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Hi everyone! 

Im looking into starting a new local pressure washing company for driveways I just want to check I have everything in order before I buy any products
Im super new to this so Im expecting to have things wrong at this point if you could please advise that would be great!

Equipment -
Parker Petrol Pressure Washer - 208cc Engine - 3100 PSI
Whirlaway 20 inch surface cleaner 
Sodium Hypo 20 litres
Kiln dried sand 25KG
Sealant 5 litres ( is there a particular brand everyone recommends? Different sealant for different driveways etc ? )
Sprayer for sealant ( holds 12 litres ) I understand this needs to be cleaned ASAP after application to avoid sticking
Jerry can & petrol
Garden hose
Broom
Measuring tape
Gloves / Mask / Goggles 
Outside tap connecter 
A few other small things like bin bags etc 

Am I missing anything?

Im currently spending time learning about different types of brick/patios, is there a huge difference when pressure washing or is the general idea the same? 

Even if you can help with just a couple of points that would be appreciated! 

Kind regards,

Jason

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Just a quick one. The pressure washer you listed seems to be only rated at 11 liters a min. I very much doubt that will run a 20" Whirlaway. It might struggle with an 18" even if jetted correctly. Also on the pressure washers manufacturers page it says that machine is not suitable for commercial use. So it's not going to last long.

You will probably also need a catch tank. You are only allowed to pull 12 liters a min from mains water supply, so a bigger pressure washer will need to suck water from a tank (wheely bin or something like that) and use customers tap to continuously fill tank. 

You also don't have any other nozzles listed, so how are you doing the corners?

It might be best to speak to someone like Rutland pumps and explain what you want to do. I guess you will have to up your pump budget to around £2,000. 

You didn't mention insurance or transport.

Think you need to do some research.

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If you want to do this professionally then an absolute minimum of 15 ltr per muinit is needed preferably 21 ltr per muinit : as for  sealing drives be vary careful it’s a minefield and best kept away from as it’s very time consuming and costly to put problems right , we don’t offer sealing only clean and re sand . Don’t want to put you off but this isn’t the best time of year to be starting this type of business , speak to ben at Rutland  pumps I have had all my kit off him for years found him very helpful ,no hard sell and his prices are reasonable 

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Thank you for your reply I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions!

I should have mentioned I have a very small van for my current job ( personal trainer ) and insurance/public liability I've been researching, I want myself & clients completely covered if anything was to go wrong.
I would like a vivaro size van with my own tank.

Im currently on a budget of around £1000 but any profits will be reinvested into better equipment.

Would this - Honda Gp 200 Petrol Pressure Washer 3000 psi 10 litres per Minute
( Although 10 litres per minute ) Along with a 16 inch Whirlaway surface cleaner be a better combination for the time being? 

Kind regards,

Jason

 

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Hey PJJ thank you for your reply! I was typing my above reply and then have seen yours regarding the 15 ltrs per minute.

Would that have to be run off a tank and couldn't be from clients outside taps? ( 12ltrs per min max as mentioned above )

Thank you I will search him up and message! 

Kind regards,

Jay

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15lpm and you would need to use a wheelie bin for supply. I would buy a 250bar at 15lpm if I was starting up from Rutland Pumps. I have a 21lpm at 250bar PW in my van all year round now as I clean bins each week. I get all my stuff from Ben at Rutland and never had a problem. The season begins in March and ends around now so its a good time to get all your gear in place for next year but don't leave water in your PW pump or it will break when the water freezes in winter. 😉

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1 hour ago, Jason2020 said:

Hey PJJ thank you for your reply! I was typing my above reply and then have seen yours regarding the 15 ltrs per minute.

Would that have to be run off a tank and couldn't be from clients outside taps? ( 12ltrs per min max as mentioned above )

Thank you I will search him up and message! 

Kind regards,

Jay

We use a 240 ltr buffer tank ( wheely bin ) as our water source from the customers tap , on most jobs it’s ok but can run low if very poor pressure, you could use a tank in your van and again fill from the customers tap . I doubt ant 10 ltr machine will run a flat surface cleaner , 10 ltr per muinit is not enough for a professional guy it will be very slow doing anything , I don’t want to be negative but you would be better off waiting until funds allow and get a bigger machine . We have a Briggs and Stratton v twin  21 ltr 250-275 bar I think it is ?... Scottish has one basically the same as mine he bought his after I recommend it . 

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11 hours ago, Jason2020 said:

Hi everyone! 

Im looking into starting a new local pressure washing company for driveways I just want to check I have everything in order before I buy any products
Im super new to this so Im expecting to have things wrong at this point if you could please advise that would be great!

Equipment -
Parker Petrol Pressure Washer - 208cc Engine - 3100 PSI
Whirlaway 20 inch surface cleaner 
Sodium Hypo 20 litres
Kiln dried sand 25KG
Sealant 5 litres ( is there a particular brand everyone recommends? Different sealant for different driveways etc ? )
Sprayer for sealant ( holds 12 litres ) I understand this needs to be cleaned ASAP after application to avoid sticking
Jerry can & petrol
Garden hose
Broom
Measuring tape
Gloves / Mask / Goggles 
Outside tap connecter 
A few other small things like bin bags etc 

Am I missing anything?

Im currently spending time learning about different types of brick/patios, is there a huge difference when pressure washing or is the general idea the same? 

Even if you can help with just a couple of points that would be appreciated! 

Kind regards,

Jason

When you say parker pressure washer alarm bells ring in my head, is that the generic upright one from China for around £200? 

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3 hours ago, Jason2020 said:

Thank you for your reply I appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions!

I should have mentioned I have a very small van for my current job ( personal trainer ) and insurance/public liability I've been researching, I want myself & clients completely covered if anything was to go wrong.
I would like a vivaro size van with my own tank.

Im currently on a budget of around £1000 but any profits will be reinvested into better equipment.

Would this - Honda Gp 200 Petrol Pressure Washer 3000 psi 10 litres per Minute
( Although 10 litres per minute ) Along with a 16 inch Whirlaway surface cleaner be a better combination for the time being? 

Kind regards,

Jason

 

This is a cheaper alternative to a surface cleaner if you have a tiny budget and works with the listed parker pressure washer 

 

 

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APW - Yes sir you are correct ha! 

the third option I have been looking at is from SkyVac 

https://www.spinaclean.com/patio-driveway-cleaning-equipment/slip-stream-pressure-washer-packages/honda-slip-stream-pro-12-with-18-surface-cleaner

This is more commercial it states ( a lot pricier but I can finance - Not ideal but its fine ) 

Im just a little worried now with the LPM as even this is only 12! 

I will message Ben as a couple of members have mentioned but is this a viable option or am I being stupid, Like I say just starting out small and local any profits will be reinvested.

Kind regards,

Jay

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Regardless of the top quality interpump pressure pump its only a tiny 5.5hp rated engine 

I've got fire fighting pumps that push 550lpm through a 2" fire hose and engine thats 7.5hp

You can buy what you like but its workflow profit and coverage that will see you well.

 

You'll need a water tight wheelie bin or or 200ltr barrel for water as mains water pressure and limited flow usage will not produce the standards and productivity you need as business 

 

Have you any local chaps offering commercial pressure washing near you that you can talk to. Check out their equipment and maybe some work experience with 

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