How to Choose the Right Pressure Washer

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How to Choose the Right Pressure Washer

There are different types of pressure washers available on the market, divided into 3 categories based on the intended application. To choose the right machine, it’s important to determine what you plan to use it for. The scope of your cleaning goal is considered as a primary decision-driving factor.



Residential pressure washers are used to conduct small cleaning jobs around your yard. Specifically, you can wash your car, clean outdoor furniture, and appliances, as well as small decks and patios. Residential pressure washers run on electricity and release the water with the pressure of 1300 to 1900 pounds per square inch. To recognize this type of pressure washers in our store, look for a lightweight and relatively small machine with a power cord, flexible hose, various nozzle attachments and included a tank for detergent, as well as storage for the spray gun.



Light-commercial cleaning jobs require a more powerful appliance. This next category of pressure washers can clean larger decks and patios, fences and siding, boats and other vehicles. Unlike residential pressure washers, light-commercial machines have a gas engine and their water pressure varies from 2000 to 3100 pounds per square inch. The typical characteristics for an appliance like this would be a more heavy-duty frame and larger wheels, poly- or steel braided high-pressure hose, an OHC or an OHV engine, axial cam pump with an aluminum or brass head, which will be able to handle higher pressures.



In the case where you need a professional cleaning job done, there’s one more heavy-duty category of pressure washers. These gas-powered machines release nearly 4 gallons of water per minute with the enormous pressure of 3200 to 4200 pounds per square inch. A stream of water from a professional pressure washer can strip paint and prepare surfaces for construction jobs, remove graffiti and conduct fleet maintenance. You’ll be able to recognize a professional pressure washer in store by a heavy-gauge steel frame, commercial-series engine, and triplex pump and a steel-braided high-pressure hose.

If you are interested in renting or buying a pressure washer or need further assistance in choosing the right machine, don’t hesitate to contact online or call 603-926-2211 (Hampton, NH) or 603-431-1109 (Portsmouth, NH)!

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