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Thinking of getting an electric pressure washer. Recommendations?
Posted by: rgG
Date: August 10, 2021 01:19PM
My driveway and paver back patio could use a power washing.

I was going to hire someone to do it, but it isn’t a large area, in either place, so I thought maybe I would just get a 2000 PSI electric power washer. Neither area is heavily stained, so I think a consumer grade PW would probably be strong enough.

Costco has a Greenwise on sale, but I am open to any brand. I would like it to be as compact as practical, since I don’t want it to take up a lot of garage space. Anyone have one they really like?

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Posted by: jdc
Date: August 10, 2021 01:54PM
Prob good as any.

I didnt think I would ever use soap, or any other extra cleaner in mine. Just for an occasional patio/patio furniture rinse, and some rugs, maybe a car wash. Got the $80 GreenWorks portable one. Its fine, nothing earth shattering, but it works... and easy to transport.

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Re: Thinking of getting an electric pressure washer. Recommendations?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: August 10, 2021 02:00PM
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Re: Thinking of getting an electric pressure washer. Recommendations?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 10, 2021 02:08PM
I had a Karcher for many years, it worked well. NEVER use bleach in them though... it murders the seals. Whoops.

They have a gazillion uses... I even use ours to clean off my grill a few times a summer.
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Posted by: d4
Date: August 10, 2021 02:12PM
Send out an APB request on your social media of choice. Surely one of your friends has a consumer grade power washer to lend you. I've been seeing them in use around the neighborhood more and more starting 2-3 years ago when big box stores and Costco started selling them for reasonable prices.



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Posted by: JoeM
Date: August 10, 2021 02:15PM
My wife just asked me to get her a Sun Joe SPX1000 1450 PSI 1.45 GPM. For $99 it’s fine and she can clean her car or the outside of the house without me having to lug my heavier power washer out of the shed.

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Re: Thinking of getting an electric pressure washer. Recommendations?
Posted by: rgG
Date: August 10, 2021 02:30PM
I have a friend that has a 1350 one she will lend me, but I suspect it would take forever on concrete and pavers.
I think I would need about 2000 to hit the sweet spot between speed and cost.
I could try hers out and see how slow it is, I guess.
My mom’s old Karcher I used to borrow apparently gave up the ghost as she told me it didn’t work any longer, the last time I wanted to borrow it. I don’t remember how many PSI it was.





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Re: Thinking of getting an electric pressure washer. Recommendations?
Posted by: graylocks
Date: August 10, 2021 02:36PM
I've had this one on my wish list for a few months now. haven't pulled the trigger as some other projects popped up. i wish it were a bit less expensive but it's compactness is compelling.

Ryobi Pressure Washer

Also, Aldi currently has one for $99. Ferrex which is their private label thing. reviews aren't half bad. 1850psi. 1.2gpm.



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Posted by: davester
Date: August 10, 2021 02:37PM
Note that the psi rating is not as important as the gpm rating. It's easy to increase the psi, just make the nozzle smaller. To increase the gpm rating you need a bigger pump or motor. This is why the sellers of the crappier washers advertise how high their psi is but forget to mention the gpm.



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Posted by: graylocks
Date: August 10, 2021 02:38PM
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Re: Thinking of getting an electric pressure washer. Recommendations?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: August 10, 2021 02:40PM
Get one that has attachments available for it, like Ryobi. Do NOT go with Harbor Freight - it uses a proprietary connector and has no attachments available.
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Re: Thinking of getting an electric pressure washer. Recommendations?
Posted by: rgG
Date: August 10, 2021 02:42PM
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davester
Note that the psi rating is not as important as the gpm rating. It's easy to increase the psi, just make the nozzle smaller. To increase the gpm rating you need a bigger pump or motor. This is why the sellers of the crappier washers advertise how high their psi is but forget to mention the gpm.

Good to know.
Do you have a preferred GPM rating for doing concrete?





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Re: Thinking of getting an electric pressure washer. Recommendations?
Posted by: rgG
Date: August 10, 2021 02:44PM
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graylocks
I've had this one on my wish list for a few months now. haven't pulled the trigger as some other projects popped up. i wish it were a bit less expensive but it's compactness is compelling.

Ryobi Pressure Washer

Also, Aldi currently has one for $99. Ferrex which is their private label thing. reviews aren't half bad. 1850psi. 1.2gpm.

I saw that Ryobi. It did look nice.
I’ll have to look at the Aldi reviews.





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Re: Thinking of getting an electric pressure washer. Recommendations?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: August 10, 2021 02:55PM
I don't know if they have worked to increase the capacity of the typical electric power washers but I bought a Hazard Fraught washer four years ago. It takes forever to wash the driveway because it is so underpowered. It mostly sits in the corner of the garage unless I want to wash a car.

The single best attachment for doing large areas is the big circular 'surface cleaner' and most versions really need 2600+ psi and/or 2.4+ gpm. This usually means a gas powered pump.




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Re: Thinking of getting an electric pressure washer. Recommendations?
Posted by: modelamac
Date: August 10, 2021 03:09PM
rgG,

I've used both a 1700 psi and a 1850 psi on driveways, the former being fair at best and the latter doing an adequate job.. If I had to do it again I would opt for the 2000 psi unit. The 1850 takes too long to remove the mildew on the siding of our FL unit. The 2000psi units allow you to stand a bit further away cover a larger area at one pass and you don't get as wet doing it. The same will be true with concrete driveways.


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rgG
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graylocks
I've had this one on my wish list for a few months now. haven't pulled the trigger as some other projects popped up. i wish it were a bit less expensive but it's compactness is compelling.

Ryobi Pressure Washer

Also, Aldi currently has one for $99. Ferrex which is their private label thing. reviews aren't half bad. 1850psi. 1.2gpm.

I saw that Ryobi. It did look nice.
I’ll have to look at the Aldi reviews.



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Re: Thinking of getting an electric pressure washer. Recommendations?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: August 10, 2021 03:18PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
I don't know if they have worked to increase the capacity of the typical electric power washers but I bought a Hazard Fraught washer four years ago. It takes forever to wash the driveway because it is so underpowered. It mostly sits in the corner of the garage unless I want to wash a car.

The single best attachment for doing large areas is the big circular 'surface cleaner' and most versions really need 2600+ psi and/or 2.4+ gpm. This usually means a gas powered pump.

These things are amazing. SO much more efficient for large areas. Still, you need to use the regular nozzle for corners and small bits, but if I owned any PW I would get this attachment. But as it is, my neighbor and also a co-worker are always willing to lend me their Ryobi gas powered models.
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Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 10, 2021 03:23PM
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S. Pupp
Get one that has attachments available for it, like Ryobi. Do NOT go with Harbor Freight - it uses a proprietary connector and has no attachments available.


DING DING DING.... we have a winner

Be sure that whatever you get has standard fittings. Many of the electrics don't. I have an AR Blue that got great reviews but I didn't know about the fittings issue. I had to buy new hoses and fittings to adapt it for anything else (I use it for car/trailer washing and sewer jetting the blackwater tank on the trailer). PITA

Most electrics are going to be 1.0gpm to 1.4gpm at around 2000psi.

You might want to look at Craigslist/Marketplace, there are usually plenty like new at low prices.



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Posted by: pdq
Date: August 10, 2021 03:27PM
I was inspired by the Wirecutter review, which seemed to like the Ryobi units with brushless motors (although it also mentions a SunJoe model as a budget pic). As it turned out, I got this lesser (1.2 gpm, 2000 psi) Ryobi electric on a clearance somewhere:



…and in terms of performance, I like it for the lighter-duty stuff I do. It has a soap solution container (bottom front) which somehow it knows to draw from when you’re using the very-lowest-pressure tip, but not when you use the high pressure one.

Two things: that hose reel on the back looks cool, but is completely unusable; they’ve taken it off their newer models, I think. And the first spinny-high-pressure tip stopped spinning after about a year or so. But it’s a standard connector, so it was easy to replace.

Anyway, much better than my old, even cheaper Karcher, which I think may have been a refurb.
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Posted by: mstudio
Date: August 10, 2021 03:28PM
I picked this one up a few years ago, I'm surprised how well it works. It's small and lightweight. I've done neighbor's driveways, my patio and decks, my neighbor borrowed it to do his house, another neighbor did his screened porch. The design is a little different, but it was a refurb for $60 so I figured I didn't have much to lose.

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Posted by: Z
Date: August 10, 2021 03:40PM
Got my parents a Sunjoe model a few years back and they've been quite happy with it.
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Posted by: rz
Date: August 10, 2021 03:41PM
Those round attachments do not work well on electric ones that don't have a lot of pressure. I learned that lesson recently. I even got the one rated for my washer. I have some no name brand I got at Sams Club several years ago. It does ok with the occasional times I use it.
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Posted by: rgG
Date: August 10, 2021 03:50PM
Thanks for all the great advice.
I’ll be checking out some of the ones mentioned.
I was surprised by the SunJoe brand getting good reviews online, when I started looking around.
I had never heard of them.





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Posted by: vision63
Date: August 10, 2021 04:19PM
Stupid me thought, for some reason that you were thinking of getting a Pressure Washing Machine. I was really interested in that concept until I clicked on it.


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Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 10, 2021 04:34PM
I'll also recommend a borrow situation, because to clean stone or masonry, you'll need a high powered unit. Perhaps a gas engine. That will clean almost anything, but you don't really need to own one.
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Posted by: Fritz
Date: August 10, 2021 04:40PM
We had a Karcher for 15 or 20 years before it gave up.
We bought a SunJoe SPX3000 in May of '18. It's been very good thus far.
Deck, house, cars, charcoal Weber, neighbors we don't get along with.
They have sales pretty often and I think free ship.



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Posted by: jh
Date: August 10, 2021 04:54PM
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pdq
I was inspired by the Wirecutter review, which seemed to like the Ryobi units with brushless motors (although it also mentions a SunJoe model as a budget pic). As it turned out, I got this lesser (1.2 gpm, 2000 psi) Ryobi electric on a clearance somewhere:



…and in terms of performance, I like it for the lighter-duty stuff I do. It has a soap solution container (bottom front) which somehow it knows to draw from when you’re using the very-lowest-pressure tip, but not when you use the high pressure one.

Two things: that hose reel on the back looks cool, but is completely unusable; they’ve taken it off their newer models, I think. And the first spinny-high-pressure tip stopped spinning after about a year or so. But it’s a standard connector, so it was easy to replace.

Anyway, much better than my old, even cheaper Karcher, which I think may have been a refurb.

I have one of these. They recommend you not use any extension cords with it but the power cord is pretty long. I just connected (with connectors I bought from Amazon) an hose on a unit that died on me to get 50 feet of hose--something you may want to consider as it saves moving the unit around. Also look at getting wand extensions if you are doing a large area. Bending over with the wand that comes with PW can be a pain.
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Posted by: Michael
Date: August 10, 2021 05:09PM
I have a SunJoe, as well. I haven't cranked up the gas pressure washer since I bought the electric one.
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Posted by: rgG
Date: August 10, 2021 05:13PM
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vision63
Stupid me thought, for some reason that you were thinking of getting a Pressure Washing Machine. I was really interested in that concept until I clicked on it.


"oh"

Lol. Does you dirty clothes in half the time, no doubt. grinning smiley





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Posted by: davester
Date: August 10, 2021 05:13PM
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rgG
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davester
Note that the psi rating is not as important as the gpm rating. It's easy to increase the psi, just make the nozzle smaller. To increase the gpm rating you need a bigger pump or motor. This is why the sellers of the crappier washers advertise how high their psi is but forget to mention the gpm.

Good to know.
Do you have a preferred GPM rating for doing concrete?

Based on my somewhat limited experience, 1.2 gpm and 1500 psi would probably be about the minimum to get the job done in a reasonable amount of time.



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Posted by: davester
Date: August 10, 2021 05:17PM
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mrbigstuff
I'll also recommend a borrow situation, because to clean stone or masonry, you'll need a high powered unit. Perhaps a gas engine. That will clean almost anything, but you don't really need to own one.

Not absolutely critical IMHO. If you get a decent electric one it just takes a bit longer to get the job done than a more powerful gas-powered version. The one I have is 1900 psi and 1.3 gpm and works pretty well on brick, stone and concrete. Also note that you can do a lot of damage with a high-powered gasoline washer.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Posted by: rgG
Date: August 10, 2021 06:23PM
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davester
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rgG
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davester
Note that the psi rating is not as important as the gpm rating. It's easy to increase the psi, just make the nozzle smaller. To increase the gpm rating you need a bigger pump or motor. This is why the sellers of the crappier washers advertise how high their psi is but forget to mention the gpm.

Good to know.
Do you have a preferred GPM rating for doing concrete?

Based on my somewhat limited experience, 1.2 gpm and 1500 psi would probably be about the minimum to get the job done in a reasonable amount of time.

Thx!
The ones I have been considering seem to be in that range or a little better.





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Posted by: JoeM
Date: August 10, 2021 06:43PM
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rgG
Thanks for all the great advice.
I’ll be checking out some of the ones mentioned.
I was surprised by the SunJoe brand getting good reviews online, when I started looking around.
I had never heard of them.

I poo poo’d my wife’s choice of the Sun Joe I got her that I posted above. She wanted it because it was small and light and she’d be able to easily carry it. I had to put it together and teach her how to use it so I took it outside to clean a discolored and dirty rubber maid storage chest. I didn’t expect much but honestly was blown away with the force it generated, how quick it got the job done and how clean it got the rubber maid chest. It easily outperformed my large 1800 psi unit.



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Posted by: jdc
Date: August 10, 2021 06:54PM
I do like the adjustable head on the sunjoe, think its a common thing now... mine doesn't have it... although I could prob get one. Adds to the cost.

Project farm guy did some tests, but maybe expensive ones?

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Posted by: August West
Date: August 10, 2021 09:08PM
Got a sunjoe spx4000 pro new on woot for 109, I'm happy with it so far. Planning to do the concrete, but haven't actually got it done yet. Seems like it will work for what I want.



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Posted by: space-time
Date: August 10, 2021 09:31PM
I have this one (bought 2020)

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Order Summary
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Total before tax: $103.99
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in 2012 I bought this one

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That Karcher lasted about 6 years, used about 8-10 times until it started leaking.
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