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Old 05-16-2019, 12:38 AM
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I had a good gas engine power washer - that is until I let a neighbor borrow it in the fall and some how it got lost by the spring.
Iím not to thrilled to get another gas engine machine I have to look after, itís bad enough I already have a dozen gas powered tools now.

Anybody have any good experience with using an electric power washer (and any washing chemicals)? I donít have any great deal of work to do all the time, just a north side porch that gets blooms of funcky green fungus, moss between the boards and holds water on part of the deck, a covered porch that looks filthy with spider webs, and everything getting caught in them and just spots here and there of dirty siding and brick patios.
The electrics are lightweight and that really appeals to me, but not if they are just a little better than what a good hand held hose end sprayer can do.

Please let me know if you had any good experience electric sprayers (and washing chemicals).

Thank you,

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Old 05-16-2019, 06:24 AM
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They suck. Got one free once, it was a pile o junk. Yeah, let's run extension cord around the pool to pressure wash with a hose and more water... Get gas. Or diesel.
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It's the same as finding a good gas powered pressure washer - it's the pump that determines how good of a pressure washer: https://pressurewashr.com/pressure-washer-pumps/
You'll also be limited to lower pressures because of the HP limitations on a 110v circuit. That being said, I'd take a look at the DeWalt DXPW1500E, BE P1515EN, Pressure Pro EE2015G or Mi-T-M JP-1502-3ME1. They're all limited to 1500 psi and the pricing is as much as gas pressure washer that will have higher pressure and GPM (e.g., Simpson ALH3228-S with a commercial Honda engine).
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My experience is they are horribly inadequate.
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Got one from Harbor Freight for about $70. Put many hours on it every summer for 4-5 years now. Im amazed, only bought it for one job.
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I have a cheap one I use at the beach. I got it from a bog box store for about two hundred bucks. The downside, significantly lower pressure than a good gas machine. The upside, I don't need that high pressure, I use it to wash my garage doors, siding, windows and the like. It does fine for me. It is also super light and easy to move around, so a lot of friends borrow it to do their stuff. For 150 bucks it might as well had been free for all the use I get out of it.

Electrocution hazard? not hardly. It has a super durable cord as well as a GFI right on it.
Chemicals--it has a reservoir you can pour them right in.

Is it perfect, nope. it takes longer than a good gas machine, but requires no maintenance thus far and women can use it easily due to its lightweight.
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I had a good gas engine power washer - that is until I let a neighbor borrow it in the fall and some how it got lost by the spring.
Iím not to thrilled to get another gas engine machine I have to look after, itís bad enough I already have a dozen gas powered tools now.

Anybody have any good experience with using an electric power washer (and any washing chemicals)? I donít have any great deal of work to do all the time, just a north side porch that gets blooms of funcky green fungus, moss between the boards and holds water on part of the deck, a covered porch that looks filthy with spider webs, and everything getting caught in them and just spots here and there of dirty siding and brick patios.
The electrics are lightweight and that really appeals to me, but not if they are just a little better than what a good hand held hose end sprayer can do.

Please let me know if you had any good experience electric sprayers (and washing chemicals).

Thank you,

Rich
If memory is right, you aren't getting around real well these days due to illness? you might consider calling George and renting, having them deliver a nice gas machine in lieu of buying a throw away? https://www.gtr-rents.com/equipment....ry&category=46
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I got a Sun-Joe. Works Great!
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Electric have their place, like was said for large jobs they are under powered, like large patios, driveways, walk ways, etc. Good for car washing, patio furniture cleaning, etc. Karcher are good, get one with a water cooled motor.


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110 volts @ 15 amps at 90% efficiency is 2hp.

Most gas units are at least 2X that power.

Its basics.
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I have had a three, maybe four over the years. the first one did what I wanted but the water inlet broke on it. I got another and it was really good. It finally croaked. Then I got a Ryobi and still have it. I love it. I don't need to blow the paint off of my deck or car or blow the siding off my house. It will clean a driveway but not turn it bright white. You have to blow some of the cement away to do that. I like them.
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Originally Posted by mvftw View Post
I got a Sun-Joe. Works Great!
I picked this one up last month:

https://www.amazon.com/Sun-Joe-SPX4000-PRO-14-5-Amp-Electric/dp/B07G38G6FS/ref=sr_1_10?crid=11SA4ZA1XNHXR&keywords=sunjoe+power+washer&qid=1558035938&s=gateway&sprefix=sunjoe%2Caps%2C159&sr=8-10 https://www.amazon.com/Sun-Joe-SPX4000-PRO-14-5-Amp-Electric/dp/B07G38G6FS/ref=sr_1_10?crid=11SA4ZA1XNHXR&keywords=sunjoe+power+washer&qid=1558035938&s=gateway&sprefix=sunjoe%2Caps%2C159&sr=8-10

I only paid $135 at the time and I got the 10" sidewalk adapter for only $10. It's quiet, generates 2000 PSI and works just fine. Very happy with it.

The argument over dragging a cord around is moot since you have to drag a garden hose to ANY pressure washer already.
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Originally Posted by mvftw View Post
I got a Sun-Joe. Works Great!

Me too! I got tired of trying to keep my old gas powered pressure washer running. For my needs the Sun Joe has been fine.
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Originally Posted by Olustee bus View Post
It will clean a driveway but not turn it bright white. You have to blow some of the cement away to do that. I like them.
I used a Karcher on my drive and had to quit as it was taking the colour out.



So I cleaned it the hard way, then resealed it.
We have a 240 volt standard here; I'd probably have been OK with 110.
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I also bought a Sun Joe. I've had it since 2016 and it's worked well. I use it to clean the deck, patio furniture, some of the siding on the house, and about a 25 foot run of aggregate stone walkway from the back of the house to the front. For small jobs like that, it works great. The only thing I dislike about it is, per the instructions, after using it for 15 minutes, you have to turn if off for 10 minutes. So, be prepared to take numerous breaks if you're going to pressure wash several things. It also has two separate reservoirs for cleaning solutions.

This is the model I bought:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CPGMUXW/ref=sspa_dk_detail_4?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B00CPGMUXW&pd_rd_w=kpFRT&pf_rd_p=46cdcfa7-b302-4268-b799-8f7d8cb5008b&pd_rd_wg=MYyWS&pf_rd_r=1YT523FPK50892Q6DZXQ&pd_rd_r=ede8e867-7833-11e9-a69b-37a3210f4837 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CPGMUXW/ref=sspa_dk_detail_4?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B00CPGMUXW&pd_rd_w=kpFRT&pf_rd_p=46cdcfa7-b302-4268-b799-8f7d8cb5008b&pd_rd_wg=MYyWS&pf_rd_r=1YT523FPK50892Q6DZXQ&pd_rd_r=ede8e867-7833-11e9-a69b-37a3210f4837
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If memory is right, you aren't getting around real well these days due to illness? you might consider calling George and renting, having them deliver a nice gas machine in lieu of buying a throw away? https://www.gtr-rents.com/equipment....ry&category=46
You are right. However Iím not having an easy time. I donít live in an area with immigrant workers, everyone else I canít yet figure it out. I call people and those that show up tell me their price and I say ok, but yet they never show up to work. You have to live in a development to catch these guys.
Seriously though, in my mind Iím raring to go. Get things done, at least until I try to stand up and walk. Iím having a problem with my zero-turn mower so I called Georgeís Tool rental $280/day plus another $56 in insurance and taxes. They want $80 to drop it off, $80 to pick it up and $1 per mile driving charge. The repair shops want 3 weeks for appointments if you are a homeowner, much quicker for lawn care people. Iím not looking forward to this growing season!

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Originally Posted by DAVS Y2K View Post
I also bought a Sun Joe. I've had it since 2016 and it's worked well. I use it to clean the deck, patio furniture, some of the siding on the house, and about a 25 foot run of aggregate stone walkway from the back of the house to the front. For small jobs like that, it works great. The only thing I dislike about it is, per the instructions, after using it for 15 minutes, you have to turn if off for 10 minutes. So, be prepared to take numerous breaks if you're going to pressure wash several things. It also has two separate reservoirs for cleaning solutions.

This is the model I bought: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CPGMUXW...b-37a3210f4837
Maybe my model is different or I didn't read that in the instructions but when I cleaned my sidewalk (have a corner lot so have a LOT of sidewalk) I would run the thing for easily 60-90 minutes straight before I needed a break and it didn't have a problem.
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I rent one every year from Home Depot. Eh.

Next time around Iím renting a gas one.
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You are right. However Iím not having an easy time. I donít live in an area with immigrant workers, everyone else I canít yet figure it out. I call people and those that show up tell me their price and I say ok, but yet they never show up to work. You have to live in a development to catch these guys.
Seriously though, in my mind Iím raring to go. Get things done, at least until I try to stand up and walk. Iím having a problem with my zero-turn mower so I called Georgeís Tool rental $280/day plus another $56 in insurance and taxes. They want $80 to drop it off, $80 to pick it up and $1 per mile driving charge. The repair shops want 3 weeks for appointments if you are a homeowner, much quicker for lawn care people. Iím not looking forward to this growing season!

Rich


if you get stuck, try these guys. they travel extensively in the area. https://www.mgclandscaping.com/
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