Equipment advice for adding pressure washing :)

Discussion in 'Pressure Washing' started by Ben23, Jul 21, 2015.

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  1. Ben23

    Ben23 Member
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    Evening all.

    Ive been getting a few requests for paving cleaning recently while doing general maintenance work and so thought I would look into adding a washer and flat surface cleaner to my arsenal and promote it alongside my other services.

    ive done a lot of research and have landed on the usual advice of 300psi/15lpm etc, but I was hoping fr a bit of newbie advice on a certain setup

    Ive taken the advice of many on here and checked out the loncin range at jetmac, and I rather like the look of this setup http://www.jetmac.co.uk/shop/loncin-14-horsepower-g420-ar-275-18-dual-tech-rotary-package/

    My only worry is that something this powerful might damage the paving through the flat surface cleaner?

    is this a possibility with stone/concrete patio's and block paving? sorry for the novice questions but I dont want my first jobs to be an emabarrasment.....also can a machine like this be hooked to the mains (outdoor tap) or will it be reliant on a buffer tank?

    Many thanks for any advice, im finding it to be a bit of a confusing task to try to pick the right machine for the job if Im honest

    Ben
     
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  2. Ben23

    Ben23 Member
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    Having talked with the guys at Jetmac Ive settled on this one in the end

    http://www.jetmac.co.uk/shop/6190/

    should be arriving mon/tues next week for me to have a go with before taking it to my first job later in the week. also tinkering with a 200l buffer tank trying to set up a ball **** and hose system to cope with the large amount of water pumping through, Im hoping Ive made the right choice, any feedback would be great :)

    Thanks

    Ben
     
  3. sllab

    sllab Active Member
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    21lpm will be much better than the 15. It is a really good machine to start with and should get most jobs done in a reasonable time frame

    As for the buffer tank and ball **** I went with a 140L wheelie bin because it can be moved when it is half full of water.

    The float valve I have works very well although for my machine is slightly restrictive and I notice a small increase in water flow when I have the hose going straight into the wheelie bin not via the valve. Having said that, it didn't matter when I was using my 18lpm machine however now that I have 30lpm I need all the water flow from the tap I can get.

    This is the ball valve I have:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3-4-Adjus...s-RO-unit-Chicken-Drinker-Farm-/301696013558?

    I installed it on the opposite side to the handle of the wheelie bin just under the lip and near the corner as opposed to in the middle because I like to put hoses in my wheelie bin and if the valve is in the middle you can break the float off if you are not careful.
     
  4. TolishAPurd

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    I have a Jetmac washer, and while it is good, the after sales support aint too good.
     
  5. Ben23

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    Thanks for your replies guys, really appreciate the input as its an area I really want to start concentrating on (well for the remainder of the season anyway)

    One thing I thought I might add is that I do have concerns regarding the amount of pressure exerted on a paved surface IE: the washer is rated to kick out 3000psi, I was told it can be reduced but I could do with knowing if running it at max is the norm for most surfaces? I really don't want to be damaging any driveways or patios with this

    thanks again for any help, nice that people are willing to take the time to give a novice a few pointers
     
  6. sllab

    sllab Active Member
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    3000psi shouldn't be a problem unless there is already something crumbling.

    Just go over the area with the customer and if you can see any pointing that is loose point it out and tell the customer beforehand that it needs to be fixed and you will be as careful as possible but you are not going to make the situation better that's for sure.

    unless you sit in one place for a while you shouldn't have any problems on anything else.

    Tarmac driveways can come up at the edges if you are not careful but you will soon get the knack for keeping them in place.
     
  7. Eviestevie

    Eviestevie Grand Master
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    I rarely use my washer on full power unless it's on concrete or heavy stained blocks on patios etc it will blow the motar between joints for sure
    Once set up I turn the pressure up till removes the muck don't see point blasting everything full pelt!!
    Tarmac a turbo nozzle is a no no spec on full power you will dent the surface and I never clean Tarmac without recolour ing and sealing
    I did this house roof yday engine on lowest and pressure lowest omnipole power pole 25 degree nozel removed 40 year muck and moss no bother if I'd used full pressure risk of blowing water up tile and spraying all the neighbors property
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