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How to Pick the Perfect Cold-Water Electric Pressure Washer.

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Cold-Water Professional Electric Power Washer Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Cold-Water Electric Pressure Washer

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Cold-Water Professional Electric Power Washer Buyer's Guide

If you're a professional power washer, you know exactly how reliant you are on your equipment.

As such, you can't settle for cheap throw-away machines.

Professional cold water electric pressure washers are the opposite of throw-away.

These power washers can run all day, every day, allowing you to clean all the way to the bank.

Electric Considerations

20 Amp Outlet
Some of these professional electric pressure washers require a 20 amp circuit, as well as a dedicated 20 amp outlet to run. You'll want to make sure your circuit box has one of these for where you'll be cleaning, otherwise you won't be able to use the washer.

GFCI Outlet
A lot of these units come with GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) power cords. They are designed to protect people from severe or fatal electric shocks because they detect ground faults and interrupt the flow of electrical current. Just make sure you have GFCI plugs.

Cold Water Professional Pressure Washer
One of the easiest ways to ruin cheap pressure washers is to leave the pump running while it has no water to pump. This will cause the pump to burn up and break.

A feature found on some professional pressure washers is a multi-hour bypass. This run-dry capability prevents the pump from damage should you walk away and it runs out of water to pump.

Spray Tips
Consumer Spray Tips
A nice feature that accompanies cold electric pressure washers is a whole mess of spray tips - allowing you to tailor your spray to your cleaning task. If you're rinsing detergent from vinyl siding, go with a wider spray. But if you're blasting mud or concrete from a tractor, choose a concentrated jet spray.

In a 5-pack, the tips are:
  • 0 - red, concentrated pencil jet
  • 15 - yellow, high performance
  • 25 - green, multi-purpose
  • 40 - white, sensitive surfaces
  • 65 - black, low pressure detergent application

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