New Pressure Washer: Honda VS Generac

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Old 05-02-15, 10:23 AM
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New Pressure Washer: Honda VS Generac

Hi everyone, I'm in the market for a pressure washer to use around my house. I wanted to get a Honda but can't find many models with that engine. Is it worth getting a Honda over B&S or Generac? What do you think of these two pressure washers? Any other recommendations?? Thanks!

http://m.samsclub.com/ip/simpson-megashot-2800-psi-2-3-gpm-gas-pressure-washer-powered-by-honda-gcv160/prod17540410

http://m.samsclub.com/ip/generac-2800-psi-pressure-washer/prod13590073
 
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Generac isn't considered to be a high quality pressure washer. Which ones with a honda motor are you looking at?
 
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I just updated my post. I accidentally posted it before I was done typing.

Everywhere I've looked the Generac are rated the best but I don't know anything about their engines. Some say it's a rebranded B&S and others say it's a clone Honda. I'd be interested in getting anything at SAMs Club, Menards, Lowes, or HD as I have all of those locally.
 
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If you want a real pressure washer, look for something with a honda GX series engine. Those will have good pumps on them as well (usually CAT, AR, Comet, etc...). The rest are pretty much consumer grade low performance washers. I know I'm painting with a really wide brush here, but it's pretty accurate. Stay away from any maker with the pump under the engine instead of next to it.
 
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Okay thanks for that info. I will only be using it a few times a year for washing off my house, decks, patios, etc. I also want to stay around the $350 price range. What about this one? It looks like a good deal.

Shop Troy-Bilt 3000-PSI 2.7-GPM CARB Compliant Cold Water Gas Pressure Washer with Briggs & Stratton Engine at Lowe's
 
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Old 05-02-15, 10:57 AM
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Not a good pressure washer, but if you're only wanting a minimal machine and don't care mind if it only lasts a few years, then it should be okay.
 
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Any specific models you'd recommend?
 
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Those all have the pump under the engine. I think pretty much one is about as good as another in those types. I can't recommend any of them. Not trying to be a pressure washer snob, lol... they are just poor.
 
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Old 05-02-15, 11:42 AM
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A little above your price range but it's the difference between a go-kart and a cadillac. This would outlast and far outperform and be more reliable than 4 of those like you're looking at.
Simpson Honda GX200 PowerShot 3200-PSI 2.8-GPM Gas Pressure Washer-PS3228 - The Home Depot
 
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Thanks for that. I kind of think it would be overkill buying that for what I'm looking to use it for. I decided that I for sure want a Honda engine. I'll probably go with the Ryobi as it's rated well, has a 3 year warranty and has the Honda engine.
 
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Thanks for that. I kind of think it would be overkill buying that for what I'm looking to use it for. I decided that I for sure want a Honda engine. I'll probably go with the Ryobi as it's rated well, has a 3 year warranty and has the Honda engine.
It has "An Engine" labeled Honda, but even the add does not mention what engine specifically.
I agree with cheese not only does the one he post have the Honda GX but also has the better configuration.

It is not so much about if one will perform better than the other, but more so for how long they will do it.
 
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"but more so for how long they will do it"... exactly.

If you buy one like the ryobi, you should just buy the cheapest one you can because the engine always outlasts the cheap plastic and aluminum pumps on these. I've worked on outdoor equipment since before these type units even existed and I don't think I EVER saw one that was bad because of the engine. It's always the junky pump.
 
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I definitely see what you mean now. I guess I should be concerned about the pump more so than the engine. I'm going to continue researching for awhile before I buy one. Thanks!
 
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