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Cool Cuffs™ and Max Vac Pac

Cool Cuffs™ and Max Vac Pac

Okay, let’s talk Cool Cuffs™. Long overdue video here. We’re going to start with the 2” Swivel Set, and see the parts involved for that. All the Cool Cuffs™ are on WandersProducts.com. You can use the little magnifying glass to search on the words I’m about to say, if you want to find these parts individually, or we can just start with the Starter Cuff Kit. You get 200 feet worth of cuffs. Two, 2” Swivel Sets. Male and female. Two female swivels. Together along with the Male Swivel, which acts as a wand cuff. Or the reducer, which allows you get into a 1.5” whip hose.

You’re going to end up with about a 200 foot run. That’s what it’s designed to help you do, off of most truck mounts, you’re going to get 200 feet. In addition, you get a starter cuff, which you connect back at the intake port of the truck. And then of course, you get the most important Cool Cuff ™ , the Reducer Insert. So all these words you can find on the store by searching on those names. Reducer Insert, Starter Cuff, Reducer Set, Female Swivel, 2” Male Swivel, of course a 2” Swivel Set.

Now, let’s start at the truck, see what we got. Starter Cuff goes on to your intake port. Most 2” intake ports are barbed, but unfortunately, that’s a restrictive type of thing. I wish we could get away from that, go to true 2” ID (Inner Diameter) cuffs. And use ports that are metal walled, Hard walled metal. So we’re not restricting so much. Because we’re trying to get better vacuum, right guys? And be efficient. And fast and easy with our work.

Cool Cuffs™ were the first true 2” ID (Inner Diameter) hose connectors. They’re also the first two part connector, patented locking swiveling tapered threaded connection that blocks off any leakage. And then they were later made to swivel, okay?

But, getting back to the starter. It helps emphasize the one and only rule for Cool Cuffs™. That is the Fireman’s Rule. See, I just happened to make it two parts where the male was pointing towards the job. I made this starter cuff where the male is pointing towards the job, and the firemen happen to do it the same way. They call it the Fireman’s Rule. Where the males point towards the fire.

The thinking is, if a fireman’s smoked in upstairs, he can’t see up or down, he crawls to the nearest hose. Finds the hose connector, they use a two part connector like this. They know all the males are pointing inside, so the females must be pointing outside. So they just crawl towards the females and they’re out of that house. Or structure that’s burning down. Fireman’s Rules. The only rule we go by at Cool Cuffs™.

So, intake port gets a starter. You can lay out your hoses and drop a Cool Cuff ™ between each hose. And the males should be screwed on to one house, the female onto the other, so that this connector is actually connecting two hoses. That’s kind of the theory of the deal. Now, if you want to get into the other starter kit, it’s identical, except for featuring the 2” latch set instead of the swivel. This was my second generation cuff. The first one I used without the latch worked great until about the second year, and one day it came apart on me. Freaked me out. “Uh oh, my Cool Cuffs™ are screwed, what do I do?”

So, intake port gets a starter. You can lay out your hoses and drop a Cool Cuff ™ between each hose. And the males should be screwed on to one house, the female onto the other, so that this connector is actually connecting two hoses. That’s kind of the theory of the deal. Now, if you want to get into the other starter kit, it’s identical, except for featuring the 2” latch set instead of the swivel. This was my second generation cuff. The first one I used without the latch worked great until about the second year, and one day it came apart on me. Freaked me out. “Uh oh, my Cool Cuffs™ are screwed, what do I do?”

Eventually, we thought up this latch. It might seem hokey, but it’s pretty durable. It won’t slide out, it’s very durable actually. These cuffs can get you like nine years. I’ve heard of guys getting nine years out of these. So you get the same deal. You get two complete latch sets, you get two female latch parts, you get a male swivel, you get a starter cuff, you get a reducer set, that same reducer set that’s in the Swivel Set Starter Kit. By the way, this cuff’s another nine year or ten year cuff. You’re not going to get that out of vinyl or anybody else that’s knocked me off. These are original, long lasting cuffs.

And then you got that Reducer Insert. Here’s why it’s the most important Cool Cuff. Because instead of going from 2” to 1.5inch hose, we’re going from 2” to a 1.5″ wand cuff, which you can put on your 1.5″ tools. Your wands, your stair tools, your upholstery tools. This is a very durable cuff. And now we’re eliminating the whip. Which is very important because what? Our number one question; “How long is it going to take to dry?”. With this part, you can eliminate the whip, which is the biggest robber of vacuum there is. Now you’re getting better dry times by definition. You get rid of that whip, you’re automatically going to get better dry times.

I know a lot of you guys say, “Hey man, I ain’t going to use a 2” hose going to my 1”. It’s too stiff.” Well, hello Lil’ Better™ Hose. You’ve never used it, or you wouldn’t be saying that. I’ve had guys tell me that my 2” Lil’ Better™ is more flexible than their one and a half. So get ready to get rid of your whip. It’s pretty much old school technology. It’s great for the truck mount guys to sell to their entrepreneur, “never cleaned a carpet, customers”. “Oh sir, your techs are going to love our 1.5” hose, it makes it so easy for them to get through their busy day.” Yeah, bologna. Get Lil’ Better™ and all that problem is not a problem anymore.

2” to 1.5” tools is what this is for. This tool, this cuff, the male swivel is really pretty good for going from 2” hose to a 2” tool. I first made this for all the guys with the Prochem Titaniums that did not like my male Cool Cuff locking down on their tools. So we made it swivel here. So now this works on any 2” tool. Prochem Titanium, Westpak 14 by 2 is another very popular 2” tool. You’ve got the Rotovac of course, RX20. Anything 2”, here’s your wand cuff.

Okay. Now if I was going to make a 2” Starter Kit, which I don’t, this would be it. Basically we’re talking about a truck mount that the guy wants to add 50 foot of 2.5″ hose. That’s fair. What’s he need to do that? Same as he needs with the 2” starter kit, he needs a 2.5″ starter. This is designed to go over a 2.5″ port. Some of the newer trucks have it now, like the Steamway was the original truck mount to have 2.5. This would slide right over it, and following the Fireman’s Rule, we’ve got a male pointing towards the fire, right? You would buy one 2.5″ swivel set, or you’d get that, if you were buying the Starter Kit. So you would look for these on the store. 2.5 starter, 2.5 swivel set.

If you were going to do multiple lengths of hose, that’s what you would want a swivel set like that. If you’re going to go multiple lengths or one length, whatever. Eventually you’ve got to reduce down, right? To 2”. You want to end up going from a 2.5 inch swivel to a 2” swivel set, excuse me. And the way we do this is with this barred reducer. This was designed to work with Lil’ Better™ Vac Hose. It fits in nice and snug. It won’t pull out unless you’re hanging from buildings, which you shouldn’t be doing anyhow. If it’s loose, you can do one wrap of electrical tape. But you shouldn’t need it with the Lil Better. It was designed … Cool Cuffs™ and Little Better evolved pretty much simultaneously together. Okay? That’s why it’s the best hose, these are the best cuffs.

This is equivalent to a 2” external back hose. So the 2” male Cool Cuff screws right onto it. So this is what the end of your 2.5 hose would look like. The reason I made this internal is because the 2.5 is already a big fat hose. Why make it any bigger? Sure I could have made an external reducer, but it’s going to be even bigger than the 2.5 already is. And aren’t we trying to reduce at this point? Why go big if we wanted to go small? The people that made external reducers aren’t carpet cleaners. They don’t realize that big stuff catches on stuff. We don’t want that. We want little stuff when we’re tapering down, right?

Get the Barbed Reducer, that’s what it looks like. And get one 2” swivel set. And follow the Fireman’s Rule. So that you’ve got the males pointing towards the job, okay? So there’s your male, this female would screw onto your 2” hose going inside. You’re done. 2.5 inch starter cuff. One starter, one 2.5 swivel set, one barred reducer, one 2” swivel set. Of course that’s just going to get you for one 50 foot of 2.5. If you needed multiple lengths of 2.5 inch hose, you would buy one 2.5 inch swivel set for every 50 foot of hose. Right? Or for every section of hose. Some guys use two 50 footers of 2.5 but they reduce one of them, cut it in half. So they’ve got the equivalent of three 2.5 inch hoses. And they’ll pull off a 25 footer when they want to. Or only use a 25 footer when they want to.

All this leads up to one of the main objectives of Cool Cuffs™, which was to give you guys some versatility in your work. Which led to a group of products that we call the Max Vac Package. This here is a 2.5” Y. It points towards the truck with the two port end. The single port points towards the job. And there’s the Fireman’s Rule, male pointing towards the fire, okay? In fact, pointing towards the truck, a lot of truck mounts have the two 2” ports on the waste tank, right guys? So you can run two 2” hoses to this 2.5” Y. And you’ve got the equivalent of 4” of airflow, two in each hose, right?

The way you’d do that is with this part here, you’d get two of these. The external reducer, is what this thing is called. A 2.5” to 2” external reducer. It’s the only one called an external reducer. Key on those words, I don’t use part numbers because I ain’t got that many parts. And I’m selling to cleaners who care about cleaning, and they just want to know what parts are called, okay? We don’t need numbers for that.

All right, 2” female pointing towards the truck is going to connect to a 2” starter cuff, if you want. Or, you see how that would work. Or you could connect it to a 2” hose that comes off the truck mount and screws in here via the 2” male. So that’s one way to connect to this Y. It’s just one. There’s several ways. Let’s say you wanted to connect a 2.5” hose off of your truck. You can do two 2.5’s right like that. Real quick and easy, it actually seals very well. Sucks on, locks down. You could run two 2.5” hoses to the Y and have basically 2.5” plus 2.5” or 5”. We call that “5 to the Door”.

Personally, my testing on this is said forget 5 to the door. 4 to the door, you don’t lose anything, so why get crazy and get cumbersome with two 2.5’s? You don’t need it. This would be a good way to accomplish that with the external reducer and 2” swivel sets. And then, the job end, you would want it to go to 2.5, so you’d have a male, a female connected to your 2.5 inch hose on down the line until you wanted to reduce from 2.5 down to two, okay? Via the barred reducer and a 2” swivel set.

All right, more on the Max Vac Pack. MVP is short for Max Vac Package. We’re trying to come up with a unique set of hose cuffs, combinations, to give you fast, efficient setups and tear downs, and fast dry times. Okay? Remember, the number one question; “How long is it going to take to dry?”. That can be answered with the simple discussion of who’s got the strongest suction. I don’t care how strong your truck mount is, you’re losing suction going through all this stuff. Even the big hose. Big hose, small hose, any hose at all, you ain’t got the same suction inside that you do at the truck, obviously. Right?

Hose kills suction. We’ve seen that. Especially pronounced with a 1.5” hose. Nobody should be using 1.5” at all. For any reason. Even upholstery, I mean it’s kind of a cop out to use it for upholstery too. Although, we don’t really need the suction, so we can get away with it. But for a wand moving fast, RX20, or Rotovac, anything you’re wanting to cover some ground, you want to follow the three cardinal rules of the Max Vac Package which is keeping your hose runs short, fat, and straight. The bigger the hose the better, the shorter the hoses the better. And the straighter the hoses the better. The more you bend your hose, air flow is just like light flow. You want to bend light, you see the separation of all the wavelengths into the colors. It’s breaking down the spectrum, isn’t it? Airflow, same deal.

We want to keep it straight, and big, and unrestricted as possible. You do that with the Y connector. You do that with big hose, and you do it with short hose runs. And straight hose runs. So what’s that say about a live vacuum hose reel? Is that about the stupidest thing you’ve ever heard of, if you’re actually trying to get good dry times? It is. It absolutely is. All right? You’ve got a live back hose reel, pull the hose off, get it straight, then hook it up. And only hook up as much as you need. The same theory applies to the solution hose reels, but we can talk about that another day.

A couple of Max Vac Packages use different Y’s. Here’s the 2.5”, here’s the 2”. See? Totally different Y’s. In this case, they’re both using starter cuffs, one’s got the 2.5” Starter, one’s got the 2” starter. You can see they’re obviously different sizes. You can get your own Short Segments of Hose and put them onto these Y connectors. It’s impossible…well not really, that went right on. But it’s typically really hard to get these vacuum hoses onto these Y’s. But if you warm them up in water, not a heat gun, but just warm, hot water, you’ll be able to get them on.

And think again, what we’re doing with the Y’s. Even a 2” Y. We can bring two 2” hoses to the Y, and come off with a single 2” hose. We used to call that four to the door, right? We still do. Two plus two is four, kind of a generic name. Four to the door. We used to put these Y’s at the door of the house. Not the door of the van. And then shrinkage would set in, guys would get lazy, and that van would creep back… I mean the Y would creep back to the van. I call that shrinkage because guys, we’re all naturally lazy. We want it to be easy and we forget the benefit of 50 feet out. Yeah, but that’s kind of a hassle. So they creep the Y back. They’ll take a 50 footer, cut it in half, now they’re only 25 feet out from the van.

And remember this too, we’ve done a ton of CFM to verify all this stuff I’m telling you. One of the things we’ve learned is on the bigger blowers, wherever the Y is, that’s where the truck is. So, you’ve got a five, six blower, or bigger, five, nine. Wherever this Y is, that’s where the truck is, you’re putting the truck on the front porch? Yeah. You’re putting the truck 25 feet closer? Yeah. It’s that powerful.

Now, one thing led to another and everybody was using the little one pool filter, right? And, guys would call, “Okay Joe, I did the Cool Cuffs™, I did the Y, I got so much suction now, my little pool filter’s filling up in ten minutes. What do I do?” So that’s my fault? No. I mean, we’re trying to get you the most suction possible. It’s not my fault your filter’s filling up so fast. It’s just evidence, it’s clear proof, that we’re accomplishing what we wanted. The guy who’s sucking the hardest should be getting the most money. He should be able to answer the question, looking them right in the eye and say, “I’m doing all the things, I invested in the stuff that are getting me better dry times. Thank you for asking.” Okay? The Y’s one of them. The dual 2” hoses is one of them.

But we’re filling up that filter too fast? Well my only answer was, “How about two filters?” So I got the guys to using two pool filters side by side here, then going through the Y. Well that’s crazy. Who wants to deal with two filters? Now we’re getting more cumbersome with their Max Vac Package. It didn’t work very well. How about do port conversions on one or two filters? So I had them doing that, where we were actually drilling out the ends of those clear pool filters and installing the equivalent of a true 2.5 inch cuff on the front and back. Which was awesome, it was giving them even more flow. Which forced them into using two filters. So finally I started telling everybody, “You’ve got to go to a bigger filter. Somebody’s got to make us a bigger filter.” That’s where the Devastator came from, and that’s what led into the Silver Bullet. Now we’ve got both of those at our disposal.

Look at that. Dual ports in the back. One port in the front. Isn’t that exactly what we’ve got with the Y connector? Two in the back, one in the front? Add a little bit of filtration, two in the back, one in the front, add filtration, we’ve got two birds with one stone. We’ve got a bigger and better filter, twice the capacity of a pool filter, real easy ports to slide onto. You could have … This is a single 2”, but why would you want if you could do two? Why do one when you could do two? Or a single 2.5 back here would be better than a single 2”.

Remember air flow’s the function of the cross-sectional area. There’s no way that you’re going to get as much air going through here as you are through two of these, right? It’s just simple math. A more popular recent trend is to get the ports turned vertical. So this one’s always breathing at 100 percent, even if you’re collecting water down here, or you have a lot of debris in your filter, this one is still breathing. This one actually proves out to flow more air long-term throughout the job than having the ports horizontal.