If you are in the market for a new pressure washer, your two main power choices are either a gas pressure washer or an electric-powered pressure washer. Here is a quick overview on how these two types of pressure washers vary.

#1 Size

In generally, electric-pressure washers tend to be smaller in size. They are easier to pick up and handle on your own. You don't have to particularly strong or large in order to maneuver an electric-pressure washer. Since electric-pressure washers are also slimmer in size, they are also easier to store if you have limited extra space in your home or garage for a pressure washer.

Gas-pressure washers are generally bulkier than electric pressure washers, although there are some smaller models on the market. Gas-pressure washers can be quite large. The biggest gas-pressure washers would require more than one person to move the machine. In generally, you'll need a little more space in order to store a gas pressure washer.

#2 Maintenance

As far as maintenance needs, electric-pressure washers are generally a little easier to take care of. Gas-pressure washers use engines that generally require the use of oil. They have more complex systems than electric pressure washers, and require you to take closer care of them. You also always have to have gas on on hand in order to use the pressure washer and you need to stabilize any gas in the engine if you are going to let the pressure washer sit for an extended period of time.

#3 Cleaning Ability

Electric- and gas-powered pressure washers have very different cleaning abilities. Generally, electric-pressure washers are great for simple house-hold pressure washing jobs, such as washing your car, cleaning your outdoor furniture, clearing dirt off patios and small decks, and washing the siding on your home. The pressure is generally lower and is not strong enough to damage any of these things listed above, even when set on the highest pressure settings.

Gas-powered pressure washers, on the other hand, have a lot more power behind them. You can purchase gas-powered pressure washers that have lower psi outputs more similar to an electric-pressure washer; however, you can also purchase gas-pressure washers with extremely high psi outputs. Gas-powered pressure washers can be used for professional-style pressure washing jobs, like removing paint form your home, stripping graffiti off buildings, and cleaning away construction junk. Gas-powered pressure washers with a large range of psi can also be used for the same home-based tasks that electric-power washers can be used for.

Going for a gas or electric-powered pressure washer really depends on what you need to use it for. For general around the house jobs, an electric-powered pressure washer will get the job done. For more specialized jobs and higher pressure, gas-powered pressure washers are best. For more information, talk to a professional like Boyce Industries.