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Old 04-22-2014, 01:58 AM   #16
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I have yet to see a small engine manufacturer that has an engine compatible with E85. Every new gas powered pressure washer, lawn mower, weed wacker etc. will say E85 is not approved and some even void the warranty. Hell some cars aren't even compatible with E85. From my automotive experience the ethanol in E85 requires that the fuel systems have specific stainless steel lines and vitron O-rings. All of this adds cost to the unit.
Some parts of the US use ethanol blended gasoline. It can have 10-15% ethanol depending on the source. Different from E85. Also, small engines should always get premium higher octane gas with a fuel stabilizer if you're going to store it for any period of time.

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Some parts of the US use ethanol blended gasoline. It can have 10-15% ethanol depending on the source. Different from E85. Also, small engines should always get premium higher octane gas with a fuel stabilizer if you're going to store it for any period of time.
I can't comment on fuel sold in Eastern Canada but generally all ethanol blended fuels must be marked as it has not become commonplace for vehicles to support ethanol fuel here in Canada.

I agree, a fresh oil change and premium 91 octane fuel with fuel stabilizer will make sure there will be no future problems firing up equipment next season.
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I don't agree with the GPM being a factor in cleaning....unless your doing sidewalks and parking lots.

When I was prep'n my house for painting....the less water, the better. Washing down the engine bay of my jeep? The less water, the better.

Gas or Electric....depends on the expected use.
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I don't agree with the GPM being a factor in cleaning.
That's kind of like saying you don't believe in F=MA.
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Gas vs electric... Having used both I was pleasantly surprised by the current electrics. Adequate power for decks, siding, even driveways and steps, although the work will take a little longer. Plus I have no other gas powered equipment (homeowners does the mowing and such) so it was a no brainer for me to go electric. If you have larger or more frequent need and job time is important, get gas. If you have less frequent use where avoiding maintenance or storing gas is more of an issue, then electric can make sense. WFM....
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I don't agree with the GPM being a factor in cleaning....unless your doing sidewalks and parking lots.

When I was prep'n my house for painting....the less water, the better. Washing down the engine bay of my jeep? The less water, the better.

Gas or Electric....depends on the expected use.
GPM is an unquestionable proven factor. Every doubling of PSI gives you a 40% increase in cleaning power. Every doubling of GPM gives you a 100% increase in cleaning power. Ask any professional power cleaning professional who makes a living with their equipment. Higher PSI is also far more destructive to wood. Soft washing with the proper chem mix is the accepted standard for wood preservation. With oily residue, the key is heat and the proper chem selection.
Most good commercial grade power washers are hot water units rated at 8GPM or higher at 3K PSI or lower.
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I have questions about electric pressure washers and this seems the most recent thread on the subject. Hope some folks are still following this.

I had a Husky 2000psi washer fail on me after what I thought was minimal homeowner use over several years. My manifold blew and I went and replaced it with a brass manifold only to have the motor smoke on me shortly after this. Motor is non-replaceable I am told.
Upon researching I read that the inexpensive 'big box store' washers give about 300 hours of service; that's all to be expected from them. Seriously? I suppose I could have run this for 300-some hours over the handful of years I owned it, but I really doubt it. Very disappointed to say the least.

In researching new washers I am debating between the Karcher K5.740X and the AR Blue Clean 1900.

I'm wondering if anyone has experience/opinions on axial cam vs. triplex pumps? I read that triplex is a longer lasting pump.

Also, one has a water cooled induction motor, I don't see any specs on the other. This also seems important, especially since my old motor took up smoking the last time I used it!

Any opinions on these would be welcome, and thank you.
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I will post to keep the thread alive but I have never used either of the units you named. Mine is a Troy Built and I would recommend it to any one.
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I will post to keep the thread alive but I have never used either of the units you named. Mine is a Troy Built and I would recommend it to any one.
Mine is also, ToolSeeker. I have been pleasantly surprised by how well it has performed. Mine is a 3 GPM, 2800 psi unit. I didn't buy a big unit because it's just too much machine to haul around in my pickup truck. I don't have to have 100% clean efficiency either since most substrates I am cleaning will be painted.

As a side note, regular maintenance and proper winter storage goes a long way toward keeping your PW up and running for many years. I change the filter, spark plug, oil, every spring.
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I got the Stanley model 2000. Same one as the 2nd post of this thread. I've already washed the back patio, entire brick house, deck, truck, and most of my wooden fence. No complaints yet.
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...opinions on axial cam vs. triplex pumps? I read that triplex is a longer lasting pump.

Also...a water cooled induction motor...


I'm still hoping to get opinions on these pumps & motor styles. Anyone?

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