I have the opposite view to yourself and view the the raised drain gate as a beneficial feature.
Any grit held within the recovered water will fall and sit below the level of the dump valve. The benefit from this is that the sliding gate and it's seals are always free of grit, never become blocked and so never leak from this blockage or the subsequent torn seals. At the end of the working day, you just drain the tank as normal, then tip the Jaguar/Recoil/Scorpion sideways, removing the rubber bung, and drain away all the crud.
ALL previous machines I've owned used to devour dump valve seals. I ran my Scorpion as both a portable and van-mount for about five or six years and it still has the original valve and seals. It's now my back-up. I now run the Jaguar and I expect the same level of reliability.
All you need to do at the end of the day with a portable is to empty and rinse out the tank and then once or twice a week clean the tank. As with all machines, lubricate the valve shaft and seals every week with a silicone spray/grease.
I use the Cross American Auxilliary Tanks and run my Jaguar as a van-mount. This makes me a little lazy, so I don't totally empty the tank every day, just drain through the dump valve, and maybe totally empty and clean just a couple of times a week.
Just because other machines are designed in a certain way, it doesn't mean that it's the best. Initially, CA's design feature may seem odd to some, but the reliability and cost of ownership benefits are the icing on the cake.
Safe and happy cleaning
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