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Pressure Washer Advice

I'm looking to buy a new pressure washer. Nothing too powerful or heavy duty- just something I can use to clean the patio and the cars etc. Does anyone have any recommendations about which make and model to buy? I appreciate the help.




I was thinking of something along the lines of this:

http://www.amazon.com/Karcher-X-Seri...848352&sr=1-30




(I know that this is a Land Rover forum but I thought that I'd get good advice about this here).
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I'm looking to buy a new pressure washer. Nothing too powerful or heavy duty- just something I can use to clean the patio and the cars etc. Does anyone have any recommendations about which make and model to buy? I appreciate the help.




I was thinking of something along the lines of this:

http://www.amazon.com/Karcher-X-Seri...848352&sr=1-30




(I know that this is a Land Rover forum but I thought that I'd get good advice about this here).
I have a gas honda one, i much prefer gas over electric, i will check the model next time i go home.
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I got one of these last year http://tinyurl.com/myPressureWasher
It seems to do the job, but then I don't have anything to compare it too really, other than a garden hose.
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I have a gas powered Honda one as well...I had a Troybilt one before that but it only lasted about a year. I have found that with pressure washers it is better to go a little oversized just in case as you can always dumb the pressure down with either an adjustable nozzle or the preset nozzles
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gas powered honda is what I have.. its even good enough to clean the shit of Horsey's truck...
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Any recommendations for pressure washers that are not gas powered? Don't want to deal with gas mess, storage, etc.
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Kinda like buying an electric mower- about what you expect. I think you may be better holding your thumb over the end of your garden hose. DeWalt makes an inexpensive gas one they sell at Home Desperate and you can add the extended warranty to keep returns painless. Personally, I bought a Landa.
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I have a gas honda as well and recommend it.

But I wanted to piggy back on this and ask if anyone has a real "steam" cleaner. I'd think that would be the bees knees when it comes to cleaning our trucks after wheeling.
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I have a gas honda as well and recommend it.

But I wanted to piggy back on this and ask if anyone has a real "steam" cleaner. I'd think that would be the bees knees when it comes to cleaning our trucks after wheeling.
had an option to get a new diesel fired steam pressure washer once for free. That was before the 110.. made a mistake..
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Ive been looking at them as well...was dead set on crappy electric one until I thought more about it. They all got crappy reviews, so I think I'm sold on bumping it up to a gas powered Honda as well that will last for awhile (vs dropping $200 on one that breaks after a year):
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I have a karcher 2500 psi gas oe that I bought some time back. It has the rotating "turbo" tip. Does pretty well with that. Recomend that type od tip/nozzle over the standard ones. Cost a good bit more but really worth every cent
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Any recommendations for pressure washers that are not gas powered? Don't want to deal with gas mess, storage, etc.
I was given an electric one by my mother-in law one Christmas. Don't bother, dragging around a hose and a cord.

Wait, electric, lots of water. .. Hey! That was just plain wrong. I think that she was trying to off me!

Buy the Honda gas powered one you will not regret it. The electric one is for the birds.
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Inspired me to pick up one of these, seems to get good reviews, i will let you know how it works.

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Ive been looking at them as well...was dead set on crappy electric one until I thought more about it. They all got crappy reviews, so I think I'm sold on bumping it up to a gas powered Honda as well that wi

ll last for awhile (vs dropping $200 on one that breaks after a year):
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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I have a gas honda as well and recommend it.

But I wanted to piggy back on this and ask if anyone has a real "steam" cleaner. I'd think that would be the bees knees when it comes to cleaning our trucks after wheeling.
Don't have one but years back I used one a good bit at the IH tractor dealer in Purcelville VA. You could go out back and for something like $10 or $15 an hour have at it. I used it just for cleaning grease/oil grim off of Land Rovers. I don't really see the need of it for cleaning mud and dirt off. My "normal" pressure washer does that fine.

Every now and then I drool over them in the Northern Tool catalog.
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Whatever gas unit Costco has in stock.
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2800psi gas Honda. bought on a whim at Sam's Club about 5 years ago. Store it inside in the winter (if you're in the cold) or the pump will crack (they are made like shit).

Electric is a waste of your time, however steam would be nice when stripping scale and Waxoil!
Not to be a master of the obvious, but watch out for your delicate components (radiator, brake hoese etc) that pressure can do a lot of damage if you're not careful.
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Not to be a master of the obvious, but watch out for your delicate components (radiator, brake hoese etc) that pressure can do a lot of damage if you're not careful.
and ignition components!!!
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Using a 5hp (Honda) 2400PSI / 2.5GPM (Karcher) for cleaning duties. Keep the engine idling and other than getting cleaned off, it is none the wiser. Nothing is spared, electronics, distributer, etc., get hosed down from close (1-ft) range. I follow by squirt of 5-56 spray on anything with a wire coming out of it and let it continue to idle until everything is dry.
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Keep the engine idling and other than getting cleaned off, let it continue to idle until everything is dry.
Yup, this is my new rule after my last debacle.
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