Electric Power Washer

Am looking through the weekend ads for an Electric Power Washer (my first one). A lot to choose from! ? What PSI should I concentrate on? I'll be using it to wash down the pool screens and deck. As always, many thanks.
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  • Electrical power washers are not worth the cost. These are simply a pressure booster that you can get with a high end hose sprayer. Your better off getting a 2500 psi unit, While not nearly as strong as the 3500 unit, it will do a boat load of cleaning that the electrical unit would not even touch. Sears has been advertizing a stem./power washer. Do not be duped into thinking this has any value. It cannot create nearly enough hot water or steam to do anything worth doing. Gas powered 2500 psi units are really the best thing for most homeowners. Anything less does to little, that a hose can do on its on, and anything more then 2500 psi, you risk tearing deck boards up, damaging screens etc, unless you have experience using such a tool. I own a 110 volt commercial power washer. It is perfect for cleaning air conditioning unit grills as the amount of water coming out along with the pressure will not damage the fins, But it will not remove dirt from siding or deck surfaces. Unless I want to spend hours of time in doing so.

  • Alex Alex on May 27, 2012
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on May 27, 2012
    I have an Excel 2800 psi gas one. which I use in deck cleaning, fences siding etc. I have also used it to clean our persian rugs. If your pool deck is just concrete a simple garden hose may be enough, similarly with the "screens". more is not always better.