If you're thinking about buying a gas power pressure washer, you'll want to make sure you buy the best unit that's perfectly suited for your budget & outdoor cleaning projects. But how do you choose the best gas pressure washer?
Just follow my expert buying tips to make sure you wisely spend your hard-earned dollars. My buying tips are designed to save you time & money --- and avoid disappointment!
(Note: if you're not sure whether you need a gas or an electric pressure washer, please check out my Compare Gas vs Electric Pressure Washers page that's filled with info to help you decide.)
When you shop for a gas power pressure washer, you'll want to be able to compare models & specs. Since you're probably going to spend anywhere from $300 to $650+, you need to be able to accurately compare models to each other. Like comparing oranges to oranges, not apples to oranges.
So, I've developed a buying checklist to help you compare models - to help you decide:
Let's go through my buying checklist:
1. As you shop around for a gas power pressure washer, check out the engine on each unit.
You can find units with "no-name" engines or brand names engines like Honda, Kohler, Briggs & Stratton, etc.
You'll notice that you'll probably pay a few more dollars for a unit with a well-known brand name engine. It's your choice, of course, but I've found that I get better & longer performance with a brand name engine (I have Honda). And good warranty coverage in case anything goes wrong.
2. Take note of the gas pressure washer pump too!
It's easy to forget as you shop, but remember that the quality of the pump is just as important as the quality of the washer engine. The pump is the beating heart of the washer and it's puts the pressure (cleaning power) in the water.
There are axial cam pumps and triplex pumps. The axial cam pumps are the best suited for homeowners and the triplex pumps are geared for contractors.
You'll see no-name axial pumps & brand name pumps on gas pressure washers. Again, you'll probably spend a few more bucks for a Comet, CAT, General, AR or Briggs & Stratton pump. But you'll get better warranty protection.
3. - And you'll want to compare the ratings as well.
There are two basic gas pressure washer ratings that you need to keep in mind so that you can accurately compare models:
PSI or Pounds per Square Inch is the force that the washer is able to produce. I recommend choosing a gas pressure washer with a minimum of 3,000 PSI.
GPM or Gallons per Minute is the rate of the water flow.
That's it! Armed with these buying tips, you'll be able to compare & buy the best unit for you!
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