Pressure Washer Buyers Guide
How to decide between:
Water vs Cold Water Pressure Washers
When choosing a
pressure washer, your application will play a major factor in whether you need
a hot or cold water pressure washer. Cold water pressure washers are ideal for
removing dirt on most any surface. Additional accessories like, high pressure
nozzles or rotating brushes, work with cold water pressure washers to increase
the cleaning power and decrease your cleaning time.
However, if you are
cleaning surfaces that have grease or oil on them, hot water is a must. You
wouldn't think of washing your greasy hands with cold water and the same
applies to pressure washing. If you operate cold water equipment more than a
few hours a week, you should consider the labor savings you could realize by
switching to a hot water pressure washer.
vs Direct Drive Pressure Washers
Belt driven pressure
washers are most commonly found on commercial/industrial style pressure
washers. A belt driven pump is ideal for cleaning applications that require
more than 20+ hours per week. On a belt driven unit, the high-pressure pump
spins at a less RPM reducing the heat and vibration, which in turn, minimizes
the wear and tear on the internal parts of the pump and leads to longer life.
If you will be using your
pressure washer less than 20 hours a week, a direct drive may be better suited
for your application. Direct drive units turn about twice the RPM as a belt
driven unit. These units are usually more compact and easier to transport. They
are also typically more cost effective.
Powered vs Electric Pressure Washers
Gas or electric is
completely up to the consumer. There are pros and cons to both. Electric is
safe to use indoors because you don't have harmful fumes. Electric motors are
usually quieter and require less maintenance than a gas engine. Also, with an
electric motor you do not have to have gas on hand and you do not need to fight
the rising cost of fuel prices.
With a gas pressure
washer you have a couple of different choices when selecting an engine. Also,
gas engines don't require a power cord which in turn allows more portability.