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post #1 of 12 Old 02-19-2017, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Pressure Washer

Who's got what? I am buying a foam cannon for washing the fleet. I'm looking at this one, suggestions?



DEWALT Honda GX270 3,800 psi 3.5 GPM Gas Pressure Washer DXPW3835 at The Home Depot - Mobile


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JMHO but I wouldn't use 3800psi on my vehicles. I have a Karcher 3000 psi that I won't use either. I hand wash vehicles and use pressure washer for OPE, porch and sidewalks etc.
That DeWalt looks like a pretty nice washer.

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I have maybe 7 pressure washers, electric, several 5hp, 8hp, 12hp. There is a big big difference between all of them. If you buy one, buy an 8hp which is the GX270. It's not so much the pressure, it's the volume, the gallons per minute which is important. Good choice of the Honda engine. The second choice is the manufacturer of the pump. I've never heard of AAA pumps, triplex is the type of pump.
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I was looking at it for the 3.5 gpm which is nice.

I'd use it for cleaning the siding, driveway and cars for the stuff on the cars I need 2.0 gpm ans 2k psi at a minimum.

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This seems decent. Apparently they are made by simpson for dewalt.... not much of a price difference from what I see


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Looks like a nice machine. For home use it seems like a lot more than most need. I have an inexpensive pressure washer from Sam's . It has a Chinese Lonson Engine that looks like the Predator Vertical shaft. It was about $200 new and it has served me well. Cleans a deck, cars, OPE. I only use it about 2-3 hrs. a year. A larger one would go a bit faster but for the my needs the much cheaper price was a good trade off. I have also use a Troy Bilt from Lowes, which I tuned up for a friend, and that was a nice working machine too.

If you will use it a lot go for it. The reviews look good!
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FWIW I have this little Ironton from Northern Tool. Engine looks like a Chonda. Not sure which brand.

Ironton Gas Cold Water Pressure Washer 2,600 PSI, 2.3 GPM, Model# 87034 | Gas-Cold Water Pressure Washers| Northern Tool + Equipment

I've owned it a few months and used it a handful of times. I bought a cheap foam cannon off of Amazon for the cars. The setup works pretty well.

Recently used it to wash my house, driveway, and patio and it does the job. Runs well, does take a few pulls to start though.

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Apologies for the delayed response.....I have the little brother to that Dewalt unit.

As mentioned above, buy a power washer for 2 components - Engine & Pump...and it does sometimes get tough to purchase both that are good quality. Othewise all it is is frame and color.

AAA pumps....they aren't a name you hear when you discuss pressure washer pumps.....and my 2 cents are a bit tainted from my own experience.

I actually ended up finding my unit on a clearance (sometime around February...I bought my Honda Lawnmower the same way) at home depot and it just so happened that same day they were also offering an extra 30% off so my final price was less than what I would have paid for the Honda motor. I got the unit home and that spring pulled it out to use it and it worked great. That summer I think I used it a total of 10 hours, but nearing the end of summer it felt like the pump was losing vacuum...etc - no pressure at times and then it would come back.

Went to use it that fall for the last time and winterize it...and it worked fine but near the end of the job the pump "grenaded" and all was lost. The AAA pump isn't rebuildable at least for what I found and I was a good 4+ hours from the store I bought it at (my parents hometown) to bring it back and go thru the hoops of the supposed warranty process to even find out if it was covered. Instead since I got mine for a song and a dance and I had read less than favorable reviews of that pump...I had already prepared myself for this situation.

Watched the Northern Tool website and the pump I went with was a Cat Pump (I believe it also has ceramic coated pistons...or something ceramic and is completely rebuildable). Once they had it on sale for 50 bucks off....I used another 100 dollar off coupon and ended up picking up a top notch pump for around $225.00. The weight between the two pumps was a night and day difference. The Cat pump was well built, no aluminum and I can definitely tell from the pressure and the engine itself it works my Honda GX a lot more.

I've been extremely happy with it since then and the thing just works now for a couple of years with zero issues.

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3800 psi will rip the paint right off of the car. you can cut asphalt with that.

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