power washing? should i

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by 321birdguy, May 2, 2014.

  1. 321birdguy

    321birdguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    i am currently considering a enclosed trailer for my newley started business
    but i thought being i have a landscape trailer should i wait on the enclosed trailer and buy a hot water power washer i currently have a cold water washer 2.4 gpm
    3000 psi cat pump honda motor...thinking about a
    3000 psi 4 gpm hot /cold/steam
    should i add a hot water washer and wait on the enclosed trailer?
    is it worth going into hot water washing also?
     
  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Depends on what you're cleaning. Not necessary for residential
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  3. 321birdguy

    321birdguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have cleaned a few houses and some agriculture buildings
    would the benefit of hot water be worth it ?
    how about cold water 3000 psi at 4 gpm vs my current washer would the added gpm be a benefit?
     
  4. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    What's your budget like? Powerwashstore is where we buy from. Anything over 4 gpm will help a lot. Our next machine will be 8

    Hot water is best for a surface cleaner doing dumpster pads, drive throughs, etc.

    Cold water and surface cleaner will still clean concrete with no issues.

    Residential we do all soft washing. No pressure washing. We used ag pumps and chemicals to clean both roofs and siding
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  5. 321birdguy

    321birdguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    how do you do soft washing i would prefer to be under 4500 on a washer
    what percent is power washing of your business
     
  6. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Pm me your email and I'll email you over the weekend some information.

    4500 is more than enough.
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  7. 321birdguy

    321birdguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    how are north star power washers? what are good brands i know i want a honda motor and a good pump
     
  8. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Go to power wash store .com

    Pressuretek.com is another good company
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  9. Roof Cleaning Virginia

    Roof Cleaning Virginia LawnSite Member
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    Whiffy is on the money. We run these and are very pleased with the performance and the price:

    http://pressuretek.com/bedr8gpm35ps.html

    You can upgrade to a stand alone burner later if you find that you need hot water.
     
  10. 321birdguy

    321birdguy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Presuretek their website sucks you have no information on their products I don't even know what that pressure washer comes with as far as hose and tips etc
    Motor brand pump type
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