Pressure Washer

SpaceBus

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Nov 18, 2018
4,321
Downeast Maine
I've never bought a pressure washer, so I'm all ears for suggestions. My goal is to wash my saw logs before trying to cut them. With all the clay and gravel in our area I'm dulling a lot of chains trying to cut off the bark slabs to make a cant. Seriously, yesterday I had to sharpen after every cut before I got the bark off the log. I have no idea what to look for in a washer and don't really know how to go about searching.
 

Montanalocal

Feeling the Heat
Dec 22, 2014
381
Helena MT
I have owned several, and my first criteria would be the power source. If you have it available, I would recommend 220 V. electrical power. One less small engine to maintain.
 

Bad LP

Minister of Fire
Nov 28, 2014
1,177
Northern Maine
Northern Tool. Honda power. Mine is over 20 years old, closer to 25 the more I think of it and it has been 100% flawless. 2500 PSI. Was 600.00 IIRC.
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,321
Downeast Maine
Northern Tool. Honda power. Mine is over 20 years old, closer to 25 the more I think of it and it has been 100% flawless. 2500 PSI. Was 600.00 IIRC.
That's not too bad.

I have owned several, and my first criteria would be the power source. If you have it available, I would recommend 220 V. electrical power. One less small engine to maintain.
If I had an external 220 source I would consider it. The current log landing is maybe 100' or so from the house, so gas engine would be best. I've also considered PTO/Hydraulic powered units that I could mount to the tractor, but the prices are fairly high, higher than I want to pay right now.
 
The most PSI you can afford..
 

SpaceBus

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Nov 18, 2018
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Downeast Maine
Is pressure more important than volume? I'm mainly going to use this for cleaning logs, not cleaning concrete.
 

DodgyNomad

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Dec 19, 2009
545
West Michigan
Is pressure more important than volume? I'm mainly going to use this for cleaning logs, not cleaning concrete.
GPM/volume does the work, and is harder to achieve than PSI. More GPM, the more work it will do for you. I'd recommend Karcher, anything with a Cat pump, etc.. Buy the biggest you can afford, you can always turn down the pressure, but you can't increase the volume and pressure on a little unit.
 
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WiscWoody

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IMO you don’t need a Cat pumped pressure washer if your going to just use the washer occasionally. Cat pumps are the gold standard but my 3700/4.0 has a General pump and it’s done well for me for years and I also have a 3100psi 3.1gpm with some pump, I don’t know who made it but for only $320 shipped it kicks it out. That washer has a Chonda engine and they ain’t too bad really.
 
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SpaceBus

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Nov 18, 2018
4,321
Downeast Maine
I saw some Simpson washers on Amazon that were very affordable and shipped to my house.
 

Woodspliter

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Jan 25, 2020
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Maine
Tractor supply sells them as well, home depots carry the dewalts. I upgraded from a craftsman it's night and day difference. The higher GPM is much faster cleaning speed.
 

maple1

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Sep 15, 2011
10,480
Nova Scotia
Will you be feeding it from a house supply? Or a tank? Some won't work without a pressurized feed, like house pressure pressure. I suspect the better ones would OK (aforementioned Cat or General pumps), but seems an increasing amount of box store models need pressure. Which you could always work around by using a small second feed pump in between, but something to possibly consider.
 

SpaceBus

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Nov 18, 2018
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Downeast Maine
Will you be feeding it from a house supply? Or a tank? Some won't work without a pressurized feed, like house pressure pressure. I suspect the better ones would OK (aforementioned Cat or General pumps), but seems an increasing amount of box store models need pressure. Which you could always work around by using a small second feed pump in between, but something to possibly consider.
I'll be feeding it from my house which is of course pressurized. We have a outside freeze proof hot and cold tap.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,321
Downeast Maine
You'd want to make sure the pump can handle hot water most cold water pressure washer don't recommend hot water through the pump because they can over heat
Thanks for the heads up, I wouldn't have thought of that!
 

Bad LP

Minister of Fire
Nov 28, 2014
1,177
Northern Maine
Thanks for the heads up, I wouldn't have thought of that!
Yup. Pay attention to that tid bit. We used to de-ice with hot water after big snow storms.
 

duramaxman05

Feeling the Heat
Aug 17, 2014
409
Perryville, Mo
I have a yamaha pressure washer with the cat pump. All I can saw is you have to hang on to it when you pull the handle. Lol. I do mechanic work on the side at my house and it works awesome for washing equipment that's oily and greasy.
 
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