Not sure with what equipement to start with

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by mowlifebaby, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. mowlifebaby

    mowlifebaby LawnSite Member
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    Hi,

    I'm working full time (50-60 hrs) during the week in lawn care as an employee. I'd like to start to work for myself after work and during the weekend doing some power washing. So there is not so many hours involved for the equipement I would be buying.

    I would like to wash patio, fences, roofs, gutters, hardscapes. As for the moment, only residential stuff. We have about 1000 residential customers at the co I work for so I think this will be my area of business.

    I'm not sure about what equipement I should be buying. I need to buy from John deere. I have an eye on the premium series cold water medium duty 3000 psi honda or subaru engine.

    OR I should have a lower psi with commercial series heavy duty the 1500 psi or the 2700 psi.

    I've heard you should not use more than 500-1000 psi on a house so I'm getting a lot interested in the 1500 psi one.

    What's your opinion.
     
  2. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You really need to go down to your JD dealer and talk with them. We use one of their premium models (3000GS), but, don't pressure wash as a regular part of business. The Subaru engine, according to propaganda, is superior to the Honda. I really like it. However, Hondas are reliable, so there's no need to fix what isn't broken. The choice is yours. You want the triplex pump. I wouldn't go any less than 3000psi. You'll find that concrete, brick, and decks require more than the 1500psi you mentioned. Get a complete set of tips, including the "power tip". Keep in mind that the commercial stuff is a lot heavier. The one we have is plenty for one man to lift. If I were to recommend, I'd get the same one we have. It'll be plenty to start out with.
     
  3. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would go with a softwash setup for residential.

    Pressure washers have their place.
     
  4. mowlifebaby

    mowlifebaby LawnSite Member
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    I really liked the 1500 psi commercial one since it was handheld, 87 lbs and would fit way better in a hatchback car. Would working closer to the surface I'm working on when doing some hardscapes washing do the tricks or not?

    I've heard the pump on the premium one is not that good for commercial use.

    Mind you, this is only a temporary solution until I get more money for more gears and a pick up trucks. What's the height of the one you own?
     
  5. mowlifebaby

    mowlifebaby LawnSite Member
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    What would be an ideal softwash setup?
     
  6. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pressuretek has good starter setups. The 5850 package would be fine for you.
     
  7. mowlifebaby

    mowlifebaby LawnSite Member
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    Unfortunately I am from Canada (Qu├ębec) so I can't have it shipped overhere.

    I have looked at their website and have only found that the 5850 package is a nozzle package :confused:
     
  8. mowlifebaby

    mowlifebaby LawnSite Member
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    Oh I did go take a look at the difference between power washing and pressure washing and I guess I have used the wrong word. Sorry, french canadian overhere! I want to use cold water.
     
  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    m.pressuretek.com/roclagpusu.html
     
  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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