Pressure Washers

So you're thinking about buying a Pressure Washer.

Pressure washers clean faster, better and easier than any other method. Surprisingly, they also conserve water, using only a fraction of the water that you would use in cleaning with a garden hose. Pressure washers work so well because they combine these essential elements of cleaning:

  • Water volume, measured in gallons per minute (GPM)
  • Agitation or pressure, measured in pounds per square inch (PSI)
  • Soaps or detergents, which are injected into the spray and, for some models...
  • Heat or steam, which is especially effective in cutting grease and other oily surfaces.

So now you're thinking about buying a Cold Water Pressure Washer or Hot Water Pressure Washer?

Pressure washers come in two major categories:

  • Cold water, for blasting dirt or debris, stripping paint, and washing most surfaces.
  • Hot water, for even more effective cleaning of dirt along with grease and grime.

What type of Power?

Once the water choice is made, there are options in both groups, such as:

  • Electric-powered: Typically used indoors because there are no fumes and they are quieter.
  • Gasoline or diesel-powered: Self-contained and portable so they can be used in the field (no electric cords); all you need is water.

Other Things to Consider:

  • Portable: Mounted on wheels so the pressure washer can be moved to the cleaning action.
  • Stationary: Used most often in fixed wash bays where portability is not needed.
  • Belt-Drive: Indicative of industrial models; the belt connecting the engine or motor with the high-pressure pump dissipates the heat and vibration, minimizes the wear and thus the repair on key components, and extends the life of the pump by reducing the RPM demand.
  • Direct-Drive: Pump is directly coupled to the engine or motor causing the pump to spin twice as fast as the belt drive models; not recommended for unlimited usage.

For hot-water pressure washers only, there are these two more choices:

  • Fuel Oil / Diesel-Heated: For use outdoors, it offers the most flexibility with portability and ready-access to fuel.;
  • Electric-Heated: For use indoors; no fumes, but also no portability.
  • Natural Gas: Used mostly indoors; fumes can be vented, but no portability.