Performance Under Pressure

Tackle the toughest cleaning jobs with a pressure washer!

A pressure washer is far more than a glorified hose. In fact, a pressure washer is a versatile tool that enables you to tackle numerous cleaning tasks quickly and easily. There are three key factors to consider when purchasing a pressure washer: pressure (PSI – pounds per square inch), waterflow (GPM – gallons per minute) and work (HP –  horsepower).

Pressure/PSI is especially important when considering applications. Light duty (1000-1900 PSI) is good for cleaning vehicles, boats, bricks, fences and decks. Medium duty (2000-2900 PSI) is ideal for cleaning your house, larger vehicles including airplanes and fleet trucks, pools, sidewalks, driveways, roofs, exhaust vents and garages. Heavy duty (3000-5000 PSI) is best for stripping paint, heavy grease stains, concrete restoration and clogged pipes.

Waterflow helps determine time of cleaning—the higher the GPM, the less time it will take for the dirt to be removed from the surface. The lower the GPM, the longer it will take for the same job.

Work facilitates the pressure and waterflow respectively. In general, the more horsepower an engine has, the better it can facilitate higher pressure and waterflow. More power translates into finishing the job quicker as well as a longer life expectancy of the unit.

Now that you’ve determined the types of jobs you’ll be performing, it’s time to go pressure washer shopping! Next stop—Harbor Freight Tools!

 

2500 PSI, 2.4 GPM, 4 HP (160cc) Pressure Washer EPA/CARB
This gas-powered pressure washer is designed for tough jobs with up to 2500 PSI, 2.4 GPM and 4 HP of cleaning power. Two heavy-duty pneumatic tires make transport and positioning easy while a long-reach (25 ft.) high pressure hose allows you to clean wide areas. Additional features include an EPA/CARB certified 160cc Predator engine with low oil sensor and recoil start for optimal performance, commercial grade axial pump, five quick-connect tips and chemical/detergent injector on the pump.

3100 PSI, 2.8 GPM, 6.5 HP (212cc) Pressure Washer CARB
When you want even more power, this pressure washer is the ticket! It generates up to 3100 PSI, 2.8 GPM and 6.5 HP. The pressure washer also features two heavy-duty pneumatic tires, 25-ft. pressure hose, commercial grade axial pump, five quick-connect tips, chemical/detergent injector on the pump—and CARB-certified 212cc Predator engine with low oil sensor and recoil start.

1750 PSI 1.3 Electric Pressure Washer
For lighter duty jobs like power-cleaning walls, yard equipment and vehicles, this electric pressure washer delivers up to 1750 PSI.  Lightweight and portable, this pressure washer features 4-in. diameter wheels and a 20 ft. pressure hose. When the trigger is released, the flow stops automatically to prolong motor life.

Here a few tips when using a pressure washer:

Wear appropriate safety attire. That means safety googles and protective footwear like rubber boots—might as well make them waterproof. Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt are also advised for protecting your limbs from flying dirt and debris.

Protect plants and breakable objects. It’s easy for items to get damaged if accidentally hit with a high-pressure stream of water. Simply move or cover items to protect them.

Prep the pressure washer for use. Sounds basic but it will save you a lot of hassle! If it’s a gas-powered pressure washer, fill it with the appropriate engine oil and gasoline—do not fill it while it’s on! If it’s a plug-in washer, plug it in to a properly grounded outlet.

Connect the water supply hose (e.g. garden hose) to the inlet. Turn on the water supply before turning on the pressure washer to avoid damaging the pump.

Fill the reservoir with a detergent solution if you want extra cleaning power. Make sure the solution is compatible for use with a pressure washer.

Attach the proper spray tip to the nozzle. Certain tips may be required when using detergent. Be sure to read the user manual carefully.

Position the spray tip at least 2 feet from the surface. When starting to pressure wash, it’s better to start further back and gradually move closer. You may risk damaging the surface if you hold the tip closer than 12 inches.

Move the spray in a side-to-side motion. Don’t spray too long in any one spot.

Apply detergent starting low and moving upwards. Allow the detergent to soak for at least three minutes before rinsing. Don’t let it dry—rinse the surface by spraying water from the top down.

Flush the system if using detergent. When the job is completed, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for flushing the system.

 

Once you start using a pressure, you’ll truly wonder how you ever got along without one. To view the pressure washers featured above, visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

 

Source material:
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A Blast to Use!

1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer69488_I_A

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69488_I_CWash dirt off walls, yard equipment, vehicles and more with this powerful 1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer from Harbor Freight Tools! Lightweight and portable, this pressure washer features a pressure hose over 13 ft. 8 in. long so you can reach tougher areas and 5 in. diameter wheels for easy transport.

This is a great pressure washer for any auto garage or shop that wants to clean larger items quickly! And it’s great for everyday jobs around the home.

Here’s what customers are saying about the 1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer:

Easy assembly. I used this for three days straight pressure washing my driveway, 2nd story deck (stairs & railing), and 220 feet of fencing. 30 hours without any problems. Well worth the price! – Vinny, Medford, OR

The product works great!!!! Good value and performance. – Efren, Houston, TX

Neat little pressure washer. Light weight, easy to use and maneuver, stingy on water, but does the job. We use it for cleaning outdoor shades, porch floors and vehicles. Light enough to easily move around and very compact to store. No problems after several uses. – CAPTTOMB, New Braunfels, TX

And check out this fan video we found on YouTube of a customer putting our power washer through its paces!

You can pick up the 1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer
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Top Ten Items to Help with Spring Cleaning from Harbor Freight Tools

Spring is just around the corner and while we love the warmer weather, we cringe a bit at all the spring cleaning that awaits us. But cleaning can actually be fun when Harbor Freight Tools is in your corner. Check out the Top Ten Items to Help with Spring Cleaning from Harbor Freight Tools.

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5 gal. Wet Dry Vacuum Blower

5 gal. Wet/Dry Vacuum/Blower
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Lightweight and portable, the powerful motor on this 5 gallon wet or dry shop vacuum cleans up even the most stubborn debris and fluid with ease. A float valve prevents overfilling. Additional features include a corrosion resistant tank, blower mode to swiftly dust areas and shop equipment as well as three extension wands, crevice tool, floor nozzle, filter bag and dust bag. It’s a great shop vacuum to have in the workshop, garage or home.

 

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Microfiber Cleaning Cloths 12 Pk. in Action

Microfiber Cleaning Cloths 12 Pk.
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A great way to give your vehicle a top notch clean-and-shine but also ideal for using around the home or shop! The microfiber weave lifts and traps dust without scratching finishes. An added bonus is that these microfiber cloths can be machine washed and dried.

 

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24 in. Heavy Duty Push Broom

24 in. Heavy Duty Push Broom
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Clean up big jobs fast with this heavy duty push broom! The push broom features a strut-reinforced head, threaded aluminum ferrule and 53 in. wood handle for leverage and control. It’s ideal for both indoor and outdoor use.

 

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8 In Portable Ventilator

8 In Portable Ventilator
item#97762

This portable ventilator circulates and airs out rooms! Whether filled with fumes from painting or other finishes, the two-speed motor gets rid of dank air and strong smells quickly and easily. The ventilator features an aluminum blade and steel housing for long-lasting performance as well as an ergonomic handle for effortless carrying.

 

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1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer in Action 3

1650 PSI 1.25 GPM Electric Pressure Washer
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This electric pressure washer utilizes up to 1650 PSI to power-clean walls, yard equipment and vehicles easily! Lightweight and portable, this pressure washer features a pressure hose over 13 ft. 8 in. long so you can reach tougher areas and 5 in. diameter wheels for easy transport.

 

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7 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 50 Pc Large

7 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 50 Pc Large
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Quality puncture-resistant gloves like these are must-haves to keep your hands intact when you’re wrist-deep in dirt, grease, grime, paint, solvents and the like. Powder-free and ideal for people with latex allergies, the 7mm gloves offer added protection while still providing dexterity. Also available in medium and extra-large sizes. Our customers swear by them!

 

4.

3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher in Action

3-In-1 Electric Blower Vacuum Mulcher
item#62337

This efficient, electric leaf blower converts to a vacuum with the flip of a switch. First, you can blow the leaves into a pile, then switch to vacuum mode and turn that pile of leaves into mulch! Features include two speeds and a lightweight, balanced design.

 

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6 in. 5.7 Amp Heavy Duty Dual Action Variable Speed Polisher in Action

6 in. 5.7 Amp Heavy Duty Dual Action Variable Speed Polisher
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Get smooth, swirl-free finishes with this heavy duty polisher. The powerful 5.7 amp motor features 6 variable speed settings and a two-position side handle. Foam polishing pads are sold separately.

 

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Two Tier Easy-Store Step Ladder

Two Tier Easy-Store Step Ladder
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With a 225-lb. capacity, this two tier step ladder helps you get a step up on your next cleaning job! The ladder features an extra-large circular support frame, anti-skid feet, locking steps and an extra rail for added safety. The ladder also doubles as a chair, plus it’s collapsible for easy storage and transport.

 

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20 Bin Medium Portable Parts Storage Case in Action

20 Bin Medium Portable Parts Storage Case
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This storage case lays flat or stands upright and is designed to stack with our other portable parts storage cases. The case is made from heavy duty, unbreakable ABS and includes a built-in carrying handle for easy transportation. The storage case has removable bins and a transparent, quick-view top that locks down to keep contents in place.

Find the Harbor Freight Store nearest you or visit harborfreight.com for more great cleaning supplies and a wide array of tools!

 

Keep Tools and Machines Running with the 13 HP, 420cc Gas Engine

With a 13 Horsepower, 420cc Gas Engine, you’re getting a lot of power in one little machine.  And it’s perfect for replacing motors on a variety of tools, like pressure washers, compressors, log splitters, water pumps… the list goes on and on, just like this reliable and powerful Predator engine from Harbor Freight Tools.  If you’re still on the fence about it, check out what some actual users have to say…

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“I use these motors for powering various industrial equipment when the original motor quits. Very dependable! Install a good charged battery and you will have no problems starting.” – Thwack from Beaverton, OR

“Wow! This engine starts great and runs really strong. I mean really strong!” – Rich from St. Paul, MN

This motor is both handy and versatile, letting you replace the engine on several different tools but always getting the same great results.  If you’re replacing the motor on a tool, the 13 HP, 420cc Gas Engine has you covered.  There is also a model specifically designed to pass those tough California emissions laws so if you’re in the Golden State, be sure to pick up the California approved engine.   Either way, at just $349.99, these high powered engines are just what you need to keep your tools and machines running strong.

Garage Cleaning Pt. 1 – Getting the Toys Ready

Now that the weather’s getting nicer, step outside and take inventory of your outdoor toys: lawn mower, ATVs, bikes, motorcycles, dirt bikes… not a pretty picture, is it? The tires are flat, they’re dead as doornails and they’ve got a film of filth accumulated from four months of neglect (and maybe even some left over from last year’s use).

Time to get in gear, son. Here are a few tools from Harbor Freight that’ll jump start your spring and summer, and get your wheels back on track:

First of all, let’s put some air back in those tires. For that– as well as other light air tool jobs around the garage– I recommend the Central Pneumatic 3-Gall Oilless Air Compressor #95275.  Equipped in a compact 1/3-gallon tank, the compressor puts out a capable 100 PSI, plenty for brad nailing, stapling, inflating or air brushing. It includes a quick connect coupler, and features easy-to-read gauges and thermal overload protection. Easily stored in the trunk of any vehicle, this compressor is a portable and hassle-free light duty air supply. And at $59.99 ($49.99 with coupon ’til the end of March!), it will have paid for itself, saving you from all those trips to the gas station where they charge you a buck a pop!

Next, blast the dirt, dust and grime off your mower, ATVs and bicycles with the Pacific Hydrostar 1650 PSI Electric Pressure Washer #69488. This is a great pressure cleaner for any auto garage or shop. Capable of  up to 1,650 PSI, it can be employed to power-clean your  walls, yard equipment, RV, boat, and vehicles easily. We like using it on the exterior siding, molding and getting rid of wasp nests. Lightweight and portable, it features a 13′ pressure hose that can reach the tougher areas, and 5″ diameter wheels for smooth transport. The nozzle is also adjustable for wide spraying or tight, concentrated streams, which is great when you need lighter or harder pressure. Add Harbor Freight’s powerful Degreaser Concentrate and use it to power wash your greasy, grimy, cobweb-covered BBQ grill as well. Normally priced at $99.99, but now ’til the end of March, you can pick up one of these babies for just $89.99 with coupon!

Chances are, after being dormant for several months, some of your engines will need defibrillation. This is where the Chicago Electric Battery Charger and Engine Starter #66783 comes in. Imagine the rush of godlike power as you connect the positive and negative clamps to your dead mower, and with a maniacal laugh, yell “Clear!” and hit the ignition, bringing your creature back to life. The 10-amp charger setting on this unit recharges vehicle batteries in just 3-5 hours. The 2-amp trickle function maintains the charge when the battery is not being used, while the 55-amp setting provides a boost of added cranking power for autos in emergency situations. The battery charger includes battery leads and clamps to help you get back on the lawn, water, dirt and road quickly. Priced at $49.99, the battery charger and engine starter will pay for itself over and over again!

Now that you’ve finished moving all your machines outside and ready for action, it’s time to turn your attention to the garage itself. Tune in next time when we address getting the garage/shop cleaned, organized and ready for all your projects in 2013!