Article on Gas Powered Pressure Washers

March 27, 2009

Pressure washers are highly beneficial cleaning systems for virtually any residential, commercial, or industrial user. The more powerful pressure washers can accomplish tasks that most cleaning equipment can't even touch, like stripping paint, degreasing heavy-duty equipment, and removing the most stubborn oil, dirt, grime, and soil residues from concrete, walkways, driveways, sidewalks, brick, building exteriors, and much more. Some pressure washers can even detail cars! But, when it comes to the various applications these machines can be used, pressure washer operators are often limited by the lack of power connection in working in external environments.

Facing this problem should not be a deterrent to purchasing pressure washer equipment, as a solution is here: gas powered pressure washers. Pressure washing machines powered by gasoline afford users a great deal more mobility than standard electric pressure washing equipment. By using gasoline to generate power, these machines allow users to work in areas where an electrical supply is not necessarily present or available. Just think of all the applications that will benefit from this ability: agricultural, marine, construction, and virtually any commercial or industrial pressure washing application in remote exterior locations.

Noise can be a concern when using gas pressure washers, as they tend to be louder than models powered by electricity. Yet, in light of the increased noise, gas-powered models produce a great deal more power. Many pressure washers powered by gasoline motors feature anywhere from 3 HP to 50 HP of sheer power. Even though the power options have been narrowed down, when purchasing gas pressure washers consumers must understand the different types of models available. Pressure levels, flow rates, and temperature options are the primary modes of differentiation. Pressure levels range from 1500 psi for lighter tasks to 8000 psi and beyond for the most powerful pressure washing available. Flow rates offered can range from 2 GPM to 8 GPM. Choosing the proper flow rate and pressure level depends upon the application at hand. Generally the more powerful the feature, the more quickly the user can accomplish the task at hand.

The greatest degree of delineation among the various gas pressure washers available lies within the temperature options. Gasoline-powered cold water pressure washing machines can be used for a range of lighter, residential pressure washing applications, but do not afford users the advanced cleaning power associated with heated machines. Models with heat come in two variations: hot water and steam. Hot water pressure washer is much more powerful than cold water pressure washers, as it can dissolve substances much more quickly.

As cleaning power increases with temperature, hot water pressure washing equipment, with temperatures up to 210 ºF, cannot reach the advanced power of steam. Steam pressure cleaners reach astoundingly high temperatures up to 330 ºF, which allows operators to soften and dissolve residues while cleaning, degreasing, and quickly removing even the most challenging substances.

Despite the wide array of features and power options available on gas-powered pressure washer equipment, one thing is for sure: all gas pressure washers afford users maximum mobility and power for tackling any commercial or industrial pressure washing application.

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