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The Top 10 Reasons to Own a Portable Extractor

For restoration contractors, truckmounts are incredibly valuable tools – in fact, for many contractors they’re the only equipment form factor they use for extraction and cleaning. Some have even told us they never use a portable extractor. But while your truckmount may be the most powerful tool you have, having a portable extractor or two is also very important.

So here’s a list of the Top Ten reasons why restoration contractors should own at least one:

  1. If your truck won’t run, you’re dead in the water. It’s not as if you can simply transfer your truckmount to another vehicle!
  2. If your truckmount won’t run, you’re dead in the water. Besides losing the use of the vehicle, the lack of a backup extractor could mean lost customers.
  3. A portable will go where truckmounts can’t, Multiple stories and long distances can render your truckmount useless. A portable has no such limitations.
  4. Extreme hose lengths from the truckmount to distant areas diminish vacuum performance, Every foot of vacuum hose deducts 1 CFM of vacuum power and long solution hoses loose heat. It makes more sense to bring a portable.
  5. Don’t forget about security issues! Many businesses – government offices, banks and others – prefer not to have their doors propped open. Portables solve that problem.
  6. Portables can fit into smaller vehicles with better gas mileage. While your truckmount is busy elsewhere, throw your portable in the back of another vehicle and start a new job.
  7. If your portable needs to be serviced, you won’t lose the use of a vehicle. (See #2)
  8. Lower maintenance costs. There’s no oil to change, no spark plugs, no drive belts, no battery, etc.
  9. Lower repair costs, especially when compared to a truckmount,
  10. No gas tank means no fuel costs!

Don’t get me wrong, your truckmount will always be your most powerful extractor and your “first choice” of tools on most jobs, but there are many occasions where a portable extractor can be very useful. Owning a portable extractor along with a truckmount means you’ll always have the right tool available for the job!

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