Best Pressure Washer for residential use only.

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by Dem79lawns, Apr 12, 2015.

  1. Dem79lawns

    Dem79lawns LawnSite Member
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    I figured I would ask this to the Pros for the best response. I assume you guys know best. I borrowed a old beat up pressure washer from a friend. I am not sure what make it was but it did run a Honda engine. The thing was on on its last leg, but I gave it a shot and got awesome results. I was worried the thing was going to crap out on me and I would feel obligated to buy my buddy a new one, but it held up for the job. My neighbors are having so pros do work for them around my neighborhood and they are charging around 3 or 4 hundred bucks. I just feel like I would get better use out of actually owning one. The things I would be using it for are sidewalks (I have about 70 yards), garage floor, deck, and truck under carriage. I am sure family will be also borrowing the thing for their odds and ends. This is basically what I have lined up now and I am sure other small jobs will also come up. I would really like to spend less than $400.00 for the thing. Like I said I am not looking for anything commercial, jut something thats going to be used a few times a year. The Generacs look pretty Onewash looks pretty good, but I wanted some opinions. Any ideas as I am starting research now. Thank you. :usflag:
     
  2. Hill Lawn Care

    Hill Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    Honda engines are good stuff, cat pumps are nice as well. Sounds like you'll be doing a lot of flat work. I would suggest a surface cleaner, turbo nozzle and a min of 3,000 PSI. For your price range your best bet would be Craigslist. As for brands I couldn't really tell ya. Just make sure it has a decent pump. Also if you plan on using chemicals downstream injection or get a soap shooter. If you have a Northern Tool in your area I'd suggest you swing in there and check out their stock.
     
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    Dem79lawns

    Dem79lawns LawnSite Member
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    I am steering clear of Craigslist reason being the used ones I have seen on there are beat to death and like 20 bucks off retail. Thus isn't a major investment so I am looking to go new first owner.
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  4. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Silver Member
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    Well, $400 can just barely get you a new washer with a Honda engine if you wait for end of season clearance and get lucky, but that won't cover getting anything with a Cat pump (it would barely pay for the pump itself). I'm a homeowner with an Excell with a Honda engine, and the Excell (and most other pumps you see at HD) are pretty much disposable. Still, it's served me well for a number of years.
     
  5. Hill Lawn Care

    Hill Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    I also use an Excell commercial series with a cat pump. Works pretty well but I got mine off Craigslist and the OP doesn't like that idea.
     
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    Dem79lawns

    Dem79lawns LawnSite Member
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    Any thoughts on the Onewash?
     
  7. OP
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    Dem79lawns

    Dem79lawns LawnSite Member
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    Also pressure washers for under 400 with a Honda engine are a HOMELITE and a Simpson.
     
  8. Hill Lawn Care

    Hill Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    Not heard of onewash but heard a few good things about Simpson...but that was a model that runs 999$+
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    Dem79lawns

    Dem79lawns LawnSite Member
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    I sometimes have remind myself while reading on this site to remember that I am in the company of professionals. Sometimes as a residential owner you get the "bigger is better" opinion forced on you. I came to the site originally trying to find out information on a residential mower. I ended up spending about 1000 more than what I budgeted for. In the long run I know it was well worth it. Did I need it, probably not, but I don't think I will be buying another mower in my lifetime (no kidding aside). I would read posts and talk to people that wanted me to basically finance a small car which was completely unnecessary. I came up with the price celling of 400 dollars for the pressure washer because for 300 I could have a professional come to my house and do the work for me. Granted its a one time thing, but I assume I would be using this thing maybe 3 or 4 times a season at best so to drop a grand is probably not the best idea financially for me.
     
  10. Hill Lawn Care

    Hill Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    No doubt, I understand. You gotta do what you gotta do. I do a lot of pressure washing (it's one of my main services besides lawns). So, I'll just answer you directly. If I had $400 to spend on a NEW unit what would I buy from HomeDepot, Lowes, or Northern Tool. P.S. You know what I use so this is just me looking at specs and talking outloud.

    Lowes

    Other then that anything around 2800-3000 PSI with 2.5-3 GPM will do you right in price range and power. Just pick whatever makes you happy in those ranges.
     

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