Tips On Buying A Cheap Pressure Washer
There are many factors to consider before buying a cheap pressure washer. The first factor is the price. Cheap doesn't necessarily mean poor quality, but it can mean inferior manufacturing techniques. So be careful not to fall for marketing hype and not buy anything just because it's cheap.
Three Factors To Look At
DUPLICATION DATE: never ever buy a used pressure washer or any device that's more than 5 years old. It's always best to buy a new model and get a branded brand name and model number. This is particularly important for washers that use chemicals as part of their cleaning process. There have been many cases where homeowners who bought used pressure washers were unaware of the chemicals that they use and inadvertently ended up with dangerous chemicals on their hands.
CLEANING AND MAINFRAME: never buy a cheap pressure washer for a driveway. Driveways have lots of surfaces, and washing them can damage your washer. The best way to clean a driveway is by using a mop and water and a detergent-based cleaning solution. Use the lowest possible washcloths, and never try to scrape the stains away with a hard brush. If you must, use a mildly alkaline cleaning product.
WIDTH OF THE WATER BANK: many people think that a wider water source makes their cheap pressure washer safer. This is only true if you buy an older model. Newer pressure washers have a smaller water tank and nozzle to reduce water loss. So if you only have a narrow water source, it's not as good as a wider one, but it won't hurt the performance of your machine.
Three Steps On How To Set Up Your Pressure Washer
STEP ONE: The first step is removing the deck. If you have a flat deck, this step may be easier than a raised deck like in mansions. Remove the first few inches and make sure that you follow safety precautions when working on deck edges. After removing the deck, you will now need to check the water source. If it's dry, then you can now move on to the next step.
STEP TWO: Place your washer on the ground in the grass so that the pressure wash is on the ground also. You should see at least half of the blade and the area where the nozzle will be. Some of the cheapest models do not have separate nozzles. You will have to manually guide the nozzle into the washer and push it down. You can use at least five gallons per hour.
STEP THREE: After taking the pressure washer out and setting it up, you are going to place the nozzle on the deck. You can choose either half-inch or full-inch nozzles. If you buy a cheap model, you won't have to worry about choosing a large nozzle size as most are standard. If you buy a heavy-duty model, you'll want to consider the larger nozzle size; they tend to last much longer and have better spray coverage than smaller nozzles.
The smaller the nozzle size, the less water it will use per cycle. However, it also means that the nozzle size must cover the entire area you intend to clean. Also, think about how much pressure you will be applying when you are cleaning a large area.
If all else fails and you are still unable to decide which factors to consider, there are a few other things that you should consider. Do you prefer a corded pressure washer? If so, are you okay with an electric pressure washer? Is noise an issue for you? If so, then consider an electric model. If not, then cordless is your best bet.
These are the main factors to consider when buying a pressure washer. Other things to consider include the level of cleaning you plan on doing, what types of surfaces you will be cleaning (belt, carpet, tile, etc.), and how much money you have available to spend. Whatever decision you make, good luck and happy cleaning!