Jump to content
Brandon

What pressure washer?



Recommended Posts

CM Cleaning Services

I leave my jet wash in the back of the van also but for added security if you have rubber feet on front of jet wash I drilled right through mine and floor of van then bolted it there it's solid and won't get it out easy

Sent using the Window Cleaning Forums mobile app

Share this post


Link to post
scottish cleaning service

Would have preferred to have took the wheels off and bolt thru the frame and thru the floor but the battery is slung under the frame. Probably build a wooden frame around it or box made of plywood. I m a joiner and have plenty of 18mm ply to use up. I could cut an external hole in the van and fit thru the hoses so I can lock the doors. Maybe a thing in the future behind the reg plate so it cant be seen? 

Share this post


Link to post
Pjj
46 minutes ago, scottish cleaning service said:

Would have preferred to have took the wheels off and bolt thru the frame and thru the floor but the battery is slung under the frame. Probably build a wooden frame around it or box made of plywood. I m a joiner and have plenty of 18mm ply to use up. I could cut an external hole in the van and fit thru the hoses so I can lock the doors. Maybe a thing in the future behind the reg plate so it cant be seen? 

 

 

 

Bare in mind you need air air flow around it to cool it the pump and engine get hot out of the van so in it it will get a lot hotter especially in this weather 

Share this post


Link to post
scottish cleaning service
15 minutes ago, Pjj said:

 

 

 

Bare in mind you need air air flow around it to cool it the pump and engine get hot out of the van so in it it will get a lot hotter especially in this weather 

 

Good point, better keeping all doors open and stopping every 30mins to allow it to cool down.

Share this post


Link to post
scottish cleaning service

First day on the vanguard and after teething problems all came good. Yellow lichen came off easy with the turbo nozzle but the black lichen is difficult. Went thru £25 worth of petrol as I had set the revs to high. 9am till 5pm and I'm back tomorrow to brush in the sand. Turbo nozzle amazing and maybe looking at acquiring a double headed one. Another thing I'm looking at buying is a petrol leaf blower to get rid of dust and leaves before I start. :1f44d:

Share this post


Link to post
THL4KEL

Did you take any before. And after pics

 

How many m2 did you do? 

Edited by THL4KEL
Info

Share this post


Link to post
cormie76

That’s about normal use of petrol. If your going to get a double headed turbo you need full throttle, I just purchased a 2 meter long turbo lance it’s a gift keeps all the dirt away from you , best of luck with it all , power washing here at a standstill due to the great weather


Sent using the Window Cleaning Forums mobile app

Share this post


Link to post
scottish cleaning service

Took one halfway thru to put on website. Apparently the bungalow was worth half a mill and it badly needs painted.

Share this post


Link to post
scottish cleaning service

Just in after delivering a scaffold I sold so I can concentrate on PW. This morning I bought

10 bags of kiln dried sand from merchants to sand the monoblock I cleaned. Emptied the 10 bags on to the driveway and brushed away till all done. I was left to fill 5 bags as I had bought to much. In future I will be spreading one bag at a time till its complete. Learn something new everyday or so they say. :1f633:

Share this post


Link to post
scottish cleaning service

Just finished PW my sisters round design Indian sandstone patio and then softwash to remove the lichen. It came up great but the joints were 25mm wide and very little mortar left in them. I ended up spending all afternoon filling the joints with sand and cement. Has anyone had this problem on a patio and do you explain this to the client before you start. Mine turned out good but 4hrs filling the joints is no laughing matter. I was going to use Easy Joint (£30) a tub but I would have needed at least 3 tubs with the size of joints. It is a silicon joint filler and doesn't leave any staining so everyone is using it for patios.

Share this post


Link to post
scottish cleaning service
On ‎09‎/‎07‎/‎2018 at 20:58, THL4KEL said:

Did you take any before. And after pics

 

How many m2 did you do? 

 

Yes, about 130m2

I was doing the driveway for £300 and she said too cheap so we agreed £400 and I buy the sand. Bag of 25kg sand was only £3 plus vat at my local merchants, I did biocide the weed bits a week before I commenced. In hindsight I wouldn't bother, that turbo nozzle would destroy anything that gets in its way, that reminds me, I need to see about a double headed turbo nozzle.

Share this post


Link to post
scottish cleaning service

I was PW a Indian sandstone coping dike next to a pond with goldfish in it. Was a bit apprehensive incase any of the hypo got into the pond. Afterwards, there was still a lot of black lichen on the flat coping. Today I brushed on 15% hypo neat with a nail brush where the black lichen was. After 45mins it all had gone so I just rinsed off with a hose.  

Share this post


Link to post
Ben23

Hi Scottish

 

just to answer a couple of your questions. yes I (and anyone who regularly does patios) come across mortar loss very often, my approach is to inform the customer that they need it refilling afterwards and I only offer to use easy joint/Geofix, if they want it doing any other way then they are free to either do it themselves or to get a builder/landscaper in to do it. my service is cleaning, sanding and sealing. I dont like falling into the trap of mortaring as then your heading towards odd job man territory, and the 4 hours spent doing that could have seen you clean another block paved drive depending on how booked you are. So long as your friendly and make them aware of the issue before hand you wont lose work as a result of not offering a re-mortaring service.

 

Another mortar problem you will run into is that a lot of area will be free of mortar but various area of the paving will have it set in like iron. if you've offered to re-mortar then you'll have to either find a way to match the existing mortar, stone saw the existing mortar out or brush in a mis-matched mix which will not look great. in my opinion its one of those things thats best left off the list of services unless you've a whole lot of time on your hands

 

Your right that a turbo remove weeds but it wont take all of the roots out on all of them and i always advise customers by way of an aftercare sheet that maintenance is essential to keep weeds back due to roots under the blocks. never guarantee a weed free surface as youll be setting yourself up for call backs and end up redoing areas for free. If I get to a job and its like a lawn on the paving then I will pre treat with weedkiller before tackling it a week or so later

 

Do you have a flat surface cleaner? as one of these will be a better investment than a double turbo with regard to speeding up the whole process. my routine is to FSC the blocks then go over the joints with the turbo to take out any stubborn weeds.

 

Sounds like your doing some good work mate, long may it continue!

Share this post


Link to post
scottish cleaning service

My jet washer has an Interpump and a briggs and Stratton engine. Haven't had any problem with it and very reliable. Only thing I don't like about it is the weight. Must be near 100kgs so I just boxed it into the van and it never comes out. When I use it, I leave side and back door fully open and place bin at the back door. Wont use it for less than £100 a time and I can still get other things in the van.

Share this post


Link to post
bretney

Evening all
Hope you don’t mind me jumping on the conversation but it may help Would someone be able to point me in the direction of a pressure washer for £600 ?
I’m just getting into it as I have a windows round so this would be an additional income
Brett


Sent from my iPhone using Window Cleaning Forums

Share this post


Link to post
bretney

Evening all
Hope you don’t mind me jumping on the conversation but it may help Would someone be able to point me in the direction of a pressure washer for £600 ?
I’m just getting into it as I have a windows round so this would be an additional income
Brett


Sent from my iPhone using Window Cleaning Forums

Share this post


Link to post
THL4KEL

Ideally you want a Honda GX390 petrol with an interpump. 15lpm or 21lpm 

4000 psi pump 30m hose and a 2m Lance with turbo nozzle. Probably looking at 1500 quid brand new.

 

But as the pressure washing season hasn't got that much time left now you might pick up a near new unit still under warrenty a lot less than this. Check ebay. Or save up more cash and buy one next March.Then you will have a machine capable of getting through any driveway fast and work all day long if needed.

Share this post


Link to post
scottish cleaning service

Jetmac is around £700 but as @THL4KEL says, you would be better to save up ad get a good one that will last. Mine cost £2700 plus £500 for the flat surface cleaner.

Share this post


Link to post
bretney

As an add on service that wouldn’t be used all the time, that would be to much to spend. If it helps I would be softwashing as well


Sent from my iPhone using Window Cleaning Forums

Share this post


Link to post
THL4KEL

If you price the jobs correctly you make your money back after a few average sized jobs.

Share this post


Link to post
scottish cleaning service

I've had my new PW over 2 months now and made over a grand back from 4 jobs. Each job is minimum of a ton and usually £200, no point doing it for anything less. I'm very happy with it and understand its worth. I would do PW all day long if I could get the work. Limited amount of work out there until one is established.

Share this post


Link to post
bigsteve62
what are the loncin washers like from jet mac 
Had no problem with mine and good value too as people have stated though any problems washer has to be sent back to Jetmac at buyers own expense but most problems can be sorted by sending a video or photo of problem and advice can be given or in some cases basic Jetmac servicing videos can be found online

Sent using the Window Cleaning Forums mobile app

Share this post


Link to post

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.