The Pressure Washer Buying Guide

Without the gadgets that we use daily, life would be much more complicated. The same can be said when it comes to cleaning or preparing surfaces for painting. Dragging along buckets of much-needed cleaning supplies or bottles of paint-stripping chemicals and implements is not ideal. Never mind the hours that will be spent getting the task done. There is an easier solution which will cut out all the additional extras and save you time – a pressure washer.

Know What to Look Out for When Purchasing a Pressure Washer

A pressure washer can increase your ability to maintain your property if you have invested in the right model. Before buying one, you need to focus on how much force it will deliver, the noise level, the choice between electric or gas motors (petrol or diesel) and ease of use. Safety is an essential consideration, so follow the safety tips before using one.

Pump Power versus Engine Noise

Choosing between an electric or gas motor for your high pressure cleaner is a determining factor based on noise levels and PSI. For those not in the know, PSI stands for ‘pressure per square inch’ which has a bearing on the force of the water. Even though electric motors do not deliver at the high PSI levels that gas motors do, they still handle all the tough jobs needed to be done but they take a little longer. PSI ratings for domestic use are anywhere between 1600 and 3500, depending on the type of motors and pumps used.

Being relatively small and light makes electric washers easier to store in smaller spaces, including indoors. They also produce little to no noise. Plug them into a direct power source less than 12 metres away. Avoid using an extension cord.

If the job that needs to be done is far away from a power source, then a gas high pressure cleaner is the better option. Bear in mind that they are much noisier, so using them in your driveway or patio can cause unwanted attention from neighbours.

There are pros and cons for both. The choice you make depends on the time you want to spend on the job at hand and the cost factor.

High Pressure WasherAccessorising Your High Pressure Cleaner

Pressure washers come equipped with interchangeable nozzles or adjustable wands. The wands allow for use at different angles and the nozzles for varying degrees of spray. The colours of the nozzles have a direct bearing on the amount of force and the degree of spray needed for specific applications.

Before using any of the attachments, consult the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that the right type of nozzle is used on a specific surface.

Tips to Keep in Mind

Before you start using your pressure washer, wear safety goggles and safety shoes. Start from about a metre away using the widest spray and slowly move closer.

Choose options that will allow for cord storage and wheels for heavier models. Whichever model you ultimately decide on, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Finding the pressure washer that suits your requirements is up to you. Providing the pumps that make the high pressure washers effective is up to Bestline Manufacturing. We have been supplying the best quality and reliable pumping solutions to the industry for over 50 years. Get in touch with us to assist you in selecting your ideal model or request a quote now.

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