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[Canadian Tire] Briggs & Stratton 2800 PSI GPW, 2.1 GPM, $379.99, Starts May 29th

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[Canadian Tire] Briggs & Stratton 2800 PSI GPW, 2.1 GPM, $379.99, Starts May 29th

I'm looking for a good pressure washer to clean my house and I'm monitoring this model as well as the Champion 3000PSI.
For a GPW under $400, I believe this is a solid deal. Not sure if there is another reliable brand w/ >2GPM under $400.

Deal starts this Friday, May 29th.
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This was on sale for $279.99 a couple weeks back. I was hoping to find one in stock as my 1800psi Simoniz pressure washer bit the biscuit, and I'm done with that brand completely now.
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Avoid buying vertical shaft pressure washers
Buy horizontal shaft pressure washers
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-KILO- wrote: Avoid buying vertical shaft pressure washers
Buy horizontal shaft pressure washers
For thoses that doesn't know why you should buy horizontal :

Vertical Shaft and Horizontal Shaft Engines
Even if you don’t know anything about engines, this specific spec is something you should ask the salesperson about. The direction of the engine shaft (vertical or horizontal) helps determine the durability and quality of the pressure washer, gas powered or otherwise. Vertical engine shafts tend to be less durable and cost less to buy. Horizontal shaft engines are more expensive, but you can expect them to last longer. If you plan to use your pressure washer more than once or twice a year, opt for a horizontal shaft machine.
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Sorry for the newb question, but how do you tell if it’s horizontal or vertical?
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Full disclosure, i'm in the market for a pressure washer myself, only speaking from what i've learnt so far...

It would seem this is very overpriced at 2800 psi and 2.1 gpm this is only 5,880 cleaning units.
The HD model someone above posted is much better value (2700 psi / 2.3 gpm) at 6,210 cleaning units, and for less $.
That said, I'm still looking holding out for something 3000 psi >2.5 gpm for under $400...
lostinpangea wrote: Is 2700PSI a good amount of power? I have an electric 1800PSI model and I feel I could drink from it at full pressure! lol

But seriously, the 1800PSI does not get the winter grime off of my stone stairs. Is 2700PSI enough or should I pony up the extra for 3200+?
The PSI is only a portion of what to look for, the GPM also dictates how effective it will be at cleaning.
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another example of Canadian Tire mark-up on regular priced items to exaggerate sale price. Sale price is regular price
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li442il wrote: For thoses that doesn't know why you should buy horizontal :

Vertical Shaft and Horizontal Shaft Engines
Even if you don’t know anything about engines, this specific spec is something you should ask the salesperson about. The direction of the engine shaft (vertical or horizontal) helps determine the durability and quality of the pressure washer, gas powered or otherwise. Vertical engine shafts tend to be less durable and cost less to buy. Horizontal shaft engines are more expensive, but you can expect them to last longer. If you plan to use your pressure washer more than once or twice a year, opt for a horizontal shaft machine.
Not correct at all.
http://blog.hondalawnparts.com/horizont ... l-engines/
As a mater of fact, the crankcases on some Honda GC series engines is split diagonally (at 45 degrees). This lets Honda use more common parts in all of these engines whether they're horozontal OR vertical.
https://www.ereplacementparts.com/honda ... 37719.html

There are very durable and quality vertical shaft engines (Honda even says there's are the same as the horozontal engines).
Quality and durability is only affected by the engineering and quality of the materials used to build the engine and the maintenance it receives after it's running.

The reason you will see some pressure washers with a vertical shaft engine is simple economics. The B&S engine on this pressure washer is a model that's used in staggeringly huge quantities -- lawn mowers.
The more B&S builds, the cheaper they get. So they are using an extremely common engine on this pressure washer to reduce cost.
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w01f wrote: The PSI is only a portion of what to look for, the GPM also dictates how effective it will be at cleaning.
I've never heard of cleaning units before, but you're right --- both PSI and GPM are important.
Another way to look at it: a 1500watt pressurer washer can only put out 2 continuos HP.
The Braber unit is advertised at 6HP. Let's say this is a little 'optimistic' and it's only 4 true HP.
This is twice the power (or more) of 1800 PSI electric machines.
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-KILO- wrote: Avoid buying vertical shaft pressure washers
Buy horizontal shaft pressure washers
li442il wrote: For thoses that doesn't know why you should buy horizontal :

Vertical Shaft and Horizontal Shaft Engines
Even if you don’t know anything about engines, this specific spec is something you should ask the salesperson about. The direction of the engine shaft (vertical or horizontal) helps determine the durability and quality of the pressure washer, gas powered or otherwise. Vertical engine shafts tend to be less durable and cost less to buy. Horizontal shaft engines are more expensive, but you can expect them to last longer. If you plan to use your pressure washer more than once or twice a year, opt for a horizontal shaft machine.
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I have to chime in here. A few years ago I was gifted a Briggs & Stratton pressure washer from Canadian Tire, and the thing has caused me nothing but problems. It won't start, stay running, has low pressure, yadda yadda. I feel like every year it's a me vs. the machine and I ALWAYS lose. I've taken it apart, then taken it to a small engine mechanic, and it still refuses to work properly. I can't even tell you how many hours I've invested into this thing. I hope it's only my machine, but personally I'll never own another B&S. Buyer beware on this brand.
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Yes i saw it before getting mine but no stores near me.

It a good deal with the Honda engine ans detergent tank
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OP: I have a previous generation of this pw and it's been fine. Mine is 9 or 10 years old now and going strong.

Mine is spec'ed at 2700 max PSI and 2.3 gpm. It has seen regular use, sometimes heavy. I've really not treated it well. I have a big property (well over 2 acres) with a lot of patio, decking, etc. I use it for big cleaning projects but also for removal of polymeric sand between my 1600 sq ft of pavers and that sort of thing. Some of these projects require it to run hours at a time. Despite its age, it still does the job and it does it well. B+S makes great small engines and the pump is an AR pump and easily replaceable if and when it wears out. I know I am not supposed to but I run hot water through it (I have a hot water hose bibb in my garage) but I try to limit the amount of time I do this.

I replaced the pump back in 2013 with the same model of AR pump after an early hard and lasting frost got ahead of me. I also replaced the hose and spray wand when the hose had an encounter with the hot exhaust guard of the motor. The original hose/wand were pretty crappy tbh. I find my model (which looks very similar to this one) to be very easy to service. It runs about 30 mins or so on a tank of gas. Its controls are simple and the power is all that I need. Frankly, if you need more, you are probably in some sort of trade in which case you should be looking at units with a triplex pump and that cost a multiple of this.

Horizontal vs vertical? This is a non-issue with consumer-grade pressure washers. Just get one with an engine built by a company with a good reputation for engines and the same for the pump. The hoses, wands, etc. are all easily upgradeable.
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ThatGuyAgain wrote: I've had this one for about 3-4 years, used a lot for washing the cars, deck, siding.. everything! Still running strong, no noticeable loss in power over the years.

Highly recommend to anyone looking for more power than an electric PW!
Curious, is the one you have same model, if so, is it 2.3 GPM or 2.5 GPM.
The items description and picture show different info, and I can't find any details on BE Power's website...

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