Tips of Buying a Used Pressure Washer

Truth is, buying a used pressure washer is one way of getting the best value for your money. you can get a 50% discount when you go for a used pressure washer, that is quite a bargain. However, you can say it is a bargain when you buy a quality pressure washer; one that has been well-maintained and used with care

How can you tell? You can tell that a used pressure washer is well-maintained by using the following guide:

These tips will major a lot on gas powered used pressure washers because most of the used pressure washers that are on sale are gas powered.

1. Start the machine from cold

The gas pressure washer engine usually starts much easier when it is warmed, the heat will fasten the combustion reaction in the chamber. So to ensure that you are not tricked with the seller or the broker, always tell the owner not to warm the machine before you arrive. Insist that you want the machine’s engine to start from cold. Some owners will try trick you by warming the machine despite your instructions but some will honor your word and start the engine from cold.

2. Read the manual

Read the manual of a new pressure washer. Looking at a review of the Ford 1800 psi pressure washer for instance you can tell how its parts look like, how the engine should sound, how to maintain it and you can see a clear picture of all the parts. With this knowledge, you can easily tell what is missing and what is faulty when you look at the used Ford 1800 psi pressure washer that you are considering to purchase.

3. Check the engine.

As aforementioned, call the owner and tell him not to warm up the engine then schedule a meeting to check the engine out.

Here are the details you should pay attention to:

  • Check out when it starts; does it start on the first, second or third pull of the recoil? Don’t start it yourself, let the owner do it. If the machine starts after very many pulls that are not reasonable, just walk away. Yu can employ your instincts here as well and judge the owner’s reaction.
  • Does the engine produce a smooth sound and does it rev smooth when it is off idle? A rattling and screaming engine is a red flag.
  • Get to know how often the owner used to change the oil and do some research online and ensure see what type of oil is suitable for that specific pressure washer. You should always use the right oil for your pressure washer but some people forget this and go for cheaper oils to save money not knowing that it is damaging to the machine. If the owner is the type who never minded the kind of oil to use in the pressure washer, then you should also walk away because chances are, the machine has developed some defects due to using the wrong oil.
  • Check the exhaust color; is it blue or white? After 30 to 40 seconds after powering the engine, the exhaust needs to be invisible. Blue exhaust shows that the oil is burning and the seals or rings are compromised. A continuous white smoke indicates that the head gasket has a leak.
  • Also, ensure that the fuel tank does not have major rusts and dents. A gas tank is has these major deformities is so costly to repair and it shows that the pressure washer was maintained poorly by the owner.

Even if everything checks out, listen to your gut, if you feel sketchy for whatever reason, walk away.