recommend me a new pressure washer.

Discussion in 'Power Washing' started by josh1981, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. josh1981

    josh1981 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    We need a new pressure washer at the house. Will be using it to wash the driveway, porch, one small deck, cars, some power equipment (weedwhacker, chainsaws, etc), possibly a few windows...

    Dont need to spend a fortune I dont think. And would only be using it now and then. Will definately be using it in the spring and fall, off and on in summer.

    I was looking at the john deere ones, also campbell hausfeld, and troy bilt. John deere ones seem to be good, also troy bilt.

    So who should I go with? Reliability and price main factors.
  2. fritowrdo

    fritowrdo LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,067


    I bought a Snapper PW3000 this summer and it has been a good unit. Between my dad and I we have put about 6 hours on it but it will get a whole bunch more as my dad cleans the rest of his deck and I do my house. This is my first pressuer washer but I found it easy to use.

    I paid about 580 for mine but I have a great dealer that stands behind their products and answers all my questions.

    As with lawn epuipment, dealer support is most critical in my opinion rather than saving a few dollars at a big box store.
  3. squirtgun

    squirtgun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    The Troy built and JD are good machines.
  4. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,752

    I just bought a Karcher 2400psi last week and I have to say this little thing kicks a$$..Cleaned the concrete up to original finish and the siding and gutters are shining and I even cleaned up some wood furniture to like new condition. I have put about 4 1/2 hours on it and it is running fine. I read a few reviews that there was some pressure problems, but most of these reviews are about 3-4 years old and the problem was easily fixed by just using some white grease on a certain part. Mine does not seem to have this part so the problem is most likely fixed. I got mine at BJ's for $199.90 it has a Honda 5 horse and it is the same engine on the Troy Bilt I looked at the other day. I figure a couple of more cleanings and I got my moneys worth.
  5. josh1981

    josh1981 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    hows that brigs and stratton engine? last a long time?
  6. squirtgun

    squirtgun LawnSite Member
    Messages: 88

    On homeowner type machines Honda's and BS are just about created equal.Do the regular maintenance and they will last.

    I have a Vanguard 18hp with over 1500 hrs on it right now.
  7. josh1981

    josh1981 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    ok ill look into snapper and karcher. thanks!
  8. josh1981

    josh1981 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 427

    thanks. what maitanance can I expect?
  9. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 566

    don't buy it rent it you will find you don't really need one that bad.
  10. LawnDude54

    LawnDude54 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I bought a new one a couple of months ago. I got the DeWalt with the 13 hp Honda at Home Depot. 3750 PSI and 4 Gallons per minute. This thing blows the doors off my Father-in-laws 5hp homeowners model. I cleaned my driveway in about 1/4 of the time. It's $1000.00 but I will be starting to do some pressure washing and house painting which requires pressure washing first.

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