What are the benefits of buying a pressure washer instead of renting one?
A pressure washer is a great tool to have around your house; in makes any sort of outdoor cleaning project a breeze. If you’re looking for a pressure washer to do one big job and then don’t plan on using it again, consider the cost of renting a pressure washer for two days; you could pay as much as $50 per day, and if it’s a big project it could even last longer for two days. Comparably, you can buy your own power washer for as little as $100 and you’ll have a great addition to your garage that you can use any time you need to. Once you have a pressure washer, you’ll probably find yourself discovering many, many projects that you can use it for.
Which is better, a gas or electric power washer?
Gas and electric powers have their own benefits depending on how you plan on using them. A gas pressure washer will generally be much more powerful and suited for professional or industrial work; you also have more room to move around because you don’t need to plug it in to anything. Electric pressure washers are more suited for light work around your home or business and are quieter as well as being lighter and easier to handle. However, they do need to be plugged in to an outlet, limiting your mobility.
What is PSI?
PSI stands for “pounds per square inch”, and it measures how much water pressure you’ll get from a power washer. This helps you determine the cleaning power; a very low PSI would be between 1500 and 1900, while a very high PSI would be 3300 and up. Some power washers offer adjustable PSIs ranging from 500 to 3000.
What PSI will I need for my pressure washer?
The PSI you should look for will depend on the types of projects you’re planning on doing. For example, if you mainly want to be able to wash your car or patio furniture, you won’t need a heavy duty power washer with a high PSI, and anything between 1000 and 2500 will work fine. If you’re looking to pressure wash sidewalks, siding, stairs, or fencing, a high PSI is preferable between 2000 and 3000. Your best bet if you plan on doing a variety of projects is to get a multi-duty power washer that ranges from 500 to 3000.
What is GPM?
GPM is short for “gallons per minute” and is a measure of how much water is released. It’s used in conjunction with PSI to get a good measure of a power washer’s overall cleaning power. Most home-use pressure washers have a GPM of up to 2.8.
How are the motors of pressure washers measured in terms of power?
For gas engines, power is measured by HP or horsepower; for electric pressure washers, power is measured in amps.
Should I get a hot or cold water pressure washer?
While hot water power washers tend to be more effective and clean faster while requiring less soap, they are more complicated and bulkier than cold water pressure washers. Unless you are using your pressure washer for industrial or farming purposes, a cold water pressure washer should work fine for your home without being too complicated or take up too much space.
What features should I look for in a power washer?
Some good features to keep an eye out for include adjustable and interchangeable wands or interchangeable nozzle tips, a rotating nozzle, and an easy-to-pull starter.
What are the benefits of having adjustable and interchangeable wands?
Adjustable wands give you control over how much pressure you want to use; for a high pressure, you need a narrow stream, while a wide stream will give you lower pressure. This allows you to wash your car or your stairs with the same pressure washer. Interchangeable wands work in a similar way, but give you greater range of spray options.
What is the difference between interchangeable wands and an interchangeable nozzle tip?
An interchangeable nozzle tip will give you the most control over the pressure and spray released by your power washer. You pick whichever tip you want for your project and you can choose by degrees instead of just low/high. For example, you can get a very powerful spray from a zero-degree tip, moderate power but wider range with a 15- to 25-degree tip, and a light spray for light-duty projects with a 40-degree tip.
How would a rotating nozzle help me?
A rotating nozzle allows you to wash while rotating the stream, giving the stream a circular effect that can be very good for heavy-duty cleaning.
What is an easy-to-pull starter?
If you choose to get a gasoline pressure washer, it probably has a pull-style ignition like on a lawnmower. Some very, very high quality gas pressure washers have electric ignition, but most have a lever you need to pull. Getting a pressure washer with an easy-to-pull starter, available in many Generac motors, reduces the risk of fatigue and makes starting the washer easy and frustration-free.
What is the difference between a spray wand and a spray gun?
Spray wands are generally smaller and thinner and may or may not have an independent control to stop or start water flow; spray guns are generally larger and have a trigger that controls water flow. Many pressure washers come with one or both of these; obviously, having the choice between the two is ideal, so washers with both are the best choice, but in general a spray gun will be more helpful than a spray wand.
Can I use detergents or cleaning agents in my power washer?
Yes; most pressure washers offer either a detergent tank or a siphoning hose that will allow you to use detergents or cleaning agents to clean faster and more thoroughly. Some models, like many in the Sun Joe line, offer two detergent tanks and a detergent activator switch so you can easily switch between detergents while using the pressure washer.
How loud is a pressure washer?
Electric pressure washers operate at about 78 decibels, while gasoline powered pressure washers operate at about 85 decibels; at 85 decibels, hearing protection is recommended. These are average noise levels, so individual models may differ.
Are there any safety tips I should know before using my pressure washer?
As with any sort of large machinery, your safety is important when using a pressure washer. Wear protective clothing, including goggles and a helmet, when using a power washer. If you’re using a gas pressure washer, use hearing protection. Practice using the power washer in a secluded area before using it on your home or vehicle. Always stand far from the surface you are planning to wash when you first begin the cleaning process; you can move closer when you need to, but don’t get less than half a foot from the surface. Always use just as much pressure as is needed to remove the dirt or stain. Always point away from other people and animals, as well as any sort of electric devices.
What can I clean with a pressure washer?
You can clean just about any outdoor surface with a pressure washer. You can use in on your home’s siding, on your ATV, your grill or mountain bike, or your roof. You can also use it to help strip paint and remove graffiti. You can use a power washer on a motorcycle or golf cart, patio furniture or floor mats, or even for cleaning an airplane or boat. They’re great for cleaning out kennels, dumpsters, statues, and just about anything that needs to be cleaned quickly.