Electric Pressure Washer

Electric Pressure Washers are designed to scrape dirt, grime and grit off of hard surfaces by shooting water at it. The high pressure they create shoots the water out at a very high velocity and it literally scrapes scum off of hard objects. Pressure washer can come in relatively small packs that you can carry around, or they can be big enough to require a wagon to move. They are often seen used on streets, which can absorb the impact, and if a surface isn’t hardy enough, the pressure can bend, dent or break that surface.

Electric pressure washers are the most common kind to see sold in stores. However, some of the more powerful and heavy pressure washers are powered by gasoline, since they can hold its extra weight. These, however, aren’t sold as much to personal consumers, who rarely need that much power. They can also use diesel fuel as an alternative. These pressure washers have a full-fledged motor on them, and are loud, heavy-duty appliances. Pressure is measured by psi, and most gas pressure washers can reach around 3,000 psi. By contrast, most electric pressure washers have a lower power amount, ranging between 1,000 and 2,000 psi.

When considering how much pressure your washer will need, it’s important to know what kind of job you’ll be doing. A psi of about 1,000 is all you’ll need to clean something like a car or any wood, glass or plastic finishes. Any more than that and you’ll risk damaging while you clean. Any psi over 1,500 or so should only be cleaning floors and very hard finishes. Over 3,000, and you’re probably trying to strip the paint off of something or deep-cleaning pavement. Any higher than that and you probably don’t want to use an electric washer to begin with; a gas-powered model would be a better option.

However, pressure is not the only factor to consider when shopping for a pressure washer. The other aspect of the washer that dictates its cleaning ability (or CU, for cleaning units) is the washer’s flow rate. This determines the amount water that comes out, while the psi measures the pressure. Allowing more water to come out doesn’t cost substantially more power, but it can drastically increase the cleaning ability of the washer. The psi of a washer is more important in determining the type of job you are doing, but the flow rate is just as important to how well the washer does that job.

Another good idea when trying to maximize the efficiency of an electric pressure washer is to invest in interchangeable hose heads. The right head can make a huge difference in the type of cleaning you do. Also, it’s possible to have the hose extended with a wand for hard to reach jobs, or to just buy a longer hose. You can also buy brush kits that will work particularly well in washing off hard to reach stains. Accessories won’t fundamentally change how he washer works, or make it capable of doing new jobs, but they can make the washer much more effective at the jobs it does perform.

Price-wise, electric pressure washers can vary widely. The least expensive models cost about $100, depending on where you buy them from. Online is usually the cheapest way to buy a washer, but it can come with hidden shipping fees, and problems with the washer can be harder to get fixed, since you’ll probably have to ship it back, sometimes on your own dollar. Store-bought models are usually pricier, but the store you buy them from can repair them, they will be much more convenient.

This Electric Pressure Washer Review is Written/Updated on Jan 21st, 2010 and filed under Home Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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