When I first started my cleaning business I had no idea that backpack vacuums even existed, let alone why you would need one.
But it didn’t take long for me to see the value that these units can bring to the table. And before you know it I owned four units!
But I will say they are not good for every application. For most run of the mill cleaning accounts a regular vacuum will suffice (the Sanitaire SC785 is my favorite “traditional’ upright vacuum and is perfect for most accounts).
Backpack vacuums on the other hand are not ideal for most accounts because they are kind of clumsy and not everyone likes to use them. The fact is backpack vacuums aren’t all that compact, which makes storing them an issue, plus it feels a little awkward wearing one at first.
I can’t tell you how many walls I bumped into while wearing one of these units. But if you have the right “type” of job then a backpack vacuum blows away a traditional upright one by a mile. The “type” of job I’m talking about is one where you need to handle vacuuming large square-footage areas.
These type jobs may include large showrooms, larger office buildings and apartment complexes. I primarily used all my backpack vacuums at apartment complexes. I was hired for dozens of buildings that had tons of wide open spaces. I also cleaned a large mortgage company where we had to vacuum a lot of carpet.
Normally these spaces consisted of long hallways and wide staircases, and a backpack vacuum is perfect for those type jobs. Though a quality backpack vacuum can cost two to three times as much as a regular unit, they are worth every penny because you’ll get done faster, and TIME IS MONEY as they say.
My first backpack vacuum was some generic brand that a janitorial supplier talked me into purchasing. It was small, of low quality and wasn’t all that good considering what I paid for it. Needless to say I was disappointed. Not concerning owning a backpack, just owning that brand of backpack.
So I talked to another vendor and they suggested the ProTeam Backpack Vacuums Super CoachVac HEPA Commercial Backpack Vacuum Cleaner. The name is kind of long, but I just called my units the ProTeam Backpack Vacuum and left it at that.
These vacuums are on the expensive side, however they are quality built, last a long time and boy do they make you look professional when you show up at a job site. The best part is they get you done FASTER (provided you are using them on larger accounts where time can be saved by vacuuming more carpet per hour).
To make a long story short, backpack vacuums ARE WORTH THE MONEY in my opinion. They are another tool in your cleaning “tool box”, and they sure do come in handy on larger accounts. So check out the ProTeam Backpack Vacuum if you are in the market for one. They are worthy of your consideration.
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