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Pressure Washing Nozzles

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by 1998tahoe, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. 1998tahoe

    1998tahoe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233

    I am looking for some new nozzles for my Craftsman PW. It is a 3100psi 2.3 GPM. Is there a way to make it better for cleaning 2nd story?? Bigger nozzle orfice??? Any help is greatly appreciated...:usflag::usflag::usflag:
  2. Happy Frog

    Happy Frog LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,224

    Your pressure washer lacks the flow required to do a good job on two stories houses so do not expect good results.
    You can find bigger nozzles at http://www.pressuretek.com
  3. mc752000

    mc752000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    Get an X-Jet nozzle can't go wrong!!
  4. Barry M

    Barry M LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 51

    Even with the right nozzle you may have trouble doing a second story with a 2.3 gpm. Just not enough flow IMO.
  5. mverick

    mverick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 307

    If you go to a larger nozzle you will loose pressure. Stick with the same size you have.

    Different pressure units with different flows have different nozzle sizes just for that reason.
  6. Happy Frog

    Happy Frog LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,224

    That is the point! :hammerhead:
    Bigger nozzles allow full flow with less pressure so you get the best efficiency possible while preventing any damage to the surface you are cleaning. It is also easier on the pressure washer and makes the engine last longer.
    You should have a minimum of 4 nozzles: short and long range soap nozzles and short and long range rinse nozzles.
  7. mverick

    mverick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 307

    Well, with a 2.3 gpm he'd be better off sticking with his pressure and using his garden hose.:clapping:

    If he had a 5gpm that's a different story.

    He's NOT using commercial equipment.

    And, I've ran my pressure washers, have 3 of them, at there full rated capacity there hole life. One 10 years. One is a cheapy cambell hausfield at 2250psi, one is a troybilt at 3100psi and last is a 5000psi 24hp 5gpm hog. I use the little ones to get the chems there. With a soap nozzle and the big one to throw a wide wash pattern to clean a bigger swath. Never had pump problems or motor problems.

    But, to each his own.

    FCPWLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    That is the whole point for cleaning Vinyl Siding and wood. High Pressure = BAD. Pros know that Vinyl Siding is cleaned with no more that 100 psi and don't need ladders or extention wands for up to 3 story houses.
  9. mverick

    mverick LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 307

    I agree, 16gpm at 100psi or below at 50psi and 18gpm is great on a Delevan for putting the chemicals on a house. And 8gpm with 1800psi would be wonderfull.

    And on siding and wood that 3100psi, which he probably isn't getting on that model, is going to tear it up if he gets close. So, use a garden hose with a good jet head. More water and around 80psi of pressure.

    But you gotta use chemicals.

    He doesn't have a delevan. And, he has a 2.3gpm pump from Sears. Probably in the $300 range. Meaning it ain't a pro model or even near it. I will say, doing a 3 story house without ladders or extension wands I'd like to see. I've seen 2 story but not 3 story. And doing a 2 or 3 story house with a 3100psi and a 2.3gpm pump like this person has would require extension ladder and extensions. LOL

    FCPWLLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    He needs a better machine. I have been doing more of our house washes with the Bandit.


    Just finished a 21 building (3 story) Apartment complex with it.

    mverick... please don't say extention wand... My arms hurt even when just spoken. LOL :)

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