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Re: [Shop-talk] pressure washers

To: "shoptalk" <>, "Battmain"
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] pressure washers
From: "Eugene D Abbondelo" <>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 10:18:14 -0400
Would this work to clean up old engine oil stains from concrete?  None of the
products available from the usual hardware stores (Lowes, etc.) seem to work.
I was thinking of renting and trying a power washer.


>>> Battmain <> 8/19/2009 10:07 AM >>>
A 3800 should work well for the sidewalk. I got a 3000psi to work on the
sidewalk mildew. The mildew turns the sidewalk black. I got five nozzles with
mine. The one that works best for everything is the turbo rotating nozzle.
Same nozzle worked well for removing the paint on the house.The other nozzles
just use up fuel and annoy me. :)    The lower psi pressure washers that I
borrowed didn't work for me.  Degreasing also works good, but for the grime
that's been sitting a while, a steam cleaner works much better. You're going
to get a lot of splash back when working in the engine compartment even at the
lower pressure settings. Cost for the unit was around $500 at Lowes years ago.
Mine is very noisy. I use ear plugs, real goggles instead of my glasses only
and a dust mask for the water spray. Look like a nerd but, safey first.
Amazing what it can do the asphalt driveway if I'm not paying attention.


----- Original Message ----
From: Frank Vantacich <>
To: Shop Talk <>
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 9:16:30 AM
Subject: [Shop-talk] pressure washers

I am in need of a pressure washer and am looking for suggestions.  What I
in mind so far, just to give you an idea of the size  I had in mind, is a
psi 4 gpm minimum.  I have been eying the Dewalt GX390 for 999.00 at HD.
portable enough to get around but yet powerful.  My research so far tells me
you need at least a 4gpm minimum to move the grease, a separate pump as
opposed to one the engine sits on and either a Honda or Briggs motor.   It
will be used mainly for cleaning side walks and degreasing cars and tractors,

Thanks for the advice.

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