Choosing from the vast amount of power washers isn’t easy so make sure you read this information to find the best power washer for your needs. Don’t be intimidated by all of the terms and specifications, but recognize what facts you need to know to make a good business decision. The most important thing to know about power washers is they must match the work you intend to do. Some power washers can be too large or powerful then you have wasted money and you could damage what you are cleaning. If you’re not careful you may end up buying too many power washers because they are too small for your needs, it will also take too long to do the work and you will lose money. That is the simple truth.Annapolis Brothers Powerwashing
Let’s start by looking at the different choices you will have to make when buying power washers:
1. Gasoline vs Electric power washers
2. Hot Water vs Cold Water power washers
3. PSI vs GPM vs CU
4. Belt Drive vs Direct vs Gear Driven power washers
5. Portable vs Stationary power washers
6. Wobble vs Axial vs Camshaft Pump
7. Heavyweight vs Lightweight power washers
8. Home Model vs Contractor Model power washers
Gasoline vs Electric: Most power washers are either powered by an electric motor or a gasoline engine. A few are diesel powered. Electric power washers require little maintenance and are very quiet. They require a source of power nearby (because the cord length is limited). They can be used indoors without any problem. You can have electric power washers with lots of power, but most electric power washers are small units designed for specific jobs, such as mobile detailing or deck cleaning. Gas power washers, on the other hand, can be extremely portable. They are designed for outdoor use and can be built to deliver tons of cleaning power. They can be somewhat loud, but your customers expect to hear some noise while you are working. Gas-powered power washers are used for cleaning concrete (called “flat work”), deck cleaning, fleet work, kitchen hoods and ducts, or any other power washing job that requires portability.
Hot Water vs Cold: Most power washers are cold water portables. Cold water, along with the right cleaners, can do most jobs. Some jobs, like removing heavy grease or stripping off finishes, just go better with hot water power washers. Hot water power washers will enable you to cut about 30% off the time it takes to do ANY job. The power washing business is all about time, not spending less on your tools. If you have the right tools, you can compete with other contractors and get done with each job in the shortest amount of time. Many new power washing contractors make the mistake of under-buying their tools to save money. Most experienced power washing contractors over-buy their tools and make the difference back in no time with the added power and features. If all you are going to do is clean and seal wood, just buy one of the cold water power washers. If you are washing anything else, such as houses or hoods or trucks or concrete, consider one of the hot water power washers. If you already own a cold water power washer and want to have hot water, you can call us and buy a “hot box” which will heat the water coming out of most cold water power washers.