Pressure washer is a machine that uses high pressure water to blast dirt and grime from surfaces. The force of the water is so powerful that it can get rid of the toughest stains from patios, sidewalks, driveways, garage floors and cars. There are several types of pressure washers you can choose from depending on your needs.
Gas-powered pressure washers are the most powerful kind of pressure washer available. The gas engine is more powerful than an electric motor and provides more cleaning power at higher pressures and flow rates. These models are ideal for larger areas like decks, patios, house siding etc. They are usually heavier than electric models but are more portable because they don’t require electricity to operate
Electric pressure washers produce less cleaning power than gas-powered pressure washers but they are lighter and quieter. They produce 1600 to 2000 psi of water pressure with a flow rate of 1 to 2 gallons per minute (gpm). Electric pressure washers are ideal for cleaning light-duty jobs like patio furniture or cars. They don’t require much maintenance and have no emissions
How long does a pressure washer last?
On average, pressure washers have a lifespan of around 1000 hours of operation. This number may be a little lower or higher depending on how often you use your pressure washer, and how you maintain it. For example, if you use it every day for 8 hours straight and do not maintain it properly, you may end up needing to replace it after just 500 hours of operation. In contrast, if you only use your pressure washer once a year for 4 hours and take good care of it, this can double its lifespan.
The overall life expectancy of your washing machine also depends on its type – gas or electric. Gas pressure washers are generally more durable than electric ones. However, they need more maintenance because they have engine oil that needs to be replaced periodically. That being said, if you have a large area to cover with your power washer or need to remove tough stains from concrete surfaces, a gas-powered model is recommended over an electric one.
When homeowners consider purchasing a pressure washer, they often think that the only thing that matters is the PSI (pounds per square inch). This is not true. There are also two different types of pressure washers, cold water and hot water. The difference between these two is significant.
Cold water pressure washers are great for cleaning dirty, greasy surfaces like concrete or brick but don't do as good a job for cleaning dirt and grime off of vehicles. One reason for this is that cold water doesn't do a good job breaking up oil and grease which means you have to use more detergent in order to get the job done.
Hot water pressure washers are much better at getting rid of dirt and grime because hot water breaks down all kinds of dirt and grime, including oil and grease. Hot water models also come with higher PSI ratings because they are able to function under high temperatures which helps when it comes to cleaning things like heavy-duty machinery or even asphalt. Visit the Giraffetools collections for a deeper insight on the durability of the pressure washers.