How to Choose a Power Washer

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Like many homeowners, you may realize over the course of a few years that your driveway, bricks or freshly-poured patio may need a bit of TLC to achieve like-new condition. No amount of scrubbing compares to the power of a pressure washer to remove dirt, grime, stains, and other debris from these areas and others. Knowing how to choose a power washer is an art in itself, and selecting the right one for your use isn’t always easy. Tool Mart, Inc has the best tips to help you choose the power washer that works for your home or business. Read on for our favorite ways to make your selection easy.

Gas or Electric?

Know the difference between a gas or electric washer to help simplify your choice. Much like choosing between a gas or electric stove, knowing what you want out of your washer will help you choose.

Electric: Your typical electric version tends to be more cost-efficient when compared to a rental since the price point is much lower. It tends to be more suitable for small-scale home projects such as washing decks, furniture and other areas with your typical dirt and grime stains. They are quieter than their gas counterparts but take a little more time to do the job.

Gas: Gas machines have double the cleaning power and they’re fast. So think about what kind of job you’re up against before deciding how to choose a power washer. If sticky stains like gum or sap are involved, a gas pressure washer will quickly remove them - but the force comes at a cost. A gas machine is louder, more prone to damage surrounding fragile material and sometimes contributes to injuries due to force.

Becoming familiar with the benefits and downsides of each type of pressure washer will help you choose one that functions well for your purpose.

Know the PSI/GPM

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Choosing the right power washer requires knowing how cleaning power is measured. Cleaning power is measured by PSI (pounds per square inch) and GSM (gallons per minute). When you multiply the two, you’ll find the number that helps you compare different power washer models and their functions. PSI measures the water pressure and cleaning force produced by a machine whereas GSM helps you track the volume cycling through your water pressure.

Knowing how to choose a power washer depends heavily on the PSI and GPM required for the job. If you’re not sure, check out the specs for each model online at Tool Mart, Inc to make it easy. Browse our selection of pressure washers and accessories at wholesale prices and get ready for your next big job.