Choosing Between a Truck Mount and Portable Extractor: Making the Right Decision for Your Restoration Business

The debate between investing in a truck mount or a portable extractor for your restoration company is a common one. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages, and the choice ultimately depends on your specific needs and preferences. In this blog post, we will explore the pros and cons of each system and offer insights into setting up an efficient extraction system for your business. Read on to learn more or watch here, then contact us with any questions!


Truck Mounts: Power and Performance

Truck mounts are powerful cleaning machines that are typically mounted in a van or truck. Here are some of the key benefits of using a truck mount:

  1. Superior Cleaning Power: Truck mounts provide high heat and suction capabilities, making them highly effective at removing dirt and stains from carpets and upholstery.

  2. Efficiency: They offer continuous cleaning without the need to refill water or empty waste tanks frequently.

  3. Faster Drying Times: The increased heat and airflow speed up the drying process, allowing you to return cleaned areas to customers more quickly.


However, it's important to consider the drawbacks:

  1. Cost: Truck mounts are a significant investment, costing 3-5 times more than portable extractors.

  2. Space Requirements: They take up a substantial amount of space in your work vehicle, which can limit your carrying capacity.


Portable Extractors: Versatile and Budget-Friendly

Portable extractors are compact and offer versatility, making them an appealing choice for many restoration professionals. Here are the advantages:

  1. Affordability: Portable extractors are more budget-friendly, making them accessible to smaller businesses.

  2. Compact Size: They take up less space in your vehicle, leaving room for additional equipment and supplies.

  3. Versatility: Portable extractors can be used in a variety of settings, from residential homes to commercial properties.

  4. Ease of Maintenance: They are generally easier to maintain and repair than truck mounts.


However, there are also limitations to consider:

  1. Performance: Portable extractors may have slightly lower cleaning power and slower drying times compared to truck mounts.

  2. Refilling and Emptying: You will need to refill water and empty waste tanks more frequently during large jobs.


Setting Up Your Extraction System

To ensure the efficiency of your extraction system, consider the following additional tools and tips:

  • Hose Reel: Keep your hoses organized and easily accessible with a hose reel.
  • Hoses: Invest in 200-300 feet of extraction and solution lines for flexibility.
  • Cleaning Tools: Include a carpet wand, hard surface wand, SX-12 power washing tool, and a water claw for various cleaning needs.
  • Inline Filter: Install an inline filter to simplify waste tank cleaning.
  • Protective Gear: Use corner guards to prevent damage to corners and edges.
  • Additional Water Supply: Carry a garden hose for situations where extra water is required.

Ultimately, the decision between a truck mount and a portable extractor depends on your specific needs and budget. Discuss your requirements with your Aramsco Sales Rep to make an informed choice and set up an efficient extraction system that meets your business goals. Regardless of your choice, maintaining your equipment and using the right tools will help ensure the success of your restoration business.

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