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03-31-14, 08:07 PM   #1  
pressure washer question

I have a Troy Bilt 2700 psi pressure washer (like the ones Lowes sells), a guy just gave me.

He said I need to work on the carb a bit.

I've been told that if you run a pressure washer, without water hook-up, you can easily ruin it.

I'd like to get my engine going, without having a bunch of water while I'm working on the engine.

Is there anything simple I can do to run the engine with no water hook-up. Valve to remover, anything? How about if I go ahead and pull the vertical pump off?

 
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03-31-14, 08:34 PM   #2  
I think you can run any pressure washer briefly, like up to 30 seconds, without water. You just don't want the pump to heat up to the point where it starts burning up o'rings, gaskets, and distorts internal parts. Use your common sense.

 
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03-31-14, 09:20 PM   #3  
Good point! I'll do that.

 
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04-01-14, 04:40 AM   #4  
Why not hook up the water and run the pressure hose [minus the wand] out the door where the water won't be an issue.


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04-01-14, 04:57 AM   #5  
Well, this is what I need to know: do the pressure hoses and wands/guns for sale on Ebay (in the $40-$80 range) work fine on residential pressure washers. This unit does not have a hose and wand. I'm hoping they will work fine on my pressure washer

 
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04-01-14, 05:02 AM   #6  
I don't know anything about your particular PWer but generally the pressure hose and wand is interchangeable ..... except for the real cheap units. I haven't priced any of it in a long time but Northern Tool and probably the big box stores sell wands/hoses.


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