Fat Boy Bandit Trouble

My Bandit won’t turn off when I let off the trigger. The pump buds pressure, but doesn’t stop running. I talked to Bob, and he said it could be s relay (I tried 2 brand new results and they did the same thing, so that’s not the problem) or a low battery (but my battery’s charged, or an air lock in the system. If I pull the suction tube out of the solution for just a split second, the pump turns off when the pressure builds, but then the problem comes right back the next time I let off the trigger.

Does anyone have ideas about what might cause this? If it’s an air lock, how do I fix it? I

I’m trying to post a video to YouTube, so I’ll link it here ASAP

Thanks!

Jesse
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Here’s a video of the problem

Jesse
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My bandit/electric pumps have always shut off immediately when I let off the trigger…

It looks like you may have a water leak or maybe its dripping water that was splashed on??

Try removing the filter and using a garden hose to force water through the system, that should force any air bubbles out.

The dripping water was splashed in there, there aren’t any leaks. I have notice that if I tap on the bottom of the accumulator it stops the problem SOMETIMES. I’ll try your idea of pushing some water through it.

The odd thing is (I should have mentioned it in the opening post) that this problem has come on gradually. I noticed that it was a little slow to turn off the third time I used it (I just got it in March) and it got a little worse each time, but yesterday was the first time it wouldn’t turn off at all.

Jesse
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is it possible to take the accumulator apart and clean it?

I’m not sure. I’m gonna call Bob this morning to find out. In my OP I said the battery was fully charged, but apparently it wasn’t. I hope that ends up being the problem, as that will be easy to fix!

Jesse
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I had the same issue right before my accumulator blew.
Called Bob, bought 2 more accumulators and back up in 3 days. Maybe it was the battery that caused it but i charged all when waiting for the replacements to arrive and it has been perfect since.

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Wow! It literally blew, didn’t it! I’ll mention that to Bob tomorrow. Thanks for the helpful info!

Kinda disappointing… I’ve only done 5 or 6 roofs with this set-up and stuff is going bad already. Hopefully I’ll be rockin an All-Flo next year!

Jesse
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There are pros and cons to both.

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Thank you for the link, Thad! That’s very helpful!

Jesse
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North Carolina

[MENTION=803]Thad[/MENTION] I’m hijacking this thread, (but I guess that’s ok since I started it?)

I was thinking of going with a Udor Zeta or John Blue gas powered pump, but I heard some pretty bad stuff about them not holding up well, etc. I’m looking at pushing dryer vent cleaning pretty hard this year, so I’ll need a compressor for that anyway, which is part of the reason I’m looking at an air pump. What’s your personal opinion about air vs gas powered roof pumps?

PLEASE NOTE: This thread is directed at Thad, but ANY experienced input about gas vs air pumps us welcome.

Jesse
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[MENTION=1]Chris[/MENTION]tucker
Anyone know if Chris Tucker (Apple Roof Cleaning) is on these boards? Thats who you want to speak with Jesse. He’s a huge advocate of AODD pumps. If not here, find him on facebook.

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If I was going to focus on roofs I would go with a John Blue, I’ve heard bad things about the undor’s. That being said, I now use an air pump and love it. I usually get a few years out of a pump before I need to replace it. So buy a spare and have it ready to go.

Thanks for the advice…He’s actually the one who got me thinking about going with an air pump.

Jesse
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North Carolina

Thanks for the info…I’ve heard bad stuff about the Udors too, but I can’t find much info about the John Blues, for some reason.

Jesse
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North Carolina

I was going to recommend signing up at roofcleaningforums.com, but it looks like the site is down. Anyone know anything about that?

I never cared for those guys so I dont care now if the site is down

Wasn’t really my favorite forum, either. But they had some good info buried in their archives, especially about the john blue pumps and other stuff you don’t hear much about on here or ptstate. Makes me wish I had copied some info onto my hard drive… oh well.

Only thing that comes to mind is to check the air psi in the accumulator. If not set right it will not cycle correctly. Might be the pressure switch going bad.