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Old March 15th, 2013, 02:17 PM   #1
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Default Electric power washers.

I just started to clean the rzr after my first ride. I come to the conclusion I need a pressure washer. I have very few uses for one and don't really want to spend money on a "nice" one. Basicly washing the rzr, driveway, and maybe the house once a year. Electric seems to beach cheaper am I don't need high psi numbers. What are the thoughts on these? Doe anyone have one that works well they would recommend?
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We had one and it did on decent job, but you had to pull around the hose and the power cord. So when you are not washing by a power outlet you have to get out the long extension cord.

I ended up buying a cheaper gas powered one to wash my quad, trailer, truck, and what ever else I needed to wash. I would recomend a gas powered one over the electric. To compare my cheap one to a good gas powered one, i would need to use a narrow tip (15 deg I think) compared to the wider (30 deg tip) to get the same results.
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i got one from tsc it works great to wash my rig after a day of mudding. heres a link to it.
http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/stor...ressure-washer
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Old March 15th, 2013, 04:17 PM   #4
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gas power or dont bother.
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I thought the same, but I use my electric smaller one alot now that i got both. Works great for the quick smaller jobs and is nice and quiet.
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Got a huskey one from home Depot for $100. Does a good job for what I need it fore.

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Find a used kracher
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Thats what I have . Works way better for household cleaning. Low noise , no gas and when winter comes put it in the basement.
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Sounds like just what I need. Where can I find a kracher? That's a brand I assume? What makes them better than others? As far as gas vs electric I just don't see the need when I will only be doing small jobs that will no require high psi. I have many outlets outside and plenty of gfi cords if needed.
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My father-in-law pulled a coleman electric washer out of his neighbors garbage in 2005 and gave it to me, said it did not turn on. I replaced a wire and repaired a simple on/off switch.

It's hanging in my garage on the wall and I have washed the fawk out my Jeep so many times I can't tell ya.

It's just enough pressure to get all but the large clay/mud clumps packed into deep pockets...but not so much that I'm penetrating rubber seals on electrical plugs in the engine compartment. A 10 year old kid can wash your RZR from set-up to finish and not harm a damn thing.

gas powered is what I use to clean my brick house, and I borrow one.

Check out flea markets,garage sales whatever and chances are you can find a used electric REAL cheap that will last quite a while and not take up much space and zero gasoline.
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Sounds like just what I need. Where can I find a kracher? That's a brand I assume? What makes them better than others? As far as gas vs electric I just don't see the need when I will only be doing small jobs that will no require high psi. I have many outlets outside and plenty of gfi cords if needed.
Its a brand, and its 'Karcher'.
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water=electricity-water-electricity- don't go together
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Electric fail after only a few years, and on top of that the only way you get any power is on a jet spray (not fan)

Check your local pawn shop for a gas one. I got my last one at a pawn shop inventory reduction auction for $60

Right after I bought it I went to my garage and cleaned the garage, I then found one I bought off of here for $15 that I was told didn't work (bad pump). It worked great after fixing the leaky fitting - cost $3
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I have had a Karcher that I got from Big Lots (a Refurb unit at that) and it's about 20 years old. Works fine, I can even degrease engines with it if I let the chemical cleaner soak in for an hour. It takes longer on heavy jobs like that, but it's fine for mud, and more convenient than running the Big Red 3 wheeler down to the coin op car wash.

If you can hook it up to the drain on your water heater it works even better.
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I have an old homemade electric power washer that has a 5hp 220v motor and makes tons of pressure and flow. I have it hard mounted with a 100ft hose. Amazing
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I have looked around an the small karchers I find are like 1.4 gpm. I think to be at all effective I need more? 2000 psi at 1.4 gpm is the best I find. Untill you get up to big stationary units.
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I have looked around an the small karchers I find are like 1.4 gpm. I think to be at all effective I need more? 2000 psi at 1.4 gpm is the best I find. Untill you get up to big stationary units.
Just remember, your water supply has to be higher than the GPM of the washer..... if the garden hose only supplys 2 GPM, your washer can't supply 3GPM and will run dry.

(My water pressure and flow is terrible- even my old electric Karcher will run dry if I have the lawn sprinkler running at the same time)
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Just remember, your water supply has to be higher than the GPM of the washer..... if the garden hose only supplys 2 GPM, your washer can't supply 3GPM and will run dry.

(My water pressure and flow is terrible- even my old electric Karcher will run dry if I have the lawn sprinkler running at the same time)
This is true to a certain point but if the flow of hose is 2 gpm adding a pressure washer will effectively increase that flow. Maybe not a lot but you could probably get 2.5 gpm output out of the washer. Most people though shouldn't have to worry since a house with a 5/8" water meter and decent pressure should easily be running 5-10 gpm. If you have a 3/4" meter or bigger it could be a lot more. You need a big pressure washer to exceed those numbers. This is dependant on how your plumbing is run also. Running it from a tap closest to the meter and as wide and as short of a hose as possible is also a plus.
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i was given an electric dirt devil one as a gift, was skeptical, but it works quite well, cleaned my deck and concrete without issue.
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This is true to a certain point but if the flow of hose is 2 gpm adding a pressure washer will effectively increase that flow. Maybe not a lot but you could probably get 2.5 gpm output out of the washer. Most people though shouldn't have to worry since a house with a 5/8" water meter and decent pressure should easily be running 5-10 gpm. If you have a 3/4" meter or bigger it could be a lot more. You need a big pressure washer to exceed those numbers. This is dependant on how your plumbing is run also. Running it from a tap closest to the meter and as wide and as short of a hose as possible is also a plus.
I would like to see the math proving that 2GPM into a pressure washer equals 2.5GPM out.

If you only have two gallons in a minute coming in, the washer does not add water, only increases pressure.
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