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Old 01-29-2011, 10:45 PM
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Different Pressure Washers

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Im looking into a new pressure washer. These are the two im looking at. I use it a fair amount but not daily or anyting like that. Which one is the better choice? Also, would I need a buffer tanks with any of these. Thats not really an option for me at the moment. Will the pump burn up if it lacks water or is it not that serious?

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Old 01-29-2011, 10:53 PM
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if those are your only 2 choices i would go rigid, its has a pretty common pump that can be re built when needed. i dont think you would need a buffer tank for either of these, if hooked up to a good water supply. i have a 4 GPM and have never had a problem, just make sure the water is always on when the engine is running
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:19 AM
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Home depot gives you a local place to take it when it breaks down.That price is high.Check out watercannon.com or pressuretek.com.Their machines come on aluminum fraes and won't rust apart like that ridgid and they run cooler and have the option of getting an unloader with a relief that will return the water back to the inlet side which gives you a little more protection from burning the pump up.
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:08 PM
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if those are your only 2 choices i would go rigid, its has a pretty common pump that can be re built when needed. i dont think you would need a buffer tank for either of these, if hooked up to a good water supply. i have a 4 GPM and have never had a problem, just make sure the water is always on when the engine is running
Sounds good, thanks.
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Old 01-30-2011, 03:10 PM
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On the Ridged, I didnt see a pressure control knob. Can the psi still be adjusted? With a wrench or something?
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:01 PM
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it doesnt look like it has a pressure regulator and i dont think it can be adjusted with any kinda wrench
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Old 01-31-2011, 10:13 PM
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it doesnt look like it has a pressure regulator and i dont think it can be adjusted with any kinda wrench
Alright thanks for the help!
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:21 PM
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If you are going to spend that much I would find a local dealer that sold BE or one of the other commercial brands.
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:42 PM
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it doesnt look like it has a pressure regulator and i dont think it can be adjusted with any kinda wrench
The proper way to adjust pressure on any pressure washer is to use a variety of tip sizes. To lower pressure, you use larger oriffice tips. Bigger opening, less pressure etc.. The unloader adjustments should only be done when dialing in a machines bypass.
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Old 02-01-2011, 06:45 PM
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If you are going to spend that much I would find a local dealer that sold BE or one of the other commercial brands.
Yeah i think thats what im going to do. Im now thinking i'll get a northstar with a honda engine and i think it has a comet pump. Its right around $1000 so its not that much more and it should last longer. 4000psi and 3.5gpm. Thanks
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