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BioShine product review

I have been having some computer difficulties and I finally got the video made.  It is really fancy… you should check it out.  I would be interested to see how this product works in a Simoniz Tire Shine Applicator http://cwguy.com/?p=1695 .  Maybe my Dad will try it out?

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I used an Erie Wheel Wizard brush and the BioShine spray bottle.  Sprayed on great and was not drippy.  Really shined up the tires very impressed.  Check out the video.

Some additional information from JoeNardis and BioShine that was sent with the sample was:

The product cost 5 Gal $49 and 55 Gal drum $469 plus shipping.  No freight on 4 drums or more (US only).  Also some prices on the “Shinemaster” machines, Coin-operated $2199, with Dixmore display $2399, and the express detail machine $1287.  Give him a call for more information.  Crown Car Wash Inc 412-367-1501

List of benefits for using Bioshine is:  Environmentally safe product, great for reclaim, low cost, biodegradable, no silicon, no slippery floors or pavement, water based 

BioShine self serve vendor VS. Blendco Black Diamond

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I wanted to check out a couple things at the ICA show and self serve tire shine units was one of them. I talked to Joe DeNardis at the crowncarwashinc.com booth and really liked their self serve vendor. They also sell a full service applicator (middle picture). I really like this design because all my vacuums are the same design. The gun has a trigger on it and a stationary bristle brush.  It also holds 5 gallons of product.

But the bigest selling point is the BioShine tire shine product. I request a sample and will test it out on a car tomorrow, so I will let you know how it works. But the product is silicon free which is a must for self serve bays, (more on that later) and is environmentally safe product. Maybe that is why the vendor is green?

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The Blendco Black Diamond vendor is like a stand alone Fragramatic fragrance machine. But they also sell a self serve bay setup. I liked the bay setup but they use a crappy Flojet pump (at least for a 5 bay unit I asked about) and is seems a little expensive (Maybe that is why the show special was half price?) for what you get. The gun looks exactly like a Fragramatic fragrance gun with a swivel on the end and a metal brace for a pad. The idea is to spray the tire down then scrub it in with the rotating pad thing. I did not really care for the gun setup and it just seems like the pad would not last very long (If I remember correctly, if you purchase their product they will send you free pads?). But the worse part was something I never even thought about. The silicon based Blendco tire shine will make your bays super slippery. If you have ever gone to a wash with a Simonize Tire Shiner (I guess any tire shiner?) you will know what I am talking about. Around the tire shiner and maybe 10 feet away will be an ice rink. But to be fair the Bendco sales people said that you just need to high pressure it off ever day. Not really sure how effective that would be?

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But I did get my sample of BioShine that I requested from the ICA show so I will give it a try tomorrow and give you an update. It will be interesting how a non-silicon based product works.

Rowe vs Standard changer

My Dad has a MC520RL-DA Standard changer and wanted to purchase another one, so we checked out their booth at the ICA show.  I was very impressed with how simple the changer is compared to my Rowe changer.  This is a comparison of my Rowe changer and a Standard changer.

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I believe this is a Standard MC400RL (left picture) which is a little larger then my Rowe BC-200 (which I would swap out in a minute for).  The Standard changer is very simple looking, has metal coin hoppers, and uses a Mars or Pyramid bill acceptor.  The unit on the right is a MC535RL-CC with is more complicated looking but has a credit card acceptor and a bill acceptor.  Very organized looking and plenty of room in the units.

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Now here is my Rowe BC-200 tank (actually works).  First picture is the changer without the stacker and bill acceptor.  The second picture is the stacker and bill acceptor.  The third picture is the CCC, while trying to fix any problem with a Rowe changer, the final solution is always replace the CCC.

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This coin hopper has to win the most complicated hopper available.  Why not make the coin hopper consist of 2 parts?  One part (left) consists of a motor (red arrow) and a coin counter (top black thing).  Then on the other piece (right, coin hopper) why not have a bike chain with little knobs that snakes up the length of the hopper to spit out the quarter at the top?  You also need to clean this once a month or crap will clog up the chain.

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Next, add the most complicated bill acceptor (BA-50 transport) that needs to be cleaned every week and sent in to get fixed every year (low volume location).  Rowe seems to be in the process of dropping this bill acceptor at this point, which I have to say is the best idea ever.  Maybe that’s why every other changer sells their unit with a Coinco, Mars, Pyramid, etc. option? 

To be honest I never have any problems out of the ccc and coin hopper, except the coin counter needs to be replaced on one of my units.  I do not use the bill stacker and I send my bill acceptor to get fixed every year.

NEW Rowe $5 upgrades

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If the Rowe five dollar upgrade board was released and for sale, this is how you would change it out (like a how-to for a product that does not exist).  You first take out the CCC board from the Rowe changer.  (I lost this guys business card so unfortunately I can not give out his information.  I need to try and get this information from my dad.)  The first picture shows (red arrow) the board that will be replaced.  The second picture shows the board that you will get in the mail.  The distributor said that the kit will also come with 2 chips like the one next to his thumb.  He also said that the chip on your old board will be labeled and that type needs to be on your new board.  He is also pointing at the notch (third picture) that you have to line up with the notch on the ccc board.  Looks pretty easy and he said he will be selling them for around $66. 

Update:  I believe that I found his business card.  Jess Vasquez from Baca’s Changer Service & Sales Inc. bcschangers.com

MEI credit card bill system – in use

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IRS note:  Now the 10 Pepsi drinks I purchased from this Pepsi machine are all a tax deduction.  At only $3 a piece that is a large deduction.  They were actually a good deal because inside the ICA show they cost $3.25.

This is really an update of the previous post on the MEI credit card bill system.  The second picture shows the antena locating for the vending machine.  I really like this bill acceptor and if you watch the exciting video the first time I swipe my card it was not read (which was the only time that happened with my research) the credit card is in very poor condition.

coinco’s new bill acceptor – Vantage

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I also checked out the coinco booth at the ICA show.  I was looking at the BillPro-CRX Card acceptor which attaches on the front of a standard BillPro-CRX bill acceptor so you can accept credit cards.  It costs around $150 and it has a metal bezel.

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I really liked coinco’s new bill acceptor: the Vantage.  This has the coolest features concerning the bill surpressor and others.  The red arrows (left picture) show the suppressor in the out position and the (right picture) shows it in the in position.  This can be activated when somthing strange is inserted into the changer or it can be set to surpress on every bill accepted and stay in that position until another bill is inserted.  There are 3 setting on the suppressor that change the length the suppressor stays back, to help with speed.  Also is has a nice feature that when the bill acceptor gets wet, it will not shut down and the next bill inserted will go in and out to dry out the acceptor.  Cool.  I believe (I did not write it down) that it also can accept 110 different coupons.  The coupons are different then the old ones and use a fancy printing process instead of the old way.  The blue arrows show the bill box locking hasp, which is an add on; pretty worthless but cool if your maintenance man hates quarters and only steals bills.  It also programs easily, but how many time do you really have to do that? 

Etowah Valley Equipment ICA booth

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I checked out the “Genesis” Rowe conversion kit $995 (last picture). It replaces the bill acceptor, ccc, and power supply. The Rowe people were saying that the BC-200 conversion kit will cost around $800 and replace all the same parts.

I really liked this switch (middle picture) that they were selling; it seemed very heavy duty (10 position around $110). It reminds me of the iwash switch.

I also post the fliers that Jim Gosnell was handing out. http://cwguy.com/?page_id=2514

Self serve necessaries

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I picked up my 2008 catalogs at the ICA meeting, I think that everyone should have one of each for self serve car washes or just a pressure washing business.  Why? because each company seems to have different products.  The new catalog I added this year was “CarWash Superstore” which I have never had but Greg really loves them.

Kim Supply kimsupply.com 1-800-444-2783

CarWash Superstore carwashsuperstore.com 1-877-663-9274

Windtrax.com “The Car Wash Store” windtrax.com 1-800-443-0676

Dultmeier Sales dultmeir.com 1-800-553-6975

Kleen-Rite Corp kleen-ritecorp.com 1-800-233-3873