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I'm considering buying a pressure washer. There is this place I like to go that gets very gooey after it rains. The mud has a lot of clay in it and takes about $30 to spray it all off at the car wash. Does anyone have anything pro/con to say about any particular sprayers? What options or specifications should I look for on a sprayer?
 

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a variety of nozzles for different applications, because you can strip the paint off of a truck if you're using a cheap all in one nozzle.

a honda motor. they're more expensive, but more reliable.

strong chassis with quality tires because that's how it's going to follow you around and the motor vibrates like hell.

long wand and long hose, make sure it's flexy and durable.
 

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I bought mine @ Costco--- 2650 PSI --2.6 gpm w/ 6hp Honda Motor. I had my first one for 2 yrs and the pump went out. Costco replaced it--no questions asked!I've had ththis one for about a year with no problems. It has 4 different nozzles. It's one of the best purchases I have made.

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If you can find one that has triplex pump (triple plungers) vs duplex(double plungers). The triplex reduces the shaking of the pressure washer and gets rid of the pulsing from the wand.
 

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If you can find one that has triplex pump (triple plungers) vs duplex(double plungers). The triplex reduces the shaking of the pressure washer and gets rid of the pulsing from the wand.
I assume this one has the triplex pump. It's very smooth--no pulsing in the wand.

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Anyone have any recommendations for a cheap but dependable pressure washer that is electric. I would like to spend under $200. I would like to use it to clean my deck, siding on the house and the FJ. What pressure would you suggest I be looking at?
 

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Anyone have any recommendations for a cheap but dependable pressure washer that is electric. I would like to spend under $200.
This is just my opinion, you can buy a $200 electric power washer but it probably won't be all that dependable...I know of a couple of people who found out that the hard way.

I have had my gas powered washer for 19 years, my point is you don't need to spend a boat load of money but get something that's going to last you for many years to come......BTW, I'm not trying to say buy a gas powered washer ( there's junk ones out there also ).

This is more then double your price range but take a look and see what you think NorthStar Electric Cold Water Pressure Washer — 1700 PSI, 1.5 GPM, 120 Volt | Electric-Cold Water | Northern Tool + Equipment.
 

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This is just my opinion, you can buy a $200 electric power washer but it probably won't be all that dependable...I know of a couple of people who found out that the hard way.

I have had my gas powered washer for 19 years, my point is you don't need to spend a boat load of money but get something that's going to last you for many years to come......BTW, I'm not trying to say buy a gas powered washer ( there's junk ones out there also ).

This is more then double your price range but take a look and see what you think NorthStar Electric Cold Water Pressure Washer — 1700 PSI, 1.5 GPM, 120 Volt | Electric-Cold Water | Northern Tool + Equipment.
Thank you for your opinion. I do appreciate it. The one in the link does look nice but is out of my price range. Although, I may have to "up" my price range. I want to stay away from gas powered because a gas engine is just another item that needs regular maintenance.
 

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Anyone have any recommendations for a cheap but dependable pressure washer that is electric. I would like to spend under $200. I would like to use it to clean my deck, siding on the house and the FJ. What pressure would you suggest I be looking at?
i use an inexpensive (i think it was around $200) Husky...and and it has worked GREAT with no problems. i also have a portable D.I. system [model DIC-20] made by Spotless Water Systems that i use with it- for pure, crystal clear De-Ionized spotless rinses! :rocker: i mainly use it for the cars but it's a great system to rinse anything that you don't want water spots to dry on. see photo.

and here's the link to Spotless: CRSpotless.com - Wash, Rinse, and Walk Away
 

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I want to stay away from gas powered because a gas engine is just another item that needs regular maintenance.
I can understand that. One of the things you'll want to watch for is the hose connections, if there plastic they could break if you're not careful. Good luck with the hunt for the right pressure washer for your needs.
 

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I went against reviews I read and bought a troy built 2600 a couple of years ago from lowes. It was around $250
Here is a link: http://www.troybilt-gen-pw.com/pressure_washers/model.cfm?id=024d7ea28d6ffe5764abf60c600d84dc

Despite it being $700 cheaper than the ultra sleek, unobtainium impeller having $1000+ John Deers it has been a phenomenal little unit.

Only issue I have had so far is the wand connection leaks a little.

I have used it for driveway cleaning, car washing, house cleaning etc etc and so far so good.
 

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I'm considering buying a pressure washer. There is this place I like to go that gets very gooey after it rains. The mud has a lot of clay in it and takes about $30 to spray it all off at the car wash. Does anyone have anything pro/con to say about any particular sprayers? What options or specifications should I look for on a sprayer?
Damm-I clicked that link SOO regret it!!
 

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Thanks guys for the input. I know the value of metal connections vs. plastic connections and will be wanting metal. I am figuring an electric model with about 1900 psi would be adequate for deck cleaning and car washing. Does that seem about right for power?
 

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I have a Husky that I think I spent $100ish on and it has worked flawlessly for the last 2 years, doing my vehicles, driveway and decks. Personally I think gas powered units, although dependable, are overkill for 95% of average household applications. Mine's an 1800 psi, the only advantage higher psi would bring is doing some jobs a bit faster.
 

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I have both a gas 3000 and electric 1800. I would never use the gas on my car because most of the best car washes use less than 1000psi. The only reason I bought the 3000 psi was to get to the top of my house siding with enough pressure to clean it. Electric is fine and I would buy the warranty for probably $30.00 the pump will fail.

Honda motors are awesome. My mower is eight years old never changed the oil and it starts first pull everytime
 

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I have a Karcher brand with Honda 5 or 6 hp. It has 6 different tips for various applications. I bought it about 8 years ago for $300* and it has been a wonderful tool.


*I actually bought 1/2 of it for $150, my neighbor and I split the cost and share.
My advice, find a friend and share the cost and the fun.
 

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Again, I just want thank everyone who contributed to this discussion, complete with all the links you provided. I really appreciated your input and your experiences regarding this issue. Now, I am sure what I want and I'm just watching for sales.....
 

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Again, I just want thank everyone who contributed to this discussion, complete with all the links you provided. I really appreciated your input and your experiences regarding this issue. Now, I am sure what I want and I'm just watching for sales.....
Let us know how it turns out.
 

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I'm considering buying a pressure washer. There is this place I like to go that gets very gooey after it rains. The mud has a lot of clay in it and takes about $30 to spray it all off at the car wash. Does anyone have anything pro/con to say about any particular sprayers? What options or specifications should I look for on a sprayer?
get a Karcher brand pressure washer, and buy the smallest they have, super tough and reliable, I've had mine for 2 years no problems whatsoever

ps most of them are still made in Germany and it shows
 
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