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Help buying pressure washer

Posted by khopew none (My Page) on
Thu, Mar 22, 12 at 12:18

Hey everyone,

I hope I'm posting in the right forum, I tried to do some searching but didn't find anything similar that was recent. I'm looking for any advice or experience on buying a pressure washer, I don't know a lot about what to look for in one. (other then psi)

We are looking to spend around $300, and I know that's not going to buy anywhere near the best washer, but I'd like to find the best in that price range. We are mainly looking to wash the vinyl on our house, gutters, the decks, a patio, and we have a aluminum sided travel trailer we'll wash occasionally too. So nothing too big, just average seasonal cleaning.

I was hoping to find one at Lowes since we have a Lowes card and could get the extra %5 off, but after looking on their website just now I saw some pretty bad reviews on the washers under $400. So I'm not so sure that's where we want to buy one.

Thanks for any help in advance! :)

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RE: Help buying pressure washer

Around 2600 psi wash anything want wash a gas powered be best on this high pressure. All ones that cheap 300 400 Electric are not good but you can get lucky and electric will last that's on cheap if buy from place like wal-marts and keep box came in when brakes box back up go to service department exchange for another just like it you need driver licenses at counter they ask you if know where new ones are located in store you say yes and go back to isle pick new up back to counter they scan codes you pick up new replacement an out store you go. Don't ask for money back you need a payed recipe to get that money. As long as have that brand you exchange it over and over as long keep up with Box.

RE: Help buying pressure washer

Thanks for the info. I know we want gas powered for sure, not electric. We have looked at several around 2700 psi in the $300, even up to the $400 range, but that's out absolute max and we'd rather be closer to $300.

Does anyone have any brand names or specific models that they know are good? I'm assuming models with honda engines are the best choices, sound right?

thanks all!

RE: Help buying pressure washer

what ever you buy don't start it up without water running through it getting all the air out. If you let it run dry you will burn it up. Never start it up with on water purged through the pump and lines. another thing don't let it set over min. without shutting it off if you expect to get long service out of it. Most pressure pump housing hole small amount of oil change it at end of season.

RE: Help buying pressure washer

  • Posted by exmar 6 SE Ohio (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 23, 12 at 21:45

FWIW I was considering buying a pressure washer, but decided it would be another "wonderful thing" in my barn with all the other "wonderful things."

For my purposes I rent once or twice a year and that has worked well. Group your tasks and it's done. Also, small engines that sit and don't run for weeks and months aren't happy, particuarly with the gas currently available. Also, at the end of the price range you're looking at, probably imported, parts are going to be difficult, blink your eyes and a couple of years have gone by and parts are now impossible.

Rent it, it's the machine you really want and is ready to rock and roll, any problems take it back.

Good luck,


RE: Help buying pressure washer

Briggs & Stratton makes almost half of the pressure washers seen at Lowes, Sears and other big retailers. They have a good warranty and aren't outrageously expensive. It depends whether you want heavy duty (horizontal engine powered), light duty (vertical engine powered or task oriented (electric).

Here is a link that might be useful: Pressure Washers

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