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Old January 5th, 2017, 06:22 PM   #21
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I spent $30 at the coin op Monday, neither dirtbike came home clean and I had a line 10 deep behind me.
Damn. I can remove paint at the one down the block.
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Old January 6th, 2017, 10:09 PM   #22
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Flow over psi every day.

I have an 8gpm machine at 3kpsi and a 6gpm machine at 2500 psi. The only time I use full pressure is when doing concrete, almost everything else is knocked down to well under 700psi. Wood is around 700 and houses are down around 100 or so. But... We can wash a 3-story building from the ground because of the flow.

Washing my quads and Jeep.... 1200 psi or so, but I'm pushing 6-8 gpm.

Almost every box store machine isn't going to last but a good machine is $1k minimum for 4gpm. A very good machine with 5.5gpm is $1500, an 8gpm machine is $3k and up
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Old January 7th, 2017, 10:22 AM   #23
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We have a briggs thats 2700psi 2.3gpm. Seems to work well. Id imagine i use it for same thing you would be
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years ago, i had a husky 1750psi electric.
it would not remove mounds mud from my tj.
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Old January 7th, 2017, 08:38 PM   #25
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best bang for the buck is the Briggs & Stratton VSPW 3000 psi with a 5GPM pump @ $399. Also has what they call PowerFlow which is great for cleaning tall objects
So buy a big garden hose!
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Old January 9th, 2017, 07:52 AM   #26
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Damn. I can remove paint at the one down the block.
Lots of mud, dried/frozen on for a full day and 2 nights after 3 days of southern clay. Lots of nooks and crannies, etc. Pressure wasn't the problem, volume of mud was the problem.
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Lots of mud, dried/frozen on for a full day and 2 nights after 3 days of southern clay. Lots of nooks and crannies, etc. Pressure wasn't the problem, volume of mud was the problem.


When i finish the basement plumbing i plan to run a hot water supply to one of my taps to get hot water pressure washing


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Old January 9th, 2017, 02:18 PM   #28
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When i finish the basement plumbing i plan to run a hot water supply to one of my taps to get hot water pressure washing


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I thought about doing that, but mine says not to run hot water through it.
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I thought about doing that, but mine says not to run hot water through it.


Most are rated to 100, but if you just want to quick do, say an engine. It would prolly be fine


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Old January 10th, 2017, 11:36 AM   #30
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Most are rated to 100, but if you just want to quick do, say an engine. It would prolly be fine


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I can't see tap water being hot enough to cause an issue. Plus, at 3-5 gpm you aren't going to have hot water for all that long anyway.
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I purchased one of these from homedepot online. It was on sale for $50 off (end of march 2016).

I also found that the quick disconnects are very handy. And, the Turbo nozzle is awesome.
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I can't see tap water being hot enough to cause an issue. Plus, at 3-5 gpm you aren't going to have hot water for all that long anyway.
I''ve thought about using one of the 'on demand' water heaters for this purpose.
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I'm sure you blow harder than any power washer on the market.
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Old January 19th, 2017, 09:33 AM   #34
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I''ve thought about using one of the 'on demand' water heaters for this purpose.


Thats not a bad idea. I was going to put an on demand in the shop for that bathroom anyway, I could put another tap off of that to be a pressure washer line.
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But to the thread, I had a cheapy electric one for a while, did ok, but eventually went kaput.

When that died (2?) years ago, I bought This Ryobi http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-310...940B/203615829

Mainly because of the honda engine, and I've had good luck with Honda engines in lawn equipment. It's been awesome so far.
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So, is there a consensus on either gas or electric?

I've used both, found the gas to be to pretty finicky, but portability was only limited by the hose; electric was nice and smooth but had to worry about power along with water.

I've been needing a new PW for a couple years, the pump went out on my gas one (still have the motor), and i've just been borrowing my (soon-to-be) father in-law's. Looks like flow is more important that psi.
@kickstand did you make a choice on one yet?
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I can't see tap water being hot enough to cause an issue. Plus, at 3-5 gpm you aren't going to have hot water for all that long anyway.
If you had an outdoor wood furnace and a separate water heater tank, that would be the hot setup.
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FWIW, I found my old electric to be more convenient for general vehicle washing, simply because the motor would automatically shut off a few moments after you released the trigger on the wand. On a gas machine, the the unloader valve recirculates water, and any more than a couple minutes could result in damage to the pump.

For everything else, the gas machine is far better. Using the wide nozzle for low pressure jobs, you can finish much quicker, simply because of the increase in the volume of water. I'd guess I can work with a fan of about 8-14" wide with the better effectiveness than the old machine at 2-3" wide. For the driveway, there's just no comparison; the electric was pointless, aside from spot cleaning. For deep cleaning under my truck, I'd choose the gas machine as well.

Also FWIW, my electric died because the unloader valve jammed. I regularly use a treatment to prevent hard water deposits in the new machine. I imagine the old one would still be working had I realized the potential for that happening.
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So, is there a consensus on either gas or electric?

I've used both, found the gas to be to pretty finicky, but portability was only limited by the hose; electric was nice and smooth but had to worry about power along with water.

I've been needing a new PW for a couple years, the pump went out on my gas one (still have the motor), and i've just been borrowing my (soon-to-be) father in-law's. Looks like flow is more important that psi.
@kickstand did you make a choice on one yet?
I'm leaning towards the Generac that was posted for $279 at the home depot/menards/etc.

Though, I'm still considering the simplicity of an electric unit as I estimate most of my useage will be within an extension chord length of my spicket.

In a little less of a rush to grab one right now than I was, but will probably grab one in the next couple of weeks. I'm not in any hurry to go wash things in the cold.
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