Racer's Lounge - Power washers - gas or electric
04-10-2012, 08:32 AM
Looking to get a power washer for my driveway, garage, deck etc. Not for use on the cars. Just wondering what most prefer - gas or electric?
04-10-2012, 09:41 AM
I would say gas! Most are more powerful.
04-10-2012, 10:08 AM
Gas would be more powerful, and louder. Electric isn't so loud, isn't so powerful, and you have that damn extension cord to deal with.
I'd boil this decision down to how much pressure do you think you'll need. For most, the electric is plenty unless you want to etch your name in the driveway...
04-10-2012, 10:09 AM
Electric. I have one and it works great.
04-10-2012, 10:43 AM
gas.. we've had both and i would never go back to electric. gas seems to build pressure and keep continuous pressure better, provides more power, no stupid cord to trip the ground fault when it gets wet, and they just seem to last much longer.
edit: there will be times where you'll want the extra power of a gas power washer.
04-10-2012, 10:58 AM
I had an electric one for a few years. It cleaned my sidewalk and driveway with ease. My brother-in-law borrowed it a few times to clean the walls of his pool and ended up borrowing it for some odd jobs. Brought it back broken...dumbass.
I now have a gas powered one (Honda engine) and that bitch will cut holes in shit if you use the wrong tip. It works good and is way more powerful than the electric one which wasn't on wheels, so it was kind of hard to move around.
The Mighty Texan
04-10-2012, 12:11 PM
I've always used gas ones at work and they work just fine, never used the electric though doesn't seem like it would be as strong as you might end up needing it for. One of the big pressure washers is a diesel with a burner for steam washing and that thing is a beast.
04-10-2012, 04:03 PM
My brother-in-law borrowed it a few times to clean the walls of his pool and ended up borrowing it for some odd jobs. Brought it back broken...dumbass.
Oh man, asshole brother-in-laws. I've got one.
Anyways, gas. I'd never go back to electric. They worked, but the extra power of gas will be useful no matter what you're doing. Also, the electric ones would always break after a few short years it seemed, the gas one has been going strong for some years now.
04-10-2012, 04:07 PM
electric ones put out more power than you would expect, they are much quiter, and can do 95% of the jobs you put them at. but they do have less power and you have to deal with extension cords.
gas powered ones are noisy, and require well gas. and at 4 dollars a gallon its starting to get expensive. they are also heavier than electric. they do have more power and will do 100% of the tasks you throw at them.
If you are mechanically inclined if the gas one breaks you can probably fix it, or take it to a small engine shop to get fixed. as for an electric one you probably better off just replacing it if/when it dies.