5 Things to Look For in a Cheap Pressure Washer

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Buying A Cheap Used Pressure Washer

Let’s face it, not all of us have a ton of money to spend on a top of the line Dewalt pressure washer

For those of us who are on a budget or looking for something for just a quick job it is often best to get something that gets the job done for a low price.

When searching for a cheap pressure washer it is important to search for quality, while still searching for a low price.  With this being said, there are many power washers that can be found at low prices.

While many of us may find a used power washer on Craigslist or a pawn shop, we don’t always have a choice in brands.  With this in mind it is important to look at a few factors when investing in a cheap power washer.

Manufacture Date:

I will never buy a pressure washer that is over 5 years old no matter what brand it is.

It is always important to get a brand name and a model number and research the model that you purchased.

Take an iPhone with you or look up the model before hand to get an idea of what year the model was made in.

If it is older than 5 years, I would avoid it unless you are getting a steal.

Try it:

One thing people always make a mistake doing is not trying out a used pressure washer that they purchase.  They look at it and might start it up, but do not use it for an actual job.

I would always ask to use the cheap power washer on a sidewalk or driveway to get a feel of the PSI and the power of the unit.

If it sputters at all or does not shoot a steady stream I would recommend not purchasing the item.

Check the Accessories: 

Having a pressure washer with everything that it comes with is something that is important to check for when purchasing a power washer.

Just like you can do a pre-check on the manufacture date, I would also check the accessories that should come with the unit.

Size up the Owner:

I would much rather buy a power washer from a home owner or someone that looks like they don’t do a lot of pressure washing over buying one off of someone in the construction industry.

As an owner and operator of power washers on a regular basis I can say those ones where down a lot quicker than the one in my home.

Cars have odometers, but used pressure washers do not, so it is always best to make an educated guess when choosing a model.

Look up Reviews: 

You can always find reviews of the model that you are looking for online.  When purchasing a cheap power washer it is important to get an online review as some may look nice, but work like crap.

I like using Amazon because you can see what hundreds of people who have already bought the unit think of it. It’s like asking your neighbor what he thinks of his power washer but 100 times over and for every make and model.

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So do your due diligence, test it out, do your research, and you should be fine getting a used power washer for a great price.