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Power Pressure Washers - Which To Choose, Electric Or Gas Powered?


You are confused by the wide varieties of power pressure washers available in the market and are looking for a unit strong enough to wash off grim, grease, dirt and also capable of washing the car. But there is so much technical jargon out there, it is every easy for the dealer or sales person to mislead you into buying something you might not need, what with the baffling terminologies like PSI, GPM, Direct Drive and Belt Driven versions, electric and gas powered versions etc. So if you are having difficulty on which to choose, here is a brief guide to start you along.

do you need liquid in a pressure cookerFirst off, we need to understand what PSI or pounds per square inch refers to. Essentially, PSI measures the pressure power or the cleaning efficiency of the unit in question. Note that the stronger the power the greater the utility consumption, but cleaner the surface. GPM on the other hand refers to the gallons per minute of water usage, and the higher the GPM the higher the water consumption but faster your cleaning gets done.

Now that we have gotten the terminologies clarified, lets look at the choice of Electric vs Gas Powered Pressure Washers. The PSI for electric units range from 1,200 to 2,000 which is sufficient power for most household cleaning tasks. As the electric pressure washers run on AC electricity and needs to be connected to a power source. This limits the mobility of the machine during washing but the simple solution is to get a longer cord if you need to clean an extensively wide area. The benefit of the electric version lies in its versatility. You can use it to clean your driveway, sidewalk, building sidings, patios, decks, balconies and even wash your car. When using the unit, it is easy to regulate the pressure by narrowing or lengthening the distance between the nozzle and the surface to be cleaned. This tip is especially useful if you have a more powerful unit but needs to clean more fragile surfaces.

The Gas powered pressure washers on the other hand range from 2,000 to 4,000 PSI and are bulkier than its electric counterpart. This version does not require electricity to run and depend fully on burning gasoline. Should you loved this informative article and you would love to receive more details relating to what are pressure cookers used for please visit the website. By virtue of its stronger PSI, gas units are used more for cleaning stubborn grease and grim, and are more suited for commercial cleaning purposes such as factories and manufacturing plants. They are also commonly used for paint preparation, heavy vehicle cleaning, or cleaning heavily soiled concrete. They are to be used only for outdoor purposes as the gas emits toxic carbon dioxide which could become fatal if used in unventilated enclosed indoors. All gas models have 4-cycle engines and run on regular unleaded gas. That said, the versatility of the gas powered pressure washer lies in its mobility, without the cumbersome cords of the electric units.

With this simple guide, you would have a better overview of what power pressure washers to choose, depending on your cleaning needs. Remember that your needs would be very different if you are sourcing for a unit for home use vs starting a pressure washing business.