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  • Finding equipment that operates on either 15 amp or 20 amp breakers.

    As I have shown in my earlier post that "amp draw is king" when it comes to performance of carpet cleaning machines, tile cleaning machines, and pressure washing reclaim and recovery units.
    Amp draw can also be a huge factor in your ability to use a machine at a job site that might have only 14 awg wires in the wall with 15 amp breakers, or 12 awg wires with 20 amp breakers, or your ability to use a power converter off a customer electric clothes drier plug or generator. Ideally you would like to take the same machine to either job and not have to purchase one machine for each type of location. I am going to give you an example of what I am talking about. Let us look at the EDIC 2700CX-HR carpet cleaning machine. On this machine the factory has placed both 3 stage vacuum motors and the 500 psi water pump all on one power cord and requires a dedicated 20 amp breaker. The optional heater is on its own power cord. These heaters usually will not stay on very long before tripping a 15 amp breaker as heaters will pull close to 15 to 18 amps. You will see this type of design on the US Products Pex 500 and the Powrflite Black Max extractor. If you land on a 15 amp breaker you have to turn off one vacuum motor and limit your hose length. Most machines will not function at all with only one vacuum motor turned on as the vacuum motor that is off spins backwards. This in turn allows the vacuum to drop off to zero performance on the vacuum motor that is on. Other machines are designed with the electrical draw more even. Example on the Clean Storm 12-3500-H, each vacuum motor is on its own power cord, and half a heater. If I land on a dual 15 amp breaker, all I have to do is turn off the heaters. Both vacuum motors can stay on giving you the ability to dry the carpet and pull more mud out of the carpet. This is even / uneven amp draw problem is with tile and grout cleaning machines too. Example is you look at the Mytee LTD12 both 3 stage vacuum motors are one one power cord and the 1000-1200 psi water pump is on the second power cord. If you land on a 15 amp breaker, you have to lose a vacuum motors since each vacuum motor draws 9 amps. But other machines like the Goliath GO-1500, each power cord operates its own vacuum motors and both water pumps are operated by both power cords keeping the amp draw perfectly even on both cords. If you land on a 15 amp breaker, you just turn the water pressure down from 1500 psi to 1000 psi. but the machine still works with no more loss of vacuum. The third category to look at is the ability to plug into a customer clothes dryer plug. Using electric power converters are a huge plus in my book. This eliminates having to hunt down different breakers and insures your customer is not on the same breaker as your cleaning equipment. How pissed off they would be to be on their home computer and you are cleaning and trip the breaker, so they lose their computer work. On the clothes dryer or range/stove plug this is not possible. An electric clothes drier plug offers two legs of 120 volt at up to 30 amps each. This means I could draw up to four items each drawing out 15 amps each. The problem is if your machine is already using dual 20 amps each, you have only 10 amps per side left over. Usually this is not enough power to operate a vacuum booster, heater, larger pump, or whatever. Take for example the Mytee Escape ETM-LX-115 using two power cords at 20 amps each. Compare that to the Goliath Quad 6.6 using four 15 amps cords. The Mytee system I have to use the electric dryer plug and the washing machine plug while on the Goliath just uses the drier plug but offers more power (amp draw is king). Mytee ETM-LX-115 with booster 45 amp vac 147" water Lift (59,535 Vacuum Units)
    Goliath Quad 6.6, 50 amp vacs, 340 cfm, 215" lift (15.8hg), 73,100 vacuum units
    Goliath Quad 6.6 offers the ability to use 1, 2, 3 or all 4 vacuum motors of power cords so it plugs in everywhere. Also on the Goliath Complete Heat, you can operate the machine on one cord, two, or all three in either 15 amp or 20 amp situations.
    I do not know if Mytee is planning on installing a vacuum check valve to allow you to turn off one of the vacuum motors. If they leave this feature out, the option to run on one vacuum motor will be lost. On the previous Escape series machines the first 2 vacuum motors are mounted directly on the waste tank meaning more than likely they will not be able to turn off one vacuum motor.

    In summary I cannot list all 500 different machines that steambrite sells but you can email us and have us address your specific question on the forum.

    Related links:
    US Products Pex 500

    Powrflite Black max

    Electrical converters
    Electrical Adaptor, Parts & Accessories, 220 Volt 33 ft 3 Prong Extension Cord, 220 Volt Converts 4 Prong 30 amp to 3, 220 Volt to 110 Volt Modified Dual Receptical, 220 Volt 3 Prong 50 amp to 30 amp Adapter, 220 Volt 4 Prong 50 amp to 30 amp 3 Pro...

    Mytee LTD12

    Clean Storm 12-3500-H

    Goliath Quad 6.6

    Mytee Escape ETM-LX-115

    Goliath GO-1500

    Goliath Complete Heat
    Last edited by Donald; January 31, 2018, 11:09 AM.