Which Pressure Washer Nozzle Should You Use?

A Pressure Washer is a great way to clean all kinds of surfaces around your home: vinyl siding, stucco, concrete, stone walkways, brick, boats, cars and trucks, power equipment, garage floors, and more. If you have a pressure washer or are considering buying one, you’ve probably noticed that there are all kinds of pressure washer nozzles to choose from. Nozzles are color-coded to make it easy to choose the one that you need, and the colors are universal. But which pressure washer nozzle is right for which jobs?

Nozzles Explained

Pressure washers spray water in a V shape from the end of the wand. Each nozzle that you add to the end of the wand will spray water in a wider or narrower V, depending on what degree angle it is designed to spray at. For example, a 15° angle is a fairly narrow V, while a 40° is significantly wider.

With a narrower spray (a low-degree nozzle), you get more pressure in your spray, but it is spread over a small area. With a wider spray (a higher-degree nozzle) you get less pressure, but it covers more area. If you are purchasing nozzles for your pressure washer, be sure to get the correct nozzles for your machine. Refer to this handy pressure washer nozzle chart for guidance when choosing a nozzle for your next pressure washer project:

Pressure Washer Nozzle Guide

Pressure Washer Nozzle Guide - Which nozzle is right for your project?

Turbo Nozzle

Pressure Washer Turbo Nozzle toolA rotating nozzle, also called a turbo nozzle, or rotary nozzle allows you to have the best of both worlds: pressure and coverage. The rotating nozzle gives you the extreme pressure of  a 0° nozzle with the wide coverage of a 25° nozzle. If you choose to use a rotating nozzle, be extra careful what surface you use it on. The pressure of a 0° spray can damage wood, siding, and some metals. For concrete, brick, and other very hard surfaces, though, the rotating nozzle is a great time-saver.

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Three Important Features to Consider When Buying a Pressure Washer

Generac SpeedWash Pressure Washer in actionPressure washers are fantastic pieces of equipment which you can use for all sorts of cleaning jobs around the house. Whether you’re in the market for a small, light duty pressure washer or a professional grade pressure washer for heavy chores, there are some basic features worth considering. Here are three of the most important:

PSI Range

Pressure washers come in a wide variety of PSI (pounds per square inch) levels. The PSI level you’ll need depends on the type of project you’ll be doing.

For basic cleaning tasks a small machine with a PSI between 1,000 and 1,900 would be appropriate.

Examples:

  • car washing
  • sidewalk cleaning
  • clearing gutters

For heavier duty cleaning or large areas a 2,000 to 3,200 PSI pressure washer would be best.

Examples:

  • cleaning swimming pools
  • washing floors
  • cleaning decks
  • washing your home’s exterior

When it comes to stripping paint, removing grease stains and cleaning stubborn marks off concrete floors, nothing short of a PSI between 3,200 and 3,800 will do.
Dr Power Equipment has a new Generac SpeedWash Pressure Washers are available in 5 models. The Generac 2900 PSI and 3200 PSI SpeedWash models are designed for the homeowner. These two models are powerful enough for any residential application. For more power you may want to consider a professional grade model like the Generac 3600 PSI Pro or 3800 PSI Pro Belt Drive. For the toughest jobs, the Generac 4200 PSI Commercial Grade Pressure Washer should be considered.

Portability

How portable will you need your pressure washer to be? If you’re only going to be cleaning a small area, you can settle for one of the many electric pressure washers available on the market today. This type of washer is powered by an electrical outlet and therefore features a cable which won’t allow you to wander very far.

On the other hand, if you plan on cleaning a large area, you’ll need to move around freely, making one of the many gas pressure washers available the best choice for you. Powered by gas or diesel, this type of washer allows you to move as far away from your home as you want, while still being able to use the machine.

Pressure Washer Accessories and Attachments

Pressure washers come in a wide variety of models, some of which come with a series of accessories and attachments and some of which come as standalone machines without any add-ons.

Generac SpeedWash Pressure Washers are a complete system with a variety of innovative cleaning tools available.

  • The PowerDial Gun puts the ability to change water pressure, quickly and easily, right at your fingertips.
  • The Power Broom attachment is designed for cleaning large surfaces such as decks and driveways. This time saving tool gets the cleaning done up to 4X faster!
  • The Turbo Nozzle uses a high-pressure rotating jet to scrub away grime and cut cleaning time up to 30%.
  • The Soap Blaster nozzle shoots soap 3x farther and agitates it into an active foam.

Power Dial Gun

Generac SpeedWash Pressure Washer PowerDial Gun

Power Broom Tool

Generac SpeedWash Pressure Washer Power Broom tool

Turbo Nozzle

Generac SpeedWash Pressure Washer Turbo Nozzle tool

Soap Blaster Tool

Generac SpeedWash Pressure Washer Soap Blaster tool

Now that you know the main features worth considering when purchasing a pressure washer, you’ll be armed with enough information to get out there and buy the best machine for you.

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Variety In Garden Plants – How Much Is Too Much?

Have you ever walked by someone’s front garden and thought – what were they thinking? The mixture and variety of garden plants seems to make no sense and are placed haphazardly all over the place. Although you most definitely need to choose a variety of plant types and colors for your own garden layout, how do you know when you’ve gone too far? How do you keep your garden design focused, yet interesting at the same time?
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