A pressure washer pump is the heart of any washer.
It's easy to forget, as you compare different pressure washer models, that the quality of your pump is just as important as the quality of your engine!
Because the pump is responsible for adding the pressure to the water, which provides you with cleaning power, it's important to know the different pump types on pressure washers, so you can get the most out of your investment.
There are three types of pressure washer pumps: wobble, axial and triplex pumps.
Wobble pumps are used on the entry level pressure washers. Wobble pumps are cheaper to build and they are not replaceable. If you have a pressure washer with a wobble pump that breaks, you'll have to replace your whole pressure washer. These pumps are generally designed to last about 300 working hours.
The next type of pressure washer pump is the axial cam water pump. Axial cam pumps are much more reliable and powerful than wobble pumps. Axial cam pumps have larger bearings and oil reservoirs so they can run harder and longer. On average, axial cam pumps last around 600-700 hours before needing repairs or servicing.
The last pump is the heavy-duty pump triplex pump. These are most commonly seen on the higher quality, contractor level pressure washers. Triplex pumps have a longer life expectancy and are more efficient than axial cam pumps, but they are generally put onto pressure washers that are significantly more expensive and heavy.
My recommendation of the best pressure washer pump? It depends on what you want to use your pressure washer for! Are you planning on using your pressure washer for occasional cleaning? Would you expect to use your pressure washer less than a dozen times a year? If that rings true for you, a pressure washer with a wobble pump is a great choice.
Are you fairly obsessed with power washing? Do you think you'll be pulling out your pressure washer several times a month? Are you buying a pressure washer for the long haul? Then maybe you should consider investing in a pressure washer with an axial cam pump. You'll get years of hard working cleaning power.
Are you thinking about starting your own pressure washing business? Then you really need to invest in a contractor grade pressure washer that has a triplex pump. If you're a pressure washing contractor you don't want to lose time & money so you need a heavy duty pressure washer pump that you can rely on.
Do you have a pressure washer pump problem? Wondering whether to repair or replace your pump? See my Pump Repair page for some important tips.
Looking for pressure washer accessories? Here's a review of the best pressure washing accessories on the market.
Do you need repairs for your Karcher pressure washer? Read my tips on the Karcher Pressure Washer Repair page.