Cyclone Rider Pressure Washer Brings Greener Jobs

Impressed by what he saw, he did further investigation into the machine, including a trip to the factory where Cyclones are built. He bought one on the spot.

“Because I have a lot of experience with pressure washing, after seeing what else was out there, the Cyclone made the most sense,” Caruso said. “The fact that the Cyclone doesn’t need to be hooked up to an outside water source is what impressed me the most. In addition, it doesn’t have a big trailer or umbilical cord, so it’s very maneuverable.” As a result, Caruso can clean without having to stop to move around hoses and other equipment. He figures he saves two hours per job that he otherwise would spend on such activities.

After the switch to Cyclone, labor requirements were reduced

Whereas Caruso used to employ two crews of two to three people apiece, a single two-person crew now meets his labor needs. One person rides the Cyclone 4500, which can operate at speeds from ten feet per minute to five miles per hour, while the other person cleans corners and other tight spaces.

The reduced labor requirements have played a part in increasing Caruso’s bottom line. “I’m now doing the same amount of square footage as I was doing when I had two crews of two to three people each out there,” he said.

Uneven surfaces, heavy dirt, even oil stains – no problem

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“You just get on it, start it up and ride. Everything is right there on the machine.”

Caruso cleans a variety of outdoor surfaces with the Cyclone, from sidewalks with dirt on them and wear and tear from foot traffic to parking structures with large oil stains. The machine’s patented cleaning and recovery head spins hydraulically and tips down to within one-quarter inch of the ground, so it is effective on flat surfaces, as well as the uneven surfaces common in the outdoors.

Clients have high expectations for cleanliness, Caruso said, since it can directly affect their bottom line. If a parking garage isn’t clean, for example, customers will opt to park somewhere else. The Cyclone, which doesn’t require chemicals or detergents, has a 34-inch cleaning path and heats water to 160 degrees F before deploying it at 4,000 pounds per square inch.

Water recovery system means no puddles left behind

But cleaning ability alone sometimes isn’t enough. In one instance before he began using the Cyclone, Caruso nearly lost a client because his walk-behind equipment left too much water on the ground. The Cyclone, in contrast, features a closed-loop system that reclaims water and filters contaminants out of it before it is recycled and reused. The machine holds water in six corrosion-resistant 40-gallon tanks. Three tanks hold water; the other three are used to reclaim and recycle water.

In addition to helping Caruso comply with storm water runoff environmental standards, the Cyclone 4500 saves on water use. In situations where other machines use 4,000 to 5,000 gallons of water, Caruso uses 300 to 500 gallons. At Lindbergh Plaza, which includes such companies as AT&T Wireless, Home Depot and Target, he has cleaned for three days and used 500 gallons of water without having to change it. For many of his customers, like those at Lindbergh Plaza, water conservation is becoming an increasingly vital part of the cleaning process.

“When you are going in with a green machine and can do the job for the same price – and basically you are collecting the sludge that would normally go into the drains – no one else can really compare to that.”