Gas pressure washers are versatile, powerful and hardy washer. What they lack in the way of mobility, noise and maintenance costs they make up for in durability and ease of repair. Choosing a the best gas pressure washer depends primarily on your individual needs, how you will be using it, and your budget.
There are several factors to take into consideration when selecting the best gas pressure washer. The primary concern is horsepower (HP), for domestic use look for a washer with at least 5 HP or lower. For professional use look for a washer with a minimum of 6.5 HP – large garages will need at least 13HP for maximum efficiency.
The secondary factors are GPM and PSI. GPM is short for ‘Gallons Per Minute’ and refers to the how much water the washer can shoot out per minuet. It is simply another measure to help you determine the power of the unit and weather it will suit your needs. PSI (pounds per square inch) does mater, but only if the horsepower and GPM are also good, if not it will make no difference and will not improve the washers performance.
Understanding how the machine works and what components are important will help you make a wise selection that will suit your needs and fit within your budget. When looking for the best gas pressure washer the most important parts of the machine to carefully review and research are engine capacity, pump type, brand, portability and whether it is easy to winterize.
Engine capacity is one of the factors you should consider when selecting the best gas pressure washer for your situation. The way a gas pressure washer works, is that the gas powers the pump generating pressure, so the higher the engine capacity the more pressure you will be able to get. So, if you need a pressure washer with very high pressure, more engine capacity is always better.
Second only to engine capacity is the pump type and brand, it is extremely important and can make or break a pressure washer. Even if the machine has excellent engine capacity, if the pump is poor quality it will break down and cause endless issues for you. To avoid maintenance and disrepair make sure the pump is high quality, with longer running periods and that are able to be repaired if needed.
Gas pressure washers are notoriously difficult to move around. Although most do come with wheels, the washers are large and heavy, it’s a good idea to make sure to select pressure washers with large, pneumatic wheels and a strong frame for optimal portability. Although not always essential being able to move your pressure washer around without help will make your live much easier in the long run.
Pressure washers usually come with a large selection of attachments, nozzles, wands and hoses that must be stored. Many of the best gas pressure washers come with a special storage compartment for it’s accessories. This can be extremely useful, especially if you have a large tool shed or shop, and can save you time locating misplaced tips.
Gas pressure washers range in price a lot, from domestic washers that go for as low as $90.00 to professional grade washers that can cost over $400.00. Knowing exactly what you need will help you pay only for what you will use, and not waste money on a high grade washer that you will only use to wash your car. Doing your research and shopping around is the best way to make sure you get the best gas pressure washer possible.
If you are living in a cold area, then it is important to be able to properly winterize your machine simply. When winterizing it’s necessary to drain all liquids from inside, and replacing them with special solutions to protect the components from frost and freeze. Having a built in way of accomplishing this will save you time, and lengthen the life of the machine.
It’s important to make sure the entire machine is made with quality parts, and that the pump is not only a good brand but is also repairable. This will help you avoid high maintenance and repair bills in the future.