Pressure Washer Advice

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Greebe, Apr 14, 2018 at 4:25 PM.

  1. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    That's the problem with smaller units, lack of volume. It's fun to use a pressure washer to blast leaves that collect in pockets around the shop. Adequate gpm moves them before they get really wet.
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  2. Greebe

    Greebe Been here awhile

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    So you guys think I should buy a bigger one eh? Maybe one of these? Hehe, just kidding! :D

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  3. Buschog

    Buschog Been here awhile

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    Lol

    It's really all about what you will use it for, and your budget.

    If I were purchasing for more than my bikes, and cars (house washing, heavy equipment etc.) I would want much more than a little eletric unit can provide.

    PSI is fun but GPM does the work.
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  4. lineaway

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    Yeah, my truck I am running tomorrow is only 2500 PSI. But at 60 GPM!!
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  5. Buschog

    Buschog Been here awhile

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    60GPM?!? Yeesh
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  6. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Back to tips. My red tip has a round hole that shoots a stream along way. Great for blowing leaves and knocking off wasp nests way up there. Candig holes in the ground too!
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    PNWet Been here awhile

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    I have a 3100 PSI, Honda-powered washer I got from HD several years ago (looks very much like the one linked above, only mine's yellow).

    I recently discovered a spiral tip. I use it for cleaning my sidewalks. It was incredible. Highly recommended.

    Amazon - Spiral Tip
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  8. lineaway

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    I would not touch a bike with any spinners. They are designed for cutting. We use them exclusively for hydro excavating.
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  9. fprintf

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    I have a red tip on my gas powered pressure washer. Once when trying to knock off a wasp nest while on a ladder I lost control of it. Before I knew it I'd carved a nice gouge in the railing on my deck. In a separate incident a few years later my buddy hit his arm with the stream and ended up with a nasty cut in his arm that would need to be repaired at the hospital and he'd need several weeks off of work. Apparently cuts caused by liquid are very difficult to get to heal because of the damage to the tissues they cause. Those red tips are nothing to mess around with even on 5-10 gpm homeowner quality washers!
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  10. Bronco638

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    I have one of these: LINK

    However, I do not use it on the Sherco until the season is over. There's nothing on the bike that I can't reach with a soft bristle brush (like for a dust pan), a bucket of soapy water and a garden hose. When I'm going to do a winter maintenance tear down, I'll use the pressure washer but I'm sure not to be within a foot or two of the bike.
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  11. NZRalphy

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    It will speed the cleaning process
    It will wreck your bike for all the reasons you say
    It makes a SOB mess
    Dont do it, use a hose and a sponge
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  12. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Sigh:marc
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    I've got a Honda powered Homelite. I've changed the oil on it once and the engine will of course last forever. I'm worried about the pump failing. We've got terrible hard water here. I've used pump lubricant but it was a pain in the ass and I spilled more than I used. What's the best way to lube and store the pump?

    This is what I used:
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    Maybe this hose attachment would work better:
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  14. fprintf

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    This is what I use in my pressure washer, though admittedly I use it for the anti-freeze foam it pushes out. The lubrication is a secondary benefit, but I also have somewhat hard water and have not had any issues with my washer other than a clogged intake screen this year.
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    I attached a short section of garden hose, maybe 15inches, to a funnel, then connected the hose to the washer. Pour in some undiluted RV antifreeze, and with the run/off switch set to off give the pull start a few slow pulls until the water is pushed out and the pump is filled with antifreeze.

    I didn't have hard water where I was in NC at the time, but if you get all the water out of the pump before it can evaporate and leave the hard water scale to build up, you should be golden.
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  16. NZRalphy

    NZRalphy Been here awhile

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    Hey .... he wanted opinions. I gave my opinion because I've damaged a bike while trying to be careful. Your comment doesn't help. Jeez
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  17. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    Could you tell us how you damaged your bike using a pressure washer, as you didn't elaborate in your original post?
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  18. NZRalphy

    NZRalphy Been here awhile

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    On the 'early' dead list of a nice Beta...
    Wheel bearings
    Swing arm bearings
    Sticky brake calliper
    Crank case paint lifting (along with some of the casting)
    Graphics blown off
    More dirt in the airbox than before I started cleaning

    On the next couple Beta was a hose n wash-mit and the bikes had none/a lot fewer of these issues
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  19. Gordo83

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    This is what I have, and works well. Also, not as powerful as a regular pressure washer. Plus, you can use it anywhere you can drive a vehicle, as it runs off your cigarette lighter. This pic below is not mine. Just a pic I got off the net. But mine is the same brand and model. NOMAD

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  20. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Sorry about that, but you came across pretty strongly with:

    - It will wreck your bike
    - It makes a SOB mess
    - Dont do it
    - use a hose and a sponge

    The OP was worried about damage. You opined on the fear side of the issue, so my apologies.
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