Capital pressure washers

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by OhioMowerGuy, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. OhioMowerGuy

    OhioMowerGuy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anyone own a capital pressure washer? If so, how do you like it? They look very well built. I'm looking at the 3000psi model. Any input will be appreciated!
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  2. UfoPilot

    UfoPilot LawnSite Member
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    PSI means nothing. Look at GPM, gallons per minute.
     
  3. OhioMowerGuy

    OhioMowerGuy LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think it's 2.4gpm
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  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Never heard of them.

    2.4 is home owners area

    What are you looking to do
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  5. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    In the PW world it means everything. PSI is what does the work in conjunction with the solutions used. A garden hose has more GPM, what does that clean? Higher PSI is tiring when working with the wand, but essential with surface cleaners as each nozzle halves the working PSI. For a homeowner 3000 psi is fine. Capitals are homeowner grade.
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  6. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Depends on what you're cleaning.

    We don't ever use a pressure washer except for concrete

    So no. Psi doesn't mean everything. Knowing what you're doing means everything.

    Gpm>psi

    I would take a 3000 psi 8 gpm machine over a 4500 4 gpm machine every day

    Edit: you're in Tampa. Google soft washing. They are huge down there. Ac is no longer washing but they did over a million a year.

    Apple is a company to look up
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  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not when your doing a job where all wastewater has to be recovered.
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  8. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Again. Depends on the situation. We try not to recover. There's usually ways around it.

    All you do when you recover is dump it on a different part of the property, generally lol

    And recovering has nothing to do with psi. A hot high gpm machine will out clean a high psi machine everyday
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  9. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    I do many fuel stations. No dumping that. Hot is the best way to go. The best systems use high percentage steam to do all the work. Super expensive.
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  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    I absolutely hate dealing with collecting. Fuel stations are good accounts. We are in the process of talking to a few about cleaning the aprons
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