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Pressure Washers: comments/recommendations/tips

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by mahmer09, May 11, 2020.

  1. May 11, 2020 at 8:25 AM
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    mahmer09

    mahmer09 [OP] SR5 4x4

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    Hello,
    I did a search and could not find a dedicated thread to this topic. I am in the market for a pressure washer to mainly wash our vehicles. Budget would be $150-$350. This topic is super confusing. I am wondering what you all use, what you'd recommend, etc.
     
  2. May 11, 2020 at 8:26 AM
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    Troy Bilt. I have one with the Honda GX190 and that thing is a work horse!
    I couldn't recommend it highly enough. And it will fit into your budget
    Mike
     
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    Method Nv's, falken wildpeak 275.65.20 Dirty deeds exhaust, 5100's all around...nothin fancy.
    I have Karcher with honda GX190, super reliable, bought from Letgo, think I paid $80
     
  5. May 11, 2020 at 8:56 AM
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    Some stuff
    i have this ryobi. $99 at home depot. it's held up well the past few years but i do need to get a new hose and it has a few kinks in it now. does well on the truck and the patio/driveway which is all i needed.
     
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  6. May 11, 2020 at 9:20 AM
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    My father gave me a gas powered one and it is a pain in the ass in my opinion. If I decide to replace it, I’m going with an electric one. Plenty of pressure for my needs. I had one in the past and it was easy to use and didn’t have to deal with it being a bitch to start.
     
  7. May 11, 2020 at 9:24 AM
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  9. May 12, 2020 at 9:54 AM
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    I have this one. 2000psi. It is electric and has been great for washing cars, house, deck, concrete. I got it on sale when Lowes was running like $60 off. Has been plenty powerful for what I need to do and no mess with gas, carb or storage issues.
    [​IMG]
     
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  10. May 12, 2020 at 10:22 AM
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    fisherman951

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    For this purpose, I would recommend use of the Lowest pressure possible and work your way up as needed to minimize damage. I use a cheap harbor freight job what was on sale for $25. That was over 10 years ago and it is still working, 'only' 1800 psi electric but it gets the job done on cars and an old trailer i have at deer lease, cleans it up with bleach/water quickly. Luck deciding.
     
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  12. May 15, 2020 at 9:13 AM
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    vl184009

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    So do you all use the Sun Joe to wash your vehicles or would you say it is too powerful?
     
  13. May 15, 2020 at 9:43 AM
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    Sun joe works great. You can get which ever one but if it’s super powerful don’t get to close and keep the nozzle moving so you don’t damage the paint and you will be fine. A more powerful one will have more uses, not just to wash cars
     
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    I'm a wimp..still wash my truck with a garden hose ;)
     
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  15. May 15, 2020 at 10:03 AM
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    Go with something with a Honda or Subaru motor. I don't get too hung up on the brand of the machine itself. They all have a service life and the pump is the weakest link unless you spend some serious coin on one. Buy what you can find on sale that has a Honda or Subaru motor and treat it well. Always always run water through it before you start it and remove the hoses and drain the pump when you are done. Costco usually has a decent one, the brand changes from year to year.
     
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  16. May 15, 2020 at 3:44 PM
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    Thanks for all the replies, I have a few projects already in mind but want to make sure it would be useful on the truck for sure.
     
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    I just took a look at the Worx Hydroshot. It’s a battery powered one that looks to be really easy and convenient for washing vehicles. I may grab one and see what it can and can’t do. I’ll keep the gas powered one for stripping the deck.
     
  18. May 15, 2020 at 5:23 PM
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    I have a SunJoe SPX3000....in my opinion, it's the perfect little pressure washer to do cars. I've said this in other threads....it's stated psi of 2030 and gpm of 1.76 are overstated......but regardless, it has more enough power to wash cars and use a foam cannon....which I happen to love doing. Mine is 2 years old and has not let me down. Just used it today to pressure wash our shed, too. Buy one...you will not regret the purchase
     
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    I too have the sunjoe .....used it for 8 hours straight this past Sunday....and my mom had borrowed it for a few months using it weekly...and its about a year old....can't go wrong
     
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    For gassers. The pump quality is as important as engine quality. And ALWAYS prime the pump.

    I still was my trucks by hand.
     
  22. May 18, 2020 at 11:36 AM
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    i went with the ryobi 2000 just because didn't need something too strong or bulky and wanted electric. didn't want to deal with gas/exhaust, sound and not starting. im a year into pressure washing. have it running off a hose bib directly from our home water softener which is the best setup imo. never deal with hard water spots. also, i found that the using the pw on the roof sucks. imma start dumping a 5gal bucket of water for first and last rinse there. pw doesn't really hit the roof and im short. lol.

    i also follow the top down, two bucket system for wash, leaf blower to dry then damp microfiber to once over. makes a world of diff if you ceramic coat. water just rolls right off so easy to dry with leaf blower and no scratching. as i get older i find myself geeking out on detailing more and finding it therapeutic. wtf i used to hate it.
     
  25. Jul 9, 2020 at 3:44 AM
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    Rinsing the roof is a pain for us short guys. An inexpensive three step Cosco stool fixed that problem for me. I do agree, however, that the p/w is not the answer for the roof. I thought about investing in a Work HydroShot so I could climb up in the bed without worrying about dragging a hose with me.
     
  26. Jul 9, 2020 at 4:25 AM
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    biebs96 my other truck is a big brown truck

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    I have this electric one. Plenty of psi for patio and sidewalks.


    https://www.homedepot.com/p/301004462

    I did however purchase an additional 25’ hose with coupler, makes washing the vehicles much easier without having to move the unit around.

    I additionally purchased this attachment and it works great on the vehicles.

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