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I went to CHPOWER.com and inquired about closeout deals ect... i am looking for compressor tools but thats another story...
anyway, they have a pressure washer PW2200 for sale... 189$ sells normally for 371 on their site... they said its an overstock..

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2200 PSI, 2.0 GPM Gas Pressure Washer with 6 HP Briggs & Stratton Engine
Model: PW2200


do you think a 2200 psi is strong enough to use to clean vinyl siding, pressure treated decks and of course my mower deck...
 

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Simple John,
I have owned a gasoline power pressure washer and now have an electric one which has been much better. With 1600 psi of pressure, I was able to clean 12 years of grunge off my concrete front porch so cleaning vinyl siding should be a snap. I paid $170 at HD for the electric PW which is slightly less than what you are looking at. No maintenance required for the electric PW while you will for the gasoline one. If you have well water like I do, I would recommend the electric one even more.
 

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:question: :question: :question:
How will well water affect what type of motor you use to power the pump. Sorry I might have missed something but I still had to ask the WHY question!

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I have a EX-CELL 4 HP 1500psi pressure washer that i dug out of the trash last year. It cleans the vinyl siding and my cement driveway very good. I dont see why the 2200psi woundnt clean it better. And im with Stewart (How will well water affect what type of motor you use to power the pump.)
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Most of the cheaper gasoline power washers (<$400) I saw were like mine did not have 100% Brass pump heads. I should have added that if you have well water and want to stay with a gas powered one, make sure it 100% Brass or well water like mine with corrode it faster. I haven't opened the my Electric PW up to see what it has but at less than %50 of the cost of my old gasoline one, I am not that concerned.
 

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thanks DB et al

does this mean anything to you?

The PW2200, 2200 PSI, 2.0 GPM Gas Pressure Washer features a 6 HP Briggs & Stratton Quantum Engine, Durable Cast Aluminum Pump with Brass Manifold and Thermal Relief Valve to protect pump, 2 Piece Metal Gun & Lance with 25 ft. High Pressure Hose, and a Compact Cart Design.


not sure if cast aluminum would rot?

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actually i just called them and they said yes it does have a brass pump head i think im gonna grab it... thanks

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Makes sense

That was something I hadn't thought about.... mineral content. We are on a smaller towns water supply, I think it is just over a thousand folks. We do get some build up around the faucets that could over time build up or corrode the pump.

I don't know the chemistry but wonders if putting water under pressure would make it corrode the pump faster???? I know on inboard boats they put a sacrificial adnode (sp) on the shaft so the water doesn’t corrode the prop.

Or something like that, I will leave that statement open to correction just in case I have it wrong.



Good point though. I also wonder how long you could use a PW with out rebuilding it and how much it would cost????


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Water pressure would have no effect on corrosion but could cause more abrasion if any suspended sand or grit is in the water. As far as water chemistry goes, I also have some sulfur in my water which makes it even worse than just mineral. I don't soften or other wise treat water that goes to either my irrigation system or outdoor spigots. The water that gets inside my house has all the bad stuff removed. I actually have a sink in my garage that gets treated water and I have thought sometimes of running a hose from it to the power washer than I could use it on my car or even the tractor if I don't want water spots. I believe the head on my old gasoline PW was cast aluminum and my well water did a job on it in just a few years.
 

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SJ,

I was going to post earlier but had a Dr.'s appointment. The PW is probably a private label DeVillbiss(sp?). I have one with the same 6hp Quantum B&S engine, 2400psi and 2.5gpm. 2.0gpm is a bit on the low side, most are 2.5+ but should be fine for your uses. You can also get a Turbo wand for it that will help for driveways.

The price is definitely right if it is a new unit. You can probably compare it to the Excel they sell at HD for $299.

Good luck and enjoy. You will find a lot of uses for a PW.

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thanks
not sure if this link will post...

<img src=http://www.chpower.com/chimages/catalog/active/pw_PW2200_253x400.gif>
 

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Originally posted by simple_john

Thanks i bought it.. chpower seems like a good site they have great deals on their closeouts...
Hey SJ, I wanted to be the first to ask. Can I borrow it this weekend? :lmao:
 

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no problem argee, im sure you wont be the last to ask...

ill give you my standard answer... hell no...
 

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Sorry to hijack the post, it sounds like a good unit, I wish I had one at times. I just can't justify the expense for what I need it for!:cheers:

I was off on a rabbit trail for a while......I'm back now and back on my medication!! :cool:

Can I borrow it after Argee???? Please??:ride:
 

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No problem Stewart... As to using it...

see above response

or if i can quote a down east maine gentleman... F - No...



ive got to wonder what our well water will do to this unit.. our showerheads and faucets are gunked up with brown from hi iron content in the water...


We'll see

I figure to justify it i would be able to do the vinyl and it will save some time on my mower deck.. i mentioned it to my lady and she usually discourages my shopping binges... but when she heard that she could wash her new car with it.. she was all excited to get it..

thanks for all the input..

and of course all of your FP's...
 

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Originally posted by simple_john

ive got to wonder what our well water will do to this unit.. our showerheads and faucets are gunked up with brown from hi iron content in the water......
As long as your supplying cold water, it should take a while for it to get gunked up. It's the heating of water for some reason, that pisses off the minerals. :smiles:
 

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Simple_John,
What type of water treatment equipment do you have if any? I mentioned earlier that I treat the water inside the house but not what goes outside. I don't get iron build up on faucets or showerheads only lime. I do get iron on the inside of the toilet tank but bleach or Rust Out will clean it. A simple water softener will take out up to 2 ppm of iron but if you have more than that, you'll need an iron filter like I have which uses bleach to regenerate an activiated carbon bed. There are also permaganate units but I had one 15 years ago and killed one of my cats with it. Turned out the dummie drank water out of my laundry sink where the filter emptied the spent Permaganate. In a year or so it developed pernicious anemia and we had to put it down. If it can do that to a cat imagine what can happen over time to humans. I have been considering putting a small clorinator on the line that goes to the outside spigots to eliminate the orange stains on sidewalks, brink and other assorted fixtures outside.
 

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I have to paint the house next year and it would come in real handy. I guess you will have to send the wife out on her own shopping trip to pay her back!:peace: Enjoy, See ya around!!!

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pump

I belielve that the actual pump material is ceramic.
 

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hi Deerebob,
presently i have no water treatment at all.
our place is 5 years old and had a water test when it was new.. a water filter place soicited by and offered a free arsenic and water test.. so far ive gotten a reply of no arsenic and i am awaiting the rest of the results...

one thing i know is we have a lot of iron... If i try to fill a 5 gallon bucket with hot water, the 1st 5-10 gallons will be brown... im talking so brown ytou can not see your hand in the water sometimes...


so not sure if the iron will kill me or make me stronger... so far its only made me fatter...



sj
 
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