Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
 
Old 16 October 2012, 17:05   #1
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Gloucestershire
Boat name: Osprey
Make: Osprey Vipermax
Length: 5m +
Engine: E-tec 300 G2
MMSI: TBC
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 4,016
Pressure washers

Petrol v Electric...

ebay has 5.5HP petrol units for 190

Or there are a huge variety of electric ones from 99.00.

What's going to have the power to get the grime off a hull...?
__________________

__________________
---------------------------------------------------
Chris Stevens

Born fiddler
Chris is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16 October 2012, 17:18   #2
Member
 
Tim M's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Make: Avon Searider SR4
Length: 4m +
Engine: Yamaha 50
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 5,796
I have had both - a Nilfisk electric one (current) and an ebay petrol one (deceased). Petrol one was very noisy, and vibrated around so much when I used it in the marina I had to lash it down to prevent it from falling in the water. It was also pretty heavy to lug around. I prefer the electric one, and I have a generator should I wish to use it where there isn't any power.
__________________

__________________
Tim M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16 October 2012, 17:20   #3
Member
 
mick's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Wakefield
Boat name: Bouncer
Make: Redbay Stormforce
Length: 6m +
Engine: 2x Honda 90Hp
MMSI: 235025718
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 4,023
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris
Petrol v Electric...

ebay has 5.5HP petrol units for 190

Or there are a huge variety of electric ones from 99.00.

What's going to have the power to get the grime off a hull...?
Cosco usually have some good deals on and I would go leccy
__________________
mick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16 October 2012, 17:22   #4
Member
 
Tim M's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Make: Avon Searider SR4
Length: 4m +
Engine: Yamaha 50
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 5,796
The nozzle fitted also has quite a bearing on how effective it is at getting the grime off.
__________________
Tim M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16 October 2012, 17:27   #5
Member
 
jambo's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Girvan & Tayvallich
Boat name: Breawatch
Make: Ribcraft
Length: 5m +
Engine: Mercury 150 F/stroke
MMSI: ex directory!!
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 6,162
RIBase
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tim M
The nozzle fitted also has quite a bearing on how effective it is at getting the grime off.
What ever make you have to use the turbo nozzle works a treat just did mine last wend

Sent from my iPhone using Rib.net
__________________
jambo
'Carpe Diem'
Member of the ebay Blue RIB cover club
Member of SABS ( Scottish West Division)
jambo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16 October 2012, 17:35   #6
Member
 
Tim M's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Make: Avon Searider SR4
Length: 4m +
Engine: Yamaha 50
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 5,796
Quote:
Originally Posted by jambo View Post
What ever make you have to use the turbo nozzle works a treat just did mine last wend

Sent from my iPhone using Rib.net
My Nilfisk has an adjustable nozzle which is very handy.
__________________
Tim M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16 October 2012, 18:16   #7
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Royal Wootton Bassett
Length: 8m +
Engine: 250
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 8,041
I have always used Karcher:

Karcher UK | Home

But if you get one make sure it has this lance with it.... Awesome

Dirt blaster, K2
__________________
whisper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16 October 2012, 22:28   #8
Member
 
spartacus's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Scotland
Town: Aberdeenshire
Boat name: Sula
Make: Ribcraft 4.8m
Length: 4m +
Engine: Tohatsu 60hp + aux
MMSI: 235087213
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 3,972
RIBase
Quote:
Originally Posted by whisper View Post
I have always used Karcher.
+1

Quality products. Even if it means increasing your budget some-what, get something that produces at least 140 bar. Second-hand is fine, but check the auto-start stop works (with water flow on), it doesn't leak and it achieves operating pressure. Petrol ones are usually higher pressure, usually hot water steam units, and most will have had a hard life in commercial sector washing lorries dawn till dusk!

Regards shifting grime, a small deck scrubber and mild detergent works wonders, then use the Karcher.
__________________
Is that with or without VAT?
spartacus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 October 2012, 01:38   #9
Member
 
chewy's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Up Norf
Make: Avon SR4,Tremlett 23
Length: 4m +
Engine: Yam 55, Volvo 200
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 5,217
I have a Nilfisk and can't fault it.
Always seem to come tops in reviews in various magazines.

If you keep an eye out in machine mart they sometimes have offers on. Mine came with a free wet and dry hoover that would have been 70
__________________
chewy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 October 2012, 03:11   #10
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Make: Ballistic 7.8
Length: 7m +
Engine: 250hp E-Tec
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 52
Worth a look here, bought a few things from there now and they are great.
Karcher Outlet
__________________
mikesyam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 October 2012, 03:15   #11
Member
 
Erin's Avatar
 
Country: UK - Channel Islands
Town: A large rock
Boat name: La Frette
Make: Osprey Vipermax
Length: 6m +
Engine: 200 Suzzy
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 2,865
Flow rate is almost as important as pressure. The smaller machines just can't chuck out enough water, so worth looking at the specs before choosing.
Erin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 October 2012, 03:38   #12
Member
 
Country: Other
Town: Stanley, Falkland Is
Boat name: Seawolf
Make: Osprey Vipermax 5.8
Length: 5m +
Engine: Etec 150
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 3,712
Quote:
Originally Posted by whisper View Post
I have always used Karcher:

Karcher UK | Home

But if you get one make sure it has this lance with it.... Awesome

Dirt blaster, K2
+1 I have one of those dirt blasters and it is excellent
__________________
A Boat is a hole in the water, surrounded by fibreglass, into which you throw money...

Sent from my Computer, using a keyboard and mouse
BogMonster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17 October 2012, 20:53   #13
Member
 
Peter_C's Avatar
 
Country: USA
Boat name: Uh...a kayak?
Length: 4m +
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,602
I got what many would call a nice electric for free as it didn't work. Replaced the electrical circuit breaker and off I went to clean...well kinda. Having used gas powered one previously they just don't compare to electric. My opinion is go gas, and get something with some power to it.
__________________
Peter_C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18 October 2012, 03:39   #14
Member
 
hamster's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Length: 4m +
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 196
+1 for dirt blast nozzle. Excellent on paths and patios etc as well as boats

+1 for petrol. A lot more powerful than any electric washer and many of them suck so you don't need a pressurised hose supply. A water butt, pond or even sea water will do as long as you flush with fresh water afterwards meaning you can use it almost anywhere. If you have low pressure in your hose it will suck the water out if needs it.

+1 for getting max water flow as well as pressure. Look at litres per minute as well as psi. It's all very well having a high pressure jet but if there's not a lot of water coming out at that pressure it's not going to shift much.

A lot of petrol ones come with wheels so you can move them round easily. Having spent 950 on a petrol washer at work a few years ago it's was well worth the money spent on it. It shifted anything off of anything.

Sent from my iPad using Rib.net
__________________
Freelance skipper, RYA Powerboat Trainer and Advanced Examiner
hamster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18 October 2012, 08:46   #15
Trade member
 
Dry Run's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: portsmouth
Boat name: Hullabaloo
Make: Humber
Length: 8m +
Engine: 225 Optimax
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 776
RIBase
Have both petrol an electric. Currently use Karcher Xpert XD7125 for pressure washing hulls, tubes, engines etc on recovery from the water. Have to say, it's pretty good.

Used to Use Nilfisk, but the connection between the machine and hose-reel always failed after a few weeks.

Use a Demon petrol washer 3000psi for washing boats that have been in the water a few months. It draws water from a bowser or even direct from the sea. Exceptionally good and reliable (cost 1,800 though)!
__________________
You get what you settle for!
Dry Run is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18 October 2012, 11:53   #16
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Mighty Penryn
Boat name: Little Joe.
Make: Avon Searider
Length: 4m +
Engine: Honda BF50
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 8,869
Here we go again, we also sell /repair p/washers.

Karcher are SH*T! Their commercial Honda engined cold gear is OK, avoid the rest.

All small B&Q electric p/washers are one shot wonders and a waste of cash.

Demon and Brendon (made in Somerset) are our faves.

Try to go low end commercial rather than DIY if the budget will allow. We have a tatty 1400 PSI electric Demon at work/my place, a brilliant tool.
__________________
Mollers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18 October 2012, 14:06   #17
RIBnet Supporter
 
willk's Avatar
 
Country: Ireland
Make: Redbay Boats
Length: 9m +
Engine: 370hp
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 13,931
RIBase
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mollers View Post
Here we go again, we also sell /repair p/washers.
Could I interest you in a Trade Membership Mollers?

__________________
willk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18 October 2012, 14:15   #18
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Mighty Penryn
Boat name: Little Joe.
Make: Avon Searider
Length: 4m +
Engine: Honda BF50
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 8,869
Quote:
Originally Posted by willk View Post
Could I interest you in a Trade Membership Mollers?

You'll note, no attempt made to 'trade' whatsoever.
__________________
Mollers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19 October 2012, 02:43   #19
Member
 
Cookee's Avatar
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Salcombe, Devon, UK
Boat name: BananaShark
Make: BananaShark
Length: 10m +
Engine: 2xYanmar 260 diesels
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 4,225
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mollers View Post

Demon and Brendon (made in Somerset) are our faves.
This lot? couldn't find Demon and Brendon or am I being thick?
__________________
Cookee
Originally Posted by Zippy
When a boat looks that good who needs tubes!!!
Cookee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19 October 2012, 02:50   #20
Member
 
Country: UK - England
Town: Mighty Penryn
Boat name: Little Joe.
Make: Avon Searider
Length: 4m +
Engine: Honda BF50
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 8,869
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cookee View Post
..am I thick?


Yeah, that's Brendon, awesome kit. The hire trade only use Brendon and Demon.

We sold a Diesel (Lister) Brendon 45F to a pig farmer from Dorset a couple of weeks ago. He rang to say how amazed he is with it, reckons it'll drill holes in the ground.
__________________

__________________
Mollers is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 16:02.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.