Northstar Pressure Washer from NorthernTool

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by NELawnCare, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. NELawnCare

    NELawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    Looking to purchase an upscale pressure washer. Want to stay in the $5-$6K range. Any recommendations? Is the NorthStar trailer rig worth the money?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. NELawnCare

    NELawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

  3. NMS0219

    NMS0219 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 616

    My cousin has that set up. Works great. He has about 1200 hours on it now. No major problems just reg maintaince.
  4. NELawnCare

    NELawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    Before I purchase this $6K piece of equipment, I would like to speak or email to anyone who is familiar with this unit.

    If anyone here has experience with this equipment or can get me in touch with someone that currently uses this washer, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks much
  5. Adam12

    Adam12 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 24

    what do you want to do with the rig, what kind of work. Let me know I have a trailer I may be selling A super set up at a great price. Its a turn key system everything included.
  6. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 840

    I do not know about that unit specifically, but I will break down the components and then give you my advice.

    It has a 18HP Honda (very good engine and very common on pressure washers.)
    It has a CAT Pump. These are considered by some to be top of the line pumps in pressure washing
    It is direct drive instead of belt, but that is not a bad thing, just a slight less longevity. My unit is direct drive.

    So, yes, I feel like the unit is solid and will be very dependabe.

    Now, my opinion on thsi particular rig:

    - The trailer is very small. No room for extra stuff. If you are going to use the in the commercial pressure washing business, you will have extra stuff.

    My suggestion would be to buy the skid (same PW unit, but no trailer, tank, etc.)

    and buy your own trailer, tank, reels, etc. and rig it up yourself.

    Here is a link to my rig in the process of being built.

    I have just over $5K in this rig. The PW unit cost me $1900 (used), and I got a few extras from the guy for a total of $2700. Here is a break down, and I will do a comparison with the cost of the Norther Skid for you.
    Mine Yours
    PW Unit $1900 $4000
    Surface Cleaner $750 $750 (Can get a good one from Norther Tool for $400)
    Trailer $1000 $1000
    Tank(525g&50g) $500 $500
    Reels (200' cap) $330 $330
    Chemical Pump $85 $85
    Misc Access $600 $600
    Total $5165 $7265
    Misc Access include:
    300' Chemical Hose
    Marine Battery (For chemical system)
    Jumper hose from PW to hose reel.
    Plumbing valves, fitting, etc.
    Straps for tank
    Extra Hose

    For about $1000 more, you can build your trailer unit yourself, be on a larger trailer, include a surface cleaner and a low pressure chemical application system.

    I will try to get more pictures of my rig taken this evening while we are working. If you want to build one yourself using that skid unit, I will help provide you with contacts for the best prices and suppliers that I have found
    while rigging my unit.

    Send me a PM if you want to consider this and I will give you some links, part numbers, prices I paid and help advise you on building a unit. Once you have all of the pieces, you can put it together in a weekend easy.
  7. NELawnCare

    NELawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    Thanks very much for your advice. I will be in contact with you. Great stuff!


    BENTLEY'S LawnSite Member
    Messages: 56

    Call Pressure Tek at 1866-700-0044. Tell them what you need and they can custom build any thing you want. Prices are reasonable to. I've owned my own pressure washing business for over ten years. Call Pressure Tek!

  9. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    Is there a Website?

    MOW PRO LAWN SERVICE LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,568

    Pressure tek has a web yes they are good,before you buy think about what you will be washing,get a 24 horse honda with a general pump,belt driven and a hot burner get a skid or a hot box,in the 6k range you can get a hot water machine on wheels i have one in stainless steel,pressure washers usa.

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