Pressure washers are very reliable and convenient when it comes to cleaning different surfaces such as metal and concrete. However, a typical pressure washer can only work well depending on the type of hose that you use on it. As a matter of fact, pressure washer hoses can come in many different sizes, shapes and functions. This means that when one type of pressure washer hose works great on a certain pressure washer unit, it does not necessarily mean that it will work on the same manner with another entirely different one. The simple reason behind this is that each pressure washer is different as they come in many different PSI and GPM configuration. In layman’s terms, your hose needs to match both the pressure washer’s PSI and GPM. If you ignore this rule, then you will certainly risk damaging your pressure washer unit, or maybe your hose will leak and/or fail due to too much water pressure.
The reliability, quality and durability of a pressure washer hose will most likely depend greatly on the need of any certain cleaning task. A good-quality pressure washer hose must have the capacity to handle pressures of up to 5,000 PSI and the ability to adapt to both hot and cold water – this means that the hose ought to be capable of enduring a temperature of up to 300° Fahrenheit. A decrease in the hose’s external diameter will also help in making it much lighter to carry as well as it is easier to handle and use.
If you are going to use a pressure washer, it is crucial that you initially consider the type of cleaning task that you will be doing. For example, if you are going to be washing a small car, then a PSI of 1,000 to 2,000 will be adequate enough, so a smaller-sized hose will work absolutely fine and therefore should not cause any problems or concerns. Because the car would be just within close range, you will no longer have the need for a hose reel. When it comes to larger cleaning tasks such as indoor home cleaning or outdoor surface cleaning, longer pressure washer hoses are the most ideal types of hoses to use.
If you are going to clean an outdoor surface, you have to have a hose that can endure an immense amount of pressure, which is maybe around 3,000 to 4,000 PSI. This means that you must have a heavy-duty pressure washer hose so that you will not be troubled from any disastrous failure on either your hose or your pressure washer unit. However, if you are going to use your pressure washer for home cleaning purposes, then a PSI of about 2,000 is sufficient enough to get any cleaning job done. Using a long hose would be advisable as it will help make maneuvering outside your home much easier.
There are many other pressure washer accessories that you might want to have for your pressure washer unit that can help make any cleaning task easier, such as various nozzles that can aid in changing the stream and direction of the water. However, keep in mind that even with the use of these nozzle attachments, you still need to have a flexible hose so that it can support different nozzles. This factor is very important, hence before you buy a pressure washer hose, make sure it is versatile enough so that you would not come across any problematic issues regarding your pressure washer in the near future.
Since most operators would prefer to have longer pressure washer hoses as opposed to the shorter stock hose that came with the unit, it is only logical that they also invest in a hose reel. In fact, if you have a long hose, having a hose reel makes it a lot easier to clean as this equipment helps to facilitate the winding and unwinding of the hose. This means you no longer have to collect the stretched out hose manually as the hose reel will help you collect and wind it. This equipment also helps the hose to cover less space making it perfect and ideal for storing. There are actually different types of hose reels – the collapsible reel, live connection reel, portable reel, and the storage reel. Some are made of steel, stainless steel, wood, and even plastic.
Collapsible reels are constructed in a way so the space they occupy when no hose is wounded on them is reduced so as to improve storage during shipment. Live connection reels are specially constructed because they allow pressurized water to flow even when the hose is still on the reel. Portable reels on the other hand are intended to be portable so owners can move them by hand since they always come with a handle. Storage reels are simply meant for holding hoses, cables, and ropes, usually for storage purposes.
Hose reels can either be wounded, depending on their model, manually or automatically through the use of cranks and motors. Manual hose reels make use of hand crank so you can wound the reel using elbow grease while automatic hose reels utilize motors or mechanisms powered by electricity, pneumatics, or springs.
Automatic winding hose reels are very convenient to have as it saves you the effort of having to crank the reel yourself. However, not everyone recommends them as there are times that advance clicker malfunction will make the self-reel continue to wind itself even when you are using it. Nevertheless they are pretty handy when it comes to reeling in heavy duty hoses or hoses that are lined with double steel braiding.
In order to improve the life span of your hose reel, you need to do some preventive maintenance. Perhaps the most common preventive maintenance you can do with your pressure washer hose reel is giving it some grease. A reel will have two greasing points and it is vital that these two points are regularly greased, especially when you come to hear squeaking sounds. Ignoring to place any grease on the two grease points will make the moving parts scar which could cause failure in the future. Even if these parts can be replaced, preventing premature failure is still the best course of action.