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Snow Blower & Power Washer

beefdaniel 204 62 January 24, 2016 at 02:42 PM
I am looking to buy a power washer and a snow blower. While I see a few deals for power washers I do not see much for snow blowers. Before I make a purchase I have a couple of questions.

I will be using the power washer to clean the deck, drive and the house as well (I see some green stuff growing). So would an electric power washer do the trick or would i need a gas powered one?

How much maintenance is involved with a gas powered blower or washer?

Electric snow blower's are they any good?

What else should I think about before buying these 2, warranty may be?

Thanks,
Dan

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For the deck do NOT get more than a 1200-1600 psi electric washer. Any higher psi and your deck will be ruined.

For the snowblower, electric are pretty much useless as well as single stage gas ones unless you get very little snow. For any decent amount of snow, you need a 2 stage gas one. Snowblowers vary a LOT between brands and sizes. The below is on my list right now. I have a mid-range Craftsman ($500) and it is very underpowered for the typical snow I get. My neighbor has one like the below and he can do his own driveway, the guy across the street and the guy on the other side of me before I am finished with my own. It just makes all the difference to spend more now and get a powerhouse. Maintenance is very minimal. Change oil once in awhile, fuel stabilizer for the off months. I hate to say it but I have done absolutely NO maintenance ever on my 6 year old Craftsman and it starts up on the first pull every time.

My next one:

http://www.snowblowersdirect.com/...ml#reviews
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For the deck do NOT get more than a 1200-1600 psi electric washer. Any higher psi and your deck will be ruined.

Thanks for your response. So would I have to buy 2 power washers one for the deck and for the exterior or the house?
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Thanks for your response. So would I have to buy 2 power washers one for the deck and for the exterior or the house?
If you just clean the siding every 3-4 years I would pay someone to do it. If you want to do it yourself, get the electric 1200psi and see how that works. I used to clean my siding with a 1200 psi electric and it cleans just as well it just takes longer. But under no circumstances should you clean your deck with a powerful washer, it will totally destroy the deck and you will have to replace the surface decking material.
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If you just clean the siding every 3-4 years I would pay someone to do it. If you want to do it yourself, get the electric 1200psi and see how that works. I used to clean my siding with a 1200 psi electric and it cleans just as well it just takes longer. But under no circumstances should you clean your deck with a powerful washer, it will totally destroy the deck and you will have to replace the surface decking material.

Thanks, I am a new homeowner and I have absolutely no clue on how to do things. I do appreciate your responses. When I bought the home a month ago, the owner had power washed the vinyl siding and now I see the green stuff growing back again.

Hence I thought if I end up paying someone every time to remove it, it will be much cheaper in the long run for me to do that every other year or may be every year as well.

Any downside to doing it every year?

Thanks!
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Thanks, I am a new homeowner and I have absolutely no clue on how to do things. I do appreciate your responses. When I bought the home a month ago, the owner had power washed the vinyl siding and now I see the green stuff growing back again.

Hence I thought if I end up paying someone every time to remove it, it will be much cheaper in the long run for me to do that every other year or may be every year as well.

Any downside to doing it every year?

Thanks!
Some people like clean siding, some don't care. It all depends on how much I guess. I used to get it on one side of my house but only cleaned it twice in 8 years as it did not get much visibility. This was on aluminum siding. Then I had the siding replaced with vinyl siding and never had an issue with algae/moss growth after that. They can probably treat the area with an anti-fungicide to stop it from coming back.

The problem going down the power washer road is once you start the job, you have to finish or else you get a very clean section next to the old grimy section. I also highly suggest you never stain or even seal your deck. Once you do that, you have to keep up with the maintenance of re-sealing or re-staining periodically. Beware the pitfalls of taking a low/no maintenance item and turning it the other direction!

Good luck!
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Wrt a snow blower, the size and type you get really depends on where you live\how much snow you get and how much of an area you need to clear. I would not get an electric at all unless you have a small area to clear (like a small side walk\walkway and driveway. While they may be convenient to run, they have no real muscle. For anything significant, get a gas powered blower from a reputable company with an electric starter satisfactory for the area. You do not want to mess around generally if you have a large driveway in an area which can get a fair amount of snow. It just is not worth trying to save a few bucks and going cheap imo on something like a snow blower. You do not want to be shoveling when there is 2 feet of snow on the ground.

As to which brand\where to buy, I would figure what size you need and research models first like anything else. Also, they are not something one typically can have shipped from out of state so you likely end up in a Lowes, Home Depot or some other type of similar store locally. Combining with a Lowes 10% off coupon or something like that can be a nice way to go if you time it right\there is a sale. I ended up getting a Troy Bilt from Lowes a number of years ago and timed the purchase with a Lowes sale and 10% movers coupon and was pretty happy with the deal. Also, check the warranty and put the purchase on a credit card that will add an extra year to the warranty if you can. My 2 cents.
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