Advise me on a pressure washer

junkyardwarrior

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I went through this

a number of years ago I bought one of those homer depot ryobi or whatever brand it was, gas pressure washer with a honduh engine on it. While it did the job, I found out later on that it wasn't great. They advertised like 3000 psi and 2.4 gpm I think it was. GPM was low. It developed a pump problem (and mind you, I am really good about taking care of my stuff), and I found out that replacing the pump costs nearly as much as replacing the entire washer. Sold the washer on the market and bought another one. Same unit. I mean, I did get 5 or so years out of it. That one too died in the same manner. Plus, it was hard to start, and on the noisy side. They're all noisy but it was louder'n I thought it should be.

At the time I worked for a Yamaha powersports dealer. They had a Yamaha PW2800 come in and they issued it to the shop guys to wash equipment off. I used it a few times and was impressed with it. Quieter, easier to start, for the most part it was problem free for a number of years, other than there were two morons that kept running over the hose with the forklift, which destroyed it each time. I ended up buying one of those yamaha pressure washers. Same model, just the newer revision.

I've had it for almost 8 years now. I use the heck out of it! Deck, house, driveway, cars/trucks, mower, etc. Every time it's used, when it's done I put pump saver into the pump and circulate it. Ain't had a moment's trouble out of it. The ONLY complaint I have is that the hose is a little stiff after a few years, solvable by going to a hydraulic hose shop and having them make a hose out of hydraulic hose. I just ain't done it yet, and won't until the hose fails.

Couple things I like about it. Quieter. CAT pump. The wheels never go flat, and they're large enough that they roll easily. The frame is built well. Also the handlebar assembly folds down, and it folds FLAT across the top so that you can stack stuff on top of it if needed. Sort of a neat feature. Soap dispenser holds a gallon. The wand tip is interchangeable but I have never found a need to change the tip-the tip it comes with is rotary and you can choose what pattern you want just by turning the rotary selector. 20 deg, 40 deg, soap jet and soap fan, and low pressure. The low pressure setting is what I use most of the time. You get volume but not a lot of pressure and the volume does most of the work on loosely packed stuff. AND-I made (you can buy them too) an undercarriage washer out of some scrap,2 skateboard wheels, 4 nozzles, and a wand extension. Picture below of what I'm talking about. I use it to wash under the mowing deck of the mower, under the cars/trucks, etc. Great little attachment! You guys in the salt belt might benefit from this to help warsh some of that stuff off of your vehicles after winter's gone. The second attachment I have is a 15" surface cleaner. If you are washing a deck or a driveway or whatever, these things will cut the time down dramatically! It's effortless to use too, just like sweeping the floor but even easier as when the nozzles are turning with water pressure running through them, it also helps to lift the attachment a little, which reduces the amount of weight that you are having to push/sweep across the surface.

yamaha also has a 4000 psi version which is way more than I would ever need.

And--at work they have a 25 year old brushless 120v electric washer, I think it's a Mi-T-M or something like that. 1800 psi, but something like 3.1 gpm. The volume is high pressure is not. Boy am I impressed with that thing! It's real old, and is used several hours every day for 6 days a week for the last 20 some odd years. If I didn't already have my yamaha I'd probably buy one.
 

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Monkeybutt2000

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My harbor freight green electric pressure washer is almost at year 2 with no issues. I keep a wire down in the tip to keep it from corroding shut and grease the Orings often. No leaks and no issues at all. It was really cheap and has done everything from cleaning the gutters and siding to cleaning heavy mud and dirt off my truck. I'd recommend it 100%

A quick spry down with Gunk engine decreaser and a spray down with that cheap pressure washer and it'll clean up well. The higher pressure ones can get you into trouble with blowing paint and stickers off. The cheap one can too but is easier to manage.
I have the green one from HB as well, works great. Had a Karcher before that for almost 15yrs that I ended up giving to a friend.
 

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Junkyard warrior... thanks for the lead to some nice machines....
If I wanted to spend around $900 for a good one, I would seriously look at the Yamaha..
the Mi-T-Ms are really nice looking electric washers, but for $1499 a bit pricey for me.
Nice looking Pressure Washers though.....
 
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2000xp8

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If all you are going to do with it is clean your engine bay, buy a cheap electric and be done with it.
But if you plan on doing other things, especially things that could be high up like gutters, buy something slightly more high end.
I find that the cheap electrics aren't that great with attachments (like the disc which is very useful).

I have a generac 3100 with electric start. It was like $300. It's pretty damn potent, i can't seeing ever needing more than that for an average user.
Good enough that any neighbor or friend that has borrowed it bought one.
Just keep in mind that all properties in my neighborhood are an acre so the last thing you want to need is 200ft of extension cord (voltage drop is real) and hose.
 

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limp, I had a few elect. ones and didn't use them much. so they leaked after time. if all you need is your engine and under carriage cleaned, then get one that you can return, spend whatever as long as you can return it. I like to think of it as borrowing from the store.
 

manicmechanic007

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I use a cold one
I bought used for 300 bucks
It's a Delta brand with a Honda motor on it
I use the 40 degree white for car washes paint and the red 25 degree for power washing grease
 

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I have the green one from Harbor Freight too. Got it for $69 during some parking lot sale they were having. Even at full retail it’s less than $100. Think it’s made by Portland? Anyway, I’ve had it for about 6 months. Wife makes fun of it because she said it looks like a toy. It is pretty small, but works great for what I use it for. Mainly washing my truck and wife’s Jeep. But also power washing my driveway, pvc fencing, siding, and walkways. Powerful but not enough so to get you in trouble. For the price it’s like a sore d—k, you can’t beat it.
 

Potomus Pete

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On a side note. If you don't use a bleach type product on a house or driveway you are half wasteing your time. I see these people with the small electic ones going inch by inch all day. Where as most of you guys know if you puor out a little bleach it goes faster. I never used the small electric. Do they have a chemical add feature
 

Gs1987GT

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Gas all the way, at least 2000 psi, mine is 2400, or you could be dissapointed. I tried a few electrics over the years and thought they were junk. Not much pressure. Servicing the gas engine isn't bad and just run it out of fuel when your done with it for awhile, change the oil and store it in the basement or someplace that does not freeze and all will be well.

Unless they made the electrics a lot better over the past 10 years....hard pass for me. But that's just my personal observations...ymmv.
 
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1hot87gt

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The one I have does have a soap dispenser option that you can put cleaner or bleach in. I did that on the fence and the siding. Like I said, it’s not the most powerful thing out there, but, for what I need it suits me fine. I have a total of 8 small gas engines between all of my lawn, leaf, yard and snow machines. I didn’t need or want another gas engine. And I’m one of those guys who stay on top of their stuff. Every season, new oil, plugs, filters, blades if applicable. It’s exhausting, not to mention expensive. That’s why I went the route I did.
 

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I grew up with a father who grew up in the great depression... Yeah, the one in the 1930's...... He was the cheapest junk buyer of junk you can imagine... His entire focus of buying ANTHING was PRICE PRICE PRICE... . And threw away NOTHING...... Spent HUNDREDS of dollars to repair the JUNK........ I always told him Woodrow Wilson and Roosevelt would be proud of him....
I had to go threw his cigar and pickle jars of extra screws for hours ( never found what I needed) before we could drive the 4 blocks to the hardware store to spend 25 Cents on a screw or bolt for my Mini bike or Go Kart......
And then if we did not have the " correct " tool, wrench, or socket we " made due", which means we spent HOURS or DAYS trying to " Jerry Rig" something to work,,,,,,, I know this has affected me ( don't bother me at the Post office on a bad day if I am twitching) LOL.....
 
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OK, so i purcha
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se this one today at HF.... Had a coupon for $220.... This unit seems to be the one that sells for close to $300 at other stores....
I will give an update on how it works soon.....
 
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I grew up with a father who grew up in the great depression... Yeah, the one in the 1930's...... He was the cheapest junk buyer of junk you can imagine... His entire focus of buying ANTHING was PRICE PRICE PRICE... . And threw away NOTHING...... Spent HUNDREDS of dollars to repair the JUNK........ I always told him Woodrow Wilson and Roosevelt would be proud of him....
I had to go threw his cigar and pickle jars of extra screws for hours ( never found what I needed) before we could drive the 4 blocks to the hardware store to spend 25 Cents on a screw or bolt for my Mini bike or Go Kart......
And then if we did not have the " correct " tool, wrench, or socket we " made due", which means we spent HOURS or DAYS trying to " Jerry Rig" something to work,,,,,,, I know this has affected me ( don't bother me at the Post office on a bad day if I am twitching) LOL.....
Hell, I'm proud of him too
 
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This thing worked great... Easy to use, fairly quiet..... Very happy with this purchase........
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