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What To Look For In A Pressure Washer

If you haven’t had the pleasure of using one yet, you should know that pressure washers simplify even the most challenging outdoor cleaning projects. They save you time, and water while also giving you professional cleaning results at a fraction of the cost of hiring a pro.

With fall (unfortunately) around the corner, GTA residents may be turning their minds towards season-end clean up endeavours, making now the ideal time to take consider investing in a pressure washer.

Today’s article is meant for would-be and seasoned pressure washer owners alike, and will give you a rundown of the key things you need to keep in mind when purchasing a new machine.

How To Choose The Right Power Washer For you

  1. Electric vs Gas: Electric washers tend to have weaker motors that are better suited for modest cleaning jobs like cars and outdoor furniture whereas gas washers tend to have stronger motors that are meant for bigger jobs like patios, decks, siding and larger vehicles like boats. Gas-powered washers come in a wide range of engine strengths, so it’s important to understand the exact manner in which you intend to use the machine before making the final purchase decision. You should also know that, although they clean more vigorously, stronger engines are louder and may require more skilled use to prevent damage to your belongings owing to the intensity of the water stream.
  1. Price vs Usage Frequency: As a general rule, as price goes up, so too does the durability of the machine. What does this mean? Well, if you only want to use your device a few hours a week, you will probably be okay with a lower priced unit ( $100+ range). If you are looking to use it daily, you are getting closer to a price point of ( $250+ range) and for a truly professional grade machine that can run for hours on end without running the risk of breaking down, you are looking at spending $600+.
  1. Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI): Plan to use your washer regularly? Purchasing a unit with EFI will save you money in the long run owing to improved fuel use efficiency.
  1. Axial vs Triplex Pumps: Arguably the most important component of the device; the type of pump you should look for will depend on your needs. If you intend to utilize your pressure washer on a regular basis, you will want a triplex pump (which will also incur additional maintenance costs overtime). Axial pumps are suitable for less frequent use but will generally not require additional expenditure on maintenance.
  1. Hose Length: Make an estimation of your rough hose length needs before purchase to ensure you can take care of all of the cleaning projects on your list.
  1. Additional considerations: Consult with your sales professional to ensure that the spray pattern, nozzles and tips that come with your unit are a match for the projects you intend to complete.

 If you haven’t had the pleasure of using one yet, you should know that the right pressure washer can make your outdoor cleaning projects easier and more efficient than they’ve ever been before.

Keep the six tips discussed today in mind when you head to the store, and you will be sure to leave with the unit that is the right fit for your needs.

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