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#1436349 Thu Jan 06 2022 11:31 PM
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I've got a really nice engine driven pressure washer, but it only pumps cold water from a garden hose. Has anyone ever used heated water in one of those units? What I have in mind is a couple of 55 gallon drums with a fire pit underneath, and a small low pressure boost pump to supply the heated water to the pressure washer. I can mix cleaning solutions, detergents, etc. into the pressurized water. Comments, suggestion, horse laughs, Bronx cheers, etc.?
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As long as the water is not hot enough to damage seals it should work great.


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If you have a laundry sink with a spout threaded for a garden hose, just hook up to that and turn on the hot water valve. You could use the drain valve on the water heater, but since that would be on the bottom, you'd get cold water pretty quickly.

Does your pressure washer have a suction tube? Just stick that in a jug of detergent.


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Mine doesn't real hot water from the garage slop sink, I had to replace the pump due to the pump plungers deforming. Honda engine, generic pump


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You might get away with warm water, but hot water will damage the pump.


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A laundry sink connection could regulate the temp from cold to warm to hot.

I've had pretty good performance with cold water and detergent in an electric pressure washer.


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Why waste all that LP gas and electricity to heat and pump the water when I've got 100 acres that grow firewood and a big shop roof to catch rainwater runoff? The pressure washer has a detergent injector that can be metered to mix the right amount of cleaning chemicals into the pressure stream. Also, there aren't any tree huggers in the neighborhood to gripe about a little wood smoke, or the waste oil burning Franklin stove full of cast iron that I use to heat the shop!
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Jerry ... Why? Sounds like a project in search of an issue. I'm with Kevin -- What does the water being hot do for you that would make all that effort worthwhile? High pressure water hitting crud and gunk that's been loosened by some grease cutter seems to have done the job for me in the past. Would the high pressure water being hot provide more than marginal gains in performance?

Just axin the questions needin' ta be axed ...

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I think the hotter water will help soften the crusty greasy stuff. I do wonder how hot is too hot for the pump? If its engine driven - a heat exchanger of sorts to use the engines heat to heat the water would be pretty cool. Wind a copper pipe around the exhaust pipe...

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I just cleaned up my transmission using Crud Cutter and in some places a wire brush. Started with a putty knife to scrape the big chunks off. No pressure washer right now as it's below zero outside and I don't have a drain in my garage.
I used the Crud Cutter with a pressure washer on my engine back when it was warmer and it worked just fine. Crud Cutter is a pretty awesome product.


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