Over the past few years, there has been a resurgence of interest in pressure washers, thanks to their ability to clean even the toughest stains and grime without the use of chemicals. But you shouldn’t just buy anything that’s been sitting on someone’s driveway for a few months.
Like many other appliances, pressure washers are heavy duty machines built to last — they’re built to withstand high amounts of water pressure and are designed to be used often. If a sprayer is damaged or worn out, it should be replaced or repaired before being sold.
There are plenty of reasons why buying used ones is a bad idea:
- Lack of maintenance. Most pressure washers come with maintenance schedules, which are necessary for proper operation. If you don’t maintain your pressure washer properly and keep up with the schedule, you run the risk of drying out the pump or other parts that will end up costing more money down the road.
- Scratches or dents. Pressure washers get dropped and dragged around quite a bit. Even if the unit is in good shape when you buy it, it can take only a few months before minor scratches start showing up on the exterior metal parts, or maybe even some dents from taking a tumble during transport.
Tips to Consider When Buying Used Pressure Washers
Buying a used pressure washer presents some challenges. So before you pull the trigger, consider these tips:
- Can I afford the purchase? If you’re considering buying a used pressure washer and you’re not sure whether it will be within your financial means, talk with your financial advisor before making a commitment. Buying used can be cheaper than buying new, but you also have to factor in the cost of repairs down the road.
- What kind of power do I need? Be sure to know what kind of power your current equipment needs before buying a used unit. For example, if you have a gas-powered lawn mower that runs on 4-horsepower engine, don’t buy a 10-hp pressure washer that has more power than your current equipment. You’ll be disappointed when it won’t reach those higher pressures.
- Guarantees and warranties. Does the seller offer any kind of guarantee or warranty? If so, what are they? Check to see if they’re transferable. Also, is the pressure washer in good working order? Is there cosmetic damage beyond what would be expected from normal wear and tear?
What Price is too expensive for Used Pressure Washers
A used pressure washer is an investment. It can be a good way to get started in the power-washing field, and it has virtually no risk of breaking down or damaging your home or landscaping, as long as you don’t buy a lemon. They’re also relatively inexpensive to replace, as most are less than $1,000. If you have the budget to spend several thousand dollars on something like that, then go ahead and do it.
But if you’re looking for a good deal on a used machine that will get you started in the right direction, there are plenty of options. You might even find the right machine at a yard sale. You can “test drive” the machine by washing your driveway with it before you leave with it, just in case something breaks during your first few times using it.
You can also visit Giraffetools collections and compare prices for new and used pressure washers.