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Old 09-22-2014, 09:14 AM
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Anything in particular to look for or avoid? I am looking for one that I can use around the house and on the cars. I think 2-3 times a month I think to myself, "Man, I wish I had a power washer for this..." So, I think its time to take the plunge.

Costco has a Honda powered gas one for $300 or so. Its got a 5ish HP motor and just under 3k PSI pump.

I've been looking on CL but didn't want to toss money out there without knowing what to check and or avoid.

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Supply hose usually cannot exceed 25' - It is actually hard to find a quality 25' hose to purchase. Anything over 3K PSI is just to hype their product as having more than the next guy. 3001 vs 3002psi for example. A LOT of pressure washers have no way to turn off the supply of soap. I can't figure out what their thinking is other than put in only what you can use and then flush it before doing anything that doesn't need soap.

I bought this one because of their gimmick quick change nozzle. It is, in fact, nothing more than a gimmick. You have two settings, flood and cut concrete. I kid a little. There are three settings.... cut concrete, flood, and the one setting you use for everything.

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I kept thinking the same - "man it would be nice to have a power washer." Then my neighbors moved out of state and we had been keeping theirs in my garage. Its still here. I think I have used it 2x. I keep thinking I will use it more! They have said they would come for it but I don't think they will. Would you be interested? I can ask them what they'd let me sell it for.
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the harbor freight ones work great....until winter...you can't drain the water out all the way and the plastic pieces break

that said, make sure they are able to be properly drained and serviceable
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I've got the Costco one. BIL has had one for years. Honda engine sold both of us on it.
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I kept thinking the same - "man it would be nice to have a power washer." Then my neighbors moved out of state and we had been keeping theirs in my garage. Its still here. I think I have used it 2x. I keep thinking I will use it more! They have said they would come for it but I don't think they will. Would you be interested? I can ask them what they'd let me sell it for.
Sure shoot me a PM and a few details of the PW.
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I've got the Costco one. BIL has had one for years. Honda engine sold both of us on it.
Thats good to hear. I am cheap, I'd like to go with a used unit, or at least get a new one at a used price
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i want you to check on a price if drew dosent
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