Box Extractor OPERATORS MANUAL Models 98250, 98252H

Box Extractor
Models 98250, 98252H, 98255PH
X98251 6/2010
To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, or injury
To avoid electric
shock, DO NOT
expose to rain.
Store Indoors.
To avoid fire, DO NOT
use with a flammable
or combustible liquid
to clean floor.
When using this upright extractor, basic precautions should always
be followed, including the following:
DO NOT leave unit when plugged in. Unplug from outlet when not
in use and before servicing.
DO NOT pick up anything that is smoking or
burning such as cigarettes, matches, or hot ashes.
DO NOT allow unit to be used as a toy. Close
attention is necessary when used around or near children.
DO NOT use to pick up hazardous chemicals.
Use only as described in this manual. Use only
manufacturer’s recommended attachments.
DO NOT use with damaged cord or plug. If unit is not working
properly because it has been dropped, dropped into water, left
outdoors, or damaged in any way, contact a service center of
DO NOT handle plug or appliance with wet hands.
DO NOT put any objects into openings. DO NOT use with any
opening blocked: keep free of dust, lint, hair, or anything that may
reduce air flow.
14) Replace damaged or worn parts immediately with genuine original
equipment parts to maintain safety.
Keep hair, loose clothing, fingers, and all parts of body away from
openings and moving parts.
15) This unit must be connected to a properly grounded outlet only. See grounding instruction on page 3.
10) Turn off all controls before unplugging.
11) Turn unit off immediately if foam or liquid comes from machine
exhaust. Empty & clean out recovery (dirty) tank and use defoamer
to correct the problem.
12) DO NOT use to pick up flammable or combustible liquids such as
gasoline or use in areas where they may be present.
13) DO NOT use where oxygen or anesthetics are used.
Improper use of the grounding plug can result in a risk of electric shock.
This extractor must be properly grounded. If it should malfunction or breakdown, grounding
provides a path of least resistance for electrical current to reduce the risk of electric shock. This
machine is equipped with 1 or 2 pigtail cords having an equipment-grounding conductor and
grounding plug. The pigtails must be inserted into an appropriate 12 gauge 3 prong extension cord.
This unit is for use on a nominal 120 volt circuit and has a
grounded plug that looks like the plug illustrated in (Fig. A).
Improper connection of the equipment-grounding conductor can result in a risk of electric
shock. Check with a qualified electrician or service person if you are in doubt as to whether the
outlet is properly grounded. DO NOT modify the plug provided with the appliance. If it will not
fit the outlet, have a proper outlet installed by a qualified electrician.
General instructions for the Marathon series Extractors
Congratulations on your purchase of a Tornado extractor. You are now equipped to handle any and all commercial carpet cleaning jobs. .
Shipping and Damage
This equipment is thoroughly inspected, tested, and packaged to provide equipment in good operating condition. It is beyond
our control after the equipment is turned over to a freight carrier. The freight carrier received and signed for the equipment in
good condition. Consequently, it is most important to protect your interest by carefully complying with the following instructions:
Please inspect your cartons for any damage (including concealed damage) that might have occurred during shipment. Any damage is the responsibility of the freight carrier and should be reported to the freight carrier immediately. It is your responsibility
to issue a claim and to receive compensation from the freight carrier for any damage done in transit. Damage of this sort is not
Follow these easy step by step instructions to ensure proper operating performance.
1. Fill up the fresh water solution tank with tap water that is
120-135 degrees and approved carpet cleaning chemical
if you are not pre-spraying your chemical on the carpet.
Attach two 12 gauge extension cords (NOT INCLUDED)
(one cord for non-heated models) to each of the pigtail
cords located on the lower backside of the unit. The red
pigtail powers the heater while the black pigtail powers
the vacuum motors and pump.
3. Plug each extension cord into a separate and grounded
20 amp wall socket circuits, when this is accomplished
the green indicator light will be lit (on heated models).
4. Attach the hose system to the unit and to your carpet
5. Turn on the heater and the pump to the “on” position,
(only pump on non-heated models) when the heater is on
the orange indicator light on the switch panel will be lit.
With the solution line attached to the wand and the
machine, prime the pump by squeezing the trigger on the
wand releasing the water (hold wand tip over solution
tank to put water back into solution tank). This will
pump water into the heater and get any air out of the
solution line. Let the heater heat up this will take
3 to 5 minutes. *Prime pump on 400 p.s.i. models with prime hose (included).
7. Turn vacuum switches to the “on” position one at at time
to begin cleaning.
8. Anyone designated to operate this equipment must,
without fail, read and thoroughly understand all
instructions and precautions prior to use.
9. Never use equipment out of doors or in the rain.
10. Never use flammable or explosive materials in
or around this equipment!!!
11. When recovery tank is full, empty by using drain hose at
rear of machine. If a pail is used to empty the recovery tank, do not use the same pail to fill the solution
tank as this can result in putting dirt and grit into the
solution line that can plug filters, orifices, and generally
degrade the solution line system (do not reuse solution).
12. To empty solution tank, detach the wand from the end of
the vacuum hose and insert the vacuum hose into the
solution tank. Turn the vacuum switches to “on” position
and transfer solution to vacuum tank and dispose of as
outlined in #11. Clean vacuum stack filter at this time.
To receive reliable service from this equipment, regular daily
maintenance is a requirement. Fabric cleaning, both carpet
and upholstery, are very dirty environments for any equipment.
The following recommendations are offered.
10. Wear safety equipment and clothing to protect from
extremely hot water.
11. Do not operate equipment under any unsafe condition.
1. Keep the equipment clean, both inside and out.
2. Lubricate brass quick disconnects and drain valves with
a quality lubricant such as WD-40®.
Flush solution systems after use with clear, clean water. (A white vinegar solution may also be used). This will counter-act hard water and alkaline deposits and aid in keeping orifices clean.
4. Do not allow fluid either in solution or waste tank to sit
overnight. The unit should be emptied and cleaned daily.
5. Clean the strainer in the solution tank, the filters on the
vacuum stack in vacuum tank and all lint filters in the inlet or vacuum tanks daily.
6. Do not use the same receptacle (pail) to fill solution
tank that is used to remove waste from vacuum tank.
7. When the unit is not in use, leave the vacuum tank lid
8. At the end of each day, run the vacuum for 3 minutes
with lid open and filter off.
Safety Precautions
These precautions are designed with the safety of the operator,
the equipment, and others in mind and must be followed at all
times to avoid serious personal harm and/or death, and damage to the unit.
1. Always use a grounded electrical outlet.
2. Always disconnect electric cable from electrical outlet
before attempting to make any adjustments or repairs.
3. Never use this equipment as a toy.
4. Never use equipment near or around flammable or
explosive materials, fuels, or solvents.
5. Never put flammable materials, fuels, or solvents
into equipment.
6. Never lift the machine by the drain hose.
7. Do not allow the unit to freeze!
8. The equipment was not designed to be used outdoors
or in the rain.
9. Do not operate in standing water.
12. Do not operate if pigtails, hoses, etc. are cracked, frayed,
leaking, or otherwise in need of repair.
13. Common sense is a powerful force in protecting the
operator, the equipment and others from serious damage
injury and/or death.
8. Failure to comply with the above warnings
instructions will void the warranty.
Storage of Equipment
1. Store extractor indoors in dry area.
2. Recovery and solution tank should be empty and clean
when the extractor is not in use.
3. Leave the recovery lid and dump valve open to air out the
recovery tank.
4. Do not store in freezing temperature.
5. A small amount of windshield washer fluid available at an
auto supply may be left in the pump and internal solution
line for protection against freezing.
1. Do not break off or pull the grounding prong on the plug.
2. Do not attempt repair on a warrantied machine unless
instructions to perform it by an authorized shop are
obtained from the factory.
3. Do not use citrus-based (D-Limonene) cleaners in this
Do not use cleaning chemicals in this machine except
those recommended for steam-type extraction equipment. The use of any chemicals with abrasive additives voids the
5. Do not use any replacement parts except those specified
on the parts list. Performance of the machine could be affected if substitutions are made.
6. Do not use water in excess of 140° F (62° C) through
the pump system. It could damage the seals and polyprophene casing of the diaphram pump.
7. Follow maintenance schedule strictly.
Read All Instructions, Warning and Cautions Before Using. These guidelines are presented for
your protection and convenience. Please read them carefully, since failure to heed these
precautions could result in discomfort or injury. When using an electrical appliance, basic
safety precautions should always be followed.
Troubleshooting Information
No electrical power.
Switch is turned on.
Intermittent power to
Electrical Shock
1. Defective power cord.
1. Replace
2. Circuit breaker off or
2. Turn circuit breaker
fuse blown.
on or replace fuse.
Unplug any equipment
using the same circuit.
1. Faulty electrical cable.
1. Repair or replace.
2. Defective switches.
2. Replace.
3. Loose terminal or dis-
3. Replace.
colored terminal connections.
1. Equipment not
1. Locate grounded
1. Drain hose open.
2. Defective vacuum hose
Kinks in vacuum hose
3. Vacuum disconnected
1. Damaged recovery
tank lid.
2. Lint clogging ball -
type shutoff screen.
3. Vacuum hose connection
between stand pipe and
vacuum motor.
4. Vacuum motor
exhaust blocked.
5. Cords not plugged into
seperate circuits
Motor running and no 1. Faulty vacuum motor.
vacuum at all.
No exhaust from the 2. Water shutoff closed.
Premature closing of 1. Dirty or clogged shut-
ball type shutoff.
off filter screen.
Ball type shutoff
2. Ball coated with
failing to release after detergent or other
recovery tank is drained. foreign material.
2. Screen slightly out of
Vacuum motor on
Little or no vacuum
on wand head.
Not enough vacuum
power at the machine.
1. Close drain hose.
Recovery tank lid must
be closed.
2. Repair or replace hose.
3. Open machine, connect vacuum hose to recovery tank.
1. Replace
2. Remove screen.
Clean out fibers and
accumulated dirt.
3. Check for leaks
around clamps and cuffs
(tighten). Replace damaged
4. Check air flow by
removing hose from
machine and feel the
exhaust under the
machine. Remove
5. Relocate one cord to a different room.
1. Replace.
2. Clean water shutoff
1. Remove and clean
2. Remove and rinse
ball with clean water.
3. Bend screen by
squeezing slightly by
hand until there is an
obvious space between
ball and inside of screen.
Foam/dirty solution
coming out of vacuum
exhaust port.
1. Foam from carpet by-
passing water shutoff.
2. Elbow in vacuum tank
is not positioned
1. Use additional
2. The elbow should be
pointed directly at the
side wall of the tank
away from the ball type
Pump motor on –
no spray through jets.
1. Clogged or faulty
solution control valve.
2. Clogged or faulty
quick disconnect on
3. Punctured pump
4. Clogged jets
1. Check intake on
valve and remove lint
or other foreign
2. Depress plunger on
solution hose against
inside wall of solution
tank. If solution is flow ing at this point, the
system is O.K. If no
solution flows, check the
quick disconnect for lint
and other foreign matter.
3. Replace with
diaphragm repair kit.
4. Clean jets on wand or tool.
Uneven spray from
jet. Spray weak or
Leaking or stuck
solution valve.
Pump motor
not working.
Pump pressure low
Pump pressure varies.
1. Clogged strainer in
solution tank.
2. Clogged jet.
1. Foreign material in
2. Loose brass hex nut.
3. Valve worn or seals
1. Loose wiring
2. Defective pump
pressure switch
3. Motor burnout
1. Clogged screens on
2. Punctured pump
3. Defective rectifier or
4. Pump not primed
1. Worn carbon brushes.
2. Defective pump
pressure control switch.
1. Unscrew strainer
and remove lint and
any other foreign
material from screen.
2. Remove and clean.
1. Remove brass hex
plug, clean valve and
2. Reseal hex and plug.
3. Replace worn parts
with solution valve
repair kit.
1. Tighten wiring
2. Replace with new
pressure switch assembly
3. Replace pump motor
1. Unscrew strainer
strainer in solution tank
remove lint and any
other foreign material
from screen.
2. Replace with
diaphragm repair kit.
3. Replace.
4. Plug priming hose into solution connection and place
end in solution tank. Run pump for 4 minutes
1. Replace brushes.
2. Replace.
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