I recently acquired a motorized extractor made by A. I. Root. It was free so I couldn't pass it up. However, there are a couple of problems with it that I would like some advice on.
1. It is galvanized. I have been reading that this is/could be a problem. I do plan on cleaning it very well and coat it with camcoat. This may be all for naught...
2. Probably the worst problem to have - and maybe the demise of the extractor? It had a mouse nest it it. So the entire thing smells like mouse, well, you know. We've emptied it and will be pouring bleach in it tomorrow as well as washing it multiple times.
Is this a major problem or will this be salvageable? Do you see any reason I shouldn't use it after cleaning it multiple times and painting it with camcoat?
Finally, I do have another option. We also have a 2 frame Jr. Bench extractor that has a hand crank. I was able to remove the handle to try and fit the pulley from the Root extractor on it. It fit perfectly. I'm thinking of hooking the motor up to this extractor as it is stainless steel and looks brand new. The only problem I thought I'd have with it is that the Jr. Bench has plastic gears. Anyone think this would be a problem? I just don't want to have the motor strip the plastic gears.
As always, thanks for your feedback!