I have been given the green light to finally upgrade my machine! I know some on here will be pleased.
Anyway, I have a dilemma. My current Cat direct drive pump is pulling water from my tank but doesn’t sound happy with it. I need to do…something.
I can either get a 4/4 belt drive fully plumbed for ~$1400 and (try to) sell the current machine for $700, or get the GP gear drive 5.5 and struggle with driveway and brick cleaning which seems to be at least half of the PW jobs I get.
I know…save up and get a 5.5/3500 v-twin but I can’t swing that for quite a while.
Save more ,for a 3500 psi 8 gpm belt drive ? My 2 cents sir
Can i have those two cents toward it?
Seriously though, my pump isn’t happy.
I agree with @Hotshot…8gpm is the only way to go…but that is just me.
Having had the 8gpm for about 2yrs…I would not consider upgrading to anything less.
Sure buddy. Gotta go fund me thingee wooper? I’ll contribute
I know it stinks man. But you’ll always wonder and be behind the fence if ya don’t get the big dog 8 gpm next. Just baby what ya got and be grateful it’s still making you money and putting a lil food on the table.I’m the same kinda. I got two hot water skids. And always wanting to go bigger and better. Im not pushing 8 gpm yet in hot water, my lil cold water machine is. But it’s not hot water. Lol
And forgive me if I sound a little like a pompous butt @dcbrock. But I’m in the truck washing industry. So my little machines don’t hold a candle to the scale of machinery I should be using. There are alot of ppl in my field running 10 gpm or higher. My biggest machine is a 6 gpm.So that’s how I relate to your dilemma. Not poking fun in any way man.
Oh no I get it, 8gpm is the holy grail. You’re not pompous, that’s for sure lol.
Admittedly I am leaning toward 5.5/3500 just because I (technically) have a 50 gallon buffer tank and an 8gpm would probably empty pretty darn quick with most spigots around here only putting out about 4-5.
We’re do you live @dcbrock . I will donate a 350 gallon buffer tank to you man.
Get the 8gpm
I appreciate the offer, my trailer wouldn’t handle such a beast!
Consider a predator v twin, and a gear drive 8gpm pump, about the same price as your talking about, some here will say no way to the predator, but several use them every day, and are 100% satisfied with them. I can’t speak for the v twin, but I’ve tried my best to wear out several 212’s and a 420. Still just as good as day one, 4-6 yrs later. I can’t remember at the moment who, but someone was here was building them for $1200 I believe.
If you have a lot of well water houses then I would go with the 5.5/3500. You can get a briggs engine with a gear drive and pump from envirospec for around 1850 delivered to your door.
I used to use an 8gpm with a 225 gallon tank and it would empty often due to the well systems not being able to keep up. Now we only use 5.5gpms.
I understand now @dcbrock . You’d have to change alot of things around and acquire more stuff to compensate an 8gpm on a budget. I’m sure whatever you get will be a vast improved. And hey ,there’s always next time. Then use your new 4/4 or 5/5 as back up this time next year.