Editor’s Note—April 2019

Editor’s Note—April 2019

by Michael Hamline, Editor / Published April 2019

The April issue of Cleaner Times is full of important topics as we enter into the first full month of spring. On page 6, dive into Diane Calabrese’s article “Accessories: Much More than Secondary Players” and learn how they can meet important needs.

Jeff Theis is president of ProPulse—a Schieffer Co., and he shares, “In my view, the turbo nozzle was the best development of the 1990s, and many contractors have now been using them for decades for specific applications.” As head of a hose manufacturing company, he also talks about the importance of contractors having an extra hose or two to save themselves from downtime if their primary hose is damaged or worn out.

Mike Tonies is industrial sales manager at Hydra-Flex Inc. He talks about Aqua-Rocket, “a turbo nozzle designed specifically for industrial cleaning applications.” When asked how the product came about, he recounts, “We engineered this product for the contractor who is looking to get longer life out of their tools as well as a better cleaning performance.”

Scott Myers, product manager with Barens Inc, shares about “The Flipper,” which is a surface cleaner that can be flipped over and used as an undercarriage cleaner. He also talks about their Hurricane Quad Coupler and explains, “The Quad Coupler holds four individual one-quarter-inch quick-connect female plugs and is made of an elastic polymer. Users may load four spray nozzles of their choice into each coupler.”

Ben Hagemann, general manager at American Pressure Inc, recommends, “Maybe the best accessory for any contractor is a good dealer with product knowledge and access to the right products for the situation.” He encourages contractors to visit a local dealer and talk with them about challenges and opportunities.

David White, product manager at Kärcher North America, talks about the ergonomic design of their Easy!Force Trigger Gun. “This gun has the trigger on the back of the handle, so the pressure of the machine actually helps you hold the trigger gun.”

Jim Shepherd, general manager of Suttner America, comments, “We have a professional sand blaster, new inline spray gun, one-half-inch turbo nozzles, and a universal foam kit.

Do not fail to read the tribute “Remembrance: Ralph L. Notch (1941–2019)” on page 14. Both his sons, Jon and Kyle Notch, talk about the importance his good character plays in their professional and personal lives.

Enjoy your spring!

Michael Hamline
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