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OK.... I've got a good electric model for cars, trucks and boat but I need more power for driveways, pavers and decks. I want to buy "wisely" and get the necessary attachments.

OK brain trust.... give it to me.
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I have a Simpson Megashot 3200psi with a Honda engine that has been good to me.
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Honda twisting a Cat !
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Originally Posted by Tommysmicroskiff View Post
Honda twisting a Cat !
Anything twisting a Cat Pump.
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Originally Posted by kawakx125 View Post
I have a Simpson Megashot 3200psi with a Honda engine that has been good to me.
recently went through the same. Did a bunch of research and found a good pump with a CAT pump and Honda commercial engine like all the advice said. Then realized it was stupid to drop a grand on a washer that I’d use a few times a year at my house.

Ended up with a simpson 3,200 psi, 2.4 gpm I think. So far so good, plenty of power, plenty of water volume. Time will tell on reliability.

out of everything I looked at the Simpson models with horizontal pumps and mid range Honda engines seemed to be the best balance of not big box store crap but not “I’m starting a pressure washer business $$”.
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Originally Posted by Tommysmicroskiff View Post
Honda twisting a Cat !
Is that what you have?
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Originally Posted by DavenFla View Post
Is that what you have?
I have a Briggs with a Cat, I think either is fine, Here is a good one.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-3200-PSI-2-8-GPM-Gas-Pressure-Washer-Powered-by-HONDA-60603/304521456
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Originally Posted by JCM 1420 View Post


recently went through the same. Did a bunch of research and found a good pump with a CAT pump and Honda commercial engine like all the advice said. Then realized it was stupid to drop a grand on a washer that I’d use a few times a year at my house.

Ended up with a simpson 3,200 psi, 2.4 gpm I think. So far so good, plenty of power, plenty of water volume. Time will tell on reliability.

out of everything I looked at the Simpson models with horizontal pumps and mid range Honda engines seemed to be the best balance of not big box store crap but not “I’m starting a pressure washer business $$”.
The triplex pumps of equal psi really provide no advantage at the nozzle where all the work is being done, so its silly for a homeowner that only uses a few times a year.
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For around the home stuff the biggest thing I would look for is something with a universal attachment system. I bought some random 2500 PSI unit at Home Depot 15 years ago and it's been great except that the hoses/connectors seem to be unique to this unit. It's not a huge deal, but I with I would have gotten something with interchangeable tips and a quick-disconnect setup. It has a Briggs engine and no idea what the pump is, and have never really cared.
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I have 4 Honda GX390’s, two are hooked up to 66DX cat pumps two are comet pumps. I also have a pile of about 8 Cat 66DX pumps my guys have blown up. I used to replace the intervals but by the time you factor in parts plus my time not worth it because they never last as long as a new unit.

I would not spend the extra money on a cat pump if I were you. Biggest enemy to a power washer pump is letting it idle without discharging water. I have all my pumps plumbed so when the trigger is not being engaged the water runs through the pump and then gets discharged. It wastes Some water but keeps from blowing up pumps.
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Originally Posted by kawakx125 View Post
The triplex pumps of equal psi really provide no advantage at the nozzle where all the work is being done, so its silly for a homeowner that only uses a few times a year.
not true at all. All triplex pumps are not the same. We rep. for every pump company. First there is no magic about a Cat pump. They are good but no difference in quality then Ar, Comet, General. Cat pump parts are more expensive and a bit more difficult to buy. Most box store pumps like DeWalt use a good Honda engine, then put on the cheapest pump you can buy. The unloaded is always part of the pump housing and the valve ports are so small you can’t remove the parts for rebuilding. We toss every box store pump out and replace them with commercial grade pumps with removable unloaded. You get what you pay for. DeWalt 13 hp honda’s Sell for about $900.00 3,800 -4,000 psi. Our pumps sell for 1,300.00 the difference is the pump
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Originally Posted by Tommysmicroskiff View Post
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I have a Simpson Megashot 3200psi with a Honda engine that has been good to me.
My 4,200 psi 4 gpm flow rate Honda powered twisting a Cat Simpson is a pressure washer that can tackle any job.
A pump's ability to produce pressure is one thing but what really makes a pressure washer stand out from the crowd is the amount of water it can pump out along with the pressure....you need that high gpm flow rate number.
3,200 pis with a gpm flow rate of 2.8 or less will leave you cleaning quarter sized spots on your pavers at a time......you'll be there all day long doing a sq. yard sized section.

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I have a Honda engine and CAT pump great combo. Threw my Lowes stuff out no comparison in the cleaning.
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I'll throw something in the mix...

I used a hot water pressure washer on my boat's deck and it worked fantastic. Are you considering a hot water unit?
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Originally Posted by TonyStark View Post
I'll throw something in the mix...

I used a hot water pressure washer on my boat's deck and it worked fantastic. Are you considering a hot water unit?
I personally would Love to have a hot water system, but damn the price is more than double that of my Simpson.
A hot water system is pricey, big and heavy, but it does clean a whole lot faster than a cold water system.
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not true at all. All triplex pumps are not the same. We rep. for every pump company. First there is no magic about a Cat pump. They are good but no difference in quality then Ar, Comet, General. Cat pump parts are more expensive and a bit more difficult to buy. Most box store pumps like DeWalt use a good Honda engine, then put on the cheapest pump you can buy. The unloaded is always part of the pump housing and the valve ports are so small you can’t remove the parts for rebuilding. We toss every box store pump out and replace them with commercial grade pumps with removable unloaded. You get what you pay for. DeWalt 13 hp honda’s Sell for about $900.00 3,800 -4,000 psi. Our pumps sell for 1,300.00 the difference is the pump
my comment was more regarding a homeowners usage. sure, in a commercial setting a triplex will be better. cost vs use though just isnt there for a couple-times-a-year homeowner.

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My 4,200 psi 4 gpm flow rate Honda powered twisting a Cat Simpson is a pressure washer that can tackle any job.
A pump's ability to produce pressure is one thing but what really makes a pressure washer stand out from the crowd is the amount of water it can pump out along with the pressure....you need that high gpm flow rate number.
3,200 pis with a gpm flow rate of 2.8 or less will leave you cleaning quarter sized spots on your pavers at a time......you'll be there all day long doing a sq. yard sized section.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb1ES6WlFg4
Thats wonderful, but we are talking homeowners washers here that get used a couple times a year. Also there is such a thing as too big for a job. For the time it would save me 2-3X a year, I could buy 3 smaller washers and a case of beer for 3 friends and get the job done faster.
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Funny we should touch on this now. Yesterday I did my 70' +/- paver walk, had weeds growing in it mold building up between the pavers. I knew my 1700PSI electric would make it a long day. Thought about buying a gasser knowing the SOB would sit at least a year before touching it again... Could've borrowed one. Nah... Went to the local rental place, they were out but offered their own 2600PSI machine, Honda powered something. Did a fabulous job, done in 2 hours, and they wouldn't take any $... So I'm calling it the best pressure washer I ever had
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I've got an electric pressure washer that I use for the cars, truck, and boat. About three years ago I bought a Dewalt 3800 PSI with the Honda engine and the box store AAA pump. I have not had any issues with it and it has more than enough power for me. As for accessories I bought an extension wand and a surface cleaner. I love the surface cleaner. Our driveway is 125' long and using the wand would take forever. I can clean the driveway and both sidewalks in a little over an hour with the surface cleaner.
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Originally Posted by kawakx125 View Post
my comment was more regarding a homeowners usage. sure, in a commercial setting a triplex will be better. cost vs use though just isnt there for a couple-times-a-year homeowner.



Thats wonderful, but we are talking homeowners washers here that get used a couple times a year. Also there is such a thing as too big for a job. For the time it would save me 2-3X a year, I could buy 3 smaller washers and a case of beer for 3 friends and get the job done faster.
Oh I won't argue with you on that one....each to their own I guess.
I know with mine the pressure is fully adjustable....I can turn it down to 500 psi or less if I wanted to.
Now that I have a pressure washer I use if for washing the vehicles, the quad, boat, the decks, driveway, the house (we live in farming country) and windows. Mine gets used at least once a week. But if I had a smaller unit it would still get used at least once a week, just it would take me longer in using it....and that means more wear and tear on the pump & motor plus more gas to run it.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
3,200 pis with a gpm flow rate of 2.8 or less will leave you cleaning quarter sized spots on your pavers at a time......you'll be there all day long doing a sq. yard sized section.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kb1ES6WlFg4
This just isn’t true. My 3200 with 2.4 or 2.5 gpm is pretty efficient. No it’s not suited for cleaning parking lots or trying to do 5 driveways a day, but for the 2-3 times a year I wash my drive/flagstone patio, fence, etc. it does just fine.

Also, I agree more water (gpm) is better, you should also check the flow rate from your outside hose bib assuming you aren’t planning on running from a tank.


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