POWERPLAY - Pressure Washers (5)
Pressure washers are among the most useful pieces of outdoor power equipment for homeowners. They turn your outdoor cleaning projects into short tasks you can do quickly. Outdoor pressure washers have several attributes and features.
Raw power is perhaps the primary specification of any cleaning machine. You can tell how powerful a pressure washer is by checking its PSI (pounds per square inch) rating. This is a measure of pressure exerted by the water on your work surface. The higher the PSI, the more grime and dirt the water can cut. You often see GPM listed on machines as well; this stands for gallons per minute, and it gives you an idea of the flow of water the machine can handle.
A high-PSI power pressure washer is ideal for cleaning the grime off your driveway and pavement. The issue is that using too high a power setting can damage delicate surfaces, such as the paint on your home siding. To mitigate this, use wide-angle nozzles, which either come stock with your machine or are available separately, to reduce the power of the spray. This gives you the two-fold benefit of being gentler on your home exterior and of covering a larger area for faster task completion.
The size and manoeuverability of your pressure washer are also critical factors. If you have a large property or plan to move around a lot, a compact wheeled unit might be right for you. Other projects, such as driveway cleaning, might work well with larger, stationary outdoor pressure washers.
If your property is extensive, it’s best to go with a gas-powered model. This keeps you from being tethered to one location. Electric pressure washers are ideal for smaller, city-scale residential properties. They run on household current and you never have to fill up the tank. Browse Rona for other outdoor power equipment such as lawn tractors, hedge trimmers, and cultivators to keep your property in good condition.