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MLariviere
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posted 09-24-2002 10:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am thinking of getting a small pressure washer. I don't want a huge gas powered one,but a small,portable electric one. Anyone have one they can recommend?

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Ken
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posted 09-25-2002 05:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken   Click Here to Email Ken     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mike, the research that I did made me go out and buy a "Karcher", Model-210, 1200psi electric washer and I can tell you....I love it. It did an excellent job cleaning my engine compartment when I had the engine out and it does a great job on the houses vinyl siding too !!! I can't remember what I paid for it but I know it was real reasonable.

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MLariviere
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posted 09-25-2002 10:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks,Ken,I'll keep it in mind. So you say that 1200 psi is enough? Did you get this at a chain store,like Home Depot or something?

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GypsyR
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posted 09-25-2002 10:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GypsyR   Click Here to Email GypsyR     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought a new little Campbell-Hausfeld at a swap-meet for $90 about 2 years ago. I've noticed WalMart is now selling them for about the same price. It must be the weeniest electric washer there is. Dunno abou the PSI, but it's strong enough it can left some paint if you don't watch it. I've used it for engines out and in, motorcycles, ATVs,siding, etc. It does everything I want it to and hasn't let me down yet. We have a "big" gas powered washer at work. I can't tell that it does a better job than mine. Just does it a bit faster. And cost 5 times what mine did.

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Ken
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posted 09-26-2002 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken   Click Here to Email Ken     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by MLariviere:
Thanks,Ken,I'll keep it in mind. So you say that 1200 psi is enough? Did you get this at a chain store,like Home Depot or something?

Yes Mike, as a matter of fact I did get it at Home Depot. 1200psi was more than enough for me !!! I've even used it to strip paint and clean concrete. Once I get started with it I go searching for other things to clean . The one I bought (Model 210) came with three different wands for different uses.

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1965 Springtime Yellow Coupe - 302GT40-4spd
Edlebrock RPM Air Gap - 670cfm Holley Street Avenger
and much, MUCH MORE !!!
My 1965 (aka RUMBLE BEE) Photo Page
1995 5.0 Laser Red - 5spd - Coupe

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MLariviere
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posted 09-26-2002 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks,Ken! When I get a chance,I'll go pick one up.

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Big D
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posted 11-02-2002 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D   Click Here to Email Big D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought the one that Cost-Co offers.. You said you didn't want a gas engine,, but,, this has a Honda 5hp,, puts out 2,400 psi and has various nozzles for different jobs.. I've had it for 2 years now,, from cleaning floors to motors,, it is awesome..

They sell for about $350,, but it is worth it,, and one guy can load it into a pickup..

Don

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brockjoe
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posted 11-02-2002 01:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for brockjoe   Click Here to Email brockjoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i've had both and they both have pro's and con's
electric pro's
low noise, smaller can fit in most trunks, lighter, 1 person to load,
con's
need plug in, long extention cord the one i have has a big motor so a extention cord won't work i bought 3 hoses totaling 75 feet $$$ but worth it still won't go all the way around the house

gas pro's
can use anywhere, no cords, 25-30 ft hose is plenty
cons
weighs more, wont fit in a trunk, gas/oil sppills, costs more to maintain

i like the electric better but the gas was a lot easyer to use. also look at things like how to add soap or other chemicals to it the first one i had was a Campbell-Hausfeld and the container was the inside of the handle not too handy if you want to change from soap to degeaser, tip it over drain, (pain to try and dump the stuff in the container it came from) rinse tip over drain, the one i have now is a easy remove container takes 5 min and its easy to put the stuff in a container to save also mine (electric has 1800 psi not enough

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Big D
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posted 11-03-2002 01:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D   Click Here to Email Big D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by brockjoe:
(electric has 1800 psi not enough



Joe,, you are exactly right.. I've used electric washer with 1400-1800 psi..NOT ENOUGH.. It's kind of like HP..

That's why I like the 2,400 psi the gas sprayer puts out,, and the Honda 4 cycle isn't that noisy..

They had another unit that was 6 hp and put out 2,700 psi.. Only problem it was twice as $$$expensive$$$..

Don

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