The daily rental for a 3000 psi pressure washer is $ 65. It has a gasoline
A new pressure washer from Harbor Freight costs $ 89. It is a 2 hp electric
unit and puts out 1,300 psi at 1.7 GPM.
I need a PW for cleaning stucco paint, removing spalling paint from my
concrete foundations and for cleaning up some lightly peeling paint from my
concrete patio, prior to painting.
If I owned a PW I would also use it for general cleanup around the house. I
could probably find lots of things to wash around the house, including the
Never used a PW before. I would appreciate any advice/opinions regarding
buying or renting.
Bought a low-end model at the BORG a couple of years ago,
first use was to prep the exterior of our cabin for staining and
painting. Little bit of a pain to use, might have gone easier
with a more powerful unit.
Current usage (in no particular order):
- Blasting pigeon poop off the roof
- Cleaning the barbecue grill
- Cleaning the kool deck
Now that I have one I don't know how I got by with out one. I found
mine at Home Depot as a scratch and dent, paid ~$300 for a 6.5 hp 3500
psi unit. I use it at least once a month, often once a week or more.
BTW, way too powerful for the dog washing unless it is a pain in the
rear that you want rid of. I was cleaning the cow water tank in sandals
and went across my toes & immediately blackened 2 toe nails, careful
now, you hear? Great for pre painting prep, doesn't replace scraping,
but it sure cuts the job down to size. Gunky lawn mower, no problem,
ready to sharpen and clean up the deck on a riding mower, about 15
minutes. One thing I would advise is a better wand, most of the
included ones suck (I think that's the technical term). Northern Tool
has some nice ones. I got a turret tip that lets you plug different
angled tips in, that is a nice toy, I use the 25 degree one to death,
the others occasionally.
Are there any higher powered electric models that are recommended?
For the few times I would use a gasoline model (and I know they are
better), it just seems an electric would be easier to live with?
It might be easier to live with, but it is twice the pain to use.
Besides dragging a hose along, you have to drag an electric cord with
you. Make sure you have a long extension cord if you plan to do any
cleaning far from the house electric outlets, and you'll spend a lot of
time untangling the hose and cord when moving the washer around.
Most home owner Electrics top out at less than 2000 psi. My $180 120v
Husky electric is rated at 1650 psi. It'll do most of the jobs of a gas
washer, but takes longer, since the head has to be closer to the work,
thereby reducing the spray area.
If you want to spend more money for an electric washer, you can get
professional electrics up to 3500 psi for $2,000 - $3,000+, but then,
the gas powered units at a few hundred dollars look a lot better.
Sure, but it will take longer than a bigger one. The high pressure ratings
are a bit optimistic, but a higher rated one does have more power than the
lower rated ones.
That 1300 or 3500 psi is over a very small area; think of it as a way to
compare though. As soon as you use the spray nozzle and put some distance
between the outlet and the piece to be sprayed, the pressure is actually
Is your pool deck wood? Use care so as not to make gouges in it. Get that
pinpoint spray up close and you can do a lot of damage.
I would be real careful about that stucco. More than one person has
damaged that stuff with a pressure washer. Remember that there are a number
of different kinds of stucco and some will not hold up to that kind of
Don't know about Harbor Freight but my electric Karcher with the plastic
compressor lasted only about 5 hours. Funny I had my Karcher in the trash
can at the same time my neighbor had his electric Karcher in the trash. Same
problem, his plastic compressor broke too and he seldom use it either. Spend
a little more money and get the gas model with a Honda engine good a
Um, it's a pump, not a compressor. Water is (essentially) non
I've not looked closely at the Karcher units, but I tend to doubt the
pump is actually plastic as plastic is rarely used at high pressures and
indeed the plastics that could handle those pressures are likely more
expensive than case metal. Might be cast aluminum pump housing with
paint that could look like plastic at a quick glance.
Don't spend the extra $ on the Honda engine unless you really need the
quieter engine. Other name brand engines will run just as well if a bit
louder and save a fair amount of money.
Another recommendation is to wear safety glasses when pressure washing.
While you're not likely to point the nozzle at your eye, it's quite easy
to get a spray back that contains debris which would not be fun to get
in your eye.
Thanks for th e product report. Mine was from Home Depot, with a
diecast metal pump housing. I thought those plastic housing didn't
I had a Campbell Hausfield with a plastic pump housing. The high
pressure outlet cracked, and left the machine useless. Wonder if I
threw it out the same day you two fellows pitched your machines?
Mine cost about $100, and worth it. Made my money back by now.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
A power washer is one of those pieces of equipment that need good
justification. If you are going to use it regularly, then you need to
buy a good one. Skip the little 1300 PSI unit.
I use mine to clean the driveways and street gutters, and the bricks
on the house, but the main use is on the concrete area where the dog
hangs out. That main use justifies the purchase of the power washer
all by itself.
However, if you buy a good-sized 2500+ psi washer, realize that it can
be noisy, and it can take up some room in the garage (just like all of
those other power toys you have).
For people with limited time on their hands, it really is easier to
rent one and let the vendor handle storage, depreciation &
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