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Old 02-10-2019, 01:31 PM
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Which model is everyone using to wash their cars? I'm searching for one that will pair with a foam gun to wash my Corvette.
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Old 02-10-2019, 01:38 PM
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Don't mess with an electric pressure washer. You will regret it.
Buy a gas engine pressure washer.
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Have a Sun Joe SPX3000 and it does a great job both on the car and cleaning around the house. Added a foam gun and hose extension and haven't found anything I can't take care of.
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Agree, Sun Joe SPX3000/3500 works like a champ.
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I have both a gas and an electric. The gas one is a PITA to use, frankly. It's very powerful, but you really don't want to blast the paint off so for the cars I use a Stanley 2150 and a foam gun. It's a lot easier and quieter. It's $140 at Amazon and also available at places like Home Depot. That's half the price I paid for my gas unit.

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Don't buy an electric one from Harbor Freight. I did and as soon as I tried It it was Pitifull. It had a nozzle that looked like it had a fan pattern but it only washed like it was a solid stream. Took it back and they charged me $16.00 restock fee.

I was trying to clean mildew and crud of all my washed concrete...not strong enough.




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Many electric models are great. For car washing, lower psi models (below 1800 psi) are best. I have two and one of them is more than 6 years old, used constantly, and still working flawlessly. You have to be far more careful w/ higher psi gas models.

I've been using the one in the link below for 3 years, its small, and perfect for the job. I use it with a CR Spotless water system, and the power washer saves water, so I don't need to buy nearly as much replacement resin.

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Old 02-10-2019, 03:37 PM
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AR Blue 383 here, but it has a proprietary wand. It’s rated at 1,800 PSi so it’s not TOO powerful, but the proprietary wand requires a custom adapter for the foam cannon.

the 383ss and 390 has a standard wand with interchangeable tip to alter the shape and pressure of the flow, and the adapters are standardized so you don’t need a special adapter if you already have a foam cannon.

The electric pressure washer has been flawless for over 5 years. The only issue is the rubber washers dries up and cracks, so you’ll have to replace them every year.
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Originally Posted by chuckrbt View Post
Have a Sun Joe SPX3000 and it does a great job both on the car and cleaning around the house. Added a foam gun and hose extension and haven't found anything I can't take care of.
I have one of these also, and they're all you need for most uses. Just make sure not to leave somewhere where it can freeze.
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Many electric models are great. For car washing, lower psi models (below 1800 psi) are best. I have two and one of them is more than 6 years old, used constantly, and still working flawlessly. You have to be far more careful w/ higher psi gas models.

I've been using the one in the link below for 3 years, its small, and perfect for the job. I use it with a CR Spotless water system, and the power washer saves water, so I don't need to buy nearly as much replacement resin.

Greenworks portable power washer
I use the same washer I got on sale at Lowes. Works perfectly and has just the right amount of pressure for my foam canon and rinsing the vehicles off.
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Have a Sun Joe SPX3000 and it does a great job both on the car and cleaning around the house. Added a foam gun and hose extension and haven't found anything I can't take care of.
totally agree got mine from Lowe’s last spring...just make sure you use the correct supplied nozzle tip and stay 10 to 12 inches from car.

The SPX4000 is the model I chose.

Works really great with the 40 degree tip..not to harsh and all electric.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Sun-Joe-200...her/1000208847
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Old 02-11-2019, 02:42 AM
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I have one off amazon (I think it's sun joe) and it's perfect for washing the car. More than enough power, light, no gas/oil and relatively quiet.

You don't want more pressure than that on your car. You just want to run a foam cannon. After that, honestly the water pressure from the hose is probably enough to rinse.
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:07 AM
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I have a Powerstroke electric washer in the garage plumbed direct and tucked away in a corner with a hose reel holding 50' of pressure hose on the outside of the wall. It is real handy for both the car and truck. I just open the valve in the supply line, plug it in and the hose outside is ready to use. The only reason I chose the Powerstroke brand is because that is what Costco was selling.

I agree with those who say you want the lower pressure of an electric washer for your car. It's not so much that a higher pressure gas washer would take your paint off because you can control the force with nozzle selection and how close you hold the spray tip. The biggest advantage of the lower, but still adequate, pressure electric units is the size of the hose and spray wand. My 3200 PSI Honda washer has 3/8" heavy wall hose that is stiff and awkward and could easily flip up and hit the car if there is a loop in the hose when the trigger is released and the flow stops. The 1900 PSI electric washer uses 1/4" hose that is much lighter and more flexible. Easy to drag around the car and kick out of the way. The electric ones are a lot cheaper, too.

I use the sort tube spray wand that came with my foam cannon for everything. It is easy to control and aim. I have a three position swivel on the nozzle so it can tilt it up to rinse under the car and in the wheel wells. That is used more on the truck to get the sand out after a beach trip but is handy for the car, too.
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I started with electric, but it never did the job the commercial car washes did. I bought a gas and am completely satisfied. 3200 psi compared to 1600. The gas does many more jobs than just cars as well.
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Greenworks 1800 PSI from Lowes. Perfect for the car / boat as its not so strong to do damage, yet still strong enough for projects around the house like cleaning the the deck and windows.
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Originally Posted by PatternDayTrader View Post
Don't mess with an electric pressure washer. You will regret it.
Buy a gas engine pressure washer.
Couldn't agree more. I went from gas to an electric and HATED it. It can't clean ****. I went back to a gas.
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Old 02-11-2019, 01:57 PM
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Thank you for all the information. I currently have a gas powered one, but it’s pita to use every time. I went Ahead and purchased an electric one from Lowe’s for $100.
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Originally Posted by C7&7 View Post
Couldn't agree more. I went from gas to an electric and HATED it. It can't clean ****. I went back to a gas.
If I get **** on the car I will definitely fire up the gas pressure washer.
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Originally Posted by Foosh View Post
Many electric models are great. For car washing, lower psi models (below 1800 psi) are best. I have two and one of them is more than 6 years old, used constantly, and still working flawlessly. You have to be far more careful w/ higher psi gas models.

I've been using the one in the link below for 3 years, its small, and perfect for the job. I use it with a CR Spotless water system, and the power washer saves water, so I don't need to buy nearly as much replacement resin.

Greenworks portable power washer
I have the same washer and it does a super job. Rinse, foam canon, mit wash, rinse and dry. Although I also have a Troy gas powered washer this one is very quite and shuts off when the trigger is released. Much better than the loud gas model that continues to hammer all the time. Nice to be able to use in my machine shed with the doors down. Lower pressure is good for car and paint protection film I have on cars. I am pleased with this model. It gets good reviews and only cost me $135 which was way cheaper than SunJoe or AR models.
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what the heck are you guys getting on your car that an electric pressure washer can't handle? And why are you using pressure instead of soap and rag to wash your car?
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