OT: Pressure Washer Recommendation

I am in need of a good gas powered pressure washer, 2400 PSI or bigger. Anyone have any suggestions? There seems to be a lot of different models out there to choose from. Anyone know if an Axial Cam Pump is a good system? Thanks in advance.
Ronnie
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"shooter" wrote:

The serious machines start at 10HP.
Let your fingers do the walking thru the industrial cleaning section.
Lew
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Not looking for anything that big. Budget is probably $700.00 or less. Thanks
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On Mon, 14 Dec 2009 15:38:59 -0800 (PST), the infamous shooter

I'm happy with my Costco-bought Karcher G3050. It's a 3,000 psi, Honda 190cc, 2.5gpm sweetheart. $350 delivered last year. If I had a larger budget, I'd have gone with a 4,000psi 4gpm, but they are quite a bit heavier.
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shooter wrote:

What do you want it to do and how heavily do you plan to use it?
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I have a Karcher 2400psi & 2gpm with a Honda engine. I paid $300 for it at Costco 5 years ago. I probably run it 20-30 hours per year and have had zero problems with it so far (knock on wood). Art
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Just a heads-up, and this might have changed during the past few years:
We bought a Karcher in the general range you describe about 6-7 years ago. Very good looking machine and it got good reviews at the time. HOWEVER, the nozzle adjustment crapped out in about three or four months and attempts to find a replacement part were fruitless. A fellow at Karcher, USA finally told us outright that some replacement parts for consumer grade washers where back-ordered with no projected delivery date. It was purchased at Lowes, and to their credit, they let us exchange at purchase price for a different machine.
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Similar experience, I found a good mechanic who specialized in small equipment ie pressure washers and replaced the pump with a commercial grade and haven't had a problem since. So I would recommend talking to someone that works on them.
Mike M
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I bought a Karcher POS from lowes..... It lasted a summer. the next time, i looked in sears. they had a few machines in the 300$ range, but qant over 100$ for a 3 year warranty - It looks as if they know the washers don't last
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The folks that sell pressure washers parts are quite blunt about consumer grade washers. They consider them a POS. The pump has a average life time of "about" 50 hours run time.
The pump being the key part,runs $200-$300.
I have a lovely 5hp Honda setting in my shop right now that was given to me.
It just needs a gasket was what I was told. Turns out, they can't be bought for love nor money.
The pump is the only way to fix the damn thing.
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Well, maybe the only factory-supported way... but any auto parts store can sell you a square foot or so of gasket material. There's also those Permatex goo advertisements that it 'works without a gasket' but I hate those, since replacing a Ford water pump put in with only the glue. The extra few millimeters for the (three, in series) gaskets keeps the bolts from bottoming in the engine block - without the gaskets, those bolts were bound to break (and the removal of the full-seam-glued housings was very stressful, too).
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