Harbor Freight


#1

The predator motors at harbor freight…and GO!

In all seriousness I have read where some guys I think have these and that they actually perform well. If this is the case I can get one of those and an 8gpm pump for less then what I am about to spend on a 5.6gpm from The Power Wash Store…

I am still new and trying to just make the best choice possible.


#2

Yugo made a car that ran for awhile. Honda made one that ran a lot longer. Your money, but if you are planning on doing this for the long haul, why take chances?


#3

This is why I am asking. I am currently planning a day trip to the Powerwash Store next week to pick up the 5.6 gpm @ 2500 PW. Last minute like I can do sometimes I started to try and think a way into an 8 gpm machine…


#4

https://shop.pressurewasherproducts.com/55-GPM-2500-PSI-POWER-WASHER-S-EB5525HG-TF-SKID-MOUNTED-COLD-PWS-EB5525HG-TF.htm


#5

That looks like the one.


#6

If you have the cash get a 8 but a 4 or 5.5 gpm is fine for starting out. Its not like your going to be so swamped with work that you cant keep up without more gpms. Plus it will be a backup pressure washer after you eventually buy your 8gpm.


#7

The smaller engines are really good. The 212 and the 420. Parts are difficult to come by from HF. BuT the aftermarket is blowing up on them. The 670 I honestly can’t tell you. $659 vs $1300, that 1/2 money. You can opt for the 2 yr warranty which is DEFINITELY a good deal and worth the $100. It’s just an exchange, if it breaks they just give you a brand new one. We all know Honda is the king of small engines, all 3 of my 390’s are 10+ yrs old. Still start 1st pull every time. Like
@Innocentbystander said it’s your money, you gotta make the choice.


#8

That was my plan and still is. I just saw the motors and all I could think was 8 gpm.


#9

Bottom line.

You get what you pay for…


#10

There are a lot of good reviews about the Harbor Freight engines but how many of those reviewers run them day in and day out in a commercial setting? I have a couple hf engines that I run on a tiller and log splitter but I don’t use them very often. I have a similar 18 hp clone in our golf cart and I’m on my second one in two years. It threw a rod and blew a hole in the crank case in a little over a year. Next time it happens I’m putting a Vanguard V twin in it.

If you read the Harbor Freight warranty they’ll exchange it one time and one time only during that two years. I believe Honda will fix it as many times as necessary during their 3 year warranty.

Just some things to think about.


#11

When I bought my machine 8 months ago, I did so with the intent that this is going to be how I make money.
My livelihood and family’s well being depends on me be able to work every day.

You get what you pay for. There is a reason Honda is twice as expensive has rip-offs.

I made the decision that for me, spending the extra cash for a top quality machine was more than worth it. I keep track of every oil change date, receipt for Honda filter and Honda oil, etc. If I ever have a problem, there will be no questions asked and I know it will be fixed pronto. What is HF gonna do? Give you another machine, you have to deal with replacing it and then what in another 6 months if their is a problem?

I think it all comes down to - HF is great for things that are more disposable in nature or something that you really won’t use that much but would be good to have around at a cheap price.


#12

Harbor Freight has their strengths. I can’t even guess at the number of tarps I’ve bought there.

But if I’m asked why I don’t buy my tools at Harbor Freight, I always reply ‘same reason I don’t get my oil changed at WalMart’


#13

Have you ever wondered why you had to buy so many tarps in the first place? :smirk:


#14

There’s a 70’ batting cage in the back yard that may or may not (but definitely does) require many tarps.

The 2 hurricanes and endless rain this year didn’t help. Lots of trees down.


#15

Id go with a Kawasaki 600cc engine. It will make going to the mailbox alot quicker.


#16

You went straight into the business full time? If so nice hustling lol.


#17

Chicago electric isnt that bad.


#18

I did a good bit of research on the HF motors and overall the consensus seems to be they aren’t reliable for commercial use.


#19

I had the Predator 420 on my previous rig and it ran well for me. It stalled out on one occasion, but it started up right afterwards.


#20

I had done pressure washing for 30 years as a hobby/sometimes side gig. I spent that 30 years in the restaurant industry. I am that guy that left a high-paying officer of the company job to go spray water for a living. Had enough of what that industry is all about.