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      04-16-2013, 04:06 AM   #1
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recommended specs for a pressure washer?

i'm thinking about getting a pressure washer for the purpose of making washing the car easier.
i've seen some that have a built in soap/detergent mixer...

whats the general recommendation for psi and capacities?

thanks!
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i'm thinking about getting a pressure washer for the purpose of making washing the car easier.
i've seen some that have a built in soap/detergent mixer...

whats the general recommendation for psi and capacities?

thanks!
I just bought myself an AR blue clean 118. I think it is probably the "weaker" pressure washers but I have used it two times now and it does an excellent job. So IMO I don't think the super powerful ones are necessary for the weekend warrior
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i got a home depot house brand, home lite 2700psi, powered by Honda GCV160? GVC? something like that. $200 OTD from HD

I wanted a high PSI to do some house cleaning as well

Has a soap dispenser, but it won't foam like the MTM attachment I purchased from detailers domain.
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i'm thinking about getting a pressure washer for the purpose of making washing the car easier.
i've seen some that have a built in soap/detergent mixer...

whats the general recommendation for psi and capacities?

thanks!
I just bought a cheapo electric pressure washer from lowes. I'm just using it for car washes so 1800 psi is enough for me. Then again, from my experience, electric pressure washers have a high fail rate.

Also, I recommend the MTM Foam Lance/gun. I got mine at amazon for $50 shipped. I don't know why other places charge ~$80+shipping for the same thing.

I've heard with higher PSI the more foam you get with the lance. Mine is good enough with Chemical Guys soaps (such as MaxiSuds)

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awesome, thanks guys. i've been interested in them since i saw a detailing thread a while back where the car was basically a blob of foam after he sprayed it. he waited about five minutes and rubbed it down and hosed it off and it seemed to be a pretty painless procedure.
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I use a AR Blue 383 with a MTM foam lance. I had do a bit of rigging to get the foam lance to work right but now it works great. The pressure washer comes with two different nozzle attachments so I permanently rigged on with the foam lance.
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