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    Default Belt driven or Direct drive pressure washer?

    I need help guys in buying a new pressure washer. I am torn between two pressure washers:
    1) Honda Power Pressure Washer / Honda Power Pressure Washers
    2)Honda Power Pressure Washer / Honda Power Pressure Washers

    Both look to be very good units being powered by Honda w/the General pump. Problem is I need to know the pro's and con's of belt drive vs direct drive. Please help!

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    Default Re: Belt driven or Direct drive pressure washer?

    Umm, Bueller...Bueller...Bueller. Anyone?

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    Default Re: Belt driven or Direct drive pressure washer?

    I'm going to guess the belt driven one has a heavier duty pump. That is likely the tradeoff- convienience of direct drive with no belts to worry about, or a slightly larger, higher capacity pump with belt drive.

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    Default Re: Belt driven or Direct drive pressure washer?

    i might can help you with this one. i used to rep for simpson pressure washers and mi-t-m.

    belt drive typically takes two people or ramps to load and unload. many people sling the direct drive pumps around by themselves.

    the direct drive has the pump hooked straight to the engine. heat and vibration are the biggest killers of the pump. both are much less on a belt driven machine as the pump is isolated from the motor. for all day use this makes a big difference. for the weekend warrior it is not as big of an issue.

    the ability to change the engine speed and pully systems on the belt drives allows a wider range of pump options. more replacement options when needed too. directs are always a 1:1 ratio.

    i did not look at the injector options in your link- chemical injectors are often problematic. many pros prefer a seperate in-line injector to a built in.

    also be sure the hose is called "non-marking"

    aluminum frames help with weight and corrosion.

    as you seem to have figured out the majority is the pairing of a quality engine with a quality pump

    don't overlook the robin (subaru) engine powered offerings. the motors are typically quieter than hondas and have a much better (longer) warranty.

    the cat pumps (nothing wrong with the generals) are good pumps too.

    3000psi is typically a perfect machine a little lighter, less fuel comsumption and cheaper. you may have a specific reason for needing more?
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    Default Re: Belt driven or Direct drive pressure washer?

    Thanks for the heads up guys. Me thinks I'm going w/the belt driven offering. I however think this company is hard to beat as opposed to the one I was looking at. It pays to shop around I guess. I would like to know more about the separate injector/chemical mixing as opposed to the one that comes on the system? Why is the separate one better?
    13HP Honda Belt Drive General Pump<br>4000 PSI 4 GPM<br>Free Shipping<br><br>Add Accessories From $5.00

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    Default Re: Belt driven or Direct drive pressure washer?

    the chemical injectors typically have a ball and spring. as the chemicals impact the parts at some point they no longer work. the off board ones can be purchased cheaply and are easily replacable on the jobsite w/o down time.


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    check out the mi-t-m washers. pick a model and pm me with the model #.
    i will see what i can do on the price for you. i can likely get you some free stuff with the deal too.
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    Default Re: Belt driven or Direct drive pressure washer?

    Thanks DVR. Will do.

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    Default Re: Belt driven or Direct drive pressure washer?

    Just for a note the Robin/Subaru and Honda GX engines have the same 2 year warranty.

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    Default Re: Belt driven or Direct drive pressure washer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fordlords
    Just for a note the Robin/Subaru and Honda GX engines have the same 2 year warranty.

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    not when it comes to mi-t-m pressure washers but thanks anyway:

    The CA Series aluminum pressure washer is the ultimate answer for those applications requiring a lightweight, yet durable unit that is also extremely easy to handle.

    - Performance proven engine with low oil protection

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    - Thermal relief valve

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    Default Re: Belt driven or Direct drive pressure washer?

    I stand corrected on those washers. The washer manufacturer apparently covers an additional year of engine warranty beyond what is covered by Robin/Subaru. R/S lists 2 year factory warranties on all of their commercial grade engines.

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