In the market for a new machine! Fill me in!

I’ve been using an older belt drive unit. Works good but I imagine it being on its last leg so I’m thinking of upgrading.

I’m still pretty new so I don’t know a lot about the machines and what I need to look for. That’s why I’m here anyway, to pool knowledge from others to try to build my assist me in my lack of experience.

Use will be basic residential down streaming. Mostly vinyl sided 1 story homes.

Here are a few I’ve looked at, let me know which ones look the best, and why if you could please!

Thanks in advance!

4 gpm AR pump, honda gx390
EB4040HA 4000 PSI Pressure Washer Powered by “Honda” Belt Drive AR Pump | eBay

4 gpm cat pump, honda gx390
EB4040HC 4000PSI 4 0GPM Honda GX390 13HP V Belt Pressure Washer w Cat Pump | eBay

4gpm general pump, honda gx390
EB4040HG 4000 PSI Pressure Washer Powered by “Honda” Belt Drive General Pump | eBay

I started and still use a 4 gpm machine. Learning what I have from all the great folks on this forum,
if I was starting over again, minimum would be 5 gpm belt driven. More gpm is soaping quicker, and
rinsing faster, job is done faster equals more profit in your pocket.Move on next job! Hope this helps.

Bill Sullivan
Bill’s Window Cleaning.
902-471-8008.

That does help, I’m really hoping to keep the investment under $2000. A larger machine may push that budget.

There adds a 5.0 gpm machine to the list for similar pricing.

EB5030HC 3000 PSI 5 0GPM Pressure Washer Powered by Honda Belt Drive Cat Pump | eBay

There adds a 5.0 gpm machine to the list.

I run an 8gpm now and it’s great but I’m planning on building a 5 to put on the truck as well. Sometimes I just don’t need that much water.

Capitol Pro Wash
Salem, Oregon
503.856.6463

Are you wanting to run off of a buffer tank or straight off of the customer’s water supply?

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I do have a 125 gallon leg tank I had planned to use as a buffer, then keep my old machine for times where I have to use the customers water supply alone.

A fifty will work for a 5.6 gpm buffer tank. You should be able to get a 13hp Honda with 5.6 gpm for $1,500ish… The perfect residential machine if you don’t want an 8gpm unit.

Cat vs AR vs general, I hear the cat pumps are better, but why? Which is more durable? Which is less expensive to maintain or repair?

Sorry for asking so many questions. I would rather be inquisitive now than coming here in a year asking how to save a failing business over a few poor choices in the beginning.

And this particular machine, any pros or cons that you all see?
EB5030HC 3000 PSI 5 0GPM Pressure Washer Powered by Honda Belt Drive Cat Pump | eBay

They all do a great job and will last a long time with inexpensive upkeep. Most of the “maintenance” or wear items you’ll need from time to time (unloaders, pop off valves, etc) aren’t specific to the brand of pump. The least expensive one to repair is the one that you or your local repair shop stocks parts for / can get parts for the easiest and quickest. Down time costs a lot. Cats are good. Parts for cats are a little more expensive. We had one that lasted 7 years.

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What did you end up getting? I’m in the same boat now that you were… Any feedback?

I got the one I linked originally. Works great and the folks at pressure pro have great customer service! I would highly recommend them.

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