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Pressure washer question - How much is enough PSI?

I'm picking up a pressure washer for my dad's Xmas gift today and was wonering how much PSI will do what kind of damage. I want something that will take a layer off the sidewalk.

The electric ones do about 1750psi and the gas ones start at around 2150psi. Are either of these enough to do some serious damage?
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It's not so much the PSI that you have to look at but also have to look at how many gallons per minute GPM it flows. You can have a 4000 psi pressure washer that only produces 1 gpm and it won't clean anything, yet on the other hand you might have a 1500 psi washer that flows 4 gpm and it will take the paint off a car. I have a Honda one that is 3500 psi @ 4.0 gpm and it had different heads that you can put on it for different cleaning purposes. It has a "needle" head that under full operation it will chip concrete. I got mine from Home Depot at the end of last year for around $300.00 and list on it was $699.00. Call around as most stores have them on clearance and get the specs on them that way.
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The electic one is 1.5gpm and the gas one is about 2gpm...
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I got mine from Sears, but don't remember what size and price was. It does have the different nozzles and also the bottles for the cleaning solutions.


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I have a small Husky one from Home Depot that O think is 1250 psi. I works good for clean the deck and car.

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Yea I've looked at that Husky one...with my price range being less than the "chip concrete" model I might be leaning more towards that.
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I have two of the Husky models. It is most likely NOT the one that you need. We use it to clean the boat, the dock, deck, etc... it is working hard to clean simple things. If you can, I'd get something a little more substantial.

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Here is the one I have. States it's 1750 psi. You get adjustable nozzles. Cutting concert, I don't think so anything else it will.

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When I used to work for the park and rec, we had a gas powered one that you could write your name in the cement if you weren't careful. Hell we had to wear steel toe boots. GPM's, I couldn't tell you. But I would think the gas ones would be powerful enough.
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Go gas if you have the room I have an electric and can't wait for it to break and get a gas one.

Costco has a nice one about 300
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I ended up scoring a 2500psi 6.5hp Briggs and Stratton motor "Excell" model from Home Depot. Got a good deal on it and I'm sure my dad will be happy. Thanks for all the help!
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Here is the one I have. States it's 1750 psi. You get adjustable nozzles. Cutting concert, I don't think so anything else it will.
I have the Husky 1750 great for cleaning the cars, undercarriages, the area around motorcycle shock/springs(adjustable nozzle) and even rinsing the house (siding). It easily lifts the asphalt and cuts through the skin too! (Don't rinse your feet while set on HIGH!)
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