Hi Guys & Gals,
I was in Home Depot yesterday to pick up some privacy film
(a 170 mile trip just for privacy film!! But, we wanted to
go for a ride anyway, so we used the excuse of wanting a
ride and visiting one of our ex foster children.
ANYway, while there, I was looking at the power washers.
All they had were the electric kind, which I didn't fancy
all that much, and anything over 1500psi seemed to be pretty
expensive, so I moved on. They were prepping the store for
hte weekend I guess, 'cause it was an unusual mess, and they
dropped a 6.5hp B&S Quantum powered 2500 psi 2.2 gpm power
washer on the floor at the end of the aisle. I -think- it
might have been last year's stock; dusty, etc., but unopened
and the carton looked good.
The price was $289 so after hemming and hawing for a bit,
I bought it.
Got it home and at first it did't work - my hose had
better pressure than it did. So, I disconnected the hose at
the pump output, and wow! Lots of pressure! Working my way
up, it turned out the hi pressure nozzle was plugged with
plastic pieces (hose chaff, I imagine). Cleaned the nozzle
and now I've got a seemingly perfect, very impressive,
post-hole digging machine! I've tried it for sweeping the
driveway, taking some old paint off the driveway and garage
floot, washed some siding to use the siphon hose for
detergents, and even blew the rust off a large piece of
steel I had sitting by the garage door. I can think of all
sorts of uses for it, long's I remember to keep the
pressures set to something realistic. Seems 2500 psi is
realy too much for household use, but ... long's it'll set
downward, I think I'm real happy.
So, I have two questions I was wondering if anyone here
would like to comment on:
1. Did I get a decent price for it? It's an Excell
DeVilbiss VR2500, the R indicating residential use, 100 hrs
or less per year. I see a very similar one from Sears
(now!) at $299; it's a Honda brand and 6.5 hp 2450 psi,
dunno the gpm. Now I've spent the money, I'm surpised to
find residential machines for under $400 and they're popping
up all over the place! Commercial or inmdustrial machines
are out of my price range and besides it'll get very little
use really, in the long run, so they'd be serious overkill
anyway. I think.
2. Since they supplied, with my power washer, a hex wrench
and plunger specifically for cleaning the hi pressure
nozzle, I'd assume they plug up often?
Like I said, I've already unplugged it once before it'd
Should I get spare nozzles asap to have on hand? How
many? One, or several? Our well water's fairly clean, but
... is hard water, after all, and, will the nozzles live
thru storage? Or do you need a new one every year?
Northwest US, very cold, snowy winters.
Any other comments on the VR2xxx would be welcome. I also
wonder about the pressure bypass: I can't find it, so it
must be internal? No parts list or anything like that came
with it - will go look on their site later today, but ...
wanted to mention it.
Weather's great here today, so --- if you're reading this
during daylight hours, --- get out & git some work done!!