Squeegie choice


#1

Hi guys just after some advice on choosing a new squeegie,been cleaning windows for free for a year or so now and just completed my first paying job,about time I start getting better equipment,the squeegie I have now is just a cheap one with aluminium channel and I use ettore rubber and slightly crimp the end to keep rubber in,it does the job but I do have to do more detailing than I would like.

I’m looking at getting one from online as from the research I have done channels with clips are better? my local store has ettore channels but they don’t have clips plus they are pricey at this shop so would save money by getting online from within Australia,narrowed my choice down to the moerman liquidator 2 or the unger ninja channel,will also be getting a quick release handle,have found good reviews for both and bad reviews so don’t really know what to believe,I am not an expert yet but by no means a beginner,I just want to start forming good habits now,I want to avoid having to buy 20 channels till I find a good one,what are the disadvantages of using each of the ones I listed,obviously they both work so I will let the disadvantages sway me to which to use or stay away from,thanks for any advice


#2

Oz,
Have you checked these folks? Input: Am no authority. It looks like they have a lot of Ettore, but I also see Wagtails. I love Wagtails. Keep it simple in the beginning. Maybe you can call these folks and get some guidance. Squeegees are expensive. But…I have old Ettore brass channels that are 30 years old and still good. You will get good input here, but it comes down to what works for you. Anyway, see what’s up with these folks, they are 19 hrs. away, 1800 km…so shipping should be reasonable.


#3

This thread is a great place to see what tools and workbelt setups people use.


#4

i think most of us buy stuff we end up not liking. everyone has a little different style plus not all hand are the same size.

i like my wagtail high flyers but my moerman holds more water but i dont like the feel of the handle

i do 99% and i still usually end up using my sorbo

but in a nice dealership i like the highflier inside since it doesn’t hold a lot of water lol its easier too keep work areas nice and clean.

ebay n amazon have some deals sometimes


#5

I buy most of my gear from here http://windowcleaningworld.com.au/
or https://windowcleaningsupplies.com.au/

Acorn site doesn’t sell anything, they have a affiliated site but there range is VERY limited no unger no moermon.

Personally I use a 18" and a 14" & 10" moermon liquidator channels, with sorbos in 18,22,30 for commercial
glass.

Unger is not very popular or that readily available from most places. sorbo & Ettore are the most used here.


#6

Steve any reason why you only use the moerman inside and sorbo for out side? do you leave the clips in the liquidator? I saw that as a bonus for the zero detailing or is it the angle the end of the channels are cut on that gives the zero detailing?


#7

I don’t only use a moerman inside, just mainly for residential. In my market 90% of windows are powder coated aluminium, the liquidator has zero detailing due to the end clips and the rubber being flush with the clips.

Where as I prefer larger channels on commercial glass, which is generally much larger than residential glass so in this cases I normally start with a 22" sorbo or the 30" if the panes are big enough. Using the dive bomb techniques can remove around 70% of any detailing, and most commercial jobs( I’m not talking shop front) would be perfectly satisfied without detailing the 1%.


#8

Aha! Thanks for that incite. You know I was just trying to help. So should I not point someone to this? And how do remote Aussies get the stuff they need?


#9

Well I did link the sites that I prefer that are fully stocked with much of what’s available everywhere else, I guess what you posed is one option, all I did was give other options, especially when many people are directing the tools towards unger when the site in question does not stock any unger products.

and BTW remote Aussie would be someone in the middle of the outback not someone in this situation.


#10

You done good. Thanks for helping your fellow Down Under window cleaners. Was being a little sarcastic. But it is good to know you have some great suppliers. :sunglasses:


#11

Thanks for the links guys,most likely will order the liquidator 2 for now and then see how I go for anything bigger,I doubt I’ll do much bigger than residential