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grass disaster
05-15-2006, 07:18 PM
i was thinking about picking up a pressure washer. how does this one look.

i was also thinking about advertising for pressure washing and see if i could drum up some extra work.

possible cleaning driveways or something???


www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200241574_200241574

JB1
05-15-2006, 07:40 PM
i got one from them several years ago, just a little bit smaller it worked good, but I finally broke down and got one that has the hot water and that has been money well spent, for equipment and trucks the hot water makes a big difference.

grasswhacker
05-15-2006, 07:48 PM
Why would you need 4000 psi?

grass disaster
05-15-2006, 07:51 PM
Why would you need 4000 psi?

no idea what i need or want really.

i was thinking i should buy a good product. this one looked pretty good.

i could use it for repainting my shed. to get off the old paint.



is 4000 psi more than i'll ever need????

BSDeality
05-15-2006, 07:54 PM
with 4K psi you'll have to be careful you don't go through vinyl siding or strip paint off wood (if you're just cleaning it). I have a 2.7K psi 6.5hp honda and it works well, Hardly ever do I finding myself saying "i need more"

grasswhacker
05-15-2006, 08:33 PM
4000 psi IMO is way too much for many apps. Like BSD said too much pressure will damage wood, siding and morter. If your PW decks anything over 1500 will fuzz the wood and damage it. I would say no more than 2300-3000 is needed for any job you might have.
Maybe there are others who can think of applications that will need more, but those are very few.

carcrz
05-15-2006, 11:19 PM
Most pressure washers have the ability to turn down the pressure. I would get the bigger one so that way you have the ability to turn it up when needed for driveway applications.

grass disaster
05-16-2006, 03:29 PM
Most pressure washers have the ability to turn down the pressure. I would get the bigger one so that way you have the ability to turn it up when needed for driveway applications.


well then this would sund like the way to go??????????????

mcwlandscaping
05-16-2006, 03:43 PM
ide go with it, just turn it down, or make sure you can turn it down first then buy

fly-4-fun
05-16-2006, 04:39 PM
If you can't turn the pressure down, just keep the nozzle farther away from what you're cleaning. Also you use a wide fan nozzle instead of the tight stream one. That's what I do with my 4000# machine.

grass disaster
05-16-2006, 05:37 PM
If you can't turn the pressure down, just keep the nozzle farther away from what you're cleaning. Also you use a wide fan nozzle instead of the tight stream one. That's what I do with my 4000# machine.


have you ever offered this as a service?

what model do you have and or which model would you reccomend??

Precision
05-16-2006, 06:55 PM
almost all pressure washers come with multiple tip widths.
a model with 4000 psi is referring to the zero point tip pressure.
10 degree tip is way less pressure
25 degree is way less
40 degree is way less

the bigger thing to be concerned with it GPM flow of the pump. it doesn't really matter what pressure it is coming out at if there really isn't any water coming out.

example 2500 psi with 3 gpm or 2500 psi with 1 gpm.
you can see which one will get done faster and which one will retain much better pressure with a wider tip which will further enhance speed.

Box stores have crap machines. if you really want to do this you are probably looking at $1200-1800 to get a machine that will do work quickly enough for you to make any money. And that is without the heat part.

TURF DOCTOR
05-16-2006, 07:25 PM
Try Water Cannon They Have Decent Pricing.

Pro-Scapes
05-16-2006, 09:31 PM
our machine is 3750. You can damage bricks and decks before you know it. It will blast right thru siding etc. The extra pressure does come in real handy if you need to degrease or clean something metal.

I use various tips as needed. I think we got a 6.75 hp on it. Does the job well just need to get a new hose for it now.

Do be carful tho you can easily give yourself or others water burns with it or damage things/strip paint. Know what your doing. This is NOT the silly electric ones that claim 3k psi@ 1 quart a min.

fly-4-fun
05-17-2006, 05:11 PM
I've got one that looks like the one you're looking at Grass Disaster, but mine is about a year and a half old. I bought it just for my personal use, cleaning the concrete drive and cleaning my siding on the barn. I've even used it to clean my car and truck. (Used the 40 degree tip) It does a great job on anything I've used it on. Like Precision said, "the bigger thing to be concerned with is GPM flow of the pump. it doesn't really matter what pressure it is coming out at if there really isn't any water coming out." You don't want a high pressure little stream of water, but a blast of water at high pressure. Three or three and a half gallon of water a minute is pretty good for a machine this size.The machine you are looking at comes with different tips, just like what I've got. If you choose this model, be sure and practice at home or your shop. You'd hate to go to a job and blow the siding off your customers home!! :dizzy: Then if you have a good enough growth in your customer base to get a bigger washer, you can move up to a commercial model. Just my .02.

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grass disaster
05-17-2006, 06:38 PM
i'm debating between this one with the 13 hp 4000psi one and the 6 hp 2700psi one??????????????? what to do? about $450 difference

cessnasovereign
05-17-2006, 09:42 PM
What do you guys use for water when pressure washing? Do ya'll use one of those water tanks, like a 300 gallon one?
Also, how much would ya'll charge for a typical driveway and how many can you do with a 300 gallon tank?

grass disaster
05-17-2006, 09:51 PM
i would think you just go up to the house and hook it up.

good question i was wondering about price too

Duck Dodger
05-18-2006, 11:00 AM
I had a contactor ask me if we offered pressure washing too. I checked my insurance it was like 1000 more per year to be insured. I would be careful it would appear you can mess up alot really quick if you don't know what you are doing.

Precision
05-18-2006, 05:55 PM
i'm debating between this one with the 13 hp 4000psi one and the 6 hp 2700psi one??????????????? what to do? about $450 difference

go on line and do a search.
try hydrotek website, they have a lot of good info.

you want a triplex with all brass workings.
If you are gonna be serious about doing driveways you will want to be able to run one of the flat surface cleaners. they look like a vacuum cleaner (sort of) and have 2-6 heads and spin. All you do is run over the drive like as if you were mowing and they get all cleaned. No worrying about wand control, no fussing with tips. it is all figured in and away you go. But most need 5 gpm or more. 17" - 38" swath


without knowing anything else about them I would go with the 13hp.

If this is a lark or just testing the water, I think I might line up some work first and rent one.