What equipment shall I get.

Discussion in 'Water Fed Pole Cleaning' started by Reach For The Glass, Oct 9, 2015.

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  1. Reach For The Glass

    Reach For The Glass Well-Known Member
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    Hi guys

    Ok van and 350 ltr water tank sorted. Now I need everything else. Decided backpacks easiest for me to start off with.

    Need a pole- what size and make shall I get?

    Brush head needed?

    Do I need hose?

    Need ladders?

    Backpack I'm going with the blue water genie I believe which is a trolley / backpack hybrid.

    Tds meter?

    Squeegee , applicator, scraper and scrims for odd bits.

    Ubik and a spray applicator?

    If you don't mind throwing your choices of stuff in here with rough cost it would be great.

    Cheers
     
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  2. daveyboy

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    Are you buying or making pure?
    I buy mine so don't have a tds meter as i can get him to show me his tds if I want but have never had any issues..always has about 4000l ready at one time
    Pole and brush everyone will have they're own opinions
    I have a cheap. Bayersan fibreglass one and will have new xline brush monday when i pick it up off water guy
    Hose you will need 20 metres imo if backpack on trolley
    Ladders are very handy for very awkward windows over big conservatories or conny roof cleans
    Small 7 rung doubles will be plenty

    Definitely some basic trad gear for insides or caught short with minimal water left

    Ubik is a must for new cleans i reckon and just a hand sprayer (gardening type) will suffice to spray the brush with
     
  3. Reach For The Glass

    Reach For The Glass Well-Known Member
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    Cheers dave boy.

    I'm buying water mate. A Tds meter I think is ok to have just incase u need to check for whatever reason.

    I was looking at a gardiner slx 22. Not sure if this is long enough though especially if I need to do veluxe windows or 3 story houses.

    So many brushes to choose from I don't have a clue. Soft, med, hard and natural or man made fibres, splayed etc????

    Yep trad gear is simple enough to get.

    Ok ladders simple enough too.

    Hose wise what maybe 30m microbore ? Anyone do it in sky blue colour? Will I need to attach a reel to my backpack?

    Also ubik I was thinking in a weed killer type pump bottle and just spraying all over windows and frames on first cleans? What's the mixing ratio?

    Cheers mate
     
  4. Jake

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    You'll need an slx18 for standard work, (light, risgid and great for all normal houses ) then an slx30 for 3 story and Velux Windows

    Best brushes that we all use with the Slx are Gardiner Supreme, I like the soft, but the medium hybrid is great,

    Get a quick loq goose neck so you can change brushes quickly as you buy more in the future
     
  5. daveyboy

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    I use ubik in a weedkiller type sprayer but it's a pain with top windows
    Spray on brush and scrub with low flow or quickly with water off
    Then clean properly
    No need to leave to dwell as it is good stuff
    I add a splosh to my sprayer and top up with water but i suppose if measured it would be about the same as making orange juice
     
  6. Reach For The Glass

    Reach For The Glass Well-Known Member
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    Cheers jake.

    That sounds good to me mate. Think the slx 18 comes with a goose kneck already on the new poles.

    Ain't got the cash for an slx 30 too yet so will interesting when I have side windows that are 3 floors up!!
     
  7. Jake

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    You'll have to save up pretty quick!

    Otherwise just tell the customer that your waiting for a longer pole to be delivered, then charge more when you can get to the higher windows...

    You can usually reach 3 story windows woth a 25ft, but you'll need a 30-35 for Velux windows on roofs...

    Yeah they all come with free brush and gooseneck, so choose the Supreme medium hybrid (probably best all rounder) and then choose quick loq gooseneck...

    Don't get a 22ft, as it won't be needed, the 18 is lighter and reaches all normal houses with ease...
     
  8. Reach For The Glass

    Reach For The Glass Well-Known Member
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    Lovely info cheers pal.

    Maybe a cheapo plastic one 30 footer to start?
     
  9. Jake

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    You could do mate, but you'll soon need a carbon one at that height, you'll find it really heavy and difficult to work with, but if it gets you going - why not!
     
  10. daveyboy

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    Mine could be lighter but for 110 quid it was a good start for a 30 ft
     
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