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At SIMPSON®, we are a world class manufacturer of pressure washers and other outdoor power equipment. We are a vertically integrated company, meaning most of the parts and accessories on our machines are manufactured and assembled by us. This creates universality and allows our parts and accessories to be compatible with not only our machines, but most other pressure washers as well. As one of the industry leading pressure washer manufacturers, our goal is to make premium quality machines and parts that you can rely on time and time again.
Choosing the Right Pressure Washer
Electric Motor vs. Gas Engine
Cold Water vs. Hot Water Pressure Washers
Direct Drive vs. Belt-Drive Pressure Washers
Axial Pump vs. Triplex Pump
Premium Residential, Commercial
and Industrial Pressure Washers
The FNA Group produces a full line of SIMPSON® premium residential, commercial and industrial pressure washers in its state-of-the art 228,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Northwest Arkansas. With so many available options, choosing the best pressure washer for your needs may seem a bit overwhelming. There are a few things to consider when choosing your pressure washer, such as the application or use, how much PSI and GPM you will need for the job, how often you plan on using your washer, and for how long during a day or single job you will be using your machine. By identifying these primary reasons, choosing the right one will be a much simpler task.
With many options such as electric or gas powered, direct drive or belt drive, and mobility, choosing the best pressure washer for your needs may seem overwhelming. If you have any questions, please contact us here or call our toll-free number 877-362-4271.
With an electric motor, you are typically going to get a quieter machine that is more portable. In most cases it will require less maintenance, such as not needing to change the oil for the engine and pump, and no use of gasoline. You will also have the ability to use it inside of your home if the need arises, but that is highly not recommended. Electric motor pressure washers are typically less powerful than their gas engine counterparts, but still have plenty of power to get the job done.
Gas engine pressure washers vary greatly in size and weight, but SIMPSON® has a variety of machines that can be handled by any individual. With most of our pressure washers equipped with Premium Pneumatic or never-flat tires, you will be able to get your machine from point A to point B with ease. With a gas engine you are not confined by cords and outlets, which allow you to use your pressure washer in a wider variety of places. These machines are usually going to be the hardier machines over the electric motor pressure washers.
When deciding what pressure washer you want to choose, factor in the application or what you expect to clean. With variations in nozzle types and detergents, a cold water pressure washer will be sufficient for most of your needs. This would be for tasks that include applications such as decks, patios, sidewalks, house siding, barns, fences, and driveways. These are typically associated with jobs that require washing caked-on- mud, sand, mildew and stripping paint. SIMPSON® also offers a variety of accessories that can assist in you in making your task easier with products such as our Dial-N-Wash Pressure Regulator and Second Story Nozzles.
Hot water pressure washers will be most useful for tasks such as blasting away grease and oil. These materials require the heat to break them away from the surface they are attached to versus a cold water pressure washer, which will most likely only move these materials around without removing them. SIMPSON® hot water pressure washers will typically be useful for tasks such as car garages for oil and grease, along with other heavy duty debris that requires more than just soap or detergent as an agitator. SIMPSON® has hot water machines available with gas powered engines and electric motors.
Direct Drive pressure washers are usually less expensive than a belt-drive. They are typically going to take up less space than a belt-driven pressure washer. Direct drive pressure washer are ideal if your choice comes down to belt vs. direct drive and you are going to use your machine as a need to wash or casual basis and not so much on a regular/daily basis.
Belt-Drive washers are better suited for jobs that require several hours of use a day for several days out of the week. The belt-drive helps displace the heat, so your machine will operate at a lower temperature. It will also absorb vibration from the motor and function at a lower RPM, lessening the wear and tear on your machine. This helps with the belt-drive’s longevity and maintenance.
Axial cam pumps are direct drive pumps, meaning they spin at the same speed and rotate in the same direction as the engine because they are directly connected to the drive shaft. The angle of the swash plate leads to the rotation of the pistons, causing one side to pull the water through the pump, while the other side expels the water. Axial cam pumps are typically smaller and more compact than triplex plunger pumps. Our OEM Technologies™ Axial Cam pumps are maintenance free with an integrated unloader, and a thermal relief valve to help alleviate some of the heat generated from use. These pumps are typically geared towards casual use and not heavy duty use for hours a day, every day.
Triplex plunger pumps are typically geared towards commercial/industrial use due to their design, which is similar to a car engine, using a crankshaft and connecting rod. The pistons pull the water in and push it out of the pump as the pistons alternate with each stroke. Triplex plunger pumps are typically more efficient, as they do not operate at the same RPM as the engine keeping the pump at cooler operating temperature than the axial cam pump. Our AAA™ Triplex pumps come with ceramic or ceramic coated pistons for improved seal life. With easier access to the pump head, triplex pumps make it easier to replace valves and their life span is correlated to how well you maintain the pump.