on 7/23/2008 12:16 PM Art Todesco said the following:
need to do with a power washer. Clean decks, siding, concrete, asphalt,
wood fencing, under the car, and have even used it on the engine in my PU.
I have a 6 hp Generac 2250 gas power washer in my shed that has had a
blown water pump for the last 5 or so years A new water pump will cost
around $250, and I have been putting it off because the electric washer
works for everything I need.
I have a 5hp (240v 30a)
It is as good or better than most homeowner gas machines.
2700 PSI at 2.5 GPM
You do need a 30a 240v outlet but I have a dryer plug on it and most
people have a dryer. Around my house I put in a few outlets in
different places, all on ther same circuit so I can use it all around
the house. It comes with a 35' cord and I made up a 25' extension
cord. I have about 120' of hose (3 pieces with quick disconnects.
With all of that they is really no place I can't go.
The ability to just plug this in and spray makes it very handy. No
stale gas, no engines that won't start and it is quiet.
I use a 1300 lb Karcher and have used alot of gas units. For home and
light commercial my 1300 lb is fine. With gas you have the pain in the
ass of a gas motor, and electric will be maybe 75% cheaper to run. Im
hapy with what I have, more pressure would be nice, but it wouks and
is light weight. There are 20 amp models at maybe sears.
I suspect you are going to run beyond what will run on 120V before
you get what you want. I have not seen any 240V models.
I notice that your only talked about psi. That is a big mistake,
especially in the lower (non-commerical) market. The manufacturers
know most people only look at the psi, and they do all they can to
show big psi numbers. However the gallons per minute is at least
I have a small electric washer. It does a good job. That is it
cleans everything I would expect a power washer to clean. It is
however slower than I would like. However that is a volume issue not
a pressure issue. I need something that is going to throw more water
at the same pressure, a lot more, to make me happy. I also know that
any unit that will do that will be gas powered and will be big and
heavy and will cost a lot. I am sticking with my little electric, at
least until it dies.
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