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Smurf

The market in stone restoration seems quite saturated from what I gather as a lot of stone masons and specialist cleaning firms have been using these types of systems for a long time now. To compete with them I think would be very tough going as they have years of experience and expertise in the field.

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Rascal

I think there might be a market for specialist sandstone patio cleaning. Lots of houses I go to have stone work so you can offer the service there.

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Smurf

There will always be smaller type jobs that you could use that type of kit on. The reality is it would take a long time for it to start earning you money from the initial investment and they are not cheap to run or maintain.

 

To be honest I would not know where to start in pricing jobs up using that type of kit either as even though it will not damage the substrate that's if you know what you are doing. Also how many will pay good money to have their sandstone or natural stone pavers cleaned that way when they can apply a chem that might be just as affective?

 

I've also cleaned loads of natural stone pavers with just using a cold washer at reduced pressure no probs. The only time that type of system may work better is on black and green hard to remove algae spots where you can't use hypo on as can react with the natural stone which can damage it.

 

Scroll down this page and you will see what I mean http://www.pavingexpert.com/maintain_02.htm

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rshandyman

Shame it looks like not worth investment in my case.can you pressure wash sandstone patio?

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rshandyman

What chemicals to use on sandstone?I need to have a looknat one tomorrow..

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rshandyman

What is a diesel consumption of standard pressure washer?

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Smurf

I've never used one so don't know but it's what the big boys tend to use on large jobs as saves on fuel compared to a petrol washer apparently.

 

What is a diesel consumption of standard pressure washer?

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rshandyman

So you would not recommend going into one of these cleaning systems,not worth it on domestic?

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Smurf

I don't think that torik has been out long (12 months maybe) compared to a doff or the other one I can't remember what it's called now.

 

If that torik hotbox is like my volcano hotbox which it looks almost identical the diesel tank is moulded plastic and a crap design as it leaks when you go up and down ramps from the inlet filter hose feed opening from the tank to the burner.

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Green Pro Clean Ltd

Got to say though Smurf, if you are serious about cleaning jobs, drives, stonework decking etc etc then it does not seem too expensive compared to standard power washers (I do mean professional diesel ones) I was quite pleasantly surprise at how competitively priced it is.

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Smurf

I've noticed a few of the big boys have bought them now as like you say they are cheaper than pro washers but are just used for specific jobs.

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Green Pro Clean Ltd

I think if I went that route Smurf I would use it for every patio I do! :)

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Smurf

Downside It would be a very slow proccess compaired to using a pressure washers & rotary especially on large areas.

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Green Pro Clean Ltd

Spose, but wouldn't each job be minty!

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Smurf

Maybe if you got into heratige type jobs like this but as you can see how slow it it.

 

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Rascal
If that torik hotbox is like my volcano hotbox which it looks almost identical the diesel tank is moulded plastic and a **** design as it leaks when you go up and down ramps from the inlet filter hose feed opening from the tank to the burner.

 

What pressure washer do you use a hotbox with?

 

At the end of the day these machines are just hot pressure washers, nothing particularly revolutionary.

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Smurf

It's a 21 lpm burner coils so if you run it with a very low spec washer like the electric ones they sell with them the temp would get just as hot.

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Rascal

So you could easily put together a system yourself then for a much cheaper price it seems.

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rshandyman

I do not think that you can use standard lance and hose from electric pressure washers for super heated water

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Rascal

The hot water doesn't pass through the pressure washer pump it's heated after. Any hoses and lances could be sourced I imagine

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Smurf

It is not as easy as that as the have been designed to take extream heat.

I don't know of anywhere you could buy all the bits you woul need to build a safe reliable system.

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