High pressure cleaners are a fast and efficient system for blasting clean outdoor surfaces. In the following article we will write a short guide to how a pressure cleaner works the types of pumps and drive systems. In addition you will find a collection of other helpful tips on high pressure cleaning.We believe it’s important to define a number of key terms commonly used in the high pressure cleaning industry.
Horse power (HP) – Refers to the horse power the engine generates. The output of our engine is particularly important as it proportional to the volume and pressure of the pump.
Pounds per square inch (PSI) – Refers to the amount of force/pressure exerted by the pump. A common interpretation is higher psi equals faster cleaning power. However, as you will see there are a number of other aspects which determine a machines cleaning power. In short psi doesn’t necessarily equal speed.
Liters per minute (LPM) – refers to the output of the pump or amount of water exerted by the pump. We believe LPM is an important aspect you need to consider when purchasing a high pressure cleaner. LPM is overlooked by your average consumer.
Components Of High Pressure Cleaning Equipment
There are three main types of pumps 1) wobble, axial & triplex. These pumps operate in a number of different ways. For the purpose of the article we will skip over a number of these details. We believe it’s important to highlight the intended uses for these pumps. The wobble pump is considered an ‘economical pump’ built on a budget. And, we all know the saying, ‘you get what you pay for’. The next pump in the series is the axial pump. These pumps are midrange. A disadvantage of these pumps is they are not repairable. If they breakdown you need to replace. If you need to replace the pump we recommend you purchase a triplex pump. Generally, we always recommend a triplex pump if you are purchasing a pressure cleaner for commercial applications. Triplex pumps are easily repairable and can be rebuilt by any pump technician.
We recommend you ask questions on the expected life expectancy of your pump. Another important area to consider is obtaining spare parts for the pump.
Drive System (engine)
The engine drives your pump. In general, more HP equals higher PSI and LPM. There are a number of engines types available, including electric and petrol (gas) engines. A advantage of petrol engines is they are fairly quiet and do not require a significant amount of maintenance. A disadvantage of electric motors is the obvious requirement for power. The power lead requirement can limit your accessibility to remote areas. However, an advantage of an electric motors is it doesn’t have an exhaust system and can be used indoors. Petrol engines are commonly used in commercial pressure cleaners. If we were to recommend any engine, it would have to be Honda. Petrol engines require further maintenance compared to electric motors.
High Pressure Cleaning Accessories
There are a number of accessories available to help you maximise the efficiency of your high pressure cleaner.
– A turbo head increases your cleaning power. The turbo head drives water in a single point which rotates at high velocity. Turbo heads are excellent for blasting away weeds and other contaminants from your outdoor surfaces. Turbo heads are excellent devices and well-worth the investment.
– In our opinion, a whirl-a-way would have to the accessory for high pressure cleaning. A whirl-a-way provides a fast and efficient way to clean floors. The device provides a uniform clean which eliminates the risk of creating ‘zebra’ marks on your outdoor surfaces. Whirl-a-Ways are available in a number of sizes ranging from 8 inch to 24 inches.
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Venturi Acid Nozzle
The venturi nozzle is excellent for spraying on detergents and chemicals. All you need to do is prepare a small container of the required detergent or chemical. The venturi nozzle has a clear plastic tube, simple place that tube inside of the container. Connect the nozzle into your pressure lance. When you pull the trigger a venturi effect is initiated. The detergent or chemical is picked up and sprayed out the end of your pressure lance. Acid venturi are available in a dilution ratio of 4:1 or 8:1.
We hope you found our article helpful and have learned heaps about high pressure cleaning. We love hearing back from our blog readers. We love to share our knowledge and hear your experiences on high pressure cleaning. If you require high pressure cleaning please contact us on 0431 585 783. We provide our services to Sydney and Melbourne. We provide obligation free quotes.
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