
     
  8. Mike48

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    cheers Posh, be patient :D
     
  9. Posh

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    No prob. We were all there once.
     
  10. Major_MInus

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    Just ordered every item on your list - looking forward to getting it all and having a good practise on my own windows!
     
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