"What got my attention is that these guys 'get it' in regards to understanding the dog and dog owner's experience. Their goal is to make a self serve dog wash that's simple to use and simple to maintain. They nailed it", says TMC's President Erik MacPherson. "I must have seen over 20 K9000 installations during my visit and the owners' feedback was nothing but positive. No support issues and I couldn't believe that one K9000 location has even done over $1000 in one week", he continues. TMC says that the US market needs the next level coin operated dog wash without being too complex and overwhelming from a maintenance perspective.
The first K9000 was built and placed in Australia in 2006. In less than 24 months, TruBlu has sold and placed over 70 units. Benter and Darmanin have been looking at expanding to the U.S. "Bells and whistles are nice features to have like other dog washes we've seen out there but our goal was to build the most practical dog wash that can run flawlessly day-in day-out while minimizing servicing and virtually eliminating break/fixes", says Benter. TruBlu has designed the dog wash with the little things that make a big difference. For example, the K9000 comes with an owner's key to turn the dog wash on for routine cleaning keeping it simple for the owners/operators. Other features are listed below.
The first ten units will arrive in the U.S. in early 2008 and will be sold exclusively through TMC Pet Vending Solutions and its partners. TMC's website and marketing material is currently being updated.
K9000 Key Features/Benefits For Dog Owners:
Keep It Simple! - easy to use - no worries!
Easy Access - dogs easily step up into wash area - no need for dog steps/lifting
Hair Free Non Slip Floor - clean and safe
Rotary Switch/Dial - easy to switch between wash cycles - similar to self serve car wash
Intelligent Digital Timer - scrolling instructions, displays last minute in seconds, can add additional money up to 20 seconds after time expires - ease of use
6 Wash Cycles - become your own professional groomer - including conditioner and flea & tick options - as well as a disinfecting option
Soft Touch Wash Gun - easy on/easy off - adjustable flow positions and pressure depending upon the need for specific breeds
High And Low Speed Dryer Options - warm air and turbo dry option will accelerate drying time
K9000 Key Features/Benefits for K9000 Owners:
Keep It Simple! - easy to maintain and service - less time/less money wasted
Simple To Install -water, electricity and drain - psi regulator/gauge and pee-trap kit provided!
Built For High Use -reliable and built to wash hundreds of dogs per week with no issues - less maintenance
Easy To Clean -removable platform and owner key provided to turn on dog wash without needing to run a cycle or additional water hose
Secure -high strength reinforced locking plates make potential break-ins extremely difficult - additional locking plates provided inside to secure money
Backed by a 12 month manufacturer's warranty
Spare parts available in the U.S.! - made with U.S. parts
Accepts coins and bills (Credit Card Readers Coming Soon)