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Old 05-12-2010, 03:16 PM   #16
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The comment about washing a car with it came from talking with a friend who claims to use it on his car

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And I agree...a backpack sprayer is only needed if you are dealing with larger properties or true commercial use.
How many square feet is the point where you "Need" a back pack sprayer? I have about 15k square foot lot to deal with. I still don't think I will be getting a back pack but I am just curious
I don't see anything wrong with using a pressure washer on your car....I just don't bother with it...easier to use a car wash.

As for your last question....it's pretty subjective. I'll give you my opinion...I don't think I'd go that route unless I owned a property of 1.5 to 2 acres and up that needed a lot of spraying...OR if I was doing it for multiple properties. I have a half acre lot and don't even use the 1 or 2 gal hand sprayers as I just don't have the need....preferring pre-packaged products of 1 gal size with built in sprayer. I have limited time and not worth saving a few pennies to me to have to do all the mixing and washing out of containers. If I need to hit the weeds or bugs...I grab what I need from the shed...spray..put it back..done.
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:17 PM   #17
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I wish you hadn't mentioned that you used the pressure washer on your house with vinyl siding -- that is what our house has.............now I can almost gaurantee I will own one before the summer is out I definitely will wait a bit as I have been on a major power equipment bender over the last 6 weeks (new lawn mower, string trimmer, back pack blower, gardening tools, drill, driver, criular saw, recip saw) and need to let the bank account cool off a bit

The comment about washing a car with it came from talking with a friend who claims to use it on his car



How many square feet is the point where you "Need" a back pack sprayer? I have about 15k square foot lot to deal with. I still don't think I will be getting a back pack but I am just curious
Yes, a pressure washer will come in handy for a house with vinyl siding. One benefit of a pressure washer is that there's usually a siphon nozzle where it can pump detergent into the flow to help get the mold/algae off of your vinyl siding and your garage door. If you have a deck, or even a patio, you can pretreat it with deck cleaner using your pressure sprayer before you pressure washer.

Costco is currently selling a nice gas powered pressure washer with a honda engine for about $300 I believe, in their store, not online. I think it's called the Powermate. I think it's this model.

http://www.powermate.com/pressure_wa...odel=PW0952750

Or, you can elect to get an electric one, which most likely won't have enough power to damage your car unless you go overboard.

Why did you buy a backpack blower?

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Old 05-12-2010, 04:52 PM   #18
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I As for your last question....it's pretty subjective. I'll give you my opinion...I don't think I'd go that route unless I owned a property of 1.5 to 2 acres and up that needed a lot of spraying...OR if I was doing it for multiple properties. I have a half acre lot and don't even use the 1 or 2 gal hand sprayers as I just don't have the need....preferring pre-packaged products of 1 gal size with built in sprayer. I have limited time and not worth saving a few pennies to me to have to do all the mixing and washing out of containers. If I need to hit the weeds or bugs...I grab what I need from the shed...spray..put it back..done.
Thanks for the opinion/info. I figured it was a lot larger of an area to justify a back pack sprayer -- getting one never really was a thought for me but the one on clearance was tempting

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Yes, a pressure washer will come in handy for a house with vinyl siding. One benefit of a pressure washer is that there's usually a siphon nozzle where it can pump detergent into the flow to help get the mold/algae off of your vinyl siding and your garage door. If you have a deck, or even a patio, you can pretreat it with deck cleaner using your pressure sprayer before you pressure washer.

Costco is currently selling a nice gas powered pressure washer with a honda engine for about $300 I believe, in their store, not online. I think it's called the Powermate. I think it's this model.

http://www.powermate.com/pressure_wa...odel=PW0952750

Or, you can elect to get an electric one, which most likely won't have enough power to damage your car unless you go overboard.

Why did you buy a backpack blower?
Thanks for the heads up on the costco pressure washer. I think I saw it last weekend but didn't pay much attention to it - I willl go back and check it out.

I got the back pack blower after trying to use my electric blower/vac the first time I mowed the lawn. I wanted to clean up all the clippings and I couldn't get the blower/vac to the certain parts of my property (corner lot) at all with my current 100 ft extension cord and moving the cord from area to area was a P.I.T.A.

I picked up a brand new Echo PB-265 from ebay for $170 shipped ($250 retail). I just got it and havne't used it yet due to rain over the last week. It should make the clean up a lot faster as I wont need to pull cords and relocate it when I move to another area of the yard. Time is definitely an issue due to having 2 kids under 5 yrs old which takes up a good chunk of time on the weekends and I don't get home from work durig the week until around 6.
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Thanks for the opinion/info. I figured it was a lot larger of an area to justify a back pack sprayer -- getting one never really was a thought for me but the one on clearance was tempting



Thanks for the heads up on the costco pressure washer. I think I saw it last weekend but didn't pay much attention to it - I willl go back and check it out.

I got the back pack blower after trying to use my electric blower/vac the first time I mowed the lawn. I wanted to clean up all the clippings and I couldn't get the blower/vac to the certain parts of my property (corner lot) at all with my current 100 ft extension cord and moving the cord from area to area was a P.I.T.A.

I picked up a brand new Echo PB-265 from ebay for $170 shipped ($250 retail). I just got it and havne't used it yet due to rain over the last week. It should make the clean up a lot faster as I wont need to pull cords and relocate it when I move to another area of the yard. Time is definitely an issue due to having 2 kids under 5 yrs old which takes up a good chunk of time on the weekends and I don't get home from work durig the week until around 6.
Why not a gas blower vac?
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Why not a gas blower vac?
Cost was a lot more and I have the vac part with the electric. I may look again at the gas blower/vacs. The great thing about the backpack I got is that the cost is the lowest I have seen on ebay so if I decide I want to sell it I know I can get all my money back
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Cost was a lot more and I have the vac part with the electric. I may look again at the gas blower/vacs. The great thing about the backpack I got is that the cost is the lowest I have seen on ebay so if I decide I want to sell it I know I can get all my money back
I've had some experience with a backpack blower, and they vibrate the heck out of your body and are heavy.

In truth, I've never seen a homeowner use a backpack blower.

This is what I have....although the 85 version.

http://www.stihlusa.com/blowers/SH86CE.html
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I've had some experience with a backpack blower, and they vibrate the heck out of your body and are heavy.

In truth, I've never seen a homeowner use a backpack blower.

This is what I have....although the 85 version.

http://www.stihlusa.com/blowers/SH86CE.html
I agree that the traditional homeowner doesn't use a back pack blower - I definitely haven't seen it in my neighborhood but I also don't see a lot of people in my neighborhood taking care of their lawn - they pay landscapers

The PB265 back pack is under 15 lbs. I tried it on at HD and it isn't heavy. I have no idea about the vibration since I didn't fire it up in the store

The SH 86 is $290 plus tax -- definitely more than I wanted to spend on a blower/vac. I guess I need to factor in the longevity of the equipment but given what I have spent already in the year I have been in this home I'm not sure.
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Ironically the deluxe round up sprayer I saw at HD is on sale in todays add for $18.92 -- basically $1 off. It has a metal wand and a foam sprayer tip is one of the 3 included tips.

I was looking over my equipment purchases I listed and realized I forgot about the electric hedge trimmers, 9 gallon rigid wet/dry vac and accessories (vac was a $20 special buy at HD), and an Echo 16" electric chain saw I got off ebay for $55 shipped. I think my equipment purchasing is becoming a habit/addiction
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Ironically the deluxe round up sprayer I saw at HD is on sale in todays add for $18.92 -- basically $1 off. It has a metal wand and a foam sprayer tip is one of the 3 included tips.

I was looking over my equipment purchases I listed and realized I forgot about the electric hedge trimmers, 9 gallon rigid wet/dry vac and accessories (vac was a $20 special buy at HD), and an Echo 16" electric chain saw I got off ebay for $55 shipped. I think my equipment purchasing is becoming a habit/addiction
I saw that sprayer also in today's paper but it does not seem as though that model has the relief valve.

Personally I would never buy an electric chain saw....not enough power and dangerous. I have a Husqvarna chain saw that has more than earned its value.

If you have any more stuff to buy, unless it's on sale, I would wait for father's day where a lot of stuff from these big box stores will go on sale.

If you buy Stihl, you can pretty much rest assured that the price won't go down. If anything, you'll miss out on throw ins like gloves, goggles, etc.
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I saw that sprayer also in today's paper but it does not seem as though that model has the relief valve.

Personally I would never buy an electric chain saw....not enough power and dangerous. I have a Husqvarna chain saw that has more than earned its value.

If you have any more stuff to buy, unless it's on sale, I would wait for father's day where a lot of stuff from these big box stores will go on sale.

If you buy Stihl, you can pretty much rest assured that the price won't go down. If anything, you'll miss out on throw ins like gloves, goggles, etc.
The pressure release is built into the pump cap similar to the Solo 4 gallon back pack I saw at Costco.

I picked up the electric chain saw on a whim because I need to cut some small branches off a couple trees in my yard. I definitely do not have a need for a gas chainsaw. I wish I did but I definitely do not. When I am done with the electric if I don't want to keep it my friend who offered to buy it from me so worst case I am even money on it.

While at Costco tonight I looked at the power stroke pressure washer definitely a sweet machine. I don't want to drop the money on it right now - hopefully it will be available for a month or two.

The only thing I have left to buy is plants, soil and mulch (thankfully)

Thanks again for all the info
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The pressure release is built into the pump cap similar to the Solo 4 gallon back pack I saw at Costco.

I picked up the electric chain saw on a whim because I need to cut some small branches off a couple trees in my yard. I definitely do not have a need for a gas chainsaw. I wish I did but I definitely do not. When I am done with the electric if I don't want to keep it my friend who offered to buy it from me so worst case I am even money on it.

While at Costco tonight I looked at the power stroke pressure washer definitely a sweet machine. I don't want to drop the money on it right now - hopefully it will be available for a month or two.

The only thing I have left to buy is plants, soil and mulch (thankfully)

Thanks again for all the info
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I'm not sure whether that HD version has the extra valves that the Lowe's model has.

Lowe's had a great deal on dirt two weeks ago. Buy one get one free, so each bag was $.65. I got HD to match it also. I think HD has it on sale this week for $1.15/bag.

HD had a big sale on mulch about 1 month ago. $1.35/ 2 cf bag. Probably will see this sale again come father's day.

That pressure washer should be there as along as it's still in season. They usually don't fly off the shelves like generators when natural disasters occur.

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