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Old 10-26-2017, 12:16 AM   #1
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Default Pressure washers.....Electric versus Gas.

In the market for a new power washer after the pump on my 18 year old Generac w/ Honda motor spit the bit. Pump is $170 and frankly I can get a new washer for just a little bit more. I use it around the house for the house and brick, driveway/walk way, deck and other miscellaneous stuff.

I was leaning toward another gas one but seems like every place I read including TBH there are a lot of folks that say "I will never go back to a gas unit after using or owning an electric..." Is that pretty much the case these days for a home use unit? I'd love to not have to jack with gas and oil as long as I can get a good unit with good pressure.

What say ye TBH? and what units, gas or electric, do yall recommend? I'd like to keep it under $300..
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Iíve got an electric green works 2000 psi that I like. The only complaint I have so far is the hose to the wand is kind of crappy.

https://m.lowes.com/pd/Greenworks-20...RoCEFcQAvD_BwE

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Old 10-26-2017, 03:04 AM   #3
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I've used both and the only thing I have now is a little $100 electric from Home Depot for about 4yrs now and it has not missed a lick. Does just as good of a job and as fast as my dads $2000 pressure washer and don't have to worry about my boy scarring the concrete.
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If you want good pressure, over 2000psi you have to go gas in your price range.

I was looking for one not too long ago and went with a ryobi electric one from HD. I was mainly getting it to do small clean up jobs and run my foam cannon for washing vehicles and toys.
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I like the ease of storing and using the smaller electric units. And the difference in 1900 psi and 3200 psi isnít that noticeable around the house to me honestly. Still cleans the concrete and pool patio just as fast and as good. And will blow mud out of the ranger just as efficient. I would go electric again with no regrets.


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I like the ease of storing and using the smaller electric units. And the difference in 1900 psi and 3200 psi isnít that noticeable around the house to me honestly. Still cleans the concrete and pool patio just as fast and as good. And will blow mud out of the ranger just as efficient. I would go electric again with no regrets.


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What unit are you using?
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I bought a Ryobi electric, 1300psi works great
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I have had this one for a couple of years and it has been great. Since you live in Denton also, let me know if you want to borrow it to try it out.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-2-...2800/205566052
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What unit are you using?


Spider roll around unit I bought from Home Depot. Takes up as much room as the average shop vac not too heavy and the wife can drag it around. Wand was a pos I just robbed one from my old Dewalt Gas psi washer
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I have this one. https://www.snowjoe.com/products/sun...0-ft-hose-reel

It got good reviews on Amazon, and in the 6 months Iíve owned it, Iíve been very happy.

It does a good job cleaning truck, quads, tractor and driveway.

I havenít wanted for a higher pressure or volume unit.

The only downer, is that the hoses are proprietary, but since adding another 25í hose, Iím good to go. They are reasonably priced, and readily available, so not really a big issue.

Off the shelf tips fit it. I have a turbo tip, and a foam cannon that I use often.



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Old 10-26-2017, 08:51 AM   #11
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I had a 2 Husky brand (bought second after 1st played out) that did what I needed them to do.
When the second one played out, I bought a gas powered.
I think it's 6 one way, half dozen the other ... you're either going to fool with the gas or drag an extension cord around, along with the water hose.
The gas also came with 5 different tips; the electric just had an adjustable end on the wand.

I prefer the gas.
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Old 10-26-2017, 08:58 AM   #12
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Default Pressure washers.....Electric versus Gas.

Thanks for the link felllas.

Anybody know what the life expectancy of the electric ones are?
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Old 10-26-2017, 08:59 AM   #13
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I recently bought an electric Ryobi and love it.
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Old 10-26-2017, 09:05 AM   #14
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https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-1-...4122/203800590

I've used it to clean the sidewalks, old deck wood and the inside of my Pitmaker Smoker. So far, so good.
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Thanks for the link felllas.

Anybody know what the life expectancy of the electric ones are?
I can't vouch for the life just yet. My electric is going on year three, and it is the first electric for me to have. Much more convenient that the gas one I used to have. Just keep pump oil in it when storing.
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Thanks for the link Axe man...



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I can't vouch for the life just yet. My electric is going on year three, and it is the first electric for me to have. Much more convenient that the gas one I used to have. Just keep pump oil in it when storing.
Thanks for the reply bob......which unit are you using?
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I prefer the gas.
I do too right now....I've had one for 18 ish years.

But I'm intrigued by the aspect of no spills, plus no winterizing and oil changes.....

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Old 10-26-2017, 09:58 AM   #19
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I had a 2 Husky brand (bought second after 1st played out) that did what I needed them to do.
When the second one played out, I bought a gas powered.
I think it's 6 one way, half dozen the other ... you're either going to fool with the gas or drag an extension cord around, along with the water hose.
The gas also came with 5 different tips; the electric just had an adjustable end on the wand.

I prefer the gas.
What he said.
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Old 10-26-2017, 10:00 AM   #20
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I do too right now....but I'm intrigued by the aspect of no spills, plus no winterizing and oil changes.....
I hear that!

Mine sat in my storage unit for almost a year ... with gas in it.
I spent at least 3 hours farting with the carb, took it off no less than 4 times, and it still wouldn't run right.
I ended up buying a replacement carb, on Amazon, for like $12.
Runs like a champ now!

What are these oil changes that you speak of?
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I had the same debate with myself a couple years ago. I ended up buying this unit by Greenworks -

https://www.amazon.com/GreenWorks-GP...ressure+washer

I only use it once every couple of months or so and it has performed great. It is not a unit designed to run all day every day but it has served my purposes very well.
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Donít buy a dewalt. I borrowed Curtintex pressure washer and it locked up after about an hour. *


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If you use it once or twice a year....go electric


If you use it monthly go gas
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I just cannot get past the Water and Electricity part of it. I know GFI.. and what ever but I will stick with Gas. Run it out of gas each use and keep oil. When It dies roll it to the curb and buy another one.
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I've used it to clean the sidewalks, old deck wood and the inside of my Pitmaker Smoker. So far, so good.
Wife bought me this one for father's day last year. Already in the garbage. Friend had same one, and his crapped out too. Many others on here claim you don't need higher pressure, but my back porch and deck is about 800 sq ft, 1/2 concrete, half wood deck, and I can do it twice as fast with the 3200 psi gas machine that i have now. Of course, 3200 is almost double the 1700 so that makes sense; while the 1700 cleaned just as well, the path was much smaller, hence taking twice as long as the bigger machine. I work a lot of hours at my job, I sure don't like spending most of my day off behind a slow pressure washer.
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I just cannot get past the Water and Electricity part of it. I know GFI.. and what ever but I will stick with Gas. Run it out of gas each use and keep oil. When It dies roll it to the curb and buy another one.
Ever take a hot shower?
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I have this one. https://www.snowjoe.com/products/sun...0-ft-hose-reel

It got good reviews on Amazon, and in the 6 months Iíve owned it, Iíve been very happy.

It does a good job cleaning truck, quads, tractor and driveway.

I havenít wanted for a higher pressure or volume unit.

The only downer, is that the hoses are proprietary, but since adding another 25í hose, Iím good to go. They are reasonably priced, and readily available, so not really a big issue.

Off the shelf tips fit it. I have a turbo tip, and a foam cannon that I use often.



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What hose did you buy?
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These two look awesome

https://www.pressurewashersdirect.co...er/p73154.html


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If you use it once or twice a year....go electric


If you use it monthly go gas

I'm somewhere in between those..
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I'll counter this. I have a DeWalt 3,400 unit and it's been great. Uses Honda GX motor (really good motor).

With proper maintenance they'll run a long time. Problem is people just put them up for months on end without maintaining and things corrode and clog up. Not saying that's what happened to the one you borrowed, but I have nothing but good things to say about the DeWalt I own.

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I bought this one a few months back at Northern Tool and really like it.

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I'll counter this. I have a DeWalt 3,400 unit and it's been great. Uses Honda GX motor (really good motor).

With proper maintenance they'll run a long time. Problem is people just put them up for months on end without maintaining and things corrode and clog up. Not saying that's what happened to the one you borrowed, but I have nothing but good things to say about the DeWalt I own.

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Curtís was brand new, had only been used 1 time and that was by him to pressure wash his lake house. It could have just been a bad one.




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Curtís was brand new, had only been used 1 time and that was by him to pressure wash his lake house. It could have just been a bad one.




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Dang, if all proper fluids were put in when he bought it, I for sure would have been on the phone with DeWalt or wherever he bought it from. They're not cheap units. Hope he got it figured out.

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Dang, if all proper fluids were put in when he bought it, I for sure would have been on the phone with DeWalt or wherever he bought it from. They're not cheap units. Hope he got it figured out.

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He was supposed to take it back to Home Depot, it was only a few months old. Pretty sure the pump locked up.


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I bought an electric one. Figured it was easier for my wife to use when I wasn't home.
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What hose did you buy?
https://www.snowjoe.com/products/sun...essure-washers

It's the threaded fittings that are proprietary. They are something like 1mm smaller or larger than standard, so off the shelf hoses leak. The hose that comes on the unit is frustratingly short. Since adding this extension, it's awesome. I have plenty to walk around a piece of equipment.

I bought everything off of Amazon.

Washer: https://www.amazon.com/Joe-SPX4001-E...n+joe+spx+4001

This is the foam cannon: https://www.amazon.com/DUSICHIN-SFL-...ds=foam+cannon

Turbo nozzle: https://www.amazon.com/Joe-SPX-TSN-3...s=turbo+nozzle
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I bought an AR Blue electric pressure washer 2-3 years ago and will never go back to gas operated. I use mine the same way you use yours around the house (porches, patios, washing vehicles, etc) and it is perfect.

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Ever take a hot shower?
Gas Hot water heater.. So all the time..

And my Water Heater does not have an extension cord running along side of my water hose.

And for the record. Yes I have had an electric one. And with the newer Gas ones. I will never have anything but a gas one
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Bought this one a few months back after it was recommended. No throttle, not primer, nada. Never had to pull it more than three times. Idles down when you aren't spraying.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Troy-Bilt-3...ARB/1000178199
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I have this electric PW from Amaozn and it works like a charm. Extremely powerful in my opinion.

https://www.amazon.com/Joe-SPX3000-P.../dp/B00CPGMUXW
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Thanks for the reply bob......which unit are you using?
I really can't recall right now - it is a mid-range cost option from Lowe's. As it was my first electric, I did not want to splurge for the most expensive, nor did I want the absolute cheapest. I'll try to take look when I get home this evening.
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Nice job! I'm interested in your experience and opinion. I built something like that, and I did not buy a water heater. What hot water heater would you choose from this list https://www.newtanklesswaterheaters.com/ ?
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Bought this one a few months back after it was recommended. No throttle, not primer, nada. Never had to pull it more than three times. Idles down when you aren't spraying.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Troy-Bilt-3...ARB/1000178199
They all idle when not spray or at least they should. Mine did for 17-18 years but I was told it was not good on the gas models pump to let it idle for more than 20-30 seconds without water moving. Just a FYI..




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I have this electric PW from Amaozn and it works like a charm. Extremely powerful in my opinion.

https://www.amazon.com/Joe-SPX3000-P.../dp/B00CPGMUXW

I haven't made my purchase but I am seriously leaning towards this one because it gets such great reviews and takes up so little space. I was also looking at the Harbor freight Portland version but it seems to have a lot of plastic connections parts. Not bad reviews at all though for $77 with a coupon though.
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Good Lort just pick one. My wife buys shoes faster than this.
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Good Lort just pick one. My wife buys shoes faster than this.
Unfortunately she did the same with her husband choice..
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Unfortunately she did the same with her husband choice..


Well she picked the "gas" version. Jokes on her. Lol
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I had electric once. Then went gas. Pain to winterize and if you leave this ethanol fuel in too long you have a headache. But I also see a difference the psi between electric and gas. I used mine to clean concrete/driveways and boat.
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This is a great topic. I am in between on the gas/electric as well. I had a Troy Built that was a refurb from Home Depot, 2011 purchase for $130 an it ran like a champ up until Harvey flooded the machine. It's locked up tight. I did have an after market hose that is 40' long which is very sweet.

Here's what I think a valid question for the electric unit. Granted, I'm good with electricity and can do some wiring and trouble shooting, lol. I use my pressure washer in my pool to clean it a few times a year. I have a Pebble Tec finish and I will float on a pool noodle and wash the sides and floor down, basically pressure wash the pool while inside and let the filter do it's job. I have the wand under the water with me using it on the sides and floor. Is there any chance that an electric unit could possibly zap me while floating inside? I know there would be a chance if the unit fell in and that does scare me, I would have to have a longer hose for sure.

I just like the ease of the electric but I do have an odd application that I use it often for in my pool.
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Old 11-05-2017, 11:49 PM   #49
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I'll counter this. I have a DeWalt 3,400 unit and it's been great. Uses Honda GX motor (really good motor).

With proper maintenance they'll run a long time. Problem is people just put them up for months on end without maintaining and things corrode and clog up. Not saying that's what happened to the one you borrowed, but I have nothing but good things to say about the DeWalt I own.

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I love my dewalt, use it often as ts part of my business, but I just turn the fuel off and let the carb burn all the fuel out of it and she's good to go after putting it on choke the next go round. If the carb ever gets gummed up just soak it in some simple green!
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I have a commercial honda I use for work. We powerwash a lot of decks and exteriors before painting or staining. I would never consider an electric one for this type work but for light duty stuff around the house a little electric one would probably be much more convenient.
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