1/4 vs 3/8 vs 1/2 hose

The pressure washer that I just purchased is a 208 cc 3000psi 4.75 gpm machine that was bought at the right price for me starting out. It came stock with what is written on the pressure hose a 1/4 in WP 3000 psi. so my question???
Does it benefit me to go to a 3/8 or 1/2 hose system, and if so, does that mean that I have to change everything from the pump connection out to end of wands?
I am looking at buying a couple hundred ft thinking 1-100 ft, 2-50 ft plus at least 1 reel may be 2. thanks and hope I posted it in the right place

what are you planning on doing with that machine?

motor homes, 5th wheelers, single story vinyl sided homes and garages to start make enough to go buy bigger unit. does that help with getting the answer to my question or do you think I took it away from its mother to soon??/LOL

oh and I forgot to say decks, a lot of the vinyl sided homes have wood five/quarter decks that need cleaned

With all due respect, I think you may have jumped in head first and don’t know how to swim… A little more background on your power washing experience and knowledge will help point you in the right direction.

It sounds like you picked up a box store special power washer and that will work for a little while but it won’t last long. I recommend you use the search button here and at check out ptstate.com

for some reason I don’t have an “edit” button so I have to repost

It also sounds like you plan on use high pressure which is nothing but trouble and you should research soft washing

no not really the most pressure I would be using would be on the decks and not a bunch there either as dont want to furr the wood, a 40 held up to do only 2 boards at a time is the rule after the cleaner has soaked, worked pretty good with my 2.2 gpm 2000 psi machine that we use from time to time but took a while. at 4.75 gpm and the right soap nozzle I should be able to softwash and rinse these single story vinyl sided mobile homes and the campers a lot faster than we did using a brush and a hose and some times that 2.2 gal pressure washer. I realize that my washer is a direct drive and will prob only make it a season or 2 but gota do what ya gota do. where I live, with in a 50 mile circle I have 50 to 75 camp grounds and 100 mobile home parks filled with single story vinyl sided double wide homes. im not gona starve and do plan an moving up to a belt drive 8 gpm machine in the future , but my original question was I am able to attach any size pressure hose to my washer from there I want to go to the reel at the reel I want to put my down stream injector and on the reel I want to put a 100 ft piece of hose. my pump is supposed to be rated at full throttle 3000psi 4.75gpm at the end of a 100 ft hose so the question is, is that at 1/4 in 3/8 or 1/2 I would think that the pressures would be less @ 1/2 but the pump can only pump 4.7gpm was just wondering…ill ask them at pressure tek in the morning thanks

I don’t see how you are getting that type of pressure from a 6hp engine with 4.75gpm of flow. The numbers don’t add up.

3/8" is the best size

1/2" will get too heavy to drag around and 1/4" is too restricting

Just for clarities sake.

If you find a pressure washer that puts out 3,000 psi AND 5 gallons per minute, you should have the basis of something decent.

Lowes has one that puts out up to 3,000 psi OR up to 5 gallons per minute. And it only cost $399.00.

Step up to a professional machine like Pressure Tek sells and you’ll spend $2,800.00 for 5.5 gallons per minute at 3,500 psi.

Please do not confuse the two units just because the $399.00 has almost the same specs as the Pro unit.

No Welds to Crack, Break, or Fail General Belt Drive Pump Gen. Pump Pulsar Unloader Valve with EZ Start 5.5 GPM @ 3500 PSI, 20 HP Honda Engine 50’ High Pressure Hose with QC’s Gun and Wand Assembly with QC’s Maxi-Flo Chemical Injector with QC’s Lifet

Skip the Lowes like unit. It’s a trick and a waste of money.

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You need 3/8 to downstream