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Old 05-30-2015, 11:52 PM   #1
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Default Time to buy a pressure washer!

It's something that I will use probably less than ten times a year. What do you regular users reccommend? I hear the Simpson units are good, but thats about it.
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Old 05-31-2015, 12:26 AM   #2
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Depends on what your end goal is. I bought a simpson with the plan of starting to downstream my houses for paint prep. It broke (the injector) on the second job and I never could get it working so I ended up buying a new belt drive unit. The simpson is just sitting in my garage now, once I have some time I will keep trying to get it working.

If you are only going to use it about 10 times a year, would you be better off just renting?
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I bought mine from SW its a MiTM. it works great.
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Depends on what your end goal is. I bought a simpson with the plan of starting to downstream my houses for paint prep. It broke (the injector) on the second job and I never could get it working so I ended up buying a new belt drive unit. The simpson is just sitting in my garage now, once I have some time I will keep trying to get it working.

If you are only going to use it about 10 times a year, would you be better off just renting?

I was looking into renting one from the big orange box. A 2000 - 2700 psi (MiTM) was $79 a day. I think if he needs it ten times, it's better to buy. PLUS there's next year. AND the convenience of having it at his disposal.

HOWEVER, if he hasn't decided which one to BUY, he could rent different ones and see which suits his needs.



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Depends on what your end goal is. I bought a simpson with the plan of starting to downstream my houses for paint prep. It broke (the injector) on the second job and I never could get it working so I ended up buying a new belt drive unit. The simpson is just sitting in my garage now, once I have some time I will keep trying to get it working.

If you are only going to use it about 10 times a year, would you be better off just renting?
Or subbing to a cleaning company.
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If you have the storage space and don't mind maintaining it yourself, buy.

If no to either of above, rent/sub.
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Also, whenever this question comes up in the pressure washing sub forum here on painttalk, the more info you give those experts the better answers you receive.

What exactly will you be using it for? Roofs, siding, parking lots?

What chems?

Plan on using it for 2 or 3 hours at a time, less than 10 times a year?

Plan on using it for 10 multi day projects a year?

How heavy of an object are you willing to load/unload from your truck by yourself?

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Also, whenever this question comes up in the pressure washing forum, the more info you give those experts the better answers you receive.

What exactly will you be using it for? Roofs, siding, parking lots?

What chems?

Plan on using it for 2 or 3 hours at a time, less than 10 times a year?

Plan on using it for 10 multi day projects a year?

How heavy of an object are you willing to load/unload from your truck by yourself?
Siding for sure, maybe other things.

Not sure what chems, but for sure stuff for mildew.

I'd say 4 hours average use.

Most likely not.

I don't want a tank - I'll be unloading it myself in/out of my Chevy Express 2500. I'm gonna try using my aluminium platform from my Baker to load/unload (hopefully).

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If you have the storage space and don't mind maintaining it yourself, buy.

If no to either of above, rent/sub.
Just sold my 66 Mustang, so I now have room to store

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I bought mine from SW its a MiTM. it works great.
MiTM was what my old company always had. Never had an issue with them!

Thanks for the help, people!
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Once we switched to down streaming/ soft washing and got a 4 gpm pump, our time spent washing a house dropped dramatically. I would say that the washing portion is much more profitable per hour than the painting.
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Whats that??
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Siding for sure, maybe other things. Not sure what chems, but for sure stuff for mildew. I'd say 4 hours average use. Most likely not. I don't want a tank - I'll be unloading it myself in/out of my Chevy Express 2500. I'm gonna try using my aluminium platform from my Baker to load/unload (hopefully). Just sold my 66 Mustang, so I now have room to store MiTM was what my old company always had. Never had an issue with them! Thanks for the help, people!
what is this platform you spoke of
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I'm in the same boat. Been using a contractor friends washer. Time to buy. Downstreaming seems like the way to go. There are a lot of videos on youtube about it. I'd like to hear from the other guys here that use the system. Here's a good vid explaining how it works.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7x5...2nyl8KDhsZcDsp
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Siding for sure, maybe other things.

Not sure what chems, but for sure stuff for mildew.

I'd say 4 hours average use.

Most likely not.

I don't want a tank - I'll be unloading it myself in/out of my Chevy Express 2500. I'm gonna try using my aluminium platform from my Baker to load/unload (hopefully).



Just sold my 66 Mustang, so I now have room to store



MiTM was what my old company always had. Never had an issue with them!

Thanks for the help, people!
Sold your 66 Mustang? Almost teared up on that one. I'm sure you had a good reason.
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Once we switched to down streaming/ soft washing and got a 4 gpm pump, our time spent washing a house dropped dramatically. I would say that the washing portion is much more profitable per hour than the painting.

Just got my 4gpm rig so I'm still figuring it out. Here's my question regarding soft wash. Typically I am also using the higher pressure to remove loose paint while washing. When soft washing I don't think you are able to remove flake- just purely washing? So maybe it's an easier wash but you are not able to do much removal.
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Just got my 4gpm rig so I'm still figuring it out. Here's my question regarding soft wash. Typically I am also using the higher pressure to remove loose paint while washing. When soft washing I don't think you are able to remove flake- just purely washing? So maybe it's an easier wash but you are not able to do much removal.

Save the paint removal for your return trip when you can scrape & contain the chips, (versus just blasting them all over hell & back). Doing what you're doing now on any home built before 1978 could result in steep fines, depending upon where you live.
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Just switch out the tip.
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Save the paint removal for your return trip when you can scrape & contain the chips, (versus just blasting them all over hell & back). Doing what you're doing now on any home built before 1978 could result in steep fines, depending upon where you live.

Most of my market is 10 year old homes for the first repaint. Not much scraping really but it's nice to blast it when I see it.
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Just switch out the tip.

I guess that's easy enough.
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Second question. How much concentrated soap should you use on a say 3k sqft house?
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Depends on manufacturer. I've been looking into Power House. They say 5 gal will do 5-7 houses. But shipping 5 gal is almost as much as the product itself.
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