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vanguard
01-25-2007, 11:12 PM
I'm looking at buying a power wash to keep the trucks and under mower decks clean and welcome some opinions on the 2 choices I've narrowed it down to. #1 Devilbiss 2800psi Cat pump with a 6.5hp Honda GX 2 year warranty Or #2 Karcher 3100psi with a Subaru/Robin 9hp with a 1 year warranty. It will be a online purchase so "dealer support" is not a issue.
So which one do you suggest? :confused:

The Devilbiss is about $120 cheaper!

MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE
01-25-2007, 11:21 PM
CALL 1 888 254 0034 ask for ford and will will set you up.

GreenN'Clean
01-26-2007, 10:03 AM
I have a 2800 psi with a 6.5 honda motor and it does the job for me. I do decks.homes.sidewalks,driveways,clean equipment,trucks, etc

Total.Lawn.Care
01-26-2007, 10:13 AM
What is the GPM on each. For what you are describing, I would think that the 2800 PSI woudl be plenty, but only it if is producing more gallons per minute. Sometimes, more water volume will wash better than the water pressure. For what you are doing, either would be acceptable, but if they are only producing 2 GPM vs 3.5 to 4 GPM, then the extra pressure would not really be very advantageous.

vanguard
01-26-2007, 10:34 AM
What is the GPM on each. For what you are describing, I would think that the 2800 PSI woudl be plenty, but only it if is producing more gallons per minute. Sometimes, more water volume will wash better than the water pressure. For what you are doing, either would be acceptable, but if they are only producing 2 GPM vs 3.5 to 4 GPM, then the extra pressure would not really be very advantageous.

Both are rated @3gpm

vanguard
01-26-2007, 02:06 PM
I'm not to familiar with the Robin engine on the Devilbiss but have heard it's comparable to the the Honda GX series? True / False ?? :

Total.Lawn.Care
01-26-2007, 02:32 PM
Don't know.

I am setting up a cold water rig now for the pressure washing side of my business. I am initially going to get a E-Series Belt drive, 4GPM at 3500PSI with a 13.5 HP Honda Engine and set it on a trailer with a 525 water tank and a 50 gal chemical tank. Once I get my name out there with the pressure washing and I have a little money, I will upgrade to a Hotsy, hot water unit, and add another hose reel. Then I will have two power units One Hot/Cold and one Cold drawing off of one 525 gal tank.

I know this is overkill for what you are looking to get your for, it is good info for anyone getting in the business.

vanguard
01-26-2007, 02:52 PM
Don't know.

I am setting up a cold water rig now for the pressure washing side of my business. I am initially going to get a E-Series Belt drive, 4GPM at 3500PSI with a 13.5 HP Honda Engine and set it on a trailer with a 525 water tank and a 50 gal chemical tank. Once I get my name out there with the pressure washing and I have a little money, I will upgrade to a Hotsy, hot water unit, and add another hose reel. Then I will have two power units One Hot/Cold and one Cold drawing off of one 525 gal tank.

I know this is overkill for what you are looking to get your for, it is good info for anyone getting in the business.

Just wanting it for fleet & equipment maintenance & if by chance any of my accounts ask about driveway or patio cleaning. But I'm not looking to market the service, just mostly for the shop.

MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE
01-26-2007, 04:59 PM
Hotsy fine i buy a lot of chemicals from them,but for power washers 90 percent of all power washers come out of florida you can save a ton on skids with the florida boys i been in this full time for a few years,just trying to save you some bucks.

ooo
02-28-2007, 01:48 PM
If your just getting into it, good info is at:
http://www.powerwashnetwork.com/

I wouldnt get one less than 3.5 GPM

bassfishin002
04-20-2007, 09:28 AM
I have read in the past that you want at least 4 gpm and between 3000 to 3500 psi. The reason for this is that you will never use more than 3500 psi and if you do you will only be destroying what ever it is you are power washing. I have been looking into getting one to.
Jeremy

MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE
04-20-2007, 09:38 AM
What are you cleaning,i have 24 horse honda with 4500 psi, but the tips you can run you will sometimes have 1000 psi, but the bigger machine will get you done faster.

mverick
04-20-2007, 06:44 PM
I have the 24hp with 5000psi and 5gpm. I can clean a wider area then my 3500psi washers. Instead of the tip being 12 inches away from the concrete, it can be 18 inches and the spray pattern larger.