Wagtail Precision Glide test drive

Discussion in 'Traditional Window Cleaning' started by Guido Possum, Apr 9, 2016.

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  1. Guido Possum

    Guido Possum Active Member
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    I'll be doing the weekly window-clean at the Supa IGA tomorrow.

    I'll take this contraption with me and see how we get along, since I do the supermarket windows every week, there's only fingerprints to clean off each time, and since I do it under contract with the company who employs me anyway I'd rather experiment on their job than my own windows.
     

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  2. Eric Gilliand

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    Give us a review on it Guido. The silence on FB groups is deafening.
     
  3. Guido Possum

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    #3 Guido Possum, Apr 10, 2016
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    Alright, so I should point out that I clean these windows every week and - apart from fingerprints - they're still clean when I get there each visit so it seemed a good shopfront to test the PG on.

    And, going from the blue Moerman microfibre scrubber and Ettore Contour Pro+ handle to this, well, sure felt like a downgrade from the get-go.

    I'll say this though; it was nice not having to swap between t-mop and squeegee so in that respect it saved time.

    Last night I chopped the little scrubber strip - more like a bit of carpet - about 3/4" shorter on each end which eliminated the lines that are unavoidable when the strip of cloth is exactly the same length as the rubber, and replace the default red wagtail **** with a new ettore rubber.

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    At the shop, I found the solution seemed to be doing most of the work and the only way to effectively 'scrub' the glass was to press the wagtail flat against the glass: with the bottom-end of the handle touching too, like so..

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    The results were alright I guess for fingerprints at least, though anytime I'd find a dribble of something thicker than a fingerprint I had to pull-out the t-mop - it just took too many passes with the PG to get the gunk off.

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    The channel and 'precision' clips are rubbish compared to the Liquidator: the clips pop-out anytime you accidently bump against the framing, taking the end of the rubber with them, and even when pressed against the very edge of a straight, two-inch deep frame without a seal they leave about 1/4 of an inch of liquid to detail-off afterwards, so any claims of 'zero detailing' are just marketing bullshit.

    Seems to me that with both the wagtails I have, the only thing the company had spent money on is the handle: all the channel components look and feel as though they've been salvaged from a plastics recycling depot.

    I could use it if I didn't mind replacing the channel, heat-gunning the handle to a better angle and swapping the strip of carpet for a decent microfibre pad, but why should I? Consumers shouldn't have to modify every component of a $45 squeegee just to make it functional.

    The handle, the handle, the handle.

    It's a pity really, because he idea of a one-pass squeegee is very appealing and I might still toss it in the bucket and give it another chance, but the way it comes - off the shelf - the squeegee as a whole is not worth the asking price.

    Old Willie should just sell the handles - without the channels - and save us all room in our recycle bins: I swear the clips that hold the pad-strip on are just off-cuts of the clips supermarkets use to snap those yellow price-tags on shelving..

    Anyway, the handle's good, but the channel in its entirely seems like a poorly-made fill-in for a good one.

    Really, it's made me interested in making my own DIY 1-pass channel because I'll be ****** if I couldn't do a better job.
     
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  4. Guido Possum

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    As an addendum; I'm aware that the 'glide' strip is meant simply to keep the rubber slippy, but even with both glide strip & rubber pressed against the glass at the correct angle - for both brand new Ettore and Wagtail rubbers - you're left with a film of wet as wide as the rubber itself.
     
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    If you want to can try this with the handle see if it works better for you.
     
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    There's a big difference. 40 degree/ 20 degree angle on your handle.
    When using swivel type squeegees. Why?? .
     
  7. Guido Possum

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    Oh yeah I'd have done that with the Slimline already but I keep er not remembering to buy myself a heat gun :whistle:
     
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    Iv seen there is a few wagtails on the market. What one is the best ??
     
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    #9 Guido Possum, Apr 10, 2016
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    Having bought the Slimline and now Precision Glide, I can't see anything that'd persuade me to toss any more money away on any model of wagtail again.

    They're all basically the same; good handle, everything else about them garbage.

    Until the company invests a bit of money into the channels they hodge-podge together, I can't see any reason to buy one unless you want the handle for a DIY squeegee, which I will end-up doing with the two handles I currently have.
     
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    Anyone else any oppinions
     
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