A pressure washer is a high-powered device used for removing dirt, mud, and leaves from patios, garages, and parking lots in the shortest possible time. It is run by a motor powered by electricity or gas that emits hot or cold water from a long hose using water pressure reaching 4,000 psi (pounds per square inch). It can be skid mounted, trailer rigged, or portable. It is available in electric, gas, hot, and cold models.
Types of Pressure Washers
Kinds of Pressure Washers include the following:
Electric pressure washer
An electric pressure washer runs on electricity.
It provides up to 1,500 psi of pressure.
It has a 20-feet hose attached to a trigger gun.
Gas electric pressure washer
A gas electric pressure washer runs on gasoline.
It is large and bulky.
It has a powerful motor that produces up to 3,000 psi of water pressure.
It is ideal for industrial and commercial use.
Hot pressure washer
A hot pressure washer runs on gasoline.
It emits hot water with a pressure reaching up to 4,000 psi.
Its water temperature can reach 210 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cold pressure washer
A cold pressure washer ejects cold water with a pressure reaching up to 3,000 psi.
It can run on gasoline or diesel fuel.
Choosing Pressure Washers (Buying tips)
Child safety lock: Choose a pressure washer with a built-in child safety lock on the trigger gun to prevent children from accidentally opening it. A pressure washer produces a high water pressure that can injure your child especially if the water is hot. GPM rating: Choose a pressure washer with a high GPM (gallon per minute) rating (3 GPM or higher) that cleans more ground area in a short amount of time. Water tank capacity: For commercial use, choose a pressure washer with a water tank capacity of 200 gallons or more that can wash down multiple driveways without refilling. Fuel: For flexibility and convenience, get a pressure washer that can run on both gasoline and diesel.
Storage box: Look for a pressure washer with a built-in storage box where you can keep nozzles, spare parts, and other cleaning tools handy.
Hose reel: Choose a pressure washer that can be used with a standard garden hose or high pressure hose so you can use your existing 100-foot garden hose for cleaning. Detergent injector: Choose a pressure washer that uses a before- or after-the pump injection method that combines high pressure water with chemical cleaners like detergents for effectively removing caked mud or rotten leaves.