Buy from one of the big box retailers or a dedicated dealer? Buy spares or
as needed (wondering about buying later with the planned obselescence making
parts possibly harder to come by in the yrs. ahead) Any caveats- looking for
a "do all", something that will do the house owners typical needs- perhaps
the max being cleaning blasting paint/stripping. Any tips regarding brands
or pump types? TIA Pat
I would suggest doing some research first. There are many different
models and some work better at some uses than others.
For example. I have a small electric model. It works fine for me. I
don't need to worry about gas, what to do during the winter (I just put mine
in the basement.) and it does all I ask of it. However it would not be my
choice for heavy duty work.
Watch out for the specs. Consumer models, especially those sold at big
box stores tend to list high pressure specs, but they don't list the gallons
per minute. I like to clean my drive and walks and get rid of the dirt and
moss. My electric is powerful enough, but it does not supply much volume.
A heavy duty model with a higher gallons per minute would greatly decrease
the time it takes. I have chosen the convenience of electric over the speed
of other models. You may chose otherwise.
As for paint stripping, I suggest you do some research on that one.
Depending on the job, I would not recommend a power washer. On wood power
washers are questionable as they tend to damage the wood if powerful enough
to remove paint, even loose paint and they wet the wood enough that it can
be damaged or take days to dry. If you have a really large job, you may
want to consider renting a commercial model and keep a small electric for
day to day stuff.
On Fri, 14 Apr 2006 04:25:26 -0700, "patrick mitchel"
I just bought a heavy duty electric (2700 PSI @ 2.5 GPM) and it
outperforms any of my neighbor's gas machines. This does use 240v/30a
so it isn't really that portable. I put a "dryer" plug on it so it was
The garden variety Karchers are OK for occasional homeowner use but
you better plan on blowing a big part of a day cleaning your driveway.
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