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Pressure Washer

Postby Jim Becker » Fri Mar 04, 2022 4:52 pm

I am considering buying a pressure washer. I was looking at a Northern Tools Northstar with a Honda engine. It seems to be adequate for most use.
https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools ... _200788683

Likewise, I took a look at Runnings and found one made by Mi-T-M., for more than $100 less. It used the exact same Honda engine but is rated a bit less in pressure and volume. It is 3,000 psi and 2.3 gpm vs. 3,100 and 2.5. I doubt that I would notice the slight difference in ratings. In fact I wonder if there is more difference in quoted ratings than there is in actual capacity. With the same engine, how much different can they be? Runnings description has a whole lot less detail than Northern's.

Anyone have any comments on these or any other washer?

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Re: Pressure Washer

Postby ricky racer » Fri Mar 04, 2022 5:14 pm

Have you considered an electric pressure washer? I've got both a Craftsman and a Karcher gasoline powered pressure washer but find myself using my Karcher electric pressure washer more due to convenience. I find it easier to just plug it in, hook up the hose and go instead of gasing it up, checking the oil, setting the choke and pulling the rope. It's also one less engine to maintain and keep running. An electric pressure washer might be worth considering if you have electrical power close by.
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Re: Pressure Washer

Postby Jim Becker » Fri Mar 04, 2022 5:23 pm

I was thinking about the one more engine to maintain problem. I haven't given the electric ones much thought as a quick look suggested they cost a lot more. I should look closer.

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Re: Pressure Washer

Postby ricky racer » Fri Mar 04, 2022 5:45 pm

My electric washer isn't as powerful as my gas units but rarely do I need all the power of the gas units. It really depends on your needs. I picked up my electric washer at a garage sale. A quick inexpensive repair and I was good to go.
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Re: Pressure Washer

Postby Don McCombs » Fri Mar 04, 2022 5:52 pm

I have both and haven't used the gas washer since I bought the electric. I haven't found the electric to be inadequate in any way. I got mine at Sam's and have been using it for years.
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Re: Pressure Washer

Postby Eugene » Fri Mar 04, 2022 7:51 pm

I have a 2500 psi, gas engine, pressure washer. My experience is that it will peel paint from an automobile and dig in/cut wood siding.

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Re: Pressure Washer

Postby ricky racer » Fri Mar 04, 2022 11:32 pm

How's this for timing? I took my wife out for dinner tonight at a small local family restaurant about 7 miles from our house. As we left the restaurant we passed a house with a Ryobi electric pressure washer set along side the road. I turned around and went back to take a look at it. A lot of times folks will set stuff the want to get rid of out to the road and usually someone will take it. Sure enough someone had written "Free" on it so I put it in the back of our Equinox and headed home. Maybe it's junk but maybe it just needs a simple fix. When I get a chance, I'll check it out and see if it's a keeper or if it just needs to go in the trash can...


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Re: Pressure Washer

Postby mcwinter » Sat Mar 05, 2022 7:42 am

My brother bought a Mi-T-M gas powered washer about two years ago and frequently uses it to clean reclaimed barn boards. He is happy with it so far.

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Re: Pressure Washer

Postby v w » Sat Mar 05, 2022 8:33 am

I have used gas for several years because when I bought it electric units weren't as powerful. Since it is never used very far from a building electric would be my choice now because of the maintenance of a gas engine. I also have a generator mounted on a trailer behind the lawn mower so I can take electric tools anywhere. Works well with a chain saw. Vern

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Re: Pressure Washer

Postby Gary Dotson » Sat Mar 05, 2022 9:20 am

A few years ago, I bought a new Karcher gas unit from a local farm store. It has a Honda clone engine, 197cc if I remember correctly. One of the things I really like about it is the fully adjustable nozzle, no changing nozzles. It runs in my mind that it’s 2700 psi. I don’t remember what I paid for it but I’m sure it was under $400. I’ll take a closer look at it to see how much misinformation I just posted.

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Re: Pressure Washer

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Re: Pressure Washer

Postby Jim Becker » Mon Mar 07, 2022 11:07 am

Thanks for the feedback. Your collective experience and wisdom has shifted me to an electric unit. I hadn't looked at Sam's and I had not seen electric washers like you have pointed out. Of course the Sam's choices I have now looked at are imported and subject to availability issues. It will be at least six weeks before it is warm enough here to use one. So I have time to pick out something. There seem to be several choices in the less than $250 range that should be adequate. Right now, Sam's has a "Yard Force" for $220 that looks promising.
https://www.samsclub.com/p/yard-force-2 ... product_11

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Re: Pressure Washer

Postby Slim140 » Mon Mar 07, 2022 12:45 pm

I've got a gas one with a Honda engine that came from Sams several years ago, it works good. I went to Sams last July and they had these on clearance for $199, I didn't need it but bought it anyway. I haven't opened the box yet.

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Re: Pressure Washer

Postby KETCHAM » Thu Mar 10, 2022 9:40 pm

a buddy gave me a gas one that don't work anymore....engine runs good...pump don't work....had it apart...got stuff moving from you tube video...still no good...engine runs great....going to buy a new pump...$100 bucks...I like this...used it a few times....lots of power and does a great job....no it didn't freeze...decks and siding..
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Re: Pressure Washer

Postby Gary Dotson » Fri Mar 11, 2022 8:19 am

Electric pressure washers have really come a long way. I had one a few years back, and it didn’t amount to much. Remembering that, I sought a gas unit. I could now be easily converted. Of course, I’ll probably never need another.


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