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Electric TM/Portable vs. Gasoline Run TM

We all know the  controversy and disagreements that always follows the subject of “Portables” (vs. gasoline TM’s) on the boards. It’s similar to bringing up the subject of Politics and/or Religion. It can start as a healthy discussion; then get really nasty. However, in reality, when the Operator only has limited funds (or credit) in the purchase of equipment, they may have no other option but to purchase a machine mounted on four wheels with a cord commonly labeled as a “portable”.

Our Industry has come to a point where a certain level of (HWE) equipment is required in order to compete and do a more than satisfactory job result. Otherwise, ones’ business and reputation will be doomed from the start; just a matter of time before he takes his/her last breath.

It is my belief and always has been since 1971 when I went into this great industry of ours, that the Operator benefits greatly from equipment that can operate efficiently from the truck. And, unlike a gasoline TM, one which can be plugged into electrical outlets merely by running a cord or two, thus saving on expensive fuel costs and sometimes, even noise. In addition, this allows the operator to limit his/her investment costs because his “system on wheels” can easily be freed up and moved indoors for those high-rise and security requirements so often requested nowadays.

The real key to all this above however, is selecting a powerful non-generic ETM “portable” that can operate at up to-200 feet ( the distance which the majority of TM’s operate) from the base system easily using the same specification 2″ vacuum hoses and  TM wand. If not, then the Operator is only kidding themselves and might as well go back to the old bucket brigade thus carry in his machine on each and every job.

Through my own experience in the service business, the right kind of electric ETM-“Portable/TruckMount” will deliver excellent results right from the truck hands down.  And, my experiences with the customer was they had no problem nor did they ever question the size, sound, color, or, cords of the machine. They only knew that we were using a “truck mounted” machine running hoses into and up the stairway into the bedrooms as any TM would have done.

The interesting aspect advantage in using a electric 4-wheel machine (ex: the Jaguar 8.4  Industrial systems) from the truck is the fact that the Operator can add many modular plug-in components such as a small propane or oil burner; larger tanks; Power Boosters;  and various other optional features. The advantage to all this would be the versatility and dependability’s which we require in this particular service business as well as desired limited downtime. Are “all portables alike?” Absolutely not.

I will conclude that my statements and personal experience above has absolutely nothing to do with “how powerful” a machine is, and/or the Horse Power it may or may not have in order to be considered a TM and operate at a distance,……and deliver great results. That is not the debate here. Rather, common sense might suggest that if it were dependent on the most powerful HP, then we must all be required to purchase that $90,000 Vortex system with all the bells and whistles as a minimum. Because anything less than that could not match up or deliver the goods, be it a $30,000; $50,000, etc…. system, and the poor Operator would be considered a hack.

The customer cares more about the end results, the Operators’ demeanor/presentation, and knowledge and less about if his/her machine is mounted on four wheels. After all, we are judged by what we finish not what we started.

That was my personal experience with our service business having 11 trucks with 11 of our “Portable/TM’s” and a great reputation.

Best to all,
Ed Valentine