IS IT THE RIGHT MACHINE FOR THE JOB
Pressure Washers, Pressure Cleaners, Karcher, Spitwater, KEW, Jetblaster, Lavorwash, Speedie Clean, Kerrick, Aussie Pumps, Lightning, Wap, Stihl, Alto, Gerni, Rolls and BAR to name just a few.
There is a very large range of makes and models from small hand-held units to large three phase units and up to multi pump systems and trailer mounted units.
The varying models and the vast amount of different sizes can become quite confusing to you the customer. All you really need and want is the right machine to do the job, one that will perform correctly and live the expected time with minimal costs to you. You expect that when you are approached about buying a pressure washer that you are informed correctly on the right machine for the job.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT MACHINE FOR THE JOB
There are a few pointers that you can use when choosing the machine you need that will perform to your requirements.
WHAT WILL THE UNIT BE NEEDED FOR?
HOW MANY HOURS WILL BE USED A DAY (DON’T UNDERESTIMATE ITS USE)?
WHAT SPEED OF OPERATION IS REQUIRED FROM THE UNIT?
DOES THE UNIT NEED TO CHANGE LOCATIONS CONTINUALLY?
HOW LONG DO YOU EXPECT THE UNIT BE IN SERVICE FOR BEFORE IT IS NEEDED TO BE REPLACED?
When you have completed the above then you can ask the salesman for the information about the machine he has. The salesman should have a complete write up about his machines and what uses they are best suited for.
Also part of the information he has should cover what the duty ratings of the machine he is offering are; similar to the following:
A) DOMESTIC USES ONLY
B) SEMI-PROFESSIONAL – LOW DUTY USAGE ( A COUPLE OF HOURS A DAY)
C) PROFESSIONAL – MEDIUM DUTY USAGE (3 TO 4 HOURS A DAY)
D) INDUSTRIAL/COMMERICAL – HEAVY DUTY USAGE (4 AND ABOVE HOURS A DAY)
From here you can select the machine that fits into your requirements. You can also ask for a demonstration of the machine itself to see it in action.
Price can sometimes put you off, but remember that if it is the wrong machine for the job it can end up costing more, due to repairs, down time and your frustration. DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY TO SAVE ON BUYING A MACHINE THAT WON’T DO THE JOB. IT WILL HAVE COST YOU LESS AT THE END OF THE DAY TO BUY A PRESSURE WASHER THAT DOES THE JOB.
IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A MACHINE YOU CAN APPLY THE ABOVE PRINCIPALS TO IT.
ONE LAST RULE OF THUMB FOR HOT WATER MACHINES IS THAT IF IT USES MORE THAN A TANK OF FUEL A DAY THEN IT ISN’T LARGE ENOUGH FOR THE JOB YOU ARE DOING.