Biting the bullet...

Discussion in 'Pressure Washing' started by Brandon, Jun 13, 2016.

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  1. Brandon

    Brandon Active Member
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    Okay so as I asked on another topic before what pressure washer to get, been doing a lot of thinking recently, had a chat to my business partner. We're gonna get a loan, buy a van and two Honda gx200 pressure washers and fsc.

    Do you guys always use customers water?

    If they don't have an outside tap will kitchen tap do?

    How would you go about having two pressure washers on the go?

    We need a van, and we're doing general property maintenance things like window cleaning, pressure washing and gardening so what size van do you think we'll need?

    Finally where does most of your work come from? We're going to advertise in paper, Facebook and local noticeboards and shop windows.

    Thanks in advance!


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  2. TolishAPurd

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    You'll always use the customers water although you may come across the odd occasion when you can't, and then you ha e to think about bowsers/large tanks etc. Cross that bridge when you get to it, no point in investing and then waiting for the work. Some jobs are easier to turn down.

    Ditch the gardening imo. Been there done that. It's a lot of hard work for not a lot of gain- that why most gardeners are retired, and the younger ones move into landscaping, which is where the moneys at. For gardening you need to invest in a lot of expensive petrol tools- they all need fueling and servicing. I used to charge top whack, got loads of work, but was knackering. And to top it off you are competing with all the numpties charging £9 ph.

    Kitchen taps fine so long as the pressure is good enough, but may carry it's own problems as another recent thread shows. I've only ever done this once, and I made sure the hose was looped in the sink so any tap leaks go in the sink and not run down the hose. And I also chucked a tea towel over the tap, that way is the connections split it won't spray everywhere- buys you a bit of time to shut it off.

    For advertising, just get your name wherever you can. No one method is perfect. A lot of people are getting a lot of success off facebook, but it's not for me. I don't want people reviewing me on social media- it gives them way too much power ND you end up having to bend backwards to appease them. I have one such customer that I picked up off a similar site and regretted it ever since. I was just a few weeks late, and she was on there asking for another window cleaner. When I spoke to her it was clear that she had forgotten I cleaned her house while she was on holiday, so she thought it was a lot longer. Either way, I don't want to see the process, I would have been happier to just loose the pain in the ****.

    Good luck whatever you do.
     
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  3. peter rogers

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    Easy one ... Why two pressure washers and why a loan ? If it doesn't go quick enough What about the loan ? I suggest Get one No Fsc cleaner. Do a couple jobs to get the money for the Fsc Getting work is hard part


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  4. Brandon

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    Thanks for your reply mate, lots of good points when I say gardening I mean more like garden maintenance so mowing, strimming things like that!!


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  5. Brandon

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    Well we need a pressure washer each or one of us will be standing around twiddling ones thumbs! We need the loan to buy the equipment, the money is coming from a friend.
    We're buying one of the start up packages on Jetmac which comes with a fsc.

    We're gonna get the work first before buying the gear, no point doing it the other way around

    Cheers


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  6. Matty

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    Machine wise what does a gx200 give you ?

    Will it be powerful enough to run a fsc ?

    I bought my set up last year from Rutland pumps, gx390 20lpm 250bar, I think I paid around £1400, but that was with over 100m hp hose, and lances, oh ye I had mine built on a plate to be bolted down in the van. I later took a fsc off him but have only used it a few times, ok great that av got it there but it's not essential.
    I bought mine as I had a job waiting to be done that paid for it, but the work has came along due to existing customers wanting jobs done.

    Good point about the leaking hose and water running down the hose if using inside sink, I had been doing this on a job am currently on.
    If u guna run a pressure washer u really need to have a buffer tank in the van, ibc tanks can be picked up for around £30, and will give u based on my machine less than 2 hrs jetting if u don't have a hose feeding it to fill as u work
     
  7. Adams0211

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    I'll echo what Tolish said and suggest ditching the idea of any sort of garden maintenance including grass cutting/strimming.

    There's no money in it and you'll need to invest in a decent petrol mower/strimmer etc.

    I pay my gardener £12 an hour and the most expensive I've seen round my way is £15 an hour. My gardener does a good job but she definitely earns her money.


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  8. peter rogers

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    Wen ones cleaning one goes knocking and leafleting. But each to there own
     
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    Good luck. Whoever isnt on the pressure washer will be too busy on the stiff broom sweeping away the debris.
     
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    Gardeners get paid more over here than window cleaners, well the Gardeners I know
     
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