Pressure Washers

The comparisons between gas powered and electric pressure washers is never-ending. Let us examine the two in detail:

Gas Powered

Although the former works faster due to higher pressure and flow rates, and can handle heavy concrete cleaning, they have a vast list of demerits as well. Gas powered units are relatively noisy and heavy, while requiring frequent tune-ups. Idling for long periods can overheat the pump, possibly ruining the machine if the safety valve fails.

Electric Powered

These units are way smaller and half the weight of their gas powered counterparts. The pressure and flow rate might be less, but it is easier to start and shut them off – you can do so by squeezing the trigger and letting go respectively. This way you don’t need to deal with gas-related hassles or startup issues, nor do you have to worry about pump damage from extended idling. Since these models don’t emit exhaust fumes, they can be used indoors too.

How do you choose an electric pressure washer?

Pressure washers carry two ratings that reflect their cleaning power: pressure, measured in pounds per square inch (psi), and water flow rate, which is measured in gallons per minute (gpm). A machine with lower ratings can do almost all the jobs a more powerful machine can do. But a machine with higher ratings will clean much, much faster. Although higher pressure cleans faster, don’t allow small differences in psi to drive your decision on which machine to buy based on pressure washer reviews. For instance, you probably won’t notice much difference between 2,800 and 3,000 psi.

What are they used for?

In general pressure washers are great for removing deep-seated dirt, grease, peeling paint and even graffiti from concrete, asphalt, siding, decks, lawn furniture, garbage cans, boats and trailers, and outdoor power equipment. Electric models can remove light stains and dirt from concrete but may not have enough oomph for the heavy stains, according to pressure washer reviews.

Tips to remember while using electric pressure washers:

  • Read the owner’s manual carefully before using and follow the instructions
  • Always stand on a steady surface so you don’t lose balance
  • Don ear and eye protection to avoid accidental injuries
  • Leaving a spray gun unattended while the machine is running is a strict no-no
  • Use the correct nozzle and spray setting, at the proper distance, to avoid damage
  • The spray should be kept away from electrical fixtures, power sources and power lines, and not be pointed at people, animals or plants

Routine maintenance varies by model, but proper care of your pressure washer ensures efficient operation and a long life for your machine. General inspections are recommended and pump care is especially important if you store a pressure washer in freezing temperatures. Even though electric washers don’t need to be winterized a quick inspection during the cold weather won’t hurt. Check out the list of electric pressure washers, go through the features, and then decide which one is best suited for your needs.

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