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Old March 23rd, 2013, 08:19 AM
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So - i want to buy one, to use around the house of course, but also on my truck, latest addition has flakey waxoyl on the frame that I need to get off. In the past I have rented one, a 4000psi one. When I did my M416 it took rust off

I am checking out CL constantly and it seems like most are around 2700psi.

Anyone have good/bad opinions on what to get?? I know the more psi the better, but it seems when you hit 3000psi plus...the price rockets to $500+ I thought I could get a fairly decent one for $300 but that seems to not be the case.

What do ya'all think?
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 11:36 AM
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Craig ... Me two. I had a Karcher electric one that gave up the ghost last year and has left a void in my life.

The electric pressure washer was so-so / OK. For the price, I got what I paid for. I think I would benefit from a bit more pressure as you describe. I have been casually looking over CL and found similiar results, as you.

Let me know what the magic solution is......
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Old March 23rd, 2013, 12:26 PM
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I upgraded a couple of years ago from a husky 2700 psi unit to a 3300psi john Deere unit and if you are ever planning on doing some more serious cleaning (house, concrete, removing deck stain) then yes it is totally worth the extra cost. I've used the electric ones, aka fisher-price "my first power washer".

The 2700psi one ran at full pressure all the time and with some nozzle patterns it just wasn't enough to safely clean some things. The 3300 I can dial down the pressure all the way to mimic the "kid safe" pressures you would get with an electric one or I can turn it up and cut through 15 years of land rover grease and oil buildup. The straight nozzle on full pressure is downright nasty. IF you wanted to, you could bore holes in treated lumber with it. It will blast through OSB plywood like buckshot at close range.
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I have seen a 4000psi with the WRONG tip selected remove the paint of a car.

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I bought a Husky 5 years ago and I like it.
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So I found a 3000psi Troy Bilt for $200 - requires some engine work - but I am up for it....

Seems like a good thing.

Yeah Goose - a 4000psi is awesome...strips paint like no bodies business...I think a 3000 will be perfect.

Joel - How do you "dial down" the psi - is that something easy to do or specific to yours?
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Recently picked up this one, but got it from Home Depot online for under $275:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004MX...sr=8-2&pi=SL75
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i cant find that online for under $275 Lav?
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i cant find that online for under $275 Lav?
I got it back in the fall...price was much less ($350) and I weaseled 20% off.
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I got it back in the fall...price was much less ($350) and I weaseled 20% off.
How did you negotiate at a big store?
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How did you negotiate at a big store?
They had some glitch on their website where it gave a big discount, I happened to take a screenshot (should have just ordered it). Next day discount was gone, but they agreed to give me 20% off.

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Craig, you might call a few pawn shops if you have some time. I Don't know the Virginia shops but the PG county shops are plentiful re heavy tools.

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Craig, you might call a few pawn shops if you have some time. I Don't know the Virginia shops but the PG county shops are plentiful re heavy tools.

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Yeah, a lot of our contractors go shopping at pawn shops in PG County to buy their tools back after they are stolen from the jobsites!
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Hot pressure washers are the business. Especially for muddy Land Rovers- the dirt just slides right off. They're expensive, but if you keep an eye out on Craigslist, you can find a terrific deal. Mine was $2500 MSRP, purchased for $700.
Due to their hefty weight, they're often equipped with smaller motors, and with that- lower psi. That said, unless you often power wash 2+ story siding, you'll never need another.

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Next time I get filthy dirty I'm swinging by the seven-eleven in Herndon and picking up a couple of my friendly southern brothers to help me clean'r up. My crappy garages are too small to hold all the ideal tools I wish I could have.

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So I found a 3000psi Troy Bilt for $200 - requires some engine work - but I am up for it....

Seems like a good thing.

Yeah Goose - a 4000psi is awesome...strips paint like no bodies business...I think a 3000 will be perfect.

Joel - How do you "dial down" the psi - is that something easy to do or specific to yours?
The pump on mine has an adjustment knob. Also an automatic bypass to keep water circulating through the pump if it sits at a hot idle too long, bigger diameter hose, my only complaint is its twice as big/heavy as my old one and the gas tank is the same size. Mine was about $700.
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