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I was originally thinking of getting wc custies to add on others jobs, but it seems it might be easier the other way around at the mo lol, get them with the overflowing gutters and then 'up-sell' the windies, as I did earlier.

 

Go go see quote on fri, might have to rethink my min. price for little 2 gutter properties, I was thinking for detached houses as thats what all my other quotes are for, maybe I'll have a £60 min for bungalows and terraced (and semis?) and then £100 for everything else. Be awesome if the vac pays for itself within a few weeks! :D

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I am a sucker for new shiny things Jake :thumbsup: If I get a new one though it won't be a top dog skyvac induatrial though like that one! Thats double my budget.

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Trev81

I was a sucker for a shiny one lol! Typicle 3 bed semi I charge £30 a side, normally 2 lengths so £60, but always push it to the next door neighbour as normally they share the same gutter, most end up going for it, I then strike a deal at a ton! On bigger detached homes chsrge what you can get away with lol ;)

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Tuffers
Ahh trev I asked you to delete the link damnit now tuffers is gonna bump my price up :P Screw you tuffers :D

 

Got another gutter quote today, suppose thats one good thing about all this rain, overflows the gutters :thumbsup:

 

I've now got 2 gutter clears tomorrow and an 8 weekly window clean. I'm supposed to be going camping with the nipper sometime tomorrow, oh well more beer money :cheers:

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Trev81
I am a sucker for new shiny things Jake :thumbsup: If I get a new one though it won't be a top dog skyvac induatrial though like that one! Thats double my budget.

 

This is mine, I call her Bertha.

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Tuffers
Can't be sure but looks like it's been bidded up by somebody with zero feedback.

 

Up to £712 now and the zero feedback dude is highest bidder :rolleyes:

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Trev81
Up to £712 now and the zero feedback dude is highest bidder :rolleyes:

 

If he gets too greedy he will cope for his own final value fee 10% lol

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If he gets too greedy he will cope for his own final value fee 10% lol

 

True story; I was selling a computer screen on eBay, I get a message from someone wanting to buy it now and it turns out he was one of my best mates. SOLD to the numpty in the corner :rofl:

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Trev have you converted a bus to carry that thing around? :rofl:

 

Trev which diameter poles did you go for, 44mm or 52mm? And are there any times you which it had more sucking power or has it always been enough? Your one has 150" of lift whatever that means, I'm thinking of getting the cheaper one which has 100", so will be 2/3 as strong, made for gutters so should be ok but what do you reckon? It seems wattage and suction aren't in direct correlation so all 3000w's aren't the same etc, I'm trying to go by suction instead.

 

Tuffers if you don't win that vac, the skyvac atom and homeowner are far cheaper than the bigguns at around 500 squidaroos and have 100" vs 150" suction at a quarter of the price! Can you buy one of them and let me know if its any good or not please :rofl:

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Trev have you converted a bus to carry that thing around? :rofl:

 

Trev which diameter poles did you go for, 44mm or 52mm? And are there any times you which it had more sucking power or has it always been enough? Your one has 150" of lift whatever that means, I'm thinking of getting the cheaper one which has 100", so will be 2/3 as strong, made for gutters so should be ok but what do you reckon? It seems wattage and suction aren't in direct correlation so all 3000w's aren't the same etc, I'm trying to go by suction instead.

 

Tuffers if you don't win that vac, the skyvac atom and homeowner are far cheaper than the bigguns at around 500 squidaroos and have 100" vs 150" suction at a quarter of the price! Can you buy one of them and let me know if its any good or not please :rofl:

 

Bertha fits in snugly at the back of my van next to my hose reel, put her 2 front brakes on and shes solid in there. I'm not that clued up on the different types but I'd personally not want less suction to be fair, I have played about with some big weeds for a few mins before managing to pull them free, but she gets them in the end! If there rooted in well I just use the metal end tool and break it up a bit and cut it into chunks then lift out. Always make sure its well sucked on if your working over a conny or porch etc or Frank will soon have the chunk falling from the vac right on to the roof! Doen it once, learnt my lesson ha! Now once I have a big chunk connected I lift up and go up over the roof until I know its not letting go then bring it slowly over to a safe area to drop it.

 

Mine has a slider thing where I can adjust the lifting power, not sure if others do? I normally just leave her on full lift.

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Yeah whats that power slider all about, surely you just want two settings max-on and max-off :D

 

Sadly I can't afford big bertha, guess I'll just be doing alot of slicing and dicing and be dirtying some connie roofs then lol. Oh well guess I'll be upselling some connie roof cleans then soon :rofl:

 

Do you know if you have the 44mm or 52mm poles? I'm going to order my vac tomorrow :thumbsup:

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Yeah whats that power slider all about, surely you just want two settings max-on and max-off :D

 

Sadly I can't afford big bertha, guess I'll just be doing alot of slicing and dicing and be dirtying some connie roofs then lol. Oh well guess I'll be upselling some connie roof cleans then soon :rofl:

 

Do you know if you have the 44mm or 52mm poles? I'm going to order my vac tomorrow :thumbsup:

 

It's all about the 52mm, wider the poles the less chance of getting blocked up! As poles starting getting heavy suck a litre or so of water through to clear all the crude that sticks to the inside of the poles, will be light again after.

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Just ordered one of these (a skyvac atom):

http://www.spinaclean.com/skyvac-atom.asp

Next day delivery so should be here tomorrow. Looks pretty good, not as powerful as the super awesome industrial 85, but its faaaaar cheaper (under £600 compared to almost £2,500!) for 7/8 poles, around 10-12m. Carbon poles, 100" of lift which is the same as most other 3000w machines, has a blow function, lots of accessories. Can't wait :D

 

I will take some photos and do a test on my own gutters over the weekend and let you guys know the score :thumbsup:

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Keep a eye on this it might end up going for a steal http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SkyVac-Gutter-Cleaning-Machine-/321843352720?hash=item4aef5bd490

 

I went for the SkyVac system in the end with the 8 carbon poles but blagged a extra so got 9, I haggled on the phone and got a decent enough deal, yes expensive but it's a tool that should last many a year looked after correctly and the earnings far outway the initial cost which is of course tax deductible, the end tools aint the best but doubt there much to replace once a year or so, if anybody has any links to end tools that will fit it I'd be interested as some of mine are a bit well used now so might replace a few.

I just buy Ali pipe or stainless and make your own costs pennies just buy 2 inch pipe

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I just buy Ali pipe or stainless and make your own costs pennies just buy 2 inch pipe

 

I'm a strong bloke but even with 5 or 6 carbon poles high at the angles I have had to vac some gutters out I'd not fancy it with alloy ones. But yes I guess there fine for straight forward jobs or if your built like hulk hogan lol.

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Bertha getting ready for her work today...

 

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Bertha out in the field today grafting hard…

 

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Luke Barnard

I'm a bit confused by Spinacleans pricing...the atom kit with 7 carbon poles is £477+vat (that seams really cheap) especially as the 7 poles without the vac are £870+vat. Is this another balls up like Ionics liquidator prices or are the poles different somehow?

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Yeah that got me too Luke, I figured it was a great deal either way and so I ordered it. After buying it I found out they are slightly different, I think they are slightly narrower and have less carbon, well defo less carbon, but I will measure them when they come tomorrow and let you know. Think of wfp poles, you can pay a few hundred for a decent carbon pole, say an slx, but then if you want the super special carbon poles, say an extreme, its a thousand, you have to pay alot more for slightly better.

 

The atoms designed to clear gutters by peeps who know what they are doing so if its good enough to clean gutters for a year then I'm happy. Andy from Spinaclean is really helpful and quick to reply too so I'd ask him if you want to know specifically. Tell him the guy from Zure who bought an atom today sent you :thumbsup:

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I'm a strong bloke but even with 5 or 6 carbon poles high at the angles I have had to vac some gutters out I'd not fancy it with alloy ones. But yes I guess there fine for straight forward jobs or if your built like hulk hogan lol.

I mean the end tools wot join the top of your poles as you can make any shape and size you want

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