Like many here, after approx. six month's of experience persisting with, and consistently using day in, day out, Liquidator 2.0 channels (+ Moerman rubbers + handles + swivel T-Bars + sleeves + poles) I am simply over the most common shortcomings with/of Moerman equipment. Such as the most obvious. For the average + above average pro window cleaners the Moerman factory rubber wears out at the ends after only one or two jobs. Secondly, I personally am absolutely over puncturing my fingers tips pushing back in sharp sawn-off paper clips when I HAVE TO change the rubber in a hurry.
Yet, I *** QUALIFY *** that with the fact that I absolutely LOVE (I'm sold on) many of the Liquidator/Excelerator's advantages, which have benefited me and my business. And, that IMO only (note I qualify that with in my opinion only) out-way the hassle that comes from these shortcomings. I definitely acknowledge that this is not the case for others, and I respect that totally.
For those who ARE interested, a brief summary of what the current Consensus seems/appears to be:
[1.] Ettore Master rubber (soft and hard sold in US + UK but not southern hemisphere) is the best all round non-Moerman (non-factory) rubber to use in Liquidator channels.
[2.] FaceLift RazorBLADE RED rubber comes in second, for it's longevity, but has issues with [A.] cold weather streaking and/or [B.] reported quality issues (nicks in rubber) emanating (apparently) from the factory itself. But generally very good, and simply THEE BEST best rubber for durability/longevity.
[3.] Excelerator Handles, for in the hand, and on the pole.
[4.] Unger Plastic End Clips for holding the rubber tight in the channel at the ends.
A combination of these three, Ettore rubber, Unger end clips, Excelerator handle, seem to work very well together for anyone who is willing to put a concerted and persistent effort to acquire the needed/necessary window cleaning skills for the/that individual to produce satisfactory results. It also seems that some experienced and skilled professional's (for random reasons) find the learning curb a lot easier than others.
Trad Man summed up these issues in a recent video:
His technique of working from the inside out (rather than top coner in-wards) IMO is the best way to work with these tools that I have found. And finishing on the bottom sill wherever possible, rather than closing out to one side, reduces the need for detailing. Though, acknowledging that, as is required by the situation, closing out at one side or the other is simply quicker, easier, and more practical, depending on the situation. But try to get into the HABBIT of finishing at the bottom wherever possible.
At present I don't have any Unger Plastic End Clips. So I have one question, before I buy tomorrow:
Do you find that those Unger clips get in the way at all? They look like they stick out? Is that the case?
Any opinions, and comments on making working with Moerman equipment easier is welcome. Thanks.
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