3 Tips To Help You Choose The Perfect Pressure Washer

Pressure washers make seasonal cleaning a breeze, and they can prove to be invaluable outdoor power tools when starting to prepare an area for a large, labor intensive project. That said, there’s also a dizzying variety of pressure washers, which makes a buyer’s decision all the more difficult. Read on below to discover three things you should keep in mind when you shop for a pressure washer online or at your local hardware store.

Power Source

The first thing you’ll want to consider when buying a pressure washer is the power source. All pressure washers are powered by either electricity or gas. Electric pressure washers are far lighter and more maneuverable than their gas powered cousins, which make them ideal for smaller projects, or projects in tight spaces. However, many electric pressure washers lack the power that gas washers bring to the table. If you’re looking to clean a driveway or big sections of vinyl siding, you’ll definitely want to opt for purchasing a gas powered pressure washer. 

Detergent Compatibility

In many instances, you’ll want to thoroughly clean a given surface using detergent before rinsing it with water. A dirty patio, concrete floor, or other surface that is being prepped to paint is far tougher to clean without detergent. That’s why you’ll want to keep an eye out for pressure washers that include detachable tanks and wands that can handle interjected detergent. Some washers will include a siphoning tube instead of a tank. Thinking that the average pressure washer is automatically capable of handling detergent solutions is to risk lower pressure streams at best and permanently clogging the machine at worst.

Interchangeable Accessories

One of the advantages of pressure washers is that they can often be customized to suit the needs of vastly different projects. For example, you may want to adjust the pressure of the water during the course of a cleaning session, but this isn’t always possible with a machine that lacks interchangeable wands and nozzles. The way in which the spray exits the nozzle can also be adjusted (jet vs. wide stream). Some machines feature a permanent wand or nozzle that includes various pressure and spray settings on the extension itself, but just as often this isn’t the case. Don’t assume that you can detach the wand or nozzle on your pressure washer. Be sure to completely understand its limitations and capabilities with all of the included accessories before making the decision to purchase. 

Talk with a sales representative and your local hardware store that sells outdoor power equipment, such as Joe’s Tractor Sales Inc, for more information about the various types of pressure washers. 

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