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07-20-09, 10:02 AM   #1  
Ready to buy a pressure washer

I am over the trying to find one to borrow every time I need one, and then dealing rushing to get the job done so I can get it back to the owner. I'm ready to buy one. I noticed the Black Max by Honda at Sam's Club ahs a very attractive sub-$400 price tag. Is this a decent unit? This is from the website:

Black Max 3000 PSI Pressure Washer is powered by a Honda GC190 Engine which is one of the best and most reliable in the industry. It creates 3000 pounds per square inch of pressure at 2.5 gallons per minute.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

 
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07-20-09, 03:11 PM   #2  
Unless you use one quite often you are better off renting a commercial quality unit when you need one (no up-keep).

Most box store units are throw aways, If you want to buy one check with your local rental stores. They update their equipment and sell off older units, A used commercial unit would be a better deal.

We just sold two of ours a couple weeks ago for $500 each, GX160 with Cat pumps.


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07-20-09, 03:16 PM   #3  
Renting one is far too much trouble, and again, I am forced into a window of time to use it. I have no truck, so getting it back and forth would simply be more aggravation for me. That's one of the reasons I prefer to purchase one.

 
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07-21-09, 12:19 AM   #4  
I would opt for one with a GX series honda engine, and a cat, AR, or comet pump. Most of what you see for sale at box stores and pretty much everything at the dept stores is low end and troublesome.


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07-21-09, 05:01 AM   #5  
So what your saying is that only the expensive high-end washers are worth buying? That's contrary to most people I know that have one. I guess I'll do some more research. Thanks.

 
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07-21-09, 06:56 PM   #6  
Posted By: yardnut That's contrary to most people I know that have one.

Well,

Maybe the few people you know are a few of the lucky ones ?

You asked for advise and Myself and Mr Cheese shared our experience of many years being in a repair facility. There are quite a few of these cheaper box store units that you can't even get pump repair parts for, So not if but when they drop pressure you have two choices. Buy a new replacement pump that can cost nearly as much as a complete washer or buy a new complete washer.

A better longer lasting choice would be the GX series engine and any of the above mentioned pumps, At-least you can purchase repair parts for these pumps.


Good Luck With Your Purchase......

 
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07-22-09, 04:47 AM   #7  
Posted By: 31YTech Well,

Maybe the few people you know are a few of the lucky ones ?

You asked for advise and Myself and Mr Cheese shared our experience of many years being in a repair facility. There are quite a few of these cheaper box store units that you can't even get pump repair parts for, So not if but when they drop pressure you have two choices. Buy a new replacement pump that can cost nearly as much as a complete washer or buy a new complete washer.

A better longer lasting choice would be the GX series engine and any of the above mentioned pumps, At-least you can purchase repair parts for these pumps.


Good Luck With Your Purchase......
I totally understand your point. I just can't put that kind of money into it. But thanks.

 
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07-22-09, 09:15 AM   #8  
As Cheese suggested to me, after I had purchased my second big box washer, check out the pawn shops in your area, you may find a better washer. Anyway, whatever you buy put some grease or anti-seize on the pressure hose and pump threads or remove the hose after each use, if not when the hose goes bad and you try to remove it you will bust the pump on the grey cast pumps, no need to ask how I know. Have a good one. Geo

 
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