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Operating a commercial maintenance and cleaning business requires robust, reliable equipment. The essential work horse is a high powered pressure cleaner to do the heavy work and cut through those layers of dust, grime, mud and oil. Whether you contract for the manufacturing, building, government, municipalities or health care industries, the power of your high pressure cleaner is paramount. The other considerations are whether to choose electric, petrol or diesel driven models which operate with either hot or cold water.
Here is a short guide to give you an overview of each type of cleaner and which model may be your best option.
Diesel-Driven Pressure Cleaners
Because diesel-driven pressure water cleaners operate on diesel fuel, they offer several advantages over the equivalent petrol-driven models.
They are more economic with fuel, as diesel engine operates longer given the same amount of fuel. Diesel is more energy efficient as it changes heat into useable energy by using air compression to ignite the fuel without the need for spark plugs. In contrast, petrol engines need to compress both fuel and air, thereby wasting fuel. Petrol driven models are more suited to the smaller jobs such as vehicle cleaning and equipment wash downs.
Diesel engines are more rugged and able to withstand higher compression for longer periods, providing a longevity advantage over petrol machines. They will also run longer before requiring maintenance. This reduces the need for outlays on repairs and maintenance or replacement with new equipment.
Mobility is another factor where diesel-driven washers have an advantage. As they do not require electricity, they can operate in areas that have no access to electrical outlets.
Electric-Driven Pressure Cleaners
As they run on regular electricity, they are quieter machines when operating and are also lighter than petrol or diesel models. No additional weight is taken up with a tank of fuel. For areas where cleaning is required in noise sensitive situations, electric pressure washing would prove to be the most effective and user friendly solution.
Electric models do not produce any exhaust omissions and can be used safely for indoor cleaning without the worry of polluting the air and causing breathing problems for clients. They are the best option for cleaning in food processing and refrigerated storage areas.
The initial outlay for an electric driven washer is usually less than that needed to purchase a diesel model. However, other factors need to be considered as well including lifespan, cost of operation and durability.
Hot Water Capability
The choice of using hot water with any of the models will enhance the cleaning effectiveness when using the same amount of pressure as the cold water models. Hot water makes the removal of grease, mould and mildew and the de-scaling of surfaces more efficient. The heat cuts through grease and dirt without the need for the addition of chemicals.
Many units come in a handy configuration where the option is provided for running with either hot or cold water.
Size And Power Output
All models of pressure washers are available in different sizes which usually correspond to the power output level and water flow rate. This is usually measured in pounds per square inch or psi. A light to medium duty machine will typically have a range between about 1000 psi to 2500 psi and a water flow rate of approximately 10 to 15 litres per minute. Heavy duty machines for commercial applications typically rate up to around 5000 psi and have a water flow rate of up to about 20 litres per minute.
Choosing the right machine for your particular business is an important decision and after careful consideration of all the above options, you will be in a great position to make the best choice.Share
6 January 2015