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sofasurfer 05-06-2012 04:16 PM

Do you recommend electric power washers?
 
I need a new power washer. My wife can't start a gas engine so I am looking at electric washers. Are they any good or do they wear our fast? I need it for deck, concrete, etc.

Brushjockey 05-06-2012 04:33 PM

If the power (psi) is what you need, they should work fine.
The reason most pros don't use them is that power isn't always available.
Also make sure they don't draw more power than the circuit you have to plug in to.
And of course be careful with water and power cords...

sofasurfer 05-06-2012 05:15 PM

15 amps is adequate isn't it?

Brushjockey 05-06-2012 05:18 PM

You need to check the washer- IDK.

mobiledynamics 05-06-2012 05:20 PM

Depends if it fills your psi or GPM needs....
I have 2 electrics and a gas. The electric I use cause it's quiet as hell....a camspray unit for washing the car - 120V and also a 30 amp 220V. No hydrocarbons to boot in the gargage

U pay for what you get, so do pay attention to this when looking at electrics.....

housepaintingny 05-06-2012 06:49 PM

I'm not familiar with electric power washers. I assume for a home owner it would probably be ok, depending on what its used for. Pros use larger pressure washers with higher GPM because they will clean faster. Pros let the chemicals do the work and usually rinse with low pressure, the psi is not as important as gpm for a pro unless they are using surface cleaners etc.

CaptRandy 05-06-2012 07:22 PM

Only time I have used electric was on apartment buildings when the work had to be done at night and I had to hold down the noise. Worked but took about 4x's as long as with a regular machine.

Windows 05-06-2012 10:49 PM

A number of my neighbors have electric pressure washers - each of theirs emits an extremely annoying, high pitched buzz that carries surprisingly far. Just food for thought. You won't be making any friends if you have other people living near by.

sofasurfer 05-06-2012 11:48 PM

Thanks for all your replies.
I will probably get one. My main concern is whether it will hold up.

mobiledynamics 05-07-2012 02:54 PM

Karchers won't hold up....
Get a decent commerical grade electric and you'll be fine - as long as it meets your gpm or psi requirements.

sofasurfer 05-08-2012 12:21 AM

I was told that Campbell Hausfeld is good and that the 1800 psi is recommended. Not sure where to buy Campbell Hausfeld yet. Comments?

Ravenworks 05-08-2012 04:22 AM

I just got a HUSQVARNA 3300 PSI 3.2 GPM Gas Pressure Washer with electric start. It is built by Briggs & Stratton.
It may be a tad pricey for you but there are electric start models out there in your price range.

kwikfishron 05-08-2012 06:20 AM

It's like anything else, you only get what you pay for.

If you pay $ 120 for a HD special and only use it twice a year for two hrs each time and it last you ten years you may think "great I got ten years out of it" but in reality you only got 40hrs. out of the machine.

That may be fine for you but I would be going through a couple a year deeming it as a disposable tool and at $120 even the best unit you could find would be way under powered for my needs.

I have never used an electric unit at that price point that I would "take to the job" but if all you want to do is wash the car, deck and driveway every once and awhile you should be fine. If you expect it to wash the second story gable of your house, you will be disappointing.


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