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The Mi-T-M Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on: October 25th, 2021 by mitm_admin | No Comments

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The holidays are quickly approaching which means you’re running out of time to get the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Surprise the spouse, parent, sibling or friend you’ll be shopping for this year by getting them their first Mi-T-M product from our holiday gift guide, or helping them upgrade to a newer model.

The following guide is intended to give you the information necessary to make the best purchasing decision possible. Take a moment to learn about the many benefits of purchasing a Mi-T-M product.

 

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Pressure Washers:

We all take pride in owning nice things, but cleaning and maintaining them is sometimes a pain. One of the most enjoyable cleaning methods around any home is with the assistance of a pressure washer! Pressure washers make even the toughest cleaning jobs easy by blasting away the grease, dirt, and grime.

 

Pressure washers can be used outside the home on siding, sidewalks, garage floors, driveways, decks, playhouses, and much more. Using a pressure washer to clean property will breathe life back into a variety of surfaces, giving your home a newer and cleaner feeling.

 

Pressure washers come in a variety of styles, as well as electric or gas-powered. If there are cleaning jobs to take care of indoors, the electric pressure washer is the best option as it’s exhaust-free. If you’re looking for something that travels well, you’ll want to look into the hand-carry and portable units. Moving these washers around will be the easiest part of any cleaning job.

 

If the fortunate recipient already has a pressure washer, maybe now is a great time to upgrade their unit. Mi-T-M products are built to last, getting the job done long after their cheaper competitors have been discarded. Many businesses offer great incentives on certain products, so keep an eye open for your opportunity to upgrade at a store near you.

 

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Generators:

Sometimes the best gifts are the ones you’ve been wanting or needing, but for whatever reason just haven’t gotten around to purchasing yet. One such item that nearly everyone could use is a generator. A generator is perfect for the home, camping or other recreational activities enjoyed throughout the year. You’ll be faced with two main options when looking for generators: traditional generators and inverter generators.

 

Inverter generators are much quieter than traditional generators. This relatively new technology is very popular with campers.

 

Generators are great for recreational use, such as powering lights and TVs at a tailgate, as well as emergency back-up power. Mi-T-M generators are powerful enough to act as a backup power source in case a home’s electricity ever goes out. These handy generators are easily transportable. The Mi-T-M ChoreMaster is a great option if you think the recipient would use it as both a recreational and emergency tool.

 

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Air Compressors:

Everyone enjoys convenience, and that is exactly what Mi-T-M air compressors provide. Whomever you purchase an air compressor for will most likely have many uses for it beyond filling up a tire. Whether it’s for construction, auto maintenance, cleaning, etc. An air compressor is a great addition to any workshop or garage.

 

There are a variety of consumer-grade air compressors that meet a wide range of needs. Most consumers will use a gas or electric single-stage compressor. Mi-T-M air compressors are available in portable and hand-carry models and the tanks can range in size from 4 gallon to 8 gallon. The most important part of choosing air compressor is knowing whether or not it will be used indoors or outdoors. An electric compressor can be safely used inside and out, as opposed to a gas compressor that should only be used outside. To get expert advice on which compressor best fits your lucky recipient’s needs, contact the Mi-T-M dealer nearest you.

 

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Propane Patio Heaters:

Give the gift of quality time spent with family and friends under the warm glow of a Mi-T-M propane patio heater. These amazing heaters stand upright as a decorative piece and distribute heat evenly around your space, warming a 210 sq. ft. radius and providing the right amount of comfort. This heater works well throughout the year and is a great way to help the recipient enjoy the outdoors and entertain guests even in chilly temperatures.

 

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Propane Cabinet Heaters:

What hunter, tinkerer, or woodworker wouldn’t love to be able to stay warm this winter? The propane cabinet utility heater provides portable heat for a ventilated workshop, shed, jobsite, or garage. The rolling casters make it easy to move across the shop floor. Fueled by a 20-lb propane tank (not included), hunters can use it to warm up in the woods, too. Clean, quiet, and wind resistant, this propane heater will warm hearts every winter.

 

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Accessories:

If you’re looking for stocking-stuffer ideas, consider some of the best equipment accessories available from Mi-T-M . A rotating nozzle or gutter cleaning attachment can seriously boost the cleaning power of an existing pressure washer unit or of course, one recently gifted. You’ll also find generator covers, air compressor blow guns, air hoses and more. Easy to install and use, our accessories will be a welcomed addition to any unit. Our accessories, like our equipment, are designed and made by leading industry engineers.

 

If you’re unsure of which piece of equipment will make the perfect gift, simply talk with a dealer to get the expert advice you need. They will help you identify the equipment and models that will best fit their needs.

 

Generator Maintenance

Posted on: October 21st, 2021 by mitm_admin | No Comments
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Maintaining Your Mi-T-M Generator

When an emergency strikes or when setting up your work site, you want your Mi-T-M generator to be ready to go. Regular cleaning and maintenance of your generator will ensure a long life and have it ready when you need it. Regular generator maintenance ensures your familiarity with how it works and what needs to be done so you can have the power you need to keep working.

 

Generator Maintenance Tips

The main steps to generator maintenance include:

  • Cleaning the Exterior
  • Overall Inspection
  • Changing Oil & Cleaning Air Filters
  • Checking Spark Plug, Hoses, Etc.
  • Preparing for Storage

 

For your safety, make sure you have the generator in a well-ventilated area for cleaning and maintenance. Be sure you read the manual, too—it’s your go-to guide for your specific Mi-T-M generator model! The manuals provide details on all of these tasks, including a periodic maintenance chart so you know how often everything needs checked and maintained. Following the maintenance guidelines and directions help you get the most out of your Mi-T-M generator for years to come.

 

For basic maintenance, gather all your supplies in advance. That includes rags, oil pan, fresh engine oil, warm soapy water for filter cleaning, your owner’s manual, and gloves to protect your hands.

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Cleaning Your Generator’s Exterior

Step 1 for optimal operation is a good cleaning. You will want to keep your generator clean and free of dust, dirt and grime. The best way to clean it is with dry rags or shop towels. It just takes a few minutes to wipe off the casing and make it look nice. Remove surface dust and grime all over the generator, paying special attention to the intake area and gas cap. Cleaning your generator’s exterior also allows you to inspect all parts of the generator.

 

You may use low pressure air to clean off dust, but do not use a water hose, sprayer or power washer to clean your generator. This allows water into the air intake and other areas, and the water will damage your generator.

 

Inspect Hoses, Fittings & Fuel Cap

Inspection is something anyone can do to maintain a generator. You should inspect it daily when in use as well as before use and after sitting in storage.

 

After you clean the generator, inspect the fuel hoses and fittings as well as the fuel tank and fuel cap. Depending on what model you own, you may need to remove a side panel to access the inside of the generator unit. The carbon canister and mounting brackets should also get a close look. Tighten anything that is loose if you are able, such as the oil drain plug. Look for cracks, leaks or abnormal wear on the hoses and parts. To maintain your warranty and get qualified Mi-T-M generator service, call a service technician to replace any parts as needed.

 

Changing the Air Filter & Oil

As with any gas engine, one of the keys to generator maintenance involves regular oil changes and a clean air filter. These tasks are especially important if you run your generator in a dusty, dirty environment, such as a construction site or shop.

 

First, let’s review the oil change process. The oil should be changed after the first 20 hours of operation, then every 100 hours after that. You should make a regular practice of checking the oil level, always before starting the generator.

 

When you are ready to change the oil, do the same process of warming the oil. Stop the engine and get an oil pan ready. Drain the oil, then put the oil drain plug back. Following the instructions for your Mi-T-M generator model, refill the oil with the proper type of oil to the oil level indicated. Wipe up any oil spills around or on the generator, and recycle the old oil at your solid waste agency.

 

The air filter plays an important role in the efficiency of the generator. If it is especially dirty, that will make the generator work harder and use more fuel, so cleaning should happen when it has a heavy buildup of dust. To access the air filter, you’ll need to unscrew the air cleaner cover and pull out the foam filter. Foam air filters can be washed in warm, soapy water, rinsed and squeezed to help it dry. Let it air dry, then saturate with new engine oil, squeeze out excess oil and replace the filter.

 

Spark plugs and the spark arrestor should also be checked frequently for carbon buildup. If the spark plug is dirty, remove it using a plug cleaner or wire brush. Check the spark plug type and spark plug gap according to your generator model’s manual. Replace with a new spark plug as needed.

 

The spark arrestor should be looked at every 100 hours or so. It is close to the exhaust, so perform this check when the unit is cool. Once removed, you can brush off carbon deposits on the spark arrestor screen and inspect it for breaks or tears.

 

If you can’t make time in your workday to check and clean spark plugs, contact a Mi-T-M service center to schedule an appointment with a technician. It’s a good idea to have a professional check out anything you have a question about before you put your generator to use or put it in storage.

 

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Prepare for Storage

Many Mi-T-M generator owners only use their generator when needed for emergencies or short-term use on a remote job site where utility access isn’t available. Be sure to prepare your generator for short-term storage (less than 6 months) or long-term storage. For both lengths of storage, the first step is to add gasoline stabilizer according to the directions.

 

  • For short-term storage

    Run the unit two minutes to mix the fuel and stabilizer. Close the fuel valve and run your generator until it stops.

 

  • For long-term storage

    Run the generator until the fuel is completely gone from the fuel tank and carburetor. As the engine begins to die, move the choke level to the CHOKE position.

 

Finally, clean and protect the exterior of the generator and store it in a dry, well-ventilated location. You might want to keep it off of the floor of a shop, garage or shed with a pallet, and keep an eye out for signs of pests living in or around it.

 

To sum up generator maintenance, it’s mostly about regularly ensuring your oil and filters get changed on a regular basis. Refer to your Mi-T-M generator manual for details about keeping your generator running when you need it the most.

 

 

Hot Water Pressure Washer vs. Cold Water: Which is Right for You?

Posted on: October 8th, 2021 by mitm_admin | 2 Comments

Which Pressure Washer is Right for You? Hot Water Pressure Washer vs. Cold Water

Mi-T-M builds so many different types pressure washers; hot-water, cold-water, electric, gas, diesel, portable, stationary–how do you choose which pressure washer is right for you?

Let’s focus on choosing between hot water and cold-water pressure washers.

To start the decision-making process, ask yourself some questions. What are my primary cleaning goals? How often do I plan to use the pressure washer? How much pressure do I need? What is my budget?

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Battling ordinary dirt, grime, and mud? A cold-water pressure washer is a great option. With nearly 80 different cold-water models, Mi-T-M offers the size and strength you need.

The spraying power of a cold-water pressure washer makes quick work of all muddy messes. This unit will sweep away debris and remove dirt from siding, driveways, dog kennels, cars, boats, RV’s, decks, and other surfaces.

Plus, Mi-T-M cold-water pressure washers are low maintenance and easy to operate.

Increasing Your Pressure Washer Power

Boost the strength and reach of your cold-water pressure water by using accessories. Depending on your tasks, consider this large selection of accessories:

Hot Power Washing

Combatting grease, oil, and reactive agents?  A hot-water pressure washer is your best choice.  Hot water can cut your cleaning time in half, and utilizing detergent helps significantly when removing oily substances.

 

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Sanitizing?  Hot-water pressure washers are perfect for food and beverage production facilities. Mi-T-M offers more than 30 different hot-water models, including electric pressure washers for use inside buildings.

Once you’ve chosen your pressure washer, check out the helpful how-to videos  in Mi-T-M’s Video Library. You will find videos about starting, maintaining, and winterizing your pressure washer, as well as troubleshooting and how to use the accessories.

Mi-T-M customer service representatives are always happy to answer your questions. Contact us at 800-553-9053 or submit a question online.