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F.A.Q.s on the Bucket Ape

 

If the Bucket Ape is such a value, why the unusual low price?
How can the Bucket Ape system help me? 
Is the Bucket Ape better than a grout cart or a roll around grout bucket?
It looks heavy, how does it work? 
What about the hoses?  (Seems like it would be a pain to manage.)
I am concerned the hose could slip out.  What prevents it from coming out? 
How long does it take to setup the Bucket Ape System?
What about cleanup where the hose drains?
Wouldn't it get clogged with all the sand? 

 


 

 

If the Bucket Ape is such a value, why the unusual low price? 

Simple, you are buying straight from the manufacturer!  No distributor markup, no retailer markup.  Just simple, honest, low margin pricing for a great product that helps you get the job done quicker.  Wouldn't it be great if you could buy every product you use this way?

 

How can the Bucket Ape system help me? 

If you’ve ever tiled or grouted, you know the burden of hauling hundreds of pounds of water repetitively.   Every time you rinse your sponge in a stagnant bucket of water, the water just gets dirtier until you are forced to change out the water or smear mud.  Bucket Ape gives you an “endless” bucket with fresh clean water every time you rinse your sponge, making clean up proceed much faster with better results.  Plus you get the advantage of just moving 15 lbs or less around versus 45 lbs or more.  Since you can clean faster with the Bucket Ape it also means you can grout more area before you need to start the cleaning process, increasing your productivity.  As an aside, the Bucket Ape works with any grout that requires water cleanup even the new exotic grouts. 

If you’re a painter, the Bucket Ape helps you keep paint out of the septic system and protects the investment in your brushes.  Nothing will clean your brushes better than the Bucket Ape and since none of the waste water goes into the septic tank, it can help you avoid expensive repairs that range from $3000-$8000 for a tank replacement to over $20,000 for a leech field replacement!

 

Is the Bucket Ape better than a grout cart or a roll around grout bucket?

Yes, for a lot more money to purchase a grout cart you aren't buying much more than a five gallon bucket on wheels.  Considering their substantially higher costs, a consumer should expect a lot more functionaliy than a bucket on wheels.  With Bucket Ape you get additional functionality that helps you to get done faster and easier:  (e.g., 1/3rd the weight, constantly clean water that speeds up your cleaning process, never having have to change out your water, dirty water/grout drains outside without you having to get up, and the ability to mix your thinset/grout right where you need it.  Grout carts can’t offer you those benefits, but you get these benefits for more than half the cost!  Now that you know the difference, you can understand why we like to say "Buying a grout cart over the Bucket Ape is like buying a horse and cart for twice the price of a car!"

 

 

It looks heavy, how does it work? 

When you are operating (meaning you're cleaning grout) the Bucket Ape system weighs less than most grout carts when they are empty!  Think about that for a second, why would you want to pay two to three times the cost of a Bucket Ape if you’re concerned about lugging around weight?  The Bucket Ape weighs less than 15 lbs when it’s running and you never have to pick it up to haul it outside.  You don't have to make trip after trip, so that saves time and makes the cleanup that much faster! 

 

 What about the hoses?  (Seems like it would be a pain to manage.)

Given that Bucket Ape speeds your work progress so, you’ll be amazed at how little impact the hose management will have.  It is actually simple to figure if you should use the Bucket Ape or not for a particular area you’re grouting.  You can setup (including running the hoses) in less time than it takes to fill a five gallon bucket twice.  So if you are doing an area larger than 50 sq ft, (an area larger than 7 ft x 7 ft and counting the initial and final wash) then you will be better off using the Bucket Ape and running the hoses.

Best performance is accomplished by initially placing the Bucket Ape at the far corner of the area you are grouting and work your way backwards. (towards the hoses)  You'll be amazed at the speed you can accomplish which definitely offsets the 1-2 minutes it takes to layout (and manage) the hoses.  Starting with the farthest area, any dirt from the hoses gets cleaned up as you clean the grout and work your way “out” of the room.

 

 

I am concerned the hose could slip out.  What prevents it from coming out? 

To lock the hose into the Bucket Ape, insert the hose through the two tear drop shaped holes until the brass end extends beyond the second hole.  Give it a firm tug backwards to “lock” it into our patented locking mechanism.  After you apply water through the hose, the weight of the water holds the hose in place.  With a minimal of supervision while moving the bucket, you can rest assured that the hose will not come out.  If you are uncomfortable with that arrangement an alternative is to insert the hose and install the shut-off valve on the end of the hose.  There is no way the hose can slip out at that point.  While the hose can never slip out, we still suggest never leaving the bucket unattended. 

 

 

How long does it take to setup the Bucket Ape System?

You can setup (including running the hoses) in less time than it takes to fill a five gallon bucket twice.  So if you are doing an area larger than 50 sq ft, (an area larger than 7 ft x 7 ft and counting the initial and final wash) then you will be better off using the Bucket Ape and running the hoses.

 

What about cleanup where the hose drains?

Chemicals from grout can and will kill landscaping, so pick a spot to drain your hoses that will not result in adverse results.  Typically the same place you would have dumped your five gallon buckets will suffice.  At the least, 80% of the grout you clean up will flow down the drain hose and in typical operation even more than that goes down the hose leaving very little in the bottom of the bucket.  Where you place the hose to drain will have a high concentration of alkaline chemicals, sand, etc.  We recommend finger spraying the area to get the residue off the grass/concrete/etc.  A good flooding after that will disperse the chemicals and help to prevent grass kill or anything detrimental to the landscaping.   Keep in mind that if you are using colored grout, that could potentially stain concrete so be sure the hose doesn’t drain on the concrete.  If it does, then a light cleaning with a pressure washer will remove most stains as the trip through the Bucket Ape system dilutes and removes most of the “cementing” components.

 

Wouldn't it get clogged with all the sand? 

The Bucket Ape was designed to prevent clotting of the grout.  The constant agitation action designed into the Bucket Ape breaks apart clumps and turns all of the grout into particulates suspended in the water.  This is why most of the grout will flow down the drain hose without causing a clogging problem, either in the hose or the Bucket Ape itself.  In the rare event that the Bucket Ape gets clogged, then simply lift it out of the bucket, turn it sideways and rinse everything down into the bucket below for disposal later.  Bucket Ape is designed to get you through the cleaning process faster than anything else on the market. 

 

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