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Old 07-04-2008, 12:49 PM
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Pressure Washers. Homedepot, Harbor Frieght

I have been wanting to purchase a pressure washer for some time now. I want to easily clean the rims on my car. Also, I would like to be able to turn the low pressure switch on to clean the undercarriage fo the car and areas where high pressure water won't cause a problem.

What are you using? I was reading reviews on Home depots website and everyone seems to be disappointed. I didn't want to go out and spend hundreds of dollars just for a pressure washer that I would use every once in a while. Have you had any luck with the harbor frieght stuff?

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Old 07-04-2008, 03:10 PM
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A number of years ago I was searching for a pressure washer. I looked at all the home improvement stores and HF. I then was told by a friend to go to a local industrial supplier. I found out all the el cheapo pressure washers use pumps that you cannot get parts for, they are just throw away's. Also be wary of a pressure washer that does not have pressure feedback. This feature diverts the pressure from the pump when the wand triggers is not pulled. A washer that does not have this is very hard on the pump.

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Old 07-04-2008, 08:02 PM
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I'd try something like this...I've used this model before and it's not too bad - of course it's nothing like having a 4000 PSI behemoth, but is much better for the lighter uses you targeted

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/w...2523_200332523
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Old 07-04-2008, 10:53 PM
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When I was running the yard for a construction company, I was buying pressure washers from Northern Tool. Honda powered, with Cat brand pumps, very good units.
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Old 07-05-2008, 08:40 AM
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Sam's Club (not a plug) has some Honda-powered models at about 3000 psi or more that I was looking at for around $300.
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Sam's Club (not a plug) has some Honda-powered models at about 3000 psi or more that I was looking at for around $300.
You must look at more than the engine. Chances are if you have any trouble with it it's going to be the pump not the engine. FWIW, not all Honda engines are created equal. Honda does make a line that is little better than a Briggs.

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Old 07-05-2008, 05:19 PM
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My buddy has a pressure washer sitting in his garage which they have never used. Im gonna go over to his house sometime this week to try it out. Ill let you guys know the specs and how it worked out.

Ill keep looking,

Do they make a pressure washer that hooks up to a compressor and uses this air to pressurize the system?

I was not really looking at a gas powered pressure washer. I was thinking about the plug in types. Is this going to be a bad idea?
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I have a Honda powered pressure washer with a Cat Pump that is more than adequate for general use for a hobbyist. The by pass system when the trigger is not pulled is a great feature for industrial/commercial use, but we probably could not justify the increased cost. Aluminum pump? Don't think I would go there. Cat Pumps for our use are made with Bronze bodies and stainless inserts. My washer sees moderate use on a variety of things other than grungy parts and my automobiles. Farm and garden equipment, construction equipment, floors, drive ways, decks and siding have been kept in great shape with a lot of help from the old wand. Having a good assortment of nozzles is key to controlling the blasting power of the washer. Mine is 2800 psi with a 6HP engine and I don't want any more because more pressure can be harmful if not properly managed.

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I've got one of the Honda units from Home Depot (2600 psi w/2.5 gallons per minute flow). I paid about $425 for it in 2004. I bought it for occasional engine and component cleaning. Anyhow, after I got it I found LOTS of uses for it: cleaning the house exterior walls prior to painting; concrete patio; pool cool deck; you name it. Also, one shouldn't discount the fun factor. I can surgically blast off the tops of prickly pear cactus and, with proper aim and nozzle selection, blow a bullet sized hole right through an individual cactus pad! Hitting the pool with a solid blast results in a satisfying geyser blowing almost straight up! A quick shot at the dog dish sends it flying about 30 feet - really impressive visually accompanied by banging and clanging as the dish bounces between the fence and the side of the house. And maybe the best is the ground excavation when you hit the soil with a 0 degree nozzle - deep hole with dirt, mud and rocks flying and hitting everything in sight. I guess my neighbors aren't as enthusiastic as I about my pressure washer but I sure do like it.

Recommendation: Don't ever buy anything from Harbor Freight.
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I bought a cheap one at home depot. It was about the mid priced gas one. It trashed the aluminum pump the second day I used it. The factory tech line told me to take it back and get a new one. The Depot manager told me "No Way". I have borrowed Hondas with the iron pump. More durable, more powerful, more expensive but it works. Tim
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I looked at a Harbor Freight preassure washer, had a Mitsubishi engine but there brand pump, and it was aluminum.. did say it had a discharge bypass.. I wouldn't buy anything expensive like that w/o a extended warranty from them
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I bought a cheap one at home depot. It was about the mid priced gas one. It trashed the aluminum pump the second day I used it. The factory tech line told me to take it back and get a new one. The Depot manager told me "No Way". I have borrowed Hondas with the iron pump. More durable, more powerful, more expensive but it works. Tim
when the manager tells you that, and you know your in the right.. send the tech line an email.. forward there response, with a complaint to Home Depot, they will do whatever you ask after that.. anything to keep the big bosses to see what's going on
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I bought a cheap one at home depot. It was about the mid priced gas one. It trashed the aluminum pump the second day I used it. The factory tech line told me to take it back and get a new one. The Depot manager told me "No Way". I have borrowed Hondas with the iron pump. More durable, more powerful, more expensive but it works. Tim

I have to assume that it was before my old GE boss, 'Minimum' Bob Nardelli moved on with his '$210MM golden parachute' to Cerberus/Chrysler. Home Despot seems to be doing better in the customer service department nowadays
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I appreciate the suggestion. I will definitly keep it in mind for next time. Although I shop at the blue box more now. ( and have been treated better).Tim
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Old 07-19-2008, 07:34 PM
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I was really looking for an electric pump. I didnt want to have tof ire up the gas engine just to clean some parts.

Are the electric pressure blasters all crap?
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