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Reviewed by Justin M. on 11/3/2014
Would they buy this item again? Yes
What I like is that it does the job as stated, it is compact, portable and easy to use, it heats up water quickly and it has a nice long power cord. This could be just my machine in particular, but I ran into some design and packaging issues that can mostly be overcome by the customer, but shouldn't have to be. To start, the machine comes with a packet of 12x #6-32 1/2" machine screws to bolt the wheels on, it needs #8-32 1/2" machine screws. I bought an eight-pack of screws and put four on the front wheel and two diagonal on each rear and that sufficed. The vacuum hose and water injection hose are held together with zip ties that are clipped off and need to be filed down further or else you wind up with some pretty nasty small cuts all over. The bottom cover is loose and needs to be tightened down, however it still bows out in the center and is susceptible to dust and debris getting into the guts, I'll think about a better way to resolve this later. The one issue that can't be resolved by the customer is that you have to fill the reservoir completely up with water to get it to boil (per the instructions) and be prepared to inject lots of water into a bucket at first until you get the right temperature of water coming out before you start using it on fabric, otherwise you are injecting cold water. If you are doing a small job and don't use the machine a lot, then it's a waste of water since you need to dump it at the end of each day. I would use this primarily for cleaning of deep set-in stains (i.e. week old dog yack) and then follow-up with a steamer like the VX 5000 to eliminate the crud that wicks up to the surface, a draw-back in general for extractors.
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