HOW DO I SELECT THE RIGHT POWER WASHER FOR ME?
There are three questions you should ask yourself when determining what kind of pressure washer is right for you. The first question is, “Where do I intend to use the power washer? At home or at work?” Typically, you don’t need as powerful of a pressure washer for your personal use at home as you might on a job site. Household jobs for example, shouldn’t need a machine larger than 3000 PSI, whereas 3000 PSI would be minimal for jobsite usage.
WHAT CREATES PRESSURE ON MY PRESSURE WASHER?
The nozzle is what creates the pressure and also the spray pattern of your pressure washer. If you have the incorrect nozzle you may not get the full potential out of the machine. Always make sure that your pressure washer nozzle is clean and free of debris.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH NOZZLE TO USE?
There are up to five different quick connect nozzle spray tips, four high pressure and
THE BLASTER: (RED)
Provides a concentrated spot of high pressure water allowing you to be further from the surface being cleaned and to blast off stubborn material. USE CAUTIONwith this nozzle as the force available will actually penetrate soft materials or surfaces. Use for reaching high areas such as under eaves. Cleaning tar, chewing gum etc. from sidewalks. Breaking up large areas of loose paint to allow stripping nozzle to get under surface. Removing excess mortar from brick construction. Removing rust flakes from steel.
THE STRIPPER: (YELLOW)
Provides a narrow fan of concentrated water pressure for removing paint, mildew, etc. By testing several angles between the spray and the surface being worked, the best angle may quickly be identified. Use to remove loose paint from wood, masonry, metal, etc. Remove heavy oxidation, mildew, and marine growth from boats, etc. Clean heavy equipment.
THE CLEANER (GREEN)
Provides a wider fan for pressure cleaning and rinsing. Use for removing mildew, light to medium oxidation, and dirt from aluminum siding. Rinse stripped areas. General light cleaning in preparation for painting.
THE RINSER (WHITE)
Provides a wide fan for cleaning and rinsing.Use for general wash-down, light cleaning, rinsing off chemicals used in building restoration, and sweeping driveways and parking areas.
THE SOAPER (BLACK)
A low pressure nozzle used to apply cleaning solutions. Note: Cleaning solutions cannot be applied with high pressure spray tips (Red, Yellow, Green or White)
IS PSI OR GPM MORE IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER?
The answer is both. PSI and GMP work together and the right combination is important depending on your pressure washing needs.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I SHOUL D BUY A HOT- OR COLD-WATER PRESSURE WASHER?
Application is the major factor when debating a hot- or cold-water pressure washer. A cold-water machine is great for removing dirt on almost any surface. Unique jobs can be tackled with certain accessories and attachments such as high pressure nozzles, rotating brushes, detergent applicators and etc. These will also decrease your cleaning time.
SHOULD I CHOOSE A BELT DRIVE OR DIRECT DRIVE?
Belt driven pressure washers are generally for commercial use because a belt driven pump is ideal for cleaning applications that are over 20 hours per week. On a belt drive unit, the high pressure pump has less RPS than a direct drive, reducing heat and vibration, which in turn minimizes internal wear and tear.
HOW DO I WINTERIZE MY PRESSURE WASHER?
There are several ways to protect your investment from the harsh winter elements. You can store your pressure washer in a warm, sheltered area to prevent freezing of the water that remains in the pump. When the water freezes it expands, causing internal parts of your pump to burst.
WHAT ACCESSORIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR MY SIMPSON PRESSURE WASHER?
MONSTER HOSE® WITH 2-PIECE COUPLERS
Monster Hose from Simpson is the pinnacle of cold-water hose technology. Manufactured with the toughest inner tube, reinforced with Dual-Braid Technology, and covered in a clear polyurethane 'non-marring' outer jacket. Monster Hose is the best hose you can buy for your cold-water pressure washer. Available in custom lengths as Special Orders. Hoses are terminated with QC Connectors rigid / swivel connectors and 6" black bend connectors. Rated up to 140º Fahrenheit.
Wrapped hose is a great Cold-Water or Hot-Water Pressure Washer Hose. Wrapped Hose is made with a tough inner tube and is overbraided with a durable steel braid for strength. Wrapped Hose is covered in an abrasion resistant outer jacket in non-marking gray. This Hose is terminated with QC Couplers & rigid / swivel fittingswith 6" bend protectors. Designed for water temperatures up to 250° Fahrenheit.
THERMAL RUBBER HOSE
The Thermal Rubber hose is a great cold-water pressure washer hose. This hose is made with a tough inner tube, reinforced with Dual-Braid Technology, and covered with a gray 'non-marring' thermal rubber outer jacket. This hose is terminated with QC Connectors and rigid / swivel fittings with 6" black bend protectors. 3/8" Hose is equipped with Two-Piece QC couplers. This hose is designed for water temperature up to 140º Fahrenheit.
HIGH PRESSURE CHEMICAL INJECTOR
Used to apply detergents and cleaning chemicals to the work surface at HIGH PRESSURE. This Injector automatically produces a 10:1 Water-to-Chemical ratio. Includes a 30" black isolation hose. 3000 PSI HIGH PRESSURE CHEMICAL INJECTOR, HOT OR COLD WATER
LOW PRESSURE CHEMICAL INJECTORS
Used to apply detergents and cleaning chemicals to the work surface at LOW PRESSURE. These Injectors automatically produce a 10:1 Water-to-Chemical ratio. 4000 PSI hot or cold water.
HIGH CAPACITY ACID INJECTOR
For use with caustic chemicals such as muriatic acid or aluminum brightener. Connects to the end of the gunvalve extension so that chemicals do not pass through the discharge hose or the gunvalve. A metering valve adjusts the ratio for the solution, and chemical is applied at a 4:1 ratio or better. Includes a 316 Stainless Steel nozzle attachment, 15º, 40º, and 65º spray nozzles. A clear plastic chemical hose and solid brass filter are included with every injector. Use with any pressure washer from 1000 to 5000 PSI.
WET ABRASIVE SANDBLASTER KITS
Wet sandblasting is more efficient than dry sand blasting, and does not create dust! This tool easily removes tough stains, rust, multiple layers of paint, and graffiti. The Kit includes an Aluminum Sand Probe, four (4) air flow nozzles, 50' of clear plastic sand supply hose, and three (3) Ceramic or Boron sand nozzles. Be sure to order the right Kit that contains the size and type of nozzle you want!
TRIGGER GUN EXTENSION WANDS AND TELESCOPING EXTENSIONS
Get to hard-to-reach places (second stories, eaves, soffits, etc.) without using a ladder or scaffolding. Simpson offers two versions (10 ft. and 18 ft.) for machines up to 4000 PSI. Optional Arm Saver and Arm Saver Belt allows user to transfer weight of telescoping extension to the belt. Arm Saver clamps to the extension pole, and rubber foot is placed into the belt cup. All models include angled extension with female 1/4" Quick Connect Socket for attaching nozzles, and attached trigger gun with Quick Connect to attach Pressure Washer Hose to the Gun.
All Simpson gunvalves are rugged and dependable industry standard models with high impact plastic framers and stainless steel construction.
Simpson's gunvalve connectors provide universal QC connections from gun to hose.
Simpson's brass and stainless steel swivels will prevent the high pressure hose from twisting and binding.
PREMIUM THRU-HARDENED STAINLESS STEEL NOZZLE KITS
These nozzle kits are ideal for 2000 - 5000 PSI pressure machines, and have a stainless steel QC Plug. Each Kit contains one of each nozzle type, color coded for easy identification!
LOW PRESSURE SOAP NOZZLE
This low pressure soap nozzle is used to apply cleaning solutions. Brass QC Plug 60º low pressure nozzle is Black.
SPECIALTY CLEANING NOZZLES - WATER BLASTER (HOT OR COLD)
This special nozzle creates a circular pattern that has the cleaning power of a 0º with the coverage of a 15º tip. Makes cleaning and stripping of old paint a breeze. Rated for machines up to 5000 PSI and can be used with Hot Water machines.
PUMP WINTERIZING KITS
These kits connect to your QC plug on the water inlet and allow you to siphon anti-freeze into the pump.
LARGE AREA SURFACE CLEANERS
Cleaning large areas like wood decks, sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots has never been easier. The Simpson HYDRO SCRUB II comes in a 18" & 20" diameter circular spray pattern, and cleans up to ten times faster than a standard cleaning nozzle. Both versions can be used with cold or hot water machines, and are rated up to 4000 PSI.