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Do You Need a Residential or Commercial Grade Power Washer? Learn the Main 3 Differences

Do You Need a Residential or Commercial Grade Power Washer? Learn the Main 3 Differences

Do You Need a Residential or Commercial Grade Power Washer? Learn the Main 3 Differences

If you’re in the market for a pressure washer then you likely have a few questions about which the best option will be. One question you may wonder is whether to get a commercial grade power washer or a residential one. You can always contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 to get our advice. In the meantime, you can read on to learn the three main differences between these two options.

  1. Their Power is Different
  2. An industrial power washer has the ability to give off much higher pressure than your average residential power washer. You can select a machine with a wide range of pressure levels – all the way up to 8000 psi. You can find machines that are powered by gas or electricity.

    Remember that the power your machine has will have a direct relationship to temperature. You can choose a commercial or industrial washer in cold water, hot water, or tri-modes. The tri-mode option means that you can use it for hot water, cold water, and steam water pressure. It’s true that cold water is more affordable because it requires less electricity, and it can get rid of most dirt, but getting rid of oils and degreasing requires hot water or steam.

  3. The Durability is Different
  4. It likely comes as no surprise that industrial power washers are more durable. After all, they are built to be used much more and for much longer than a typical residential pressure washer. You will find that industrial power washers are often hosed in steel casing – just be sure you choose an option in which the steel casing is resistant to both heat and corrosion. Choosing power-coated steel can ensure that it is not easily chipped too.

    Note that any power washer you get from Hydro Tek is going to be durable – and is going to be covered by a warranty – but industrial power washers are more expensive for a reason, and one of those reasons is that they are built to last longer.

  5. Commercial Units Offer More Durability
  6. When you choose a commercial unit, it can get hot in as little as 20 seconds, thanks to heating devices that use very little energy and get to maximum temps very quickly. You will have a wide range of hose lengths to choose from with either a commercial or a residential unit – anywhere from 25 feet to 300 feet based on what you need. If you are going to get a longer hose, then an industrial machine is likely to offer the best pressure for you.

These are just a few of the differences between these two options. We highly recommend that you contact Hydro Tek at 800-274-9376 for expert advice if you would like more information on choosing between the two options.

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    Simply by heating up the water, a hot water pressure washer delivers dramatically improved cleaning power compared to a cold water machine. Hot water pressure washers are especially useful for cleaning sticky, greasy, or oily surfaces, because they will loosen the dirt much faster without the large amounts of soap, detergent, or other cleaning chemicals that must be used with a cold water system.

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From simple beginnings in 1985, Hydro Tek has grown to become the most trusted name in the pressure washer manufacturing industry.

How did we do it? By continually focusing on quality and reliability as the key to customer satisfaction, and by incorporating the latest technologies into our design and manufacturing processes.

By 1991, we were using computer-aided drafting systems to refine our product designs and improve efficiency. In 1997, we brought the power of computers to the shop floor by incorporating laser-cutting and other CNC manufacturing machinery, and in 2001 we began focusing on improving efficiency through the latest manufacturing techniques. The end result has been superior products delivered at a superior value to our customers. Through the next decade, we look forward to fulfilling our vision of making our products the "obvious choice" for all your industrial and commercial cleaning needs.