Are they OK for light use or a waste of money? I'd not use it often so
having a gas engine to care of could be a potential PITA. I want to
clean siding, outside of gutters sidewalk and steps.
Price of electrics is $99 to $199.
Gas from $249 to $thousands.
I've got electric.
Not much good for siding that you can't reach.
Was watching neighbor clean his siding with a gas powered with an
extension and asked if that would work with mine.
He pointed out that while mine may have had the pressure, it did not
have the volume and extension would be useless for me.
Depends on your needs. Extra gas engines are a PITA to nurse, OTOH if
job is big, gas would probably be better.
Gas engines fed with non-ethanol gas are not a PITA if you run the carb
bowl empty before you store it . The real problem is finding non-eth gas to
feed it , and that can be difficult in metro areas . I'm lucky in that
respect , 3 stations here sell it , but only one has regular . Boo hoo hoo ,
I might have to run premium in my tractor .
If you read the warranty , many small engines are not warranted if you run
ethanol laced gas in them . Read the fine print , that's where they usually
hide their weasel words .
Around here there is a Shell station that sells premium ethonal free gas.
Costs about a dollar more per gallon. I run it in all my small engines and
add Sta-bil to help my piece of mind. I have a tiller that I only use about
one or two times in the spring. For the last several years I run it empty
and store it all winter. This year the first time I put gas in it and gave
it a pull it started on the first pull. About the same as it does every
year, a pull or two and it is running. The gas I put in it was from
sometime last fall. I last mowed in Novermber to get rid of the leaves so
the gas is atleast that old (5 or more months).
I use enough gas that I don't usually treat it . If it's going to be used
in 3 months or less , there's no need . The exception is my generator , I
usually use some stabil in it because it can sit for months at a time . I
still run the carb dry between uses , and it's never failed to start on the
first pull .
I ran into that with my snow thrower. Think shop had a kit to clean up
and now I use gas with ethanol, only one available unless I get marine
gas or drive 100 miles. Running dry at end of season no problem but
In 120V countries an electric one has limited uses. I have both. The
electric one is good for smaller jobs that don't need the volume and
pressure of a gasoline powered one.
In 240V countries you can get powerful electric pressure washers. You
can get them here too but they are commercial models and very expensive.
I have 2 electrics. One is a 120v toy that is OK for washing the
lovebugs off your car and such. The other is a real one, 3000 PSI at
2.5 GPH with a 240v 30a 5HP motor on it. That will run with most
consumer grade gas machines.
I cut the original plug off and put a "dryer" plug on is so it is more
portable. Everyone has a dryer. That and a 50' extension cord lets me
use it just about anywhere. I also have 10-30r receptacles around my
house for the pressure washer and my welder that has a dryer plug on
it too. It has become my standard 240/30a plug for everything.
On Monday, May 25, 2015 at 8:38:19 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
Kind of what I was going to say. I have a 120V electric one,
but it's a real heavy, well built, commercial use type one
that I bought used. It will run on a 15A
circuit, but just barely. It's fine for washing off the sidewalk,
patio, siding, etc. I haven't used the lighter, cheaper, typical
electrics, but suspect they would be less useful. And for things
like concrete, a gas one with higher pressure and volume would
work faster. As others have pointed out, it's not just pressure,
it's the volume that matters too. So, depending on what you want
to use it for, how often, etc, maybe a good electric one would be
IDK if they rent electrics, but maybe that's an option to try
I made the mistake of buying one off Ebay, missing
parts, and then made the mistake of buying another.
(plastic pump housing which cracked). For my third
unit, I went to home Depot and bought one that had
a metal pump housing. Red unit, can't remember the
The third unit has served me well, and made me a
bunch of money over the years. I've also done
some good neighbor stuff (used it for a friend,
to clean some white plastic chairs). And done a
bunch of outdoor home cleaning, like cleaning off
the dirt from my white plastic mail tube. And clean
the trailer siding, and wash the salt from under my
I regret the units off Ebay, but totally benefit from
the metal pump unit from Home Depot.
Christopher A. Young
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I have a small 120V electric one I picked up at Home Depot about 10 years
ago. Huffy brand I think, but just going from memory.
- No gas or oil to deal with.
- Small. I store mine in the original box on the upper shelf of a cabinet
in my garage.
- Sufficiently powerful for cleaning sidewalks, decks, lawn furniture,
- Lightweight. Nice if you need to use it at another location, such as the
- Less powerful than gas models. For me, that's a good thing as I'm less
likely to cause damage to decks or siding in normal use.
- Have to drag a cord around. Not a huge deal breaker since you have to
drag a water supply hose around anyway.
Overall, I have been quite happy with my little electric pressure washer. I
only use it once a year or so, and don't really need the power of a gas
model. You can always rent a large gas model if you have a job the electric
washer can't handle.
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