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Hi all - I'm looking to purchase a new power washer. I want something that can clean the vinyl siding, power wash the deck and also use on my cars. What do you all recommend. Is gas powered better than electric? Is more PSI better. What about accessories? What is something you wished you had when you purchased yours? Thanks in advance for the help and insight.

Dave

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I have burned up quite a few different electric models. I will never own one again. Their life tends to be limited. I researched quite a few gas models and ended up with the Ryobi 3100 Honda Powered unit from Home Depot. Always starts on the first or second pull as Honda's almost always do. They do build a fine small engine. It has a idle down technology which allows the engine to drop to an idle when you release the trigger. This definitely will help with the pump life so as not to keep the impellers at high pressure when not needed, putting a harsh drag on the engine. It also has a built in detergent tank for soap application. So far three years with no hassles or issues at all. It has 5 different nozzles built in to the tip.

 

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-3100-PSI-2-5-GPM-Honda-Gas-Pressure-Washer-with-Idle-Down-RY80940B/203615829

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I have burned up quite a few different electric models. I will never own one again. Their life tends to be limited. I researched quite a few gas models and ended up with the Ryobi 3100 Honda Powered unit from Home Depot. Always starts on the first or second pull as Honda's almost always do. They do build a fine small engine. It has a idle down technology which allows the engine to drop to an idle when you release the trigger. This definitely will help with the pump life so as not to keep the impellers at high pressure when not needed, putting a harsh drag on the engine. It also has a built in detergent tank for soap application. So far three years with no hassles or issues at all. It has 5 different nozzles built in to the tip.

 

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-3100-PSI-2-5-GPM-Honda-Gas-Pressure-Washer-with-Idle-Down-RY80940B/203615829

 

That's great information! I have an electric washer i'm not happy with so this may be the way to go.

Also I have a Honda power invertor I use camping, and I agree 100% that Honda engines start the first or second pull always!

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I got one that I think is the house brand from Lowes. Works great. Used it on construction sites and even washing cars (just the daily drivers!) after long bug infested trips. I don't know if mine is Honda or not but it also starts after first or second try (provided you use it often enough).

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I've had both gas and electric power washers, currently have gas and will probably never buy an electric again. In my experience electrics just don't put out the same psi as the gas powered ones.

 

You usually get what you pay for so I would suggest going with a name brand 5hp or more 4 stroke engine.

 

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Steve has good suggestions. The electric ones have limited power and are prone to failure after only a few uses due to all the plastic parts and hoses. Four cycle gas is best. I find Honda engines most reliable. I would recommend putting a little stabilizer in the fuel as if the unit sits for a few months, the E10/15 fuel separates and is usually requires changing the gas.

My experience is not just in limited use but having my business for years next door to a washer and airless painter repair shop. He would not accept electric toys and knew which gas models rarely came in for repair.

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3000+ psi needed for cutting the oxidized wood off a deck ... and toes of not careful lol. 2000 psi range is good for overall cleaning, like cars.

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I bought a Generac OneWash last year, it's awesome. It has a dial to change the PSI 3200-2000.

I bought a set of second story nozzles and a 50' extension for the wand hose. Does everything I needed. And it's manufactured in WI.

 

http://www.generac.com/all-products/pressure-washers/residential-grade/onewash

 

PS. I found out the hard way, you can only use a 50' hose from the spicket to the pressure washer and must have a minimum of 5gal per minute to feed the unit.

(I tried using a 100' hose and the damn thing keep shutting itself down; NOTE completely read the instructions :doh: )

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I got one that I think is the house brand from Lowes. Works great. Used it on construction sites and even washing cars (just the daily drivers!) after long bug infested trips. I don't know if mine is Honda or not but it also starts after first or second try (provided you use it often enough).

 

I just looked mine up. It's a "Powerboss" which is a Briggs and Stratton built unit with, of course, a B&S engine. I think I got it at Lowes, but it might have been Home Depot.

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I also have a Honda powered unit, a simple design from Troy-built. A little Sea-foam additive in the fuel and I run the carb dry every time. Hasn't let me down in 6 years. I DO wish it had a better solution for soaping, but not my first concern when I bought. If I had to buy again I would look for better wheels (plastic just sucks) and an on-board soaping reservoir.

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Thanks for all your input. I'll post out what I purchase when I get it. :thumbsup:

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I have burned up quite a few different electric models. I will never own one again. Their life tends to be limited. I researched quite a few gas models and ended up with the Ryobi 3100 Honda Powered unit from Home Depot. Always starts on the first or second pull as Honda's almost always do. They do build a fine small engine. It has a idle down technology which allows the engine to drop to an idle when you release the trigger. This definitely will help with the pump life so as not to keep the impellers at high pressure when not needed, putting a harsh drag on the engine. It also has a built in detergent tank for soap application. So far three years with no hassles or issues at all. It has 5 different nozzles built in to the tip.

 

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-3100-PSI-2-5-GPM-Honda-Gas-Pressure-Washer-with-Idle-Down-RY80940B/203615829

 

I have this same one. Works great.

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