The Tandem Surfline: An Innovative Design That Takes Friction Cleaning to a New Level

PDQ has taken our Tandem product to a new level, changing the friction in-bay automatic wash industry with a soft-touch machine like no other. The Tandem Surfline provides your customers with an exceptional wash experience incorporating an overhead design that creates a wide-open, easy-to-use wash bay. This innovative design is safe and inviting for your customers while offering all the revenue-generating features that will keep them coming back again and again. No other friction machine navigates around the vehicle as precisely as the Tandem Surfline, which ensures complete and optimal cleaning coverage for a wide variety of vehicle types, including duallys.

THE PDQ advantage

  • Increased throughput with a fast, efficient cleaning process
  • Open-Bay Configuration – inviting and safe for your customers
  • Remote Monitoring and Configuration
  • Low Water and Chemical Consumption
  • Low Maintenance
  • Aircraft-Grade Anodized Aluminum Bridge and Main Rails
  • Non-corrosive materials used – stainless and aluminum
  • New low-/high-pressure pump design improves functionality and lowers maintenance costs
  • Ultimate Cover Package
  • Second side brush for improved cleaning efficiency
  • Exceptional Distributor Support
  • 24/7 PDQ Technical Service Support
  • Increased throughput with a fast, efficient cleaning process
  • Two Bridge, Two Brush Design
  • PDQ's staple Open Wash Bay - overhead design with no floor steel
  • Integrated FlashDry®
  • Virtual Treadle® bay loading
  • Slip-Free Belt Drive
  • More Services - Chemical Wheel/Tire Applicators, Front Bug Prep, 3X Foam, Super Sealant, Rain Rinse Arch, OverGlow Hi-Gloss Application System
  • Tankless Operation
  • Internal Bridge Rollers
  • Aircraft-Grade Anodized Aluminum Bridge and Main Rails
  • Non-corrosive materials used – stainless and aluminum
  • New low-/high-pressure pump design improves functionality and lowers maintenance costs
  • Ultimate Cover Package
  • Second side brush for improved cleaning efficiency
  • Exceptional Distributor Support
  • 24/7 PDQ Technical Service Support
  • Built-in Web Interface for Updating, Reporting & Monitoring

Sample Tandem Surfline InBay Automatic Layout

Equipment Shown in Rendering:

  • Bay Length: 33'1",
  • Bay Height: 10'6"
  • Bay Width: 13'6"

Layout image-Physical Building Requirements:

  • Minimum Bay Length: 33'1" Wall Mounted or 35' Floor Mounted
  • Minimum Bay Height: 10'6" Wall Mounted or 10'10" Flooor Mounted

*Does not include off board dryer


Tandem Surfline Optional Items:

  • Drive-Through Underbody (Low or High Pressure)
  • Second Front-Bridge Side Brush
  • Dedicated Front Bug-Prep Applicators
  • 3X Color Foam Applicators
  • OverGlow Hi-Gloss Application System
  • Dedicated Super Sealant Applicators
  • High Volume Rinse Manifold with
  • Dedicated Productivity Panel
  • High Pressure (Side Blasters and Top Application)
  • Wheel Scrubbers
  • Touch-Free Wheel Blaster
  • Chemical Tire Applicators
  • High-Pressure Gatling Guns
  • High-Pressure Side-Tower Blasters
  • Spot-Free Rinse Application
  • Single/Dual Pressure-Feed Option
  • MaxAir 4 Producer Integrated Drying System
  • MaxAir 4 or 6 Producer Stand-Alone Drying System
  • SwingAir Drying Options
  • ProGlow Illumination Systems
  • BayGlow Illumination Effect System
  • Complete Sign Packages
  • Custom Bridge Branding
  • Custom Side and Top-Brush Color
  • Free-Standing Frame
  • Wash-Activation Entry Terminals

Key Components:

The Tandem Surfline’s two-bridge design allows multiple cleaning processes to take place at one time, speeding up the wash cycle, and allowing fast and efficient vehicle cleaning while optimizing the amount of water and chemicals used during the wash process. Two overhead bridges work in unison to easily navigate around and over the vehicle, seamlessly adjusting speed and positions to ensure complete and superior cleaning.

The two profiling side brushes remove stubborn dirt from the vehicle’s surface, while the widest top brush in the industry ensures full cleaning on top surface areas. This unique wash experience creates one of the quietest washes with very gentle vehicle contact, providing a worry-free and enjoyable wash every time.

The Tandem Surfline offers a combination of both friction and high-pressure touch-free washing. Full body detergent coverage plus high-pressure services, from both the side and the top, ensures a consistent, high-quality wash for every vehicle.

Unlike other soft-touch wash systems, the Tandem Surfline’s overhead design creates an entirely open wash bay for a more inviting environment for your customers. Navigation in and out of the bay becomes easy for everyone, no matter what type of vehicle. With completely retractable side brushes and a top brush, the Tandem Surfline is capable of washing all standard-sized production vehicles, including large SUVs, pickups and even dually trucks!

Standard with every Tandem Surfline is an advanced browser-based wash-control system that provides access to all key operating functions without the need for additional software. Through the password-protected software you can program wash packages and machine functions, monitor sales activity, obtain real-time wash data and eliminate unnecessary wash site visits. The Tandem Surfline can also be programed to automatically send alerts to any computer, tablet or smartphone, providing instant updates on wash activities and critical issues occurring at wash locations. This easy-to-program capability keeps you in touch with sites from anywhere, at any time.

*Always make sure the proper security measures are used and firewalls are in place.

The Tandem Surfline mounting system provides the flexibility to fit into a wide variety of wash-bay configurations. The Surfline can be installed as a Free-Standing Frame or a Wall-Mounted machine. The New Wall-Mount System offers an open-bay feeling unlike any other light-touch machine in the industry, while the Free-Standing Frame can be used where the walls may not be structurally sufficient.

The main support rails can be adjusted during installation to accommodate wash bays of various lengths. In addition, the Precision-Loading System allows longer vehicles to fit comfortably into shorter wash bays, essentially making your wash bay one foot longer.

The Tandem Surfline is built using all stainless steel and aluminum for excellent resistance to water and chemical corrosion. Aluminum is strategically used for its durability and lightweight properties. The shape of the anodized extruded aluminum rails in the bridges and trolley allows for an enclosed roller design, which results in extremely low roller resistance. This reduces the power needed to move the machine and eliminates the need for rail heating in cold weather by preventing water from accumulating and freezing on the roller path. Less power consumed means more money is saved!

Add Ons

A light show that is sure to impress all your customers near and far. BayGlow is an lighting attraction that displays multiple color combinations and patterns that are visible from the car in the wash bay, at the gas pump, and from the street. Seamlessly controlled by your Tandem Surfline, BayGlow will help drive customers to your wash and ultimately help drive revenues.

  • Proudly display multiple color combinations, flashing patterns, or a constant colored illumination that matches your brand image
  • Illuminate your bay even when not washing vehicles, lets BayGlow help direct customers to your wash
  • Potentially eliminate or replace the need for traditional bay lighting

ProGlow Illumination System

Every Tandem Surfline can benefit from our exclusive ProGlow Illumination System. The ProGlow system will assist in guiding your customers through the vehicle entry and exit process and it will illuminate your bay, day or night, whether your vehicle wash is in use or not!

Delight your customers with an exciting light show while differentiating your wash from competitors!

Not only will the ProGlow System help improve your customer flow, it can also be configured to work for you 24/7/365 by illuminating your wash bay day and night whether there is a vehicle in your bay or not. The system can be programmed to display multiple color combinations of flashing patterns, or constant colored illumination that matches your brand image. A glow from your wash bay can be a highly effective marketing tool to draw more attention to your wash site, encouraging consumers to take notice and keep your existing customers coming back again and again. Get your wash noticed 24 hours a day with the ProGlow Illumination System.

  • Assist in customer loading process (Green / Red / Yellow)
  • Reinforce your brand image/colors
  • Support your local sport teams by displaying their team colors
  • Display holiday color patterns
  • Delight your customers with a variety of colors with each wash package

PDQ has developed a custom brush color and decal package for the Tandem Surfline. Now you can upgrade your wash system with customized brush colors and bridge decals to maximize your company's brand image. Today's leading marketers know that brand image is everything and it has been proven that consistent use of color can reinforce a brand.

The Tandem's custom brush colors and graphics are available in a variety of standard color combinations including: blue, red, green, orange and yellow; the bottom side brush section is black. Other colors may be available as special requests and typically require additional time*.

Have a special request or need assistance in designing your custom look? Ask for details on how we can design a custom color palette for your wash system.

Order your custom brush colors today!

NOTE: All bottom side brush sections (approx. 1/3) are black.

*Some restrictions apply. Ask your distributor for details.

The Tandem Surfline can be partnered with a variety of drying options. PDQ offers a fixed integrated drying system capable of FlashDry, the SwingAir Synchronized Motion Drying System, as well as a MaxAir stand-alone dryer in either four- or six-producer configurations.

Integrated Dryer with FlashDry®

PDQ's Tandem Surfline integrated dryer option, coupled with the overhead rinse arch, can perform a unique FlashDry service that takes no additional time for a basic dry. This is achieved by performing a rinse and dry simultaneously in a single pass over the vehicle. Developed on the simple theory that it is easier to remove water that is already moving, FlashDry improves rinsing while removing over 80% of the water in a single 10-second pass.

SwingAir Synchronized Motion Drying System

The Tandem Surfline is also available with PDQ’s new SwingAir Synchronized Motion Drying System. This new system incorporates motion in the center two producers to help push the water off of the vehicle’s top surface, allowing the two outside producers to focus on pushing the water off the sides of the vehicle. This synchronized drying system offers a superior dry that your customers will appreciate. The SwingAir is available on both the integrated and stand-alone drying systems.

Stand-Alone MaxAir™ Dryer

As with all PDQ equipment, the Tandem Surfline can be paired with a MaxAir stand-alone dryer in either four- or six-producer configurations. PDQ's MaxAir Stand-Alone Dryer is a breakthrough in dryer performance. MaxAir dries vehicles better than ever, yet uses less energy than conventional dryers.

Revenue Generation

PDQ is recognized as the industry’s leader when applying fluids, solutions and sealants to vehicles due to the availability of efficient and consistent wash systems that cover the wide variety of vehicles that drivers bring to wash sites. The Tandem Surfline can also sense open-bed pickup trucks, eliminating the application of various solutions in areas where it is not required, reducing the cost per wash. All fluid, solutions and sealants are now provided from off-board pump panels and pump stations, which increases serviceability and adds durability to the Tandem Surfline.

As with all PDQ Wash Systems, you can also increase your revenue per vehicle with upselling features that will allow your customers to maximize their wash experience.

PDQ’s exclusive Front Bug Prep can increase revenue without adding time to the wash process. Customers love this feature, which focuses on hard-to-clean areas like the windshield, back sides of mirrors and the front of vehicles.

Upsell with this colorful feature! The 3X Color Foam Applicator can apply three-color foam solutions to the vehicle. Your customers, and your customer’s children, will watch this product with awe as it covers their vehicle in a rainbow of colors.

Turn your wash into a Glowing Success! The OverGlow Hi-Gloss Application System drapes the vehicle in a thick sheet of cleaning solution, with strategically placed bright LED lights further enhancing the customer experience while ensuring performance. While your customers will love their shiny vehicles, you will love the extra revenue this product is capable of generating.

Protect the surface of the vehicle with our Super Sealant System. This option protects the clear coat and helps maintain the shine of your customers’ vehicles, as well as being an excellent revenue generator.

One of the most difficult areas of vehicles to clean are the wheels. Drivers are willing to pay more to have dirty wheels cleaned; with the Tandem Surfline there are multiple cleaning technologies in play to meet even the most demanding consumer needs. PDQ’s TriPlex Wheel Cleaning System takes tire scrubbing to a new level. During the process, each tire receives a chemical application allowing for dwell time and the wheel receives an intense bi-directional rotational scrubbing, which is followed by a full-wheel high-pressure blast.

Differentiate yourself from your competitors with either High-Pressure Tower Side Blasters or Gatling Guns. Both offer enhanced cleaning capabilities for the wheel, tire and rocker-panel areas. Designed to work in conjunction with underbody service lines, these high-pressure components are powerful cleaning tools.

The Tandem Surfline can be equipped with high-pressure side blasters and an overhead high-pressure manifold. This hybrid friction and touch-free wash technology allows you to differentiate your wash site from your competition. Each side arm will accurately profile the vehicle and offers powerful rotating nozzles that focus on the vehicle’s lower body sides. In addition to these side blasters, there is an optional high-pressure top manifold that can assist with snow and ice removal, provide faster rinsing and, of course, superior cleaning performance.

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