What do you think of my beginners kit?

Discussion in 'Traditional Window Cleaning' started by Adams0211, Oct 20, 2014.

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  1. Adams0211

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    Hi guys,

    I've been lurking on here for a couple of weeks now and thought it was about time I said hi and asked my first question.

    After months of deliberation, I've decided to jack in my warehouse job and start up on my own as a window cleaner and hope to move on to other aspects of exterior cleaning when I can.

    To start with, I plan to stick with my current job and reduce my hours as my own business takes off. Hopefully by this time next year I'll be able to completely cut ties with my current employer and work for myself full time. That's the plan anyway!

    I'm currently pricing up kit and equipment and have set myself a budget of £2,000. That's for a small used Van (maybe a Berlingo or Kangoo - I would appreciate any thoughts on van size) ,all my trad gear, ladder, leaflets, business cards etc.

    I've spent a lot of time researching kit and have come up with the following list.

    20l bucket and lid with seal
    Ergotec squeegee 6"
    Ergotec squeegee 12"
    Ergotec T-bar 14"
    Ergotec T-bar 10"
    Unger Monsoon sleeve 14" x2
    Unger Monsoon sleeve 10" x2
    Unger scraper 1.5" and blades
    Ettore Porcupine 14" x2
    Unger BOAB classic
    Ergotec tool belt
    Washed scrim 5 pack
    Unger microwave 10 pack
    Sills cloth 10 pack
    Ergotec bottle holder for belt
    Unger soft rubber 12" 10 pack
    Unger soft rubber 6" 10 pack

    Total cost £195.64 ex VAT

    How's that look for the basics and what am I missing? Obviously I still need to think about ladders and a few other bits and I want to invest in some decent gloves and a bit of branded clothing.

    I would appreciate any thoughts/advice.

    Many thanks.
     
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  2. rugbywolf

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    You don't really need two T-bars and applicators, one with a sleeve is enough to start with, and it is cheaper in the long run to buy 36 or 42 inch rubbers and cut them down.
     
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  3. Adams0211

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    That's a good tip for the rubber. I'll amend my order. Thanks. For the sake of an extra few quid I thought it was probably worth having a back up T-bar.
     
  4. boarcity

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    you can trim that list in half . and youd still have too much! my opinion , u need one 12 inch squeegee +a 6 inch channel , one 14" Tbar and microfibre sleeve and the 5 pack of scrim. a Boab and bucket ,you should already have a decent belt kicking around the house thatd be better than the cheapy bad quality belts sold for the job but are rubbish .
     
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  5. Adams0211

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    Thanks boarcity. Looks like I might have got a bit carried away. I guess I was thinking to the future a bit. Things will no doubt wear out, get damaged or break and I was thinking of stocking up a bit while I've got the cash and I'm in the position to.
     
  6. boarcity

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    a Tbar should last 3 yrs minimum and a squeegee about the same. i spose a sleeve lasts 1 year minumum tho iv all mine from when i started 6 yrs ago and theyre still ok


    keep posting when u start up on the ladders too.
     
  7. Adams0211

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    I will do, cheers.
     
  8. boarcity

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    as regards van , iv a Partner/berlingo van , i rate these vans . however if i was going it solo id choose a saloon car over a van every time , theyre looked after better for starters ,+ have a lower roof line for puttin ladders on and off .
    i used a car my first 2 years and new customers always run over to a lad with a car with homemade signs / whereas a posh van they think u might be pricey . 2 lads i knew ran a red Merc 250 saloon, can u imagine swanning around in a Merc , i was as jealous as hell of them.

    avnt seen them in quite a while having said that.
     
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    Saying that boar I'd rather have a small van with the roller on the back of the roof bars instead of lifting my heavy ladders on and off the car
     
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