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Pressure Washer
#1399854 Wed Mar 03 2021 04:41 PM
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I'm in the market for a pressure washer and was wondering what PSI I needed. Will be used on the truck frame as well as general purpose household use.

Also what name brand you would recommend. I'm looking at a Stihl.

Thanks


Kevin
1965 Chevy C10 Longbed Fleetside
(Engine needed, originally 230)
Re: Pressure Washer
WarEagle1 #1399867 Wed Mar 03 2021 06:41 PM
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General pumps as well as Cat pumps are common but there is all kinds of offshore stuff available out there .
I have an 1800 psi pump here (electric) and a gas powered 2900 psi pump as well . Both do the same job but the bigger one is quicker .
As important as the PSI is the GPM ( gallons Per minute ) The smaller electric washers use about 2 gpm . were as a decent 3000 psi range pump will use in the 5 gpm area and that along with a rotary nozzle will clean up a frame real nice . Watch out for wires and rubber stuff this could destroy them .
Anything larger in my mind would be overkill and expensive.
Most pumps come with pressure regulators or one could just stand farther back to reduce impact.
When buying nozzles rotary or other make sure they are rated for the psi and gpm of the pump they will be used with .

John


good planning is no substitute for dumb luck
Re: Pressure Washer
WarEagle1 #1399885 Wed Mar 03 2021 09:26 PM
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'Bolter
Appreciate it. Why is the rotary nozzle better than a regular nozzle?


Kevin
1965 Chevy C10 Longbed Fleetside
(Engine needed, originally 230)
Re: Pressure Washer
WarEagle1 #1399952 Thu Mar 04 2021 01:16 PM
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We have two pressure washers, one stays in the paint booth building to clean between paint jobs and the other high pressure/high flow one is used for general cleaning. Having gone through or worn out several during the years I definitely would get one with a Honda engine if gas powered.


Evan
Re: Pressure Washer
WarEagle1 #1399955 Thu Mar 04 2021 01:54 PM
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Concur with Evan -- Can't go wrong with a Honda. Mine is a Robin (Subaru) engined PW I bought 18 years ago for the farm and we've used it a lot on the house, pole building, garage, equipment, trucks. Now we use it just on the house and the boat. Still starts on second pull.

Having been a big user of small engines, the best I've had were Honda, Robin and Kohler. Not a fan of Tecumseh and I regard Briggs & Stratton as junk. I've used both Honda and Robin for irrigation pumps and they sat out on the end of the pump platforms all season through all weather for years and (with proper PM) *always* gave excellent service.


John

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Re: Pressure Washer
WarEagle1 #1399971 Thu Mar 04 2021 04:13 PM
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I agree with the Honda engine as pump drive as most if not all have oil filters unlike the cheaper gas engines .

Nozzles come in various spray patterns from about 60 degree down to 0 degree . So your psi. is either concentrated on a small point at 0 degree or spread out at 60 deg.
A rotary nozzle spins the 0 deg. around at about a 45 deg pattern maximizing impact ideal for rust and scale removal but not for general purpose .
I personally have a cheap 2900 psi at 5 gpm . bought at Lowes for $200. that works well for me, mind you I rarely use it more than 10 hours a year so a big dollar investment was not needed .
One last thing , dont run a pump with out water in it and dont run hot water into a pump , this can ruin a pump .

John


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Re: Pressure Washer
WarEagle1 #1400709 Tue Mar 09 2021 07:14 PM
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Thanks to all for the advice


Kevin
1965 Chevy C10 Longbed Fleetside
(Engine needed, originally 230)

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