To build a pressure washer system, a construction made of a metal frame, motor – gas or electric, water pump, and two hoses should be composed. Detailed information about how to build a pressure washer system, equipment needed for building a pressure washer system, benefits of building a pressure washer system, and if building a pressure washer system is profitable can be found below.
Equipment Needed to Build a Pressure Washer System
Equipment needed to build a pressure washer system includes a metal frame, electric or gas engine, air and water tanks, water pump, high-pressure hose or a regular garden hose, cleaning attachments – pressure washer wand, spray gun, nozzles, and a toolbox.
A metal frame is needed to build a pressure washer system since it should be sturdy enough to hold the pressure washer motor and the pressure washer pump. The metal frame should have wheels to make it more flexible and easier to move around.
Electric or gas motor
A motor – electric or gas is needed to build a pressure washer system. Lawnmower engines are most suitable for building pressure washer systems. Electric motors are compact and use power around 3.5 and 5.5 HP or 3 to 4kW, although less portable since they use trailing cables. Gas pressure washer systems are used for heavy-duty cleaning tasks.
The water pump is the second main part of the pressure washer system propelled by an electric or gas motor at high speed. The water pump should distribute water at 1 to 2 gallons per minute – GPM.
High-pressure hose and a regular garden hose
To build a pressure washer system, a high-pressure hose and a regular garden hose should be used – for connecting the system with the water tank and the water stream. High-pressure hoses are strengthened with several layers of wire mesh and high-density plastic and should be rated at at least 2,000 PSI to 6,000 PSI maximum.
How to Build a Pressure Washer System – A Step-by-Step Guide
The steps on how to build a pressure washer system are listed below:
- Place the metal frame on the flat surface,
- Place the engine and pump at the center of the frame to ensure optimum balance and prevent the engine from vibrating when it is running,
- Secure the engine to the frame with screws,
- Connect the electric engine to the electrical source or fill the gas engine with enough gas to ensure the pump is properly propelled,
- Secure air and water tanks to the back of the metal frame,
- Install a detergent connection to the pump’s outlet,
- Connect the high-pressure hose and the garden hose to the machine,
- Connect one end of the high-pressure hose to the spray cannon and the other end to the pump’s outlet,
- Connect the garden hose to the faucet and the water tank,
- Install pressure washer nozzles to the spray gun,
- Turn on the water faucet and fill the tank with water,
- Turn the engine on,
- If the engine is propelling the pressure washer pump, the water from the tank will start flowing in, then get discharged via the outlet hose.
- If the pressure washer system is running continuously for 2 minutes, the installation has been completed.
1. What are the benefits of building a pressure washer system?
Benefits of building a pressure washer system include being able to wash off stubborn dirt from different types of surfaces, such as concrete, cars, gutters, and roofs at a low price.
2. Is building a pressure washer system profitable?
Yes, building a pressure washer system is profitable since the parts are inexpensive and the installation can be done at home. Building a pressure washer system can cost between $50 and $100, depending on the parts used, which can be more profitable than buying a new pressure washer that can cost $150 and more.