I would like to buy a pressure washer. Looking around my country acre this spring I see a lot of places I can really use one. Cleaning the house, the driveway and all the snow equipment before I put it in storage.
But, it’s been 15 years since I’ve owned one. I would like your help deciding which one is the best for me.
I’ve come up with a list of my wants.
1. I’m going to buy it through Amazon – I have a gift card. The problem with Amazon is there are over 1950 different models listed.
2. I want to spend between $300 and $500.
3. I think I need 3000 psi. I feel I need that much power to clean my driveway.
Anything I should know? Any other criteria I need to make a good decision. Please use the comments below.
Here are three that have caught my attention:
Generac 6598 3,100 PSI 2.7 GPM 212cc OHV Gas Powered Residential Pressure Washer I like the 212 cc Horizontal shaft engine.
Simpson MSH3125-S MegaShot 3100 PSI 2.5 GPM Honda GCV190 Engine Gas Pressure Washer. Again it’s got a horizontal engine.
Briggs & Stratton 20570 Powerflow Plus 5.0-GPM 3000-PSI Gas Pressure Washer with 875 Series 190cc Engine and Push Button Electric Start. This is Briggs & Stratton’s newest model.
Here are pictures of the three:
Ive never heard of simpson but that honda engine is a very solid engine.
I have it on a honda hrx217hya and its done extremely well.
But that briggs 875 is no slouch either.
I think I would go with the briggs overall.
biggest reason why is because parts and maintenance items would be easier to obtain.
And briggs reliability has been very good for me
– I’ve had one of those Husky electric pressure washers since the early 2000’s and it still works fine today. It has 2750 psi… I’ll tell ya, I learned my lesson cranking it up to the max… It chops right through the stucco on your house. I found using the wand that swirls most useful for washing the house, truck, and driveway. The high power jet was over kill for most things. I got best results on the driveway with spraying it with some purple power and then using the swirl wand on max power. The house I’m in now has no driveway but I still use it to clean off the tractors and the house. Its a bit too powerful for windows and shreds the screens. I used it on my last house to strip peeling paint to repaint before I sold it. I don’t have an argument one way or another for gas vs electric just some experience with that amount of pressure. This ain’t like your garden hose. :). -Bryan, Bastrop, TX
Hi Byran, I forgot about those driveway cleaners. It sounds like they work well but I like your suggestion os soaking the cement first with a cleaner.