Building your own pressure washer?

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by Ramairfreak98ss, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
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    How hard would it be? Theres not many parts to them.

    1. Engine
    2. Pump
    3. cart/skid etc
    4. hose/guns/nozzles
    5. fuel tank
    6. maybe hose reel built on

    anything else?

    I know you can pickup new fancy vertical engines fairly in-expensively compared to those being sold "built" on a pressure washer already.

    I figured $1k - $1300 can get a 15-20hp 2cyl Vangaurd engine
    $500 high end pump
    $200 cart, not a cheapo one
    Already have guns, hose, fittings etc for other smaller pressure washing machines we all upgraded its hardware already.
    $50 at most for some fuel tank
    Hose reel $50

    A little over 2k and you can put something like this together... I see briggs and stratton has a 19hp vangard model pressure washer online, but as far as i can tell, its almost 3k, no hose reel, nothing fancy, just a cart, 19hp 2cyl motor and a cat pump?
     
  2. CCPC

    CCPC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    Are you looking to build pressure washers or clean exteriors? I for one am a professional cleaning contractor. My time is best spent doing what I'm good at, and what makes me the most profits. Sure, I could probably build my own pressure washer, but why would I want to spend a week building my own pressure washer when I can make three times the amount I would save by going out and cleaning exteriors?

    I could also probably re-roof my house, but that doesn't mean my time vs savings wouldn't be better spent running my business.

    Best let professionals in a given trade do what they are good at and keep to things that you are good at as well.
     
  3. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    heres my plan for a basic trailer built rig:

    * 4’ x 6’ 3-sided trailer with a 2,000 lb. weight capacity and completely wired.
    * 6.5 H.P. Honda ™ Pressure Washer with Comet ™ LWD Pump with Return Valve
    * 100' high pressure Hose and 100' Reel.
    * 3,500 Watt 4-cycle gas Generator.
    * Air Compressor with high pressure 50 foot Retractable Hose.
    * 125 Gallon Water Tank with 1” hose outlet and hardware. Garden hose fitting at the top with filter.
    * Stainless Steel Straps for Tank
    * 5 Gallon Gas Can
    * Storage Bin for Towels, Buffers, Supplies, etc,
    * EZ Bucket Filler Valve

    or if i go with a hot/cold rig:

    *Kerosene burner
    * 4’ x 6’ 3-sided trailer with a 2,000 lb. weight capacity and completely wired.
    * 6.5 H.P. Honda ™ Pressure Washer with Comet ™ LWD Pump with Return Valve
    * 100' high pressure Hose and 100' Reel.
    * 3,500 Watt 4-cycle gas Generator.
    * Air Compressor with high pressure 50 foot Retractable Hose.
    * 125 Gallon Water Tank with 1” hose outlet and hardware. Garden hose fitting at the top with filter.
    * Stainless Steel Straps for Tank
    * 5 Gallon Gas Can
    * Storage Bin for Towels, Buffers, Supplies, etc,
    * EZ Bucket Filler Valve


    But if you want a portable one it would be easier to buy one complete instead of making one yourself.
     
  4. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
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    lol yeah ccpc, i wanted to just build my own, it doesnt seem complex at all. Im sure in a few hours i could put one together pending i had all the right hardware.

    I actually found on northern tool.com they have a 5gpm pto machine for our small tractor, id just have to load it on one of my open trailers and let it rip. its got about 19pto hp so should be plenty to move some good water. Its gotta be better than the two small ~$500-600 6-7hp machines we have now.
     
  5. CCPC

    CCPC LawnSite Member
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    These seem ok for a starter mobile detail rig, but not for professional exterior cleaning.
     
  6. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 4,666

    It is not hard at all if you can weld and do some easy plumbing. My neighbor's son just built a really high power, pressure washer ,with a 500 gal. tank. He mounted it all on a tandem axle utility trailer. He needed one to wash parking lots before painting markings on them. He said the cost was about the same as buying one, except, for that price, he was able to use much higher quality components and a bigger engine.
     
  7. phlandscaping

    phlandscaping LawnSite Member
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    Although I do agree, you could with the right amt of business have more profit buying one assembled, this could possibly save a lot of time and money down the road (repairs...) Nothing worse than being at a job having to quit early to go to the shop! (Down time, cost of labor...)
     
  8. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,949

    Would this be better then? just $18,000

    * 27 horse power "Kohler" Engine in front.

    * 3500 psi general pump at 8 gal. per. min.

    * 325 gal water tank

    * Trailer has electric brakes on both axles.

    * 4 custom mounted hose reels (300' of 6,000 psi hose & 100' of garden hose)

    * 2000 watt "Baldor" generator

    * Custom mounted ladder rack

    * Custom mounted gun & wand storage

    * Deluxe chrome wheels

    * Downstream chemical injector

    * "Dirt Killer" rotating turbo nozzle

    * Trigger gun and wand for all operators.

    * Set of pressure tips

    * 25 horse power "Kohler" on back.

    * 3,500 psi general 8 gal. per min pump.
     
  9. CCPC

    CCPC LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    Now your talkin, but you need to add:

    A big guy, and classic surface cleaners
    A Bandit Chemical/rinse pump system
    A Delavan to back up your Bandit
    an array of speciality tips
    chemical tanks
     
  10. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Posts: 1,415

    It's probably not Worth the time if you could buy something that works for you. But if you want something custom built why not. Just keep a track of parts in case something breaks down.

    I'd like to have a self propelled 100gal washer I could just have on the trailer next to my mowers.

    Or perhaps something I could move by hand and tap water if the owner allowed it. Say like a 5hp 2-stroke with reductor mounted ta a light pump.

    I just don't have the time or see enough demand to own a full trailer washer.
     

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