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Portable Pressure Washer Setup

Portable Pressure Washer Setup

When starting a pressure washing business, many people chose to begin with a portable unit.  So in this portable pressure washer setup post, we offer a video and detailed, expert advice.  Many ask if a 2-3 Gallon Per Minute machine good enough to start with?  You can certainly start with any unit you choose, but our recommendation is always the Mad Max belt drive 4 Gallon Per Minute portable pressure washer.  So to help those of you just starting out, here’s what we can offer.  We walk through an unboxing and set up for this great starter machine.

MAD MAX PORTABLE PRESSURE WASHER

This unit is a 3500 psi machine and is ideal for a limited budget.  So let this be the minimum machine you would start out with.  While you can get some cheaper machines at a home improvement store, this unit will last much longer.  Keep in mind that home improvement store options are not designed for everyday, commercial use.  They are designed to be used by one homeowner very rarely.  But the Mad Max is an industrial grade, professional model designed with those in this business in mind.

PORTABLE PRESSURE WASHER HOSE REEL MOUNT

One great option that we recommend is to include the hose reel mount.  Because it has wheels, it easily rolls in and out of a truck or van and moves around easily on a job site.  I got my start on this exact type of machine 37 years ago that hauled and roll in and out of with a pick up truck.  As your business grows requiring upgrade to a second machine, this will still come in handy as a spare or as a second unit on the job on to do a second job at the same time.

ACCESSORY KIT

This unit comes with great accessories such as a gun, a chrome plated wand, and connectors.  Of course, you also get the hose and tips.  We recommend using sealant and thread tape on all your connections, but this will be a separate purchase.  If you intend to downstream with this unit, you would want to purchase the JROD nozzle kit.  Don’t miss any part of the video because we provide detailed set up instructions too extensive to go into on this post.  If you are new to the pressure washing industry, you can learn a little bit more about who we are here.

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Pressure Wash Trailer Help

PRESSURE WASH TRAILER HELP

Recently, we had the opportunity to provide pressure wash trailer help to one of our loyal YouTube channel viewers.  Right here in Humble, Texas where I live, this enclosed trailer came to us for a few modifications and additional equipment.  It was already built out, and even had a very cool track system for the pressure washer to slide out.  But he wanted us t0 add the Kingslinger soft wash system, hose reels, the schertz box remote control for down streaming, and a bleach tank.

TRAILER HELP EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION

The Kingslinger soft wash system was added along with the drainage plumbing kit.  This kit allows moisture from the barrels to escape through the bottom of the trailer.  The 80 gallon vertical tank with bands  and plumbing is also a great addition to this enclosed trailer.  In addition, you will notice in the video we install three titan electric hose reels on slide tracks for easy access and maneuverability.  This idea comes from the owner of the trailer and is a great feature that we can now offer to all of our customers in the future.  It utilizes space efficiently and allows for greater organization of tools and accessories.  This pressure wash trailer help opportunity will greatly benefit others desiring the same features.

WINCH MAKES IT A SINCH

Prior to our pressure wash trailer help modifications, a winch controls the pressure washer movement in and out.  We can also build a winch for future installations on trucks and trailers.  Not only does this feature help on the job site, but it’s also very handy for performance maintenance on the machine.  Of course, you will want to watch the entire video to get the full effect.  However, the winch video demo is right at the 7:00 minute mark.  If you are interested, here is another trailer build video.

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PRESSURE WASHER HOSE LENGTH

PRESSURE WASHER HOSE LENGTH

One of the questions many new pressure washing professionals have is how much pressure washer hose length do I need?  Typically, new pressure washing professionals start out with a portable pressure washer.  And one of loyal YouTube channel viewers is inquiring about this very thing.  We always recommend starting out with a BELT DRIVE pressure washer because it is far more reliable for commercial use.  In addition, you can connect to a buffer tank to draw water.

PORTABLE PRESSURE WASHER

When using a portable pressure washer, there is no need for any more than 100 feet of hose.  With proper set up of the portable machine, you can easily get 200 feet of coverage because you are using two different hoses collectively.  You could easily add an additional 50 foot spare hose for larger projects.  But we recommend 100 foot of initial pressure wash hose for portable units.  In addition, our experience is that a one wire hose is much easier to manage because they are lighter in weight.  The two wire hose is heavier, doesn’t last any longer, and costs more.

HOOK UP MECHANICS

Another consideration with portable pressure washer hose length is how you will hook it up.  There are couple different options to choose from.  First, you could use quick connects to connect hoses as needed.  A second option is a 3/8 inch coupler.  This is the best option if you are storing the hose on any type of hose reel.  The quick connects take up more straight space than the coupler which makes the circular hose reel wrapping much more challenging.  So you would need to decide if you’re rolling the 100 foot hose up together with the 50 foot hose for storage.

PORTABLE PRESSURE WASHER WITH HOSE REEL

One great option we offer at Doug Rucker Store is a portable pressure washer with hose reel.  We also remove all the bend restrictors from every hose because they are a huge nuisance to work with.  The bend restrictors trap water which causes rust.  Finally, check out some of the FAQs about the various training opportunities we provide in the Houston area.

Pressure Washer Hose Length

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Pressure Wash Cleaning Solutions

PRESSURE WASH CLEANING SOLUTIONS

With over twenty five years of experience in this industry, we have been able to perfect pressure washing cleaning solutions.  This is because we test and work closely with each solution for years on the job before releasing it for sale.  We do receive tons of questions basically asking what do we use to clean a specific surface.  So in response to many of those questions, we provide in depth explanations for all of the cleaning solutions we use.

SPECIALTY CLEANING ITEMS

There are a few specialty items we have with us for any job we have.  Of all these pressure wash cleaning solutions, the first one is diamond magic.  This is very effective for removing water spots on windows left behind from irrigation or rain.  Eliminator is another specialty product for homes with lakes and where spider webs are very prevalent.  It has a smell that repels spiders and will keep them at bay for a longer period of time.  We use high performance lubricants oil for all of our machines and vehicles.  While it is a little more costly, you have money over the long haul because the oil will need changing less frequently.  It also provides a longer life for the engine itself.

SURFACTANT PRESSURE WASHING SOLUTIONS

We have King’s Kling for roof and house cleaning that has a fresh fragrance.  The Dougie Fresh costs more because it is more concentrated and it is the best surfactant I have ever used.  It’s great on windows and leaves them spotless and streak free.  Doug Out is a great degreaser that removes oil and grease stains, rubber stains from curves and more.  All of these solutions have clear mixing and application instructions on the labels.

There is also a roof and wood cleaner that we use most often on wood decks and fences as well as cedar shake roofing.  I have also used this on mold and mildew stains where bleach could not be used for whatever reason.  My number one all time favorite all around all pressure wash cleaning solution is … RAP!  This solution is super concentrated and must be mixed with water.  It works great on oxidation, gutter brightening and very safe to use.  Be sure and watch the entire video for all the other great products we use!  We invite you to join us in Houston for one of our monthly events for hands on, on the job training.

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PRESSURE WASHING TRUCK

PRESSURE WASHING TRUCK

If you are new to the pressure washing business, you will need to decide how to set up your equipment.  There are either open or enclosed trucks, trailers, and vans.  I have a 2013 Ford F150 long bed, which is an 8 foot bed.  My pressure washing truck set up is a skid system.  Obviously, the larger the truck, the more room you will have to store and haul equipment.

EQUIPMENT DETAILS

First, we have the 10 GPM KINGSLINGER soft wash system.  Next, there is a 5 GPM 3500 PSI pressure washer as well as an 8 GPM 3500 PSI pressure washer.  It’s very helpful to have both systems in the event that one of them fails for some reason and you are unable to complete the work.  However, over the years, I found this to rarely ever be the case.  If I had it to do over again, I would most likely eliminate the 5 GPM pressure washer.  This would provide more usable space on the shelves which provide extremely easy access.

OTHER ACCESSORIES

Check out the video for all the pressure washing truck setup details.  But  you’ll notice a 50 foot hose that provides air to the Kingslinger.  This is also very helpful for other uses such as inflating automobile tires.  You will notice 4 electric titan hose reels.  I cover each hose specification and how they are connected in the video at about 5:30.  On the back of the truck is our ladder rack.  In some cases, I have notice that you need a step ladder to get to the ladder.  These racks are easy to reach and we have both a 16 foot and a 24 foot ladder.  There are three 80 gallon tanks which are vented, plumbed and connected as explained in the video.  Venting is very important when it comes to protecting the investment you have in equipment.  If you are new to the industry and considering my online video school, check out these reviews.

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Commercial Building Wash

Commercial Building Wash

Does your pressure washing business offer COMMERCIAL BUILDING WASH as a service?  If not, you should definitely consider adding it.  And if you do, you’ll want to consider including window washing as well.  Here are some important tips to remember if you ever end up pressure washing commercial properties.  With over 25 years of experience, I have learned a thing or two and enjoy passing these lessons along to others.  My hope is that what I share will greatly reduce your learning curve.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

The first thing that we clean when providing a commercial building wash is the sidewalks and the entry way area.  This way after the building wash, rinsing both the sidewalks and the building at the same time saves time.  Also, cooler concrete cleans up better.  So the earlier the concrete is cleaned, the better!  In addition, pushing a surface cleaner in the hottest part of the day is least desirable.  Streamlining your work to cut down on steps saves time, makes you more profitable and conserves your effort and energy.  The doors for the entry way into this building were exposed by missing some of the gasket and insulation material.  So we taped the door way to seal it off so water does not intrude into the building.  Always remember to pressure wash in the direction of away from the doors and the building.  In case of wood flooring, you have to be extra cautious to prevent water intrusion.  And don’t use high pressure directly on the doors.  We hand detail doors and windows, which is a high level of superior customer service than what most companies do.

EXTRA MILE

Even in cases where we are not cleaning the parking lot, there is a little some extra special we do.  We always cleaning the handicap parking spots.  This makes the area just a little big safer and a little less slippery as people are getting in and out of their cars.  For this particular job, we also cleaned the dumpster area and mailbox at no extra cost and which was not part of the original written proposal.  Be sure and watch the entire video for even more COMMERCIAL BUILDING WASH tips!  Here is the link to my online video school if you are interested in learning more.

 

Commercial Building Wash

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SHOOTER TIPS

SHOOTER TIPS

One of the newer products we now offer at Doug Rucker store are pressure washing shooter tips.  The sling shot shooter tip is designed to help you reach heights of 30-40 feet without the use of a ladder.  The purpose of these are for soft washing using either downstream via a pressure washer or a dedicated pump like the Kingslinger.  So for pressure washers we have them in 2-3GPM, 4-7GPM or 8-10GPM.

SHOOTER TIPS VISUAL DEMONSTRATION

In the video below, we provide both pictures and video footage of the shooter tips in action.  The 8-10GPM pressure washer tip provides spray up to at least four stories with no wind present.  This is ideal for cleaning larger homes, hotels, apartment complexes, commercial buildings and so forth.

KINGSLINGER SOFT WASH SYSTEM

The Kingslinger Soft Wash System is what we use frequently with an 0020 nozzle.  But we also provide video using the sling shot 2-3 GPM.  However, we prefer the 0020 nozzle over the sling shot for the air diaphragm pump.  There is very little difference, although I can sense a slight better distance from the 0020 nozzle.  The sling shot shooter tip does not come with the quarter inch.  You will need to order this separately if needed.  These awesome nozzles are priced just right!

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WEBSITE SERVICE

If you are new to the pressure washing industry, one of the first things you will need is a website.  Consider the website service we provide only for the pressure washing service industry.  And here’s some GREAT DEALS too!

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Pressure Washing Trailer

PRESSURE WASHING TRAILER

If you are starting a pressure washing business, you will be considering how to set up your equipment.  One option is using an enclosed truck or trailer, and you can find an example of this here.  But another option is utilizing an open PRESSURE WASHING TRAILER for your equipment.  With the exception of a few small details, the set up for both an enclosed or open truck or trailer is the same as far as equipment.  There is a greater need for more plumbing aspects on enclosed, and not so much for open.

PRESSURE WASHING TRAILER EQUIPMENT

We have the 9 gallon per minute MAD MAX as well as the 10 gallon per minute KINGSLINGER soft wash system.  I do not recommend the 12 volt electric pumps because there are too many things that can go wrong with those such as electrical components, wiring and so forth.  I’ve used and tested all types of machines and always find that air diaphragm pumps are the most reliable and easy to use and maintain.  Storage bins are great for guns, wands, buckets, cleaning solutions and so forth.

TRAILER SIGNAGE

One of the things we incorporate into the PRESSURE WASHING TRAILER is a moving billboard on both sides.  This helps to advertise your service and provides immediate contact information for anyone who sees it and is interested.  We recommend keeping the information simple and easy to read and see as potential customers get a screen shot or copy the information.  An easy access ladder rack is part of the billboard system.  In this case, you don’t have to have a ladder to get to the ladder!

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REELS, HOSE, TANKS

Additional pressure washing trailer equipment includes reels, hose and tanks.  Our titan reel features a garden hose on the bottom and a pressure hose on top.  An electric reel is an option.  Two 85 gallon vented tanks hold bleach and water and are connected to the Kingslinger.  We do not see any need to ever meter soap, so we simply add it to the bleach tank as needed.  And finally, we have a schertz box down stream remote system and a 24 inch “little big guy” surface cleaner.  As you consider your equipment set up, I’ve got some deals here worth taking a look at as well.

 

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KINGSLINGER COMPRESSOR

KINGSLINGER COMPRESSOR

For those just starting out in the pressure washing industry, you might be using an air compressor for the very first time.  So we want to take some time to explain some of the mechanics of the Kingslinger Compressor.  So by defining various parts and demonstrating how it all works together, we hope to enhance your experience.  There is an “unloader valve” which controls the pressure going to the tanks and then to whatever tools are in use.  Always make sure the unloader valve is in the up position when starting the machine.  Then turn it down after starting so that pressure build up can begin in the air compressor.

AIR COMPRESSOR GAUGES AND HOSE

We use a quick coupler to connect the hose to the system near the gauges.  There are two different gauges.  One is the reading for pressure in the barrels of the Kingslinger Compressor.  The other is for reading the pressure going to the tool that is in use.  This would typically be the 10 Gallon per minute air diaphragm pump.  This gauge should never exceed 90 psi.  Use the adjustment knob to reach the level of pressure you desire.  Exceeding 90 psi is possible and will result in greater distance, but the risk is causing damage to the pump.  In addition, this unit has a fuel pump which will allow running fuel from an auxiliary tank.  Otherwise, the smaller tank of the unit means you have to fill the tank with gas more often.

BASIC OPERATIONS

Of course, always make sure you have gas and oil before starting the KINGSLINGER COMPRESSOR.  When the unit arrives brand new, it does not contain oil.  One quart of cheap 10W30 oil will be included with the shipment.  However, we strongly recommend using a better grade oil found here so that the machine will last much longer.  The oil will need to be changed less frequently and you will surely save money over the long run.  Make sure the choke is out, the unloader valve is up, and it should start right up on your first or second pull. Once it’s started and running, choke goes back in and unloader goes back down.  Holding your finger on the stop button will bring the machine to a complete stop.  If you are just starting your business and need website assistance, consider this as an option.

 

Kingslinger Compressor

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ADJUSTABLE WAND

ADJUSTABLE WAND ASSEMBLY

One of the great products we sell at Doug Rucker Store is the pressure washing gun as well as an adjustable wand.  In order to help our customers, we provide a step by step video to assist with putting it all together.  The pressure washing gun comes complete with the Suttner ST-2305 Safety Orange Easy-Pull Trigger Gun, a 1/4-inch Mosmatic Gun Swivel, a 12-inch Suttner Star-Shaped Grip Wand, a 1/4-inch FPT quick coupler, and a 3/8-inch MPT quick coupler.  This is the gun set up I use for soft washing via down streaming for house and building washing. The gun is very easy to use and the trigger is very easy to hold open.  The adjustable wand is a straight lance with better seals that last longer than other models.  This ADJUSTABLE WAND ASSEMBLY video provides detailed instructions including connectors, tools and other details.

TOOLS NEEDED

Open ended wrenches are my preferred tool in this case.  However, an adjustable wrench will also work if that is your preference.  You will also need teflon tape, thread sealant and a screwdriver.  In the video, I cover exactly which tools are needed for which parts.

MOSMATIC SWIVEL for ADJUSTABLE WAND

One of the first decisions for the adjustable wand assembly is whether to use the mosmatic swivel.  This allows you to rotate or twist the wand without having to bend the hose.  Thus, the advantage is being able to change the angle of the pattern on the end of the nozzle.  In some cases you need a horizonal spray, and in other cases you need vertical spray.  The mosmatic swivel makes this process much easier without having to stop, reach out, and turn the nozzle to the desired angle.  This saves time on the job and makes the entire cleaning process much easier and less exertion on your body. If you are looking for a soft wash gun, check out this post.  Best Soft Wash Gun – Doug Rucker’s Pressure Cleaning School

 

Adjustable Wand