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Mike Jones
Expert Film Handler

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From: Birmingham, MI, USA
Registered: Jul 2000

 - posted 12-30-2000 03:05 AM      Profile for Mike Jones   Email Mike Jones   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Our theatre is in the market for a few really great big backpack vacs capable of sucking up mounds of popcorn dumped over by bratty little snots as well as napkins and the like.

Our theatre isn't the biggest, 8 screens, but we're consistently one of the best performing in the area. Our showtimes are tight so we're looking for something that can hold alot of garbage and won't burn out easily.

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Jason Black
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Registered: Nov 2000

 - posted 12-30-2000 02:39 PM      Profile for Jason Black   Author's Homepage   Email Jason Black   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 

Check with Manu-Tech. They make GREAT back back blowers and have developed a line of Back-Vacs as well. I've had 2 of the blowers for 4 years now cleaning a 16-plex daily and I have just this month replaced the motors in them. The motors would have held up fine I feel, if we had used a heavier duty (14gauge) drop cord. Anyway, the local vacuum repair shop installed new motors (complete) for $35 each, so I couldn't beat the price. I think the blowers are around $400, but they have held up very well under use in our facility. Pick up any issue of Box Office mag. and you'll see their ad...

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John Pytlak
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From: Rochester, NY 14650-1922
Registered: Jan 2000

 - posted 12-31-2000 11:16 AM      Profile for John Pytlak   Author's Homepage   Email John Pytlak   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Blowers just stir up the dirt, depositing it throughout the auditorium. Screens get dirty, screen sound perforations get clogged, and dust settles on everything. A central vacuum system is a much better idea.

John P. Pytlak, Senior Technical Specialist
Worldwide Technical Services, Entertainment Imaging
Eastman Kodak Company
Research Labs, Building 69, Room 7419
Rochester, New York, 14650-1922 USA
Tel: 716-477-5325 Cell: 716-781-4036 Fax: 716-722-7243

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