by Dean Dean


I receive many emails from professionals in our business regarding SELECTING A PRESSURE WASHER.  Usually they relate to what a particular pressure washer can or can’t do.  They are inquiring for the most part about either hooking a pressure washer up to a tank, or bypassing it back to the tank.  One concern is staying off the trigger for too long can potentially burn out the pump.  In some cases, the machines may not have the capability to do either one of those things.  This will help you as you compare machines, pricing, and what you want it to accomplish as you start your pressure washing business.


When SELECTING A PRESSURE WASHER, keep in mind there are generally three kinds.  First, there is a belt drive unit which usually has a large square box built in.  Then you also have direct drive machines, and finally, you have gear drive machines.  Each of these have various pros and cons.  In this video, I provide a complete overview of these types of pressure washer machines.  I also speak to the importance of maintaining machines to prevent failure and breakdown on the job.  I generally recommend starting a business with a belt drive machine when SELECTING A PRESSURE WASHER.


Each of these types of machines provide varying degrees of durability and performance, in addition to maintenance issues.  When SELECTING A PRESSURE WASHER, I recommend a BELT DRIVE first because of durability.  I recommend GEAR DRIVE next, especially when space is limited.  Finally, if you are looking for the lowest price, you would go with a DIRECT DRIVE machine.


There are two ways you can feed a pressure washer machine from a water tank.  Force feeding is when you hook up to a regular garden hose outlet from a house or building.  When you turn the water on, water is forced into the pressure washing inlet fitting.  The other option is using a tank filled with water and gravity moves the water from the tank into the pressure washer.  At about 13:00 into the video, I cover the importance of understanding the gallons per minute coming out of your machine.  I also demonstrate how to do a bucket test to calculate this number.  You must be careful that the water supply is amply feeding the machine with enough water so that the pump does not burn out.  Be sure and watch the entire video for all the details.  There is a lot of important information here that will help your new business.  After watching the video, don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about SELECTING A PRESSURE WASHER.


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