Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??

Considering a few pressure washers, any input?


Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs.

Questions on your truck, trailer, commercial lawn mowers, lawn mower, mower parts, lawn tractors, engines, edgers, trimmers, pole saws, aerators, hydro seeders, snow plows, chain saws, stump grinders??
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 04-05-2013, 12:21 AM
ratchetmaster2 ratchetmaster2 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 185
Rep Power: 3
ratchetmaster2 is on a distinguished road
Default Considering a few pressure washers, any input?

Being a landscaper, I try to do pressure washing as often as possible, but only done it occasionally in the past. I want to push pressure washing more because it's another service I can offer, and it's a high profit margin. I figured I should actually buy my own instead of borrowing or renting one. So I starting checking around.

I won't be using it every day, but I want it to work for a while at least. I want something in between commercial and residential. Maybe light duty commercial?
What rates and brands do you recommend? Honda, Generac, Ridgid, Husky?

Basically, I'm just looking for something to be able to clean decks and concrete with every now and again. Just looking for some input and experience with different brands. I'm not really looking for a 4000psi 3.5gpm machine. Just not realistic for me.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 04-05-2013, 08:18 AM
Caskey Lawns & Landscapes's Avatar
Caskey Lawns & Landscapes Caskey Lawns & Landscapes is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Gettysburg PA
Posts: 282
Rep Power: 3
Caskey Lawns & Landscapes is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
This is going to be just like mowing equipment or anything else...Everyone will have a favorite...

Here is my two cents....

I have used Karcher brand power washers for a couple seasons now and they work very well, The last I bought through CPO Outlets online and had it in 3 days...Honda Engine !!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-05-2013, 09:22 AM
ratchetmaster2 ratchetmaster2 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 185
Rep Power: 3
ratchetmaster2 is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dougcaskey View Post
This is going to be just like mowing equipment or anything else...Everyone will have a favorite...
Everyone has a favorite, and there's usually a reason behind it. And the reason usually isn't something like "I like it because it's red, my favorite color".

People have favorites because of longevity, price, ease of use, performance. And that's exactly what I'm looking to hear about on this thread.

"I like Generac pressure washers because they are quieter than others" etc.

Quote:
Originally Posted by dougcaskey View Post
Honda Engine !!
I actually don't like Honda small motors that much. They burn intake valves a lot.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-05-2013, 10:09 AM
Caskey Lawns & Landscapes's Avatar
Caskey Lawns & Landscapes Caskey Lawns & Landscapes is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Gettysburg PA
Posts: 282
Rep Power: 3
Caskey Lawns & Landscapes is on a distinguished road
Default

Sorry for wasting your time with my thoughts...
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-05-2013, 10:53 AM
The Cleaning Doctor's Avatar
The Cleaning Doctor The Cleaning Doctor is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Helena, MT
Posts: 927
Rep Power: 6
The Cleaning Doctor is on a distinguished road
Default

Ok here is what you need to look at....

GPM or Gallons Per Minute

All the other crap is worthless if you do not have the flow to move the water.

First off, you want a minimum of 4 gallons per minute and preferably 5-8. If all you are doing is residential then 4 is just fine.

After that it more of a personal preference for brands and engines. The parts are so interchangable that most systems use 1/2 the same parts of the other.

If you are going to do commercial cleaning, you want to get a trailer or truck set up. Like you find at http://powerwashstore.com and heck go ahead and register to win the FREE skid.

Paul and Bill run that site and they are good people. They will get you what you need. They can also help with cleaning questions.

Now as far as the cleaning, the only thing I ever needed the pressure washer for was cleaning concrete. Everything else required a cleaning solution and that was applied with a $60 12 volt pump.
__________________
Pat
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-05-2013, 09:28 PM
wandfsmall wandfsmall is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 925
Rep Power: 5
wandfsmall is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ratchetmaster2 View Post

I actually don't like Honda small motors that much. They burn intake valves a lot.
I have to ask where do you get your information about engines? I rarely see any burnt intake valves on Honda engines....
__________________
I am the owner of www.AllOutdoorParts.com an online mower parts distributor. I am also a Briggs Master Service Technician and Expert Certified Mechanic for Kohler. If my posts helps you please like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/alloutdoorparts
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-05-2013, 09:46 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

GPM is all that really matters here. You wont find a non commercial pump that pushes more then 3GPM.

People like Cat pumps, I had good luck with AR, Comet, I dont think it really matters there all good and come with 3-5 yr warranties.

Engines dont matter much never had a issue with Honda or Subaru. Almost bought a yammaha.

If your going to pressure wash just like mowing your losing money showing up with a non commercial machine.

I use a 12v pump for roofs only. I could use it for pressure washing but then I would have to bring my own tank and trailer thats a pita. It would work though. I cleaned a guys house with chemicals and a garden hose.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-05-2013, 10:16 PM
wandfsmall wandfsmall is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 925
Rep Power: 5
wandfsmall is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SECTLANDSCAPING View Post

People like Cat pumps, I had good luck with AR, Comet, I dont think it really matters there all good and come with 3-5 yr warranties.
I think the style of pump does matter a triplex pump will last a lot longer then a axial cam pump.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SECTLANDSCAPING View Post
Engines dont matter much never had a issue with Honda or Subaru. Almost bought a yammaha.
I disagree with you a little here you just do not see as much of the cheep junk in the commercial pumps as of yet. But I still think you need a good parts supply for a commercial piece of equipment to insure you can keep it running. And I think the yammaha engines are the same as the subaru.
__________________
I am the owner of www.AllOutdoorParts.com an online mower parts distributor. I am also a Briggs Master Service Technician and Expert Certified Mechanic for Kohler. If my posts helps you please like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/alloutdoorparts
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-05-2013, 10:37 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by wandfsmall View Post
I think the style of pump does matter a triplex pump will last a lot longer then a axial cam pump.



I disagree with you a little here you just do not see as much of the cheep junk in the commercial pumps as of yet. But I still think you need a good parts supply for a commercial piece of equipment to insure you can keep it running. And I think the yammaha engines are the same as the subaru.
Is there a cam axial pump that can even put out 3-4 gpms? I was under the assumption all the major pumps are triplex. Which is why I say theres not much difference in them.

If you buy a 3.5-4 gpm pump your going to get a commercial grade triplex pump.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I Need Input... Apex Lawn & Landscape General Talk 6 07-30-2012 02:00 PM
Low input grasses Lake Area Turf Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 3 02-14-2012 06:41 PM
Needing some input on equipment mortonslawn Truck, Trailer, and Outdoor Power Equipment Discussion, Repairs. 2 10-15-2010 06:05 AM
Would appreciate any input cwt2112 Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 9 08-22-2010 11:16 AM
Landscapers Input lawnindustryconsultants.com Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job 6 05-01-2008 08:18 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
French gardener owner's...
didgreen
Yesterday 09:10 AM
Today 02:25 AM
by didgreen
3 83
Thanks for all the posts
WheatGrass
Yesterday 06:38 AM
Today 01:29 AM
by WheatGrass
2 78
Landscapers from hell!!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 03:55 PM
Yesterday 11:21 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
3 109
hows it going.
uppercut
Yesterday 05:01 AM
Yesterday 11:16 PM
by uppercut
3 84
viking cyclon.
uppercut
01-29-2015 09:12 PM
Yesterday 11:11 PM
by uppercut
2 71
Just Quit?
ringahding1
Yesterday 06:23 AM
Yesterday 10:36 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 155
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 11:41 AM
Yesterday 10:26 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
15 845
adding something new...
veteranslawncaresystems
01-28-2015 12:13 AM
Yesterday 09:15 PM
by veteranslawncaresystems
6 194
Crunch time 2015!
Chilehead
01-29-2015 08:57 PM
Yesterday 07:51 PM
by Chilehead
2 82
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
Yesterday 07:46 PM
by Chilehead
11 895
Lost my @#$ blower
stevef1201
01-11-2015 08:31 AM
Yesterday 04:47 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 474
whats this briggs?
uppercut
Yesterday 12:40 AM
Yesterday 02:49 PM
by Steve
1 61
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
Yesterday 02:36 PM
by Hard-Body lawn & garden
1,202 363,945
Lawn Mowing -...
ringahding1
Yesterday 07:05 AM
Yesterday 07:05 AM
by ringahding1
0 38
TaskEasy & Plowz & Mowz...
jrwalker333
01-25-2015 01:02 PM
01-29-2015 08:14 PM
by lxarth
8 277
Contact last years...
googus
01-28-2015 09:13 AM
01-29-2015 02:29 PM
by Steve
6 245
Looking for advice on...
berryjam
01-21-2015 07:37 PM
01-29-2015 02:21 PM
by Steve
15 493
New to the forum
LCRobert
01-26-2015 10:21 PM
01-29-2015 09:11 AM
by ringahding1
7 226
What happened to Better...
Steve
01-27-2014 04:07 PM
01-28-2015 12:26 PM
by Steve
21 3,212
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
01-28-2015 12:23 PM
by Steve
44 16,101
Bidding to get other work
Rodriguez11
07-21-2011 11:52 PM
01-28-2015 12:08 PM
by Steve
29 9,480
How many contracts...
5StarLawnscaping
01-12-2015 03:51 PM
01-28-2015 11:04 AM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
10 622
"Part Timers", "Low...
doug1980
06-10-2009 12:55 PM
01-27-2015 09:01 PM
by jrs.landscaping
43 10,384
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 12:30 PM
01-27-2015 07:24 PM
by avetslawncare
4 162
New to group
ron@alpine
01-27-2015 08:45 AM
01-27-2015 01:29 PM
by Steve
1 134
please Help with none...
Lawnboyman1170
01-09-2015 09:46 AM
01-27-2015 01:27 PM
by Steve
13 804
does this sound good or...
Bradcook21
01-22-2015 09:24 AM
01-27-2015 07:42 AM
by ringahding1
9 358
second year advise
cmdlawncare
01-23-2015 06:22 PM
01-27-2015 07:31 AM
by ringahding1
6 308
need advise
rawssrob
02-23-2010 02:45 PM
01-23-2015 06:40 PM
by cmdlawncare
7 2,643
New to forum
ROB N
01-23-2015 08:35 AM
01-23-2015 01:53 PM
by Steve
1 191
Extending the life of...
rmccutchan
01-17-2015 12:37 AM
01-23-2015 01:43 PM
by Steve
8 440
osceola lawn service
jasa@wildblue.net
01-22-2015 03:23 PM
01-23-2015 01:38 PM
by Steve
1 196
Tax Question
Wolf4dk
01-20-2015 01:11 AM
01-22-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
4 340
Billy Goat Vac
Mr. Mow
01-19-2015 07:42 AM
01-22-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
6 327
Property Pricing
GVL
01-19-2015 02:46 PM
01-21-2015 02:18 PM
by Steve
5 388
Landscapers Source For...
breadcrumb
01-16-2015 02:44 PM
01-21-2015 05:55 AM
by breadcrumb
14 554
Hoa advice
Bradcook21
01-16-2015 09:36 PM
01-20-2015 04:30 PM
by Steve
4 374
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 07:51 PM
01-20-2015 10:16 AM
by biglee
16 706
How to beat the pre pay...
stansg1fresh
01-13-2015 04:33 PM
01-19-2015 03:38 PM
by ringahding1
3 444
Hello from Md
homey
12-17-2014 06:55 PM
01-19-2015 01:37 PM
by Steve
12 1,256
Hi from Illinois
burtle
01-02-2015 09:46 PM
01-19-2015 01:22 PM
by Steve
3 606
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
01-19-2015 01:20 PM
by Steve
14 1,556
Another Illinoisan.....
barhopper
01-11-2015 05:38 PM
01-16-2015 04:29 PM
by Steve
10 528
marketing with pizza...
apmAkron
01-15-2015 09:57 AM
01-15-2015 06:29 PM
by Steve
4 339
CRM and Quickbooks?
5StarLawnscaping
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
01-15-2015 08:06 AM
by 5StarLawnscaping
0 270
New Member, Indiana Iraq...
Timbo
07-14-2011 09:44 AM
01-14-2015 06:14 PM
by Steve
10 3,860
check this box truck out!
BLAZIER-1991
01-07-2015 07:40 PM
01-13-2015 03:06 PM
by biglee
8 736
My community only ad...
googus
01-12-2015 09:55 AM
01-13-2015 02:44 PM
by Steve
5 428
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
10-23-2014 09:07 AM
01-13-2015 09:37 AM
by Chilehead
18 1,932
use a small business...
BLAZIER-1991
12-25-2014 12:21 AM
01-12-2015 06:32 PM
by BLAZIER-1991
30 1,685
» Popular Tags
2wd 4wd 4x4 apartment complex apartment lawn care estimate applying bark bob villa collections commercial demonstration door hangers edging employee problems estimate first truck flyers google gopherhaul grass gravely hardscapes hills hiring how to hydraulic jobs landscape landscape services lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mr dave new mower ordinance past due patio install per hour charge podcast profit on employee push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization seo shreaded small engine repair snow plowing sq ft starting a lawn care business sulky toro tractor auger trailer mate pro truck new used landscape walk behind web design won't return wood wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:43 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:43 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy