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    Hydrotek or Hotsy

    I am researching my options for a hot/cold pressure washer unit to start business..
    I am leaning towards working with my local supplier as they are able to help me address the things such as my training and learning curve and overall support in equipment and supplies etc...
    They sell Hotsy and Hydrotek. I think I like some of the features of the Hydrotek better but would like some insight from the pro's.. If I went with a Hotsy it would be a 1200 series..
    I would like to have enough power to run a flat surface cleaner and do heavy equipment but still be able to do residental roofs and house washing,decks and commercial..
    If you had to choose what brand would you want to use and depend on..
    Any major drawbacks of one over the other? I just want as much of a "bullet proof" machine as possible..
    I am also seeking advice of setting up an enclosed trailer. I live in Washington state and for reasons such as weather and protection of equipment.. Open trailers and enclosed have their own trade offs..
    Thanks for any experience/knowledge shared.
    Thomas C

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    Alkota or Landa !

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    I have a HOTSY 1260 w/ around 10,000hrs on it yes 10,000 hrs. I have retired it but it was a great machine and I would reccomend one to you.
    I also agree with Russ on LANDA thats all we run n ow is LANDA but if there were a HOTSY dealer closer then we might be running those.
    In short HOTSY are great and so are LANDAs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ Spence View Post
    Alkota or Landa !
    Russ, I have been learning a lot from your posts, experience in this trade..
    Maybe you might have an opinion of these factors and how critical you feel they are to my success.
    The local mom and pop dealer has helped me address my learning curve and provide me with contacts of people i can spend time with and learn hands on from established people.. The support system, brick and mortar access to trade tools and parts and chemicals.. If something happens to my unit I get a loaner, qualified local technicians, 24 hour support..
    In your opinion is it common for dealers to venture out of their major lines? I really need their help and don't want to loose that.. Thank you..

    Quote Originally Posted by R L S View Post
    I have a HOTSY 1260 w/ around 10,000hrs on it yes 10,000 hrs. I have retired it but it was a great machine and I would reccomend one to you.
    I also agree with Russ on LANDA thats all we run n ow is LANDA but if there were a HOTSY dealer closer then we might be running those.
    In short HOTSY are great and so are LANDAs
    That's a great service record! I appreciate the input. It's nice to be able to find out from real people in the business work with..Thanks
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    I have found more help on these boards than I would have ever found locally, your situation could be different but I have found several dealers that are more than willing to go more than the extra mile , many times I will order from them before I would drive accross town but thats just me

    Russ Johnson(Southside Equipment) I have never personally delt with but I know many that have , Bob Williamson is another with Pressure Tek that I can personally vouch for , either one will give you great service and great support. However do what you heart tells you, if you are more comfortable with that it may be what you need if you decide to go with someone from the internet I would look at these two guys

    www.pressuretek.com Bob
    www.southside-equipment.com Russ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ Spence View Post
    I have found more help on these boards than I would have ever found locally, your situation could be different but I have found several dealers that are more than willing to go more than the extra mile , many times I will order from them before I would drive accross town but thats just me

    Russ Johnson(Southside Equipment) I have never personally delt with but I know many that have , Bob Williamson is another with Pressure Tek that I can personally vouch for , either one will give you great service and great support. However do what you heart tells you, if you are more comfortable with that it may be what you need if you decide to go with someone from the internet
    I have looked at the Alkota systems and they have a great reputation and look sharp too!
    I have made note of Bob's name (Pressure Tek) based on how many posts I have read about his working knowledge and personel ethics..I'm sure I'll need him.
    I wish I had the knowledge in place that would free me up to possibly buy direct from any dealer...
    But that is not the case currently... I know from my manufacturing background that critical things are Knowledge of equipment, tools, process control, tech support, and troubleshooting...
    I have done my best to address and eliminate weak points on my end..
    This formula has worked for me always..

    This and a few other forums will be a very large part of my source knowledge base...I think i'm going to be very happy here
    Thomas
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    Bob sells a good machine as well , I have always used Alkotas but I buy everything else lately from Bob, I have used CMC AND Water Canon and the old USA Pressure Systems as well as Etowah but I am about to order another unit this time from Bob

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    I have a Hotsy 1295SS and it is a great machine.

    I have heard great things about Alkota and Presure Pro.

    The local Landa guy here lied to me too many times before I purchased my first machine and I will not trust that local dealer but you need to do what your heart and gut tell you to do.

    You will learn more on these boards than what the locals will teach you but you do not get the local customer support.

    Which one is more important to you?

    Are you mechanically inclined? Do you have any tools to work on something down the road? If not, then that is a part of the decision process.

    Think about it, the local guy might learn stuff and tricks from the local guys, maybe 5, 10, 20 at most where here on the boards, you are learning from hundreds from all around the country and even outside the U.S.A. so do not let the idea of the local guy hold you back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christopher View Post
    I have a Hotsy 1295SS and it is a great machine.

    I have heard great things about Alkota and Presure Pro.

    The local Landa guy here lied to me too many times before I purchased my first machine and I will not trust that local dealer but you need to do what your heart and gut tell you to do.

    You will learn more on these boards than what the locals will teach you but you do not get the local customer support.

    Which one is more important to you?

    Are you mechanically inclined? Do you have any tools to work on something down the road? If not, then that is a part of the decision process.

    Think about it, the local guy might learn stuff and tricks from the local guys, maybe 5, 10, 20 at most where here on the boards, you are learning from hundreds from all around the country and even outside the U.S.A. so do not let the idea of the local guy hold you back.
    Given the fact that i am somewhat out of my element yet have a background and approach that has showed success in industrial applications i am really torn on my options...
    I deal with 21 megawatt/ Hr. furnaces(138,00 volts per electrode(6 foot diameter electrodes X 3), 99,000 amps..Make the city go dark for a bit?? Yup,...BTDT
    I make parts and components for U.S. Military aerospace.. I make sure our soldiers fly high in the sky...
    My obligation lies deep...
    My parts are flying in U.S. Defense....

    Robots?? Yes they are stupid IMO..known more than my share...
    As far as working on my own equipment... I just have to be shown.. I also work on CNC machinery(computer controled machine shop equipment) as a Technician... CNC's have many precise moving parts, several pumps for a variety of fluids(lubricants,coolants etc..),all kinds of sensors, relays, switches etc... I'm used to keeping my machines running at peak performance/condition...I just have to learn the same things about these machines...
    It is really a lot to take in and digest on my end...I am banking everything that tolerance,quality and business really do interchange for the end goal of a trade/ field/ resuts..
    I am tired of traveling and want to stay close to home. I do not wish to be on the road, contracting nationwide anymore...
    I would like to join this field of work/ service..
    I'm learning so much here, that more than proves your opinions on this... I know your right...
    I just have to do more thinking and research and take in the info you guys share...
    I'm glad I'm still studying equipment actually... I know that when I make my final choice I will feel a whole lot better about it..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas C View Post
    I am researching my options for a hot/cold pressure washer unit to start business..
    I am leaning towards working with my local supplier as they are able to help me address the things such as my training and learning curve and overall support in equipment and supplies etc...
    They sell Hotsy and Hydrotek. I think I like some of the features of the Hydrotek better but would like some insight from the pro's.. If I went with a Hotsy it would be a 1200 series..
    I would like to have enough power to run a flat surface cleaner and do heavy equipment but still be able to do residental roofs and house washing,decks and commercial..
    If you had to choose what brand would you want to use and depend on..
    Any major drawbacks of one over the other? I just want as much of a "bullet proof" machine as possible..
    I am also seeking advice of setting up an enclosed trailer. I live in Washington state and for reasons such as weather and protection of equipment.. Open trailers and enclosed have their own trade offs..
    Thanks for any experience/knowledge shared.
    Thomas C
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    My experience lately with the local hotsy has been nothing but comical. I had 2 customers that had hydrovac trailers that decided to add a hotsy burner and they had nothing but problems. Wrong wiring, bad fuel connections, and never seems to stay working. Both trailers, two different companies, one a brand new ditchwitch 1000 cfm trailer, both the same problems. They were both at the same site bought a month apart, I told the one guy not to buy it from them, he wished he had listened. I wouldn't touch a low end hotsy, they really seem to cut a lot of corners. hydrotek would be my first choice. I have also experienced lots of issues with the lower end landa's as well, all sorts of different issues with these.
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