The Ettore Contour Pro+ godamn swivel

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  1. Guido Possum

    Guido Possum Active Member
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    #1 Guido Possum, Apr 1, 2016
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    Anyone else find the Contour Pro+ swivel just pointlessly unusable?

    Don't get my wrong, I love the handle; that spring suspension system means I don't have to adjust myself at all when closing on each stroke.

    But the swivel is just disfinctional.

    Got myself a Wagtail Slimline a few weeks ago and that swivels beautifully - because it's pivoting *at* the base of the channel I suppose, but the Contour Pro+ yeah, I just can't get on with the swivel action at all.

    With the pivot-point fixed it's still awesome, and the 0° toggle's excellent worth is one-click adjust.
     
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  2. Duncs

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    dogs ******** the wagtail swivel
    great tool and easy to use
     
  3. Guido Possum

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    I have no issue with the Wagtail, well except how cheap it feels in your hand, and the fact you have to modify it just to keep the rubber from slipping around in the channel...

    The swivel action is excellent though.. apart from that :)
     
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    The Contour Pro is a beautiful tool and has served me well for years.

    If you want to use it as a swivel you need to lock it to 0 degree first and then it's best at distance on an extension pole.

    Dont really use it for swivelling though as it wasnt designed for it. It is superb for locking at various angles when reaching above conservatories or canopies etc. Places where the wobbling of a wagtail is not condusive to a good finish.

    This is not a Contour Vs Wagtail debate. Both are superb tools when used in the right environment.
     
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  5. Duncs

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    know what your saying, the wagtail is bulky only use it on shop fronts
     
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    never used the contour pro
    will have to look into it
     
  7. Guido Possum

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    The pivot-point is too far away from the channel for any kind of practical 'free swivel' functionality but I've found it is actually useful just locked to 90 degrees; allows me to do those annoying top 'strip windows' with straight horizontal pulls, and thanks to the suspension system get it right into the end of the frame so there's no dribbles left to detail-up.

    Dropped it several times now too, and other than the annoyance of having to wash the dirt off the rubber before use again, the handle's just fine ;)
     
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    #8 Guido Possum, Apr 8, 2016
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    This is the angle actually and you can see the pivot is way too far away from the channel to use like a wagtail.
     

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  9. Eric Gilliand

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    Was never designed to be used like a Wagtail. Unger Zero degree the same although it can be used that way just not easily. The early Unger Zero had its pivot point closer to the blade and could be used that way much easier. In fact Urban Legend has it that it was Willie using a broken one of these that gave him the inspiration for the Wagtail. To date (because of a patent guarded with vigour), Wagtail is the only officially produced free pivot squeegee.
     
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    But in his case the pivot point on the handle is right at the end.
    Which gives you an unbalanced rotation.
    Found if you move the pivot point a bit further in from the end of handle that it works much better.
    This will show you what we mean.
    This is the earlier one with the handle under the disc.
     
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