Pressure washers are becoming increasingly popular among homeowners -- a new classic, like the lawnmower. If you’re unfamiliar with pressure washers, here’s what you should know: a pressure washer (sometimes called a "power washer") is an outdoor power tool that makes cleaning easier by using a high-pressure spray of water to clean a surface. A water pump is powered by a gasoline or electric motor, using water from your home.
The force of the high-pressure spray loosens dirt and whisks it away. On more professional-grade models, the spray is even powerful enough to strip paint. You can use many different detergents with a pressure washer, too, for even more effective cleaning. You can also buy a range of accessories that make cleaning even easier.
Generac, which first designed and built air-cooled engines for portable generators in the early 1990s, has applied its expertise to designing the best pressure washers money can buy. Every one of their pressure washers features a horizontal shaft OHV engine with low-oil shutdown – a feature not available on vertical-shaft engines.
As a manufacturer of generators, Generac certainly knows power, so they’re given every one of their pressure washers the largest engine on the market for its pressure rating. What’s a “pressure rating”, you wonder? The measurement term for water pressure is PSI, short for “pounds for square inch”. PSI provides the “oomph” you need to lift dirt and grime. A typical garden hoses dispenses water about about 30 – 40 PSI. Generac’s pressure washers range in PSI from 2500 to 4000.
Before they set out to create their line of pressure washers, Generac asked consumers what they wanted and responded to that wish list. For example, homeowners said they needed a pressure washer that was easy to handle. Generac responded by designing their pressure washers so the engine and pump are perfectly balanced over the axle, resulting in almost effortless maneuverability, regardless of the terrain. And the Generac horizontal-shaft OHV engine ensures that the pump and hoses are kept well above the ground, avoiding snags. It also means you can easily gather the hoses when maneuvering the unit during operation – thoughtful details that make all the difference.
Generac also designed ergonomic spray guns, making them more comfortable to use. The cushion grip helps reduce fatigue, and you can hold the easy-to-pull spray trigger with minimal effort. On professional units, the spray gun comes with an adjustable side handle for additional comfort and control.
Luckily for homeowners, the full line of Generac pressure washers is available now – just in time to get out and blast winter clean off the surface of your home. Best of all, they’re affordable. So get outside and get to work!