For clarification, I just want to re-iterate that a pressure washer can be considered a softwash setup. So we are really talking about the difference between a pressure washer and a 12V pump.
That being said, due to the propagan… er… ‘marketing tactics’ used by some 12V’ers, the term softwash is heavily associated with only 12V setups.
Lest you think that 12V’s are trash, which they aren’t, here are some pros to using 12V’s:
-No noise… some people laugh at that, but i think it is a valid benefit.
-Cheaper to get started with (but failures are common).
-Can apply much stronger solution than a pressure washer, like Alex mentioned above.
-Can do roofs with them.
-Not much risk of a poorly trained employee damaging property with pressure, as they dont go over 100 PSI generally.
-You can use a proportioning system (mixes bleach and soap on the fly) with them, which you cant do with a pressure washer. Huge time saver for some people.
-Also, if you have no integrity, you can mislead the public into thinking that anyone that uses a pressure washer cant softwash, and will likely tear up their siding… it’s super effective!
There are people that went from downstreaming to 12V’ing, because they preferred using a 12V, for whatever reason. There is no one size fits all method to it… it’s best to experiment for yourself and see what you like.
In my opinion, and ive seen most people say this, you should have as many methods of application in your arsenal that is reasonably possible (commonly: 12V/xjet/downstream)… to allow you to tackle all the different scenarios you will run into, as well as having backups on board.
My suggestion for you: Start downstreaming with your pressure washer, and get a surface cleaner if you dont already have one. When you get a little cash saved up, buy a 12V and start doing roofs. Eventually you can try each method out for houses.
Bottom line: Many guys only use 12V systems to wash houses, and they make great money. If you want to market yourself as the quiet way to clean someones house, with a device that cant exceed 100 PSI, you will possibly create a unique niche that sets you apart from the rest of the exterior cleaners in your area, and might pay off nicely… even if it takes a little longer on the jobsite.
…just dont say that a pressure washer cant softwash.
P.S. - Even though im heavy on the sarcasm towards SWS, i think they are generally a good group of guys. That one issue really gripes me though. They have a well polished organization, with helpful people, and quality products… they dont need to rely on a disingenuous attack against pressure washers to attract people… yet it persists.
edit: tireshark y u write so much, tho?