Jim Coleman / B&C Electronic Engineering, Inc. finest hour! :) Or the Swipe-N-Clean? Either one! LOL :)
Just to prove I will purchase any car wash item that was ever made! I now have in my possession a Jim Coleman Swipe-N-Clean. Actually Steve Week from Jim Coleman said B&C supports it now and gave me there phone number! LOL 1-800-852-4795 bce-inc.com
I purchased this item in a lot of crap and was thinking of “trying” to sell it. But I was wanting to see if the POS (point of sale people! :) worked.
First off who on this Earth would call B&C and try to get crap software that B&C wrote in 1999…. it was crap in 1999. Did anyone every use this thing? :) Did a programmer stop and think at some point… this is a really bad idea?
The unit has mirrored drives and the previous owners decided in there great wisdom to unplug one of the broken drives and not replace it. Then the other failed. SHOCKER! :) So I was thinking B&C could send or allow me to download the software which as the owner of this machine I OWN!
So I called B&C and talked to some lady which seemed to imply I was trying to steal there old crap software? WHY? Seriously why? No really WHY? She wanted numbers from the computer which is fine… who cares? So she figured out that my unit was made in 2004. But it did not have the original Fujitsu hard drives in it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO? Then there was some well these were NOT MANUFACTURED from B&C and…. HOW ABOUT EVERYTHING IN THE ENTIRE COMPUTER IS OFF THE SHELF? You guys at B&E manufactured NOTHING! Especially the hard drives… which is even stupid to argue… but she liked to. So I asked if it was possible if the owner re-imaged new drives when a old drive died? (The 2 hard drives are setup in raid 1 or mirrored. Which you would just put in a new drive and it would rebuild the drive.) Basically I’m a moron….. yeah :) Actually a moron could hookup any working drive and the motherboard not B&C would rebuild/copy the new drive.
This was the reason why I can’t get a new image of the old crap hard drive image: B&C has a “special license agreement with Microsoft”? Really? How about the crap box B&C build owns the license… which I purchased? So I own the license or actually the hardware it locked to that license? Well? Unless B&C used the same retail Windows NT license and every SNC they sold? Which by looking at the partial image from the hard drive they do have Microsoft Office also? and it looks like maybe even the full version of Visual Studio VB 5 which is stupid to license on every computer? But again I can just see all the files and VB5 wasn’t fee like VB is now in 1999. :) (Maybe B&C can provide my licenses and documentation?)
The only “real info” I got from them was the unit was 3-4 units behind….. they couldn’t list them all but I didn’t care either. The “upgrade” is $3,200 (they have no manuals/documents but they can send me an invoice! :) which after asking 2-3 time and then just saying “so you basically throw everything away?” Got the answer! They will not help me and nothing in the unit is worth keeping. Sounds like not even the display? But I was really getting sick of getting talked down to by someone who didn’t know anything. But don’t get me wrong! Why should she! It’s 13 years old! But she was just making up crap which is annoying. Like it has software we wrote on it…. yeah (3 small apps: interface, sync with icverify and music?)! Plus… didn’t I pay for them? Plus what good is the software now… or then? I asked nicely and said I wanted them? :) Plus ICVerify is doing everything! and master card doesn’t support that version anymore it’s all garbage. AN ASIDE (before I purchased this Swipe Thing): I did actually research icverify and thought it was really pretty good. I would purchase icverify! Don’t think B&C has anything to do with icverify either. Don’t think B&C really tried very hard with the SNC 1.0? I saw it in action. But I know someone used this unit… why you asked? Because ALL THE CREDIT CARD NAMES AND NUMBERS ARE STORED ON THE HARD DRIVE! But I guess this was before certain regulations maybe? 6056 transactions approved credit cards for $20… probably not that great from 5/2005-9/2012? (This SNC unit came from a 1mil+ Coleman mega sales pit. You know how they look and all the equipment they have. Everything Coleman…. which isn’t a bad thing at all. Just this SNC product is bad.) I haven’t looked at the access database yet. Which an access database is also great for production applications! Bad computer programmer JOKE
This makes me want to write my own computer based credit card system. With something like icverify it really wouldn’t be that bad. The only problem is having a computer. That’s why I needed to call B&C in the first place. I could only imagine how much they would charge for a new hard drive? LOL :) If I had my own cc system I would charge $1,000,000! LOL
Did you know that Kleen-Rite Corp sells Banner Engineering Emitters and Receivers? They are used on the Water Wizard as the front (treadle) and the back (entry, undercarriage). These eyes are in pairs with one receiver and a super duper laser emitter. The Banner emitter is the SM306EQ and the receiver is the SM30SN6RQ.
Kleen-Rite sells the SM306EQ for: $84.38
Kleen-Rite sells the SM30SN6RQ for: $91.13
Did you know that Banner Engineering sells Emitters and Receivers also? They can be purchased from the manufacturers website at bannerengineering.com? Weird it is actually cheaper.
bannerengineering.com sells the SM306EQ for: $75.00
bannerengineering.com sells the SM30SN6RQ for: $81.00
If Jim Coleman only posted there prices….. :)
My FragraMatics Vacuum blew a fuse and I had to replace it. It uses a ABC-10BC3 which is a 10amp 250v fuse.
Have I ever mentioned that the FragraMatics Vacuums are a pain to work on? 6 screws to take off the top and they use security screws? Jim Coleman’s Vacuums only have 1 and no security screw. I really do like the security screw, but 6? At least it could be 4 maybe 3?
I just got a spam email from Professional Carwashing & Detailing about Jim Coleman’s “Hot New Look!” and by the email it hints that maybe Jim is changing their color sceme? Does Jim Coleman really want to keep up with the “lastest color tends for your carwash”? I hope so I really like Jim Coleman stuff but that teal color or the Lamborghini? Come on!
The product they were promoting in the email was also interesting: a vacuum and air machine, which is a great idea. Not really sure why it needs 2 coin acceptors though? But the sticker is better!
FragraMatics “Kitchen Sink” vacuum. This thing has everything! Dollar bills, credit cards, vacuum, shampooer, fragrance everything! Could you imagine untangling all this stuff everyday?
I love the way the FragraMatics vacuums looks, I think they look the best by far. But they are really hard to work on compared to the Jim Coleman vacuums. But I could only imagine working on this bad boy. My guess is everything is under the vacuum top! :) (A little FragraMatics humor?)
There was a leak I just could not find. I would fix a little leak and then the floor would still be wet. It was driving me crazy, but in retrospect you should be able to look at the first picture and realize what the problem is.
The high pressure hose is sitting on the large electric motor for the Water Wizard. So the top of the hose was not leaking and the bottom half was wet and has a small drip. But when the motor cuts on or you move the hose away from the motor the leak looked pretty bad.
The high pressure hose is 4 feet long by the way.
I wanted to order a replacement part from Grainger to repair my Jim Coleman Shampooer problem. I decided to order an all in one piece instead of individual pieces. Now I just need to install it!