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How has a TM increased your business?

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Topic: How has a TM increased your business?
Posted By: CleanEvo
Subject: How has a TM increased your business?
Date Posted: 18/February/2007 at 12:21pm
I'm a new business owner (1 year) who started with a portable. I do mainly commercial so the portable has been handy...but I wouldn't be 100% honest if I didn't admit it does have some limitations. BTW - I have been in the business as an employee for over 15 years and have used pretty much everything under the sun.

I am in a position that I could lease a new TM if I wanted to, however I really just don't know if it will do much for my business at this time?? I think the main reason I haven't gotten one is I'm very adverse to debt.

Any suggestions? Try to convince me   



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Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 18/February/2007 at 12:30pm
I love debt, so I'm the wrong guy to ask. That said, the difference between a TM and a porty is phenomonal, you should know that if you have used both. I have a porty as a back up to my three trucks. My staff hate using it cuz it's gutless compared to the TM's, even with 2 vac motors and a 450 psi pump

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Posted By: CleanEvo
Date Posted: 18/February/2007 at 12:44pm
    I do know the difference and you're right that a TM is nice to use for residential and low level commercial. I've just kind of developed this niche of doing commercial and the porty does fine...making good money because I don't have much debt. That all being said I am getting somewhat tired of working evenings and weekends doing the commercial. If I want to increase my sales this way it means working nights...so maybe getting into more residential is the way to go...I just don't really know


Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 18/February/2007 at 12:58pm
Try upselling more on you're residentials

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Posted By: wheelerman
Date Posted: 18/February/2007 at 1:13pm
    Well all I can say to this matter is when I started my business 13 years ago I to used a portable and a srubber to clean both commerical and res carpets. I have been using Tms for close to 9/13 years now and if someone came up to me and told me that TMs where banned in Canada and I had to go back to portables,I would quit the business right there.

I totally understand that because you are using a portable your daily expenses are very very small and I am sure no one on this board will tell you that TMs can cost alot to operate. That being said there are many many really good smaller TMs that you can buy/lease that are 100% better in all ways than a portable.

Dont get me wrong portables have there place in the carpet cleaning world but if you end up taking the plunge to a TM your business will increase(mine did hughly) and you will kick yourself for not doing it eariler.


Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 18/February/2007 at 1:24pm
A very convincing point of view

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Posted By: CleanEvo
Date Posted: 18/February/2007 at 2:09pm
   I recently leased a Suburban because of our cold climate it allowed me to carry my equipment and keep the back heated...made more sense for me than a van because it's a family vehicle as well.

Now that I have that I don't think there are any TM's that are going to work for that vehicle?? Has anyone had success with a trailer?


Posted By: wheelerman
Date Posted: 18/February/2007 at 5:52pm
    A trailer could work very well and are pretty cheap,the only thing you will have to be careful about the the cold in the winter. You will of course have to insulate it really well and have to figure a way to heat the inside. But a good option since you just bought that truck:)


Posted By: Hammy
Date Posted: 18/February/2007 at 6:38pm
Don't waste your time or money with a trailer in cold climate!    

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Could somebody just clean my carpets!


Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 18/February/2007 at 7:52pm
Originally posted by Hammy Hammy wrote:

Don't waste your time or money with a trailer in cold climate!    


Agreed
     

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Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 18/February/2007 at 8:25pm
Get an AirStream trailor they are insulated??
    

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Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 18/February/2007 at 8:29pm
With an R value of 5

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Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 18/February/2007 at 8:48pm
Hook up the $60,000.00 trailor and head south?

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Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 18/February/2007 at 9:52pm
Now you're talking

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Posted By: jtuseo
Date Posted: 18/February/2007 at 11:13pm
I used my truck mount 77 hours this past summer. I havent turned it on since dec. I have been doing average 10 jobs per week this winter and only been using my porty!

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Posted By: MR. STEAMER
Date Posted: 19/February/2007 at 8:47am
77 hours .....man I kill my machines...I'll easy do over 1000 hours every year

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Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 19/February/2007 at 12:29pm
That well over a $100,000.00 nothing wrong with that?

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Posted By: MR. STEAMER
Date Posted: 19/February/2007 at 7:58pm
sure it's also 99,000.00 in gas

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Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 19/February/2007 at 8:12pm
What do you service all Eastern Canada??

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Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 19/February/2007 at 8:29pm
Everywhere but Goderich

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Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 19/February/2007 at 8:46pm
He's going to have to go to $3.00 per room at that rate?

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Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 19/February/2007 at 10:44pm
Do you think people will buy from him at that price?

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Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 7:59am
Just don't tell them till the job is done?

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Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 9:26am
They will feel ripped off

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Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 11:03am
Won't matter he will be already driving by the next victum by then?

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Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 12:28pm
He's got it down to a science

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Posted By: Hammy
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 2:37pm
I think he prefers a fine art!      

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Could somebody just clean my carpets!


Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 3:06pm
He's an artist alright

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Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 3:39pm
I believe his jobs a numbered prints??

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Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 4:27pm
How much does he sell them for?

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Posted By: Hammy
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 4:51pm
Depends on the the flyer they were printed on.     

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Could somebody just clean my carpets!


Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 4:56pm
And the quality of the paper

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Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 5:26pm
Toilet paper??

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Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 5:58pm
1 or 2 ply?

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Posted By: Hammy
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 7:37pm
Tissue!      

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Could somebody just clean my carpets!


Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 7:57pm
That's mighty thin

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Posted By: doug
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 9:39pm
it was 2 ply but he had to make it last??

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Posted By: cmaster
Date Posted: 20/February/2007 at 9:51pm
Nothing like separating the plys

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Posted By: TipTopCleaning
Date Posted: 16/November/2023 at 1:51pm
Originally posted by CleanEvo CleanEvo wrote:

I'm a new business owner (1 year) who started with a portable. I do mainly commercial so the portable has been handy...but I wouldn't be 100% honest if I didn't admit it does have some limitations. BTW - I have been in the business as an employee for over 15 years and have used pretty much everything under the sun.

I am in a position that I could lease a new TM if I wanted to, however I really just don't know if it will do much for my business at this time?? I think the main reason I haven't gotten one is I'm very adverse to debt.

Any suggestions? Try to convince me   

Major kudos on hitting the one-year mark! That's a significant milestone. Your portable machine has been a trusty sidekick, especially for your commercial gigs, but you're eyeing that Truck Mount and flirting with the idea of leasing.

Debt aversion is entirely understandable. Here's the scoop: a Truckmount could potentially level up your game, especially if you're tackling more extensive projects or looking to up the efficiency, the power, the speed etc,.

Considering your experience, you know the ins and outs, so it's really about assessing if the investment aligns with your business goals. Leasing offers a middle ground. Upgrading without the full financial plunge.

It might not be a must-have, but it's the extra muscle in your cleaning arsenal. Think about the potential ROI, the expanded services you could offer, and how it might open doors to larger clients.

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