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Jim F 06-30-2011 06:52 PM

Gas pressure washer recommendations
 
Thought I was all set to buy one of these. HD has a Homelite 2600 PSI advertized in the local flyer for $259. I could not find any reviews on this one. I did however, read many negative reviews for like sized Troy Built models sold by Lowes. Now I am wondering how much I should expect to spen to get a reliable one where the pump doesn't fail withing a year.

What are your experiences? Any recommendations?

itguy08 07-01-2011 11:20 AM

I've got one of these since April:
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...2&blockType=G2

Works very well - pressure washed the house, shed, grill, and will probably do the dirveway/sidewalk either this weekend or next.

Use the pump lube in the spray bottle and I think you will be fine. It's got a 2 year warranty "just in case".

Jim F 07-01-2011 06:19 PM

It's on sale for $299. Dfinately worth looking into. So there is pump lube? I wonder if that's why there were somany complaints of pump failures. Maybe failure to read the instructions and lube the pump. I guess a warranty is worth looking into.

Marty1Mc 07-01-2011 08:53 PM

Mine was a bit more in both price and pressure (2800 psi), but the pump is a Cat pump and has oil that can be changed. We have had it for about 8 yrs and it still runs great. We just recently used it to pressure wash the entire outside of a restaurant, cement and parking lot.

If you are using it on a limited basis, I think you should be fine. If you plan to use it a lot, then look for a pump you can maintenance.

itguy08 07-01-2011 09:53 PM

The lube is called pump saver. I picked up this when I got my pressure washer:
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...1&blockType=G1

I've also seen cans of similar stuff at Home Depot with the pressure washers as well. I use it after every use to keep things lubricated. I think I'm on use 8 or 9 of the can and it seems to have a bit left in it.

As the one poster said if you're going to be using it commercially or very frequently a pump you can rebuild would be a great idea. For me, the weekend warrior :) this one is a great upgrade from our old electric.

Thurman 07-02-2011 01:19 AM

Unless you buy a very high end pressure washer with a high end pump, the main thing you need to do to extend pump life is to keep the internal components of your pump clean and lubricated. Most/almost all people will not do this. After using a pressure washer with just City water, then shut the unit down, you still have some of the City water within the pump cavities and valves. Almost all City (municipal) water systems add Chlorine and other chemicals to the water for Public Safety. These are not good especially for aluminum parts within pressure washer pumps. Most soaps contain alkaline type materials which work on pump internals also. SO--adding some type of pump lube to the internal area of the pump immediately after each use will extend the life of the pump for years.

tuchodi 07-03-2011 07:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Thurman (Post 678356)
Unless you buy a very high end pressure washer with a high end pump, the main thing you need to do to extend pump life is to keep the internal components of your pump clean and lubricated. Most/almost all people will not do this. After using a pressure washer with just City water, then shut the unit down, you still have some of the City water within the pump cavities and valves. Almost all City (municipal) water systems add Chlorine and other chemicals to the water for Public Safety. These are not good especially for aluminum parts within pressure washer pumps. Most soaps contain alkaline type materials which work on pump internals also. SO--adding some type of pump lube to the internal area of the pump immediately after each use will extend the life of the pump for years.

All good points but make sure you DO NOT RUN THE PUMP WITHOUT ANY WATER GOING THROUGH IT OR IT WILL BE A SHORT LIFE FOR YOUR PUMP

WirelessG 07-04-2011 02:46 PM

Tuchodi is right about that. In fact, my pressure washer instructions said to throttle down and let water run through the unit for 2 minutes after your done using it.


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