Not sure with what equipement to start with

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

  1. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That's why there's a pressure regulator on the pump. You don't have to blast everything at max psi.

    No.

    IDK, haven't had any problems. It is a triplex, so there shouldn't be any issues. The pump is rebuildable, though. And, JD pressure washers are made by Mi-T-M, which are some of the best in the business.

    Not exactly sure as it's being stored elsewhere, but, no more than ~2ft.
     
  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Like I said there's a time and place. I don't even take a pressure washer with me on residential jobs
     
  3. mowlifebaby

    mowlifebaby LawnSite Member
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    Thank you for all your quick answers. The 2ft height of the cart is something I can deal with no problem. The only problem is I'd be probably using the machine AT LEAST, the bare minimum, 10h a week. So the premium series might be a problem.

    Do you do softwash using chemicals or you just use pressure to wash? Because it seems like low pressure is the key when the chemicals do the work. As of pressure only, I guess you are right, 1500 psi isn't strong enough for bricks, concrete, hardscapes.

    It seems like there's two differents way to look at things. I'm not quite sure what direction to take. but hardscapes would be a huge part of my business, just as well as washing house, roofs, gutters, fences, decks, patios. Like I said, just as right now, we have a data base of 1000 residential homes, just for starting. And I will go big doing advertising. Premium series wont cut it. If I go for pressure only, I would need the 2700 psi commercial one I guess. But low pressure with chemicals looks to be the new trend in the industry.

    I need to do more research. I will be starting this next year.
     
  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    You want 3500 psi 4gpm for a pressure washer.hot water. I only use a pressure washer for commercial flat work. Everything else is done none pressure. I can do an entire house in less than 2 hours
     
  5. mowlifebaby

    mowlifebaby LawnSite Member
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    I wrote to you on your lawnsite profile page if you don't mind checking it out.
     
  6. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
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    As I mentioned, you really need to go to the dealer and see what the differences are. It appears the only difference between the 3000psi models is that the commercial version has a bigger engine. The pumps look to be the same. It's a shame that JD's site doesn't better list the specifications, so one would know for sure.

    We try and use Mold Armor house wash (spotty availability, around here). It's been the best at removing staining on gutters. If it can get that off, it'll clean whatever is on the siding.

    As mentioned, get the full set of spray tips. You get four different spray pattern tips (0, 15, 25, 40 degree patterns), so you can use the one that best fits the job. On siding, you can dial back the pump pressure and use a fan tip to keep from damaging anything. The fifth tip is a soaping tip. When you drop the pickup tube into your cleaner of choice, it'll automatically dilute it down as it comes through the pump. This particular tip produces a low-pressure, soapy output. It works brilliantly. When you're done applying the cleaner, just put your high-pressure tip back on and blast off the soap and grime, without touching the pressure regulator. There's no need to pull the pickup tube, as it'll only siphon with the soaping tip. Again, you want a "power tip", too. I've had good results with the Turbo Tip.

    No. 1500psi isn't enough to do anything with. I've done several jobs for contractors. For them, they're usually doing paint or coating work. They want the surface free of all loose material, residue, and grime. High-pressure and the power tip work great for this. 1500psi will be a joke, as it's not enough to get crap off the surface. As before, I use Mold Armor on these jobs.

    You've got plenty of time to think about it. Also, think about how you're going to market this. Lastly, make sure your employer is onboard with your plans, as it sounds like you're going to be using their customer base as a spring board for your own business.
     
  7. mowlifebaby

    mowlifebaby LawnSite Member
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    thank you so much for you two guys, you've been great help so far. I'm sure I'll need you guys in the futur!
     
  8. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Send me an email I'll help you.
     
  9. mowlifebaby

    mowlifebaby LawnSite Member
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    Writting to you right now! thank you so much! I appreciate it so much. I'm so excited about going in business for myself and not work for the man. People on Lawnsite inspired me so much. You guys are great models for a young 26 years old man like me.

    Thank you from Canada. :canadaflag::usflag:
     
  10. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm younger than you lol. you get out of it what you put into it
     

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