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Old 11-15-2015, 04:37 AM
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Just using it for normal/regular household stuff.

Which ones should I consider? PSI?

Which ones to stay away from?

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Old 11-15-2015, 05:26 AM
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Honda GX twisting a CAT !!!

I use my smaller one MORE than I use the big one.

Around 3000 Psi and 3 gallons is a great place to start
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Old 11-15-2015, 05:42 AM
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Honda motor and Cat pump, a 7 - 9 hp motor. Don't shop by psi, they can fudge those numbers with the gpm. A 3000 psi at 2 gpm is less powerful than a 2500 psi at 4 gpm.
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I won't argue that Honda is not the best but my cheapie Troy built with a B&S is going strong after 10 years and just an oil change or 2.
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For normal non commercial type stuff, I'd stick with the Troy Built. When the pump goes, you have a decision to make. you are about 50 bucks away from buying new again versus buying another pump. I have gone ahead and bought the pump and mine is still kicking 6 years later but I have now discovered; Briggs & Stratton Pump Saver
https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...20pump%20saver
A shot of this and a slow pull on the start rope and you are ready to store it for a while.
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I just went through the the process of shopping and buying a pressure washer. I have an electric and a Troy-Bilt. The electric gets used for car and boat washing and the Troy-Bilt for bigger chores.

From day one I have had issues with the Troy-Bilt pump. I always drain all of the water and keep pump saver in it when not in use but that did not matter. This summer I had pretty much all I could stand and decided to start shopping for a better gas washer.

I did a lot of homework and finally decided on the Dewalt DXPW3835 3800 Psi, 3.5 Gpm. This washer is built by Simpson and uses a commercial Honda GX270 motor and a AAA Triplex pump. These washers now come with a three year warranty on the motor and five years on the pump.

I have been using this thing for several weeks now and it does not disappoint! It easily runs my Northern Tool surface cleaner and made my 100' driveway look like brand new! I added a Simpson Dial and Wash to the wand because quite honestly it is so powerful you could easily damage a surface if you are not careful.

I finally have a pressure washer that I enjoy using. The thing starts on the first pull and makes quick work of anything you want to clean.
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Costco 3000 psi works great.
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http://www.thehulltruth.com/dockside...e-washers.html

http://www.samsclub.com/sams/simpson....ip?navAction=

I purchased this washer earlier this year and don't regret it at all. The gx Honda motor is the way to go. The triplex pump on this machine works wonderfully and with the extended warranty through sams I shouldn't have issues for years to come. When this triplex pump does take a dump I will be replacing only the pump with a CAT pump but I don't see that happening for years to come. I did purchase a 100' CAT pressure washer hose from home depot instead of using the small 50' hose that came with unit. I also purchased a longer wand so I didn't have to bend down.

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Thanks for the input fellas. This give me some direction.
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I did extensive research and ended up buying a 4200 psi/4gpm Dewalt from Home Depot on line. it arrived with the box soaked in oil (pump). returned it and ended up buying a Champion 4000 psi/4gpm with a small 12v battery, 389CC engine and trigger start. press the trigger on the wand it starts, release and twenty seconds later it shuts down.

Have not had it long enough to make a solid evaluation, however the frame and all visible parts looks better built and heaver than all the others I looked at.
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I got one from this site back in 2010 http://www.ultimatewasher.com/
Honda GX 390 and CAT pump. It also has a stainless steel frame (seen too many of them rust away). I think it's like 4300 PSI. It'll drill a hole right thru concrete with the 0* tip. Anyway, it's been a great unit, never had a lick of trouble with it.
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If your close to a Northern Tool, they stock a couple of very good units. Honda motors cat pumps. GL
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Unless you use it all the time, don't overlook putting a fuel treatment in it.
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I've got a 10 year old Home Depot model with a Honda engine. Ran great the first 9 years. Suddenly quit pumping water about 6 months ago. Turned out to be the hose - bought a new one and it was back to normal.

About a month ago I shut it down mid job to refill the fuel tank. When I went to pull the starter, it wouldn't pull. Acted like it was seized up. Found a place here in town that works on them....$40 later it runs as good as new again.

The Hondas seem to me to be virtually destructible. I figured I was replacing mine and looked at the one in Costco. For $300 looks like a nice machine.
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A decent power washer, used for basic intermittent use, is something I'd rent.
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I rent one to my friends $50 for 3 days

You break it you have 2 choices buy it for $225 or pay the repair bill ...

Don't like the terms go buy your own ...

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A decent power washer, used for basic intermittent use, is something I'd rent.
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Originally Posted by mercrewser View Post
A decent power washer, used for basic intermittent use, is something I'd rent.
I had a cheap black and decker with a briggs engine that lasted 10 years . Now I have a better Generac that does a great job. They really can be low maintenance. You just need to winterize if you are in an area where it freezes. I did this procedure yesterday on mine. Unfortunately the video girl would not come over and demonstrate for me.
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Originally Posted by snapperkid View Post
Unless you use it all the time, don't overlook putting a fuel treatment in it.
I treat everything!
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Honda or buy something else and when it dies buy the Honda.
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Old 11-16-2015, 07:07 AM
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Honda GX engine coupled to a Cat pump. No cats available then a General, A/R or Comet in that order.
A Honda GC will last for home use but not extended running. Make sure it has an unloader on pump and be sure that you have enough water GPM from your source to feed the pump properly. In winter I just unbolt pumps and bring in the house to ensure no freeze.
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