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So my Rotovac Bonzer came in today. I figured I would give a little review on first impression and how it works moving forward.
A little background info and details.
Years cleaning: 2.5
Machine: boxxer 423
Heat: 170-200
Water pressure :500-600 psi
Other tools used: cx-15, 360i, 12" wand, 15" wand, sx-12, Gecco.


First impression:
Coming out of the box, the handle and general assembly look very cheap ( dont feel cheap, but look cheap) reminded me of handling a 1970's rototiller with those skinny stainless handle bars or my first red trike. The "deck" is very solid, and its a single piece. The glide assembly is easy and user friendly. The solution hoses & pressure fittings were very snug and was happy to see that rotovac used plenty of teflon tape so the brass fittings wont leak and will be easy to maintain. The 2" vacuum hose assembly is complete garbage because of how they set up the clear sight tube. I will be modifying this to be fixed into place. The tube has no fitting on the end and looks sloppy. I would like to have seen it fixed into location and an "L" coming off with a flash cuff for easier hose management. ( my hose disconnected 2x during the 1st cleaning) . There is a gap around the sight tube and bottom cuff assembly.
Very little assembly is required. Just put in the handle and go.

First cleaning:
I was excited to use the Bonzer because of its light weight and front to back cleaning. I used with a forward wet stroke and dry back stroke. This was plenty even for the rat nasty carpet I cleaned. The suction was beautiful, I could also see the dirty water in the sight tube. The wand did not put out too much water but the way it encases the heat and instantly vacuums leaves carpets with little excess moisture to dry quickly. If this tool only had the 1 vacuum head, it would not be nearly as good as it is. The carpets looks very clean and fluffy after a one go around with the double strokes. It does not give the wand marks so many people love ( I post groom anyway) but you could see a major difference in the finished product quality. The hoses were a pain at first but I got used to it, I will be making some mods to accomodate.

So, so far my rating out of 5 stars
Build quality- 2.5 of 5
Hose management- 2 of 5
Cleaning capability 4.5 of 5
Anti fatigue - 5 of 5

With my first impression and use. the $1400 price tag was not worth it. This is more of a $999 type of tool. It did help fatigue, usually I get some back pain after work, today I had none.
I will continue to review, will post pictures and video:)
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I did not take any pictures will on tomorrows job though. I was in a huge hurry on todays job. I would say it was 20-30% dryer. Which is substantial in my books.
I am interested in hearing how you like it after a few weeks of use, it has been on my radar for awhile now.
 

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I am going to post daily & weekly updates. I should have over 100 hours on it in a few weeks so will have a good opinion:)
100 hrs in a few weeks, you must be really busy. I have been slow the last few weeks, I'll be lucky to get 100 hrs this whole month :(
 
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So my Rotovac Bonzer came in today. I figured I would give a little review on first impression and how it works moving forward.
A little background info and details.
Years cleaning: 2.5
Machine: boxxer 423
Heat: 170-200
Water pressure :500-600 psi
Other tools used: cx-15, 360i, 12" wand, 15" wand, sx-12, Gecco.


First impression:
Coming out of the box, the handle and general assembly look very cheap ( dont feel cheap, but look cheap) reminded me of handling a 1970's rototiller with those skinny stainless handle bars or my first red trike. The "deck" is very solid, and its a single piece. The glide assembly is easy and user friendly. The solution hoses & pressure fittings were very snug and was happy to see that rotovac used plenty of teflon tape so the brass fittings wont leak and will be easy to maintain. The 2" vacuum hose assembly is complete garbage because of how they set up the clear sight tube. I will be modifying this to be fixed into place. The tube has no fitting on the end and looks sloppy. I would like to have seen it fixed into location and an "L" coming off with a flash cuff for easier hose management. ( my hose disconnected 2x during the 1st cleaning) . There is a gap around the sight tube and bottom cuff assembly.
Very little assembly is required. Just put in the handle and go.

First cleaning:
I was excited to use the Bonzer because of its light weight and front to back cleaning. I used with a forward wet stroke and dry back stroke. This was plenty even for the rat nasty carpet I cleaned. The suction was beautiful, I could also see the dirty water in the sight tube. The wand did not put out too much water but the way it encases the heat and instantly vacuums leaves carpets with little excess moisture to dry quickly. If this tool only had the 1 vacuum head, it would not be nearly as good as it is. The carpets looks very clean and fluffy after a one go around with the double strokes. It does not give the wand marks so many people love ( I post groom anyway) but you could see a major difference in the finished product quality. The hoses were a pain at first but I got used to it, I will be making some mods to accomodate.

So, so far my rating out of 5 stars
Build quality- 2.5 of 5
Hose management- 2 of 5
Cleaning capability 4.5 of 5
Anti fatigue - 5 of 5

With my first impression and use. the $1400 price tag was not worth it. This is more of a $999 type of tool. It did help fatigue, usually I get some back pain after work, today I had none.
I will continue to review, will post pictures and video:) View attachment 70829
Mikee
How were the connections? were the jets good for your psi? did it feel flimsy while you were cleaning? how did the suction go cleaning both ways?
did you clean forwards or backwards or both? did it use extra water?
 
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Mikee
How were the connections? were the jets good for your psi? did it feel flimsy while you were cleaning? how did the suction go cleaning both ways?
did you clean forwards or backwards or both? did it use extra water?
Jets were great. I liked they created a mist instead of a straight stream of water.
Suction going both ways was even. I had the bonzer set even to the floor, it was easy to manuver back and forwarth but suction still existed and water was removed during both passes.
 

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Jets were great. I liked they created a mist instead of a straight stream of water.
Suction going both ways was even. I had the bonzer set even to the floor, it was easy to manuver back and forwarth but suction still existed and water was removed during both passes.
I used less water than my 2 jet 12" wand since I had to do so few passes in comparison. It did not feel flimsy. But the suction hose assembly is flimsy. Terrible terrible design
 

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Day two.



Here is a small video. I will be doing a video about usage. And likes dislikes tonight.

Day 2:
This thing is great at sucking water out of carpet, I dont even have the strongest tm and it leaves carpets very dry. It also does not use very much water 1 wet forward pass is plenty of moisture. Customers were very happy with the final product.

The problems: the sight tube is still a waiste of space. I cant tell what rotovac was thinking putting that tube with no fittings or sealing on the head side.

I switched from having a hole glide on one side and slotted on anothe to having two slotted glides. This gives a little more agitation and pulls even more water.

The handle assembly still looks cheap, though it is sturdy they should have gone with an cx-15 type of "y" handle.

Thats my day 2 skinny.
 

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Day two.



Here is a small video. I will be doing a video about usage. And likes dislikes tonight.

Day 2:
This thing is great at sucking water out of carpet, I dont even have the strongest tm and it leaves carpets very dry. It also does not use very much water 1 wet forward pass is plenty of moisture. Customers were very happy with the final product.

The problems: the sight tube is still a waiste of space. I cant tell what rotovac was thinking putting that tube with no fittings or sealing on the head side.

I switched from having a hole glide on one side and slotted on anothe to having two slotted glides. This gives a little more agitation and pulls even more water.

The handle assembly still looks cheap, though it is sturdy they should have gone with an cx-15 type of "y" handle.

Thats my day 2 skinny.
If you could get one for less than $1000 would you get another? Have you tried the zipper?
 

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So my Rotovac Bonzer came in today. I figured I would give a little review on first impression and how it works moving forward.
A little background info and details.
Years cleaning: 2.5
Machine: boxxer 423
Heat: 170-200
Water pressure :500-600 psi
Other tools used: cx-15, 360i, 12" wand, 15" wand, sx-12, Gecco.


First impression:
Coming out of the box, the handle and general assembly look very cheap ( dont feel cheap, but look cheap) reminded me of handling a 1970's rototiller with those skinny stainless handle bars or my first red trike. The "deck" is very solid, and its a single piece. The glide assembly is easy and user friendly. The solution hoses & pressure fittings were very snug and was happy to see that rotovac used plenty of teflon tape so the brass fittings wont leak and will be easy to maintain. The 2" vacuum hose assembly is complete garbage because of how they set up the clear sight tube. I will be modifying this to be fixed into place. The tube has no fitting on the end and looks sloppy. I would like to have seen it fixed into location and an "L" coming off with a flash cuff for easier hose management. ( my hose disconnected 2x during the 1st cleaning) . There is a gap around the sight tube and bottom cuff assembly.
Very little assembly is required. Just put in the handle and go.

First cleaning:
I was excited to use the Bonzer because of its light weight and front to back cleaning. I used with a forward wet stroke and dry back stroke. This was plenty even for the rat nasty carpet I cleaned. The suction was beautiful, I could also see the dirty water in the sight tube. The wand did not put out too much water but the way it encases the heat and instantly vacuums leaves carpets with little excess moisture to dry quickly. If this tool only had the 1 vacuum head, it would not be nearly as good as it is. The carpets looks very clean and fluffy after a one go around with the double strokes. It does not give the wand marks so many people love ( I post groom anyway) but you could see a major difference in the finished product quality. The hoses were a pain at first but I got used to it, I will be making some mods to accomodate.

So, so far my rating out of 5 stars
Build quality- 2.5 of 5
Hose management- 2 of 5
Cleaning capability 4.5 of 5
Anti fatigue - 5 of 5

With my first impression and use. the $1400 price tag was not worth it. This is more of a $999 type of tool. It did help fatigue, usually I get some back pain after work, today I had none.
I will continue to review, will post pictures and video:) View attachment 70829
Nice review! Keep up the good work!
 
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So my Rotovac Bonzer came in today. I figured I would give a little review on first impression and how it works moving forward.
A little background info and details.
Years cleaning: 2.5
Machine: boxxer 423
Heat: 170-200
Water pressure :500-600 psi
Other tools used: cx-15, 360i, 12" wand, 15" wand, sx-12, Gecco.


First impression:
Coming out of the box, the handle and general assembly look very cheap ( dont feel cheap, but look cheap) reminded me of handling a 1970's rototiller with those skinny stainless handle bars or my first red trike. The "deck" is very solid, and its a single piece. The glide assembly is easy and user friendly. The solution hoses & pressure fittings were very snug and was happy to see that rotovac used plenty of teflon tape so the brass fittings wont leak and will be easy to maintain. The 2" vacuum hose assembly is complete garbage because of how they set up the clear sight tube. I will be modifying this to be fixed into place. The tube has no fitting on the end and looks sloppy. I would like to have seen it fixed into location and an "L" coming off with a flash cuff for easier hose management. ( my hose disconnected 2x during the 1st cleaning) . There is a gap around the sight tube and bottom cuff assembly.
Very little assembly is required. Just put in the handle and go.

First cleaning:
I was excited to use the Bonzer because of its light weight and front to back cleaning. I used with a forward wet stroke and dry back stroke. This was plenty even for the rat nasty carpet I cleaned. The suction was beautiful, I could also see the dirty water in the sight tube. The wand did not put out too much water but the way it encases the heat and instantly vacuums leaves carpets with little excess moisture to dry quickly. If this tool only had the 1 vacuum head, it would not be nearly as good as it is. The carpets looks very clean and fluffy after a one go around with the double strokes. It does not give the wand marks so many people love ( I post groom anyway) but you could see a major difference in the finished product quality. The hoses were a pain at first but I got used to it, I will be making some mods to accomodate.

So, so far my rating out of 5 stars
Build quality- 2.5 of 5
Hose management- 2 of 5
Cleaning capability 4.5 of 5
Anti fatigue - 5 of 5

With my first impression and use. the $1400 price tag was not worth it. This is more of a $999 type of tool. It did help fatigue, usually I get some back pain after work, today I had none.
I will continue to review, will post pictures and video:) View attachment 70829
Let me know what b modifications you make. I use the bonzer and also don't like the hose set up. Just a poor design.
 
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I like my bonzer a lot. I have been using for 3 months now. Try dropping to 500 psi it works better. I make 4 to 6 passes with it 2 wet and 2 to 4 dry. Carpet usally dries very fast.
 

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I like my bonzer a lot. I have been using for 3 months now. Try dropping to 500 psi it works better. I make 4 to 6 passes with it 2 wet and 2 to 4 dry. Carpet usally dries very fast.
Are you getting faster cleaning times or just faster dry times?