Gas powered pressure washer

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Old 04-13-15, 02:55 PM
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Gas powered pressure washer

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I’m considering replacing my electric pressure washer with one gas powered

I noticed that the PSI range is mostly around 2500-3000 and the GPM around 2-3GPM. What is most important to look at, the PSI or the GPM?

Mainly to be used around the house to clean the pave-uni double driveway and other odds & ends.
 

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A gas powered pressure washer beats electric hands down. Those specs should handle all the things that you mentioned & more.
 
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.... and I wouldn't get hung up on PSI. You normally don't need an extreme amount of pressure and using more pressure than needed can get you in trouble [tearing up wood, forcing water where you don't want it, etc] Having a good engine [I prefer honda] and a good pump should be the primary concern.
 
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Old 04-14-15, 12:32 PM
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Bought today a Simoniz pressure washer 3200PSI, 2.6GPM. Was on sale $200 less and like it because its compact, weights only 81Lbs, has easy to use controls and included 50 hose and dual soap dispensers. It comes with a 2 years warranty but it has a Kohler 3000 series engine (SH255, SH265) which I know nothing about it.

Anyone knows these engines?
 
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I've run airless spray pumps powered by 16 hp Kohlers and they were pretty stout. Do you know which brand of pump that pressure washer has?
 
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It should be either SH255 or SH265 (3000 series), 6.5HP, 10.2 ft.lbs, 8320 CU, Heavy duty maintenance free axial cam. All this from the outside of the box. I have not open the box yet because on Thursday the new sales come out in my area and if I find a better deal I will return it.
 
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Looks like a bargain for the price. I like the two year warranty too.

Simoniz S3200 pressure washer
 
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Old 04-14-15, 07:46 PM
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PJmax I'm curious which CanadianTire store this link refers to. The manual on the link refers to product 039-8595-6 and mine is 039-8578-8. The specs are identical but there are a few minor discrepancies when I compare the picture of the unit.
 
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That's not a Canadian Tire store link..... it's as you see it..... directly from the manufacturer.

According to Simoniz.... that unit is sold under two SKU's. SKU #039-8595 and SKU#39-8578
 
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Old 04-15-15, 04:28 AM
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Was on sale $200 less
You shop like my wife $200 less than what other brand? I have seen the Dewalt and others for about $600 to $700. Still sounds like a good deal, and it does have a quality engine, IMO, although I prefer Honda for ease of starting and quietness.
 
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You are right Larry, I should have been more specific. I had no specific brand in my mind but my shopping list included a pressure range of about 3000PSI, 2-3GPM, compact / light weight, 50 hose if possible, and a connection to attach a detergent bottle. This was the only one fitting my specs including dual soap dispensers with a switch to select which dispenser you want to use (I like this feature very much). In addition a 50 hose cost $85 around here and since this one included the 50 hose that was an extra saving for me. Here is a picture of the unit
 
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I misread the price. I thought you said $200 for the unit...... not $200 less.

I bought an Excell from the Depot about 10 years ago. It had a Honda GS-200 (6.5hp) and a Cat pump on it. Cat is the Cadillac of pressure pumps. I paid around $500. I see prices vary widely and there are a jillion different units on the market.
 
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At Chandler, I like Honda engines too because I thought they were all quiet. I bought my pressure washer thinking that it wouldn't hurt my ears because it had a Honda engine. WRONG!!!! It's just as loud as B&S or Tecumseh. I was very disappointed with the noise. It does crank easy but takes time to warm up or it will die when you pull the trigger. Kind of cold natured. Once passed the warm up, everything is great except the noise.
 
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Old 04-29-15, 12:58 AM
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Not all Hondas are created equal. The GX series is the pinnacle of small engines. The others with the plastic covers are just consumer grade engines like briggs and the rest.
 
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Started the unit for the first time the other day and I was very impressed with the Kohler engine. Started with the first pull and very quite
 
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