I'm buying a used Pressure Washer with a 16hp Van Guard.... Question....

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Old 11-10-14, 01:31 AM
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I'm buying a used Pressure Washer with a 16hp Van Guard.... Question....

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presser washer 4500psi

Is on a 5x8 traler it is a 4,000 Psi with 4.5 gpm
It's a 16hp Van Guard El Start it has a electric hose reel with 2 wands
he is wanting $2.500 I was thinking $2,0000
Going to look at it tomorrow...

Now how do you go about checking the engine out?
anyway to tell about it, how old or how much been used?

Fill me in on the do's dont's and how to buying something used like this..

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Old 11-10-14, 01:39 AM
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it is a 4,500 psi and on a 5x10 trailer..
Is it worth $2,000?? I been looking at them all over on craigslist and google them..
I just wonder about how good a shape the engine is..
 
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Old 11-10-14, 02:42 AM
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hate to keep asking questions before anybody replys BUT
Where do you tell how old a engine is on this motor?
What is considered old or go old to buy..
whats the deal on that finding the age?
 
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The only way I would buy it is to have it with water in the tank, crank and use it. Buying something that expensive without a test run is like buying a car. Not sure how you would tell the age by the SN. Extend the hoses to make sure it isn't abraded anywhere. You've got quite a drive to Jackson, TN to look at it, so I understand your caution.
 
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Here that would be a good deal and appearance wise it appears to be in reasonable shape.
For sure though I would not consider buying it without giving it a good test run.

I would ask the seller to put in about a 1/4 tank of water or bring a few 20 Litre pails yourself.
 
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Im in Jackson this is in Union City which is about a hour..
Yea I'm going to fire it up and spray it good, good ideal reel the hose out for leaks,
there has to be plate on it with the date just wondering how old it is.
 
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Smell the fuel tank, should smell like fresh gas.
Ser# should tell you how old it is.
Should be able to go on the company's website to find out.
 
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Everyone is talking about the engine when you probably should be worrying about the pump. A good 4500psi pump probably cost as much as the engine. Have a good one. Geo
 
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really didn't EVEN think of it that way..
that's just a gamble on the pump.. Well its a gamble on it all..
I just dont do good buying used stuff
Tks for that thought
 
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Old 11-10-14, 10:31 AM
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Is it just a pressure washer or is it a hotsy steam washer? To find the age, look at the engine model, type, and code numbers. The first two numbers of the code are the year. So if the code is 947853, the engine is a 1994. Twin cylinder vanguard engines are very good engines and don't generally give much trouble. Check the oil, make sure it doesn't smoke, listen for knocks at low rpm and when you throttle up. Check the pump for oil, leaks, or any other signs of a problem. Test it out really well and compare it with other similar units that have sold for a good price comparison.
 
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