Buying a Pressure Washer Hose
When buying a pressure washer hose, you will need to consider four things:
Does your hose need to be portable? Does it need to be long for the type of jobs your doing? Will you need to be close to an outlet? Determining the length of your hose will allow you to walk freely where you need to go. Note, if you have an electric pressure washer that needs to be close to your power supply you will need a short hose.
You will need to determine what size hose you will need for the type of job you are working on.
Small hose (1/4:”): This is the most common size. This is for consumer-grade electric and smaller pressure washer with up to 3,200 psi.
Medium hose (5/16”): This is the least common size. This is for prosumer-grade pressure washers that have between 2,700-3,600 psi.
Large hose (3/18”): This hose is designed for professional models and some prosumer-grade pressure washers. These can stand up to 10,000 psi. It also allows greater water volume.
Choose a material that would be best for the type of job you are doing.
PVC Plastic Hoses: This is the most common material.
Rubber Hoses: These are heavier and more flexible. They don’t get tangled up as much but they can leave scuff marks on wet concrete or other surfaces.
Polyurethane Hoses: This is a newer type of material. It is a steel-braided hose that is covered with a clear, bendable plastic casing. Professional pressure washers like this hose because it is more flexible than rubber (without the damage).
Every hose has two connections, one connects to the pump and the other to the spray gun. If your gun has a male thread, you will need a hose with (2) M22 threaded (female) connectors. One end screws into the pump and the other into the gun. However, if your gun has a male quick-connect plug, you would want a professional-grade hose with a ⅜” female snap coupler.
Pressure Washer Hose Options:
Raptor Blast 4000 PSI
Steel braided hose.
50 feet long (includes couplers).
Can be used with hot water.
Inlet is ⅜” plug.
Can be used with 4,000 psi or less.
You have to buy Karcher accessories or replacement items directly through them. You are unable to use any other brands.
It is a standard 25 foot hose.
It is compatible with many other Karcher models that are electric powered and has 2,000 psi.
The material it is made of makes it a little stiff.
You can connect two or more hoses together for extra length.
AR North America 3,000 PSI Hose
Has an inner diameter of ¼”.
It is oil resistant and can be used on a machine that is 3,000 psi or less.
The inlet is 22×14 and the outlet is 22mm.
It is flexible but not as bendable as other brands.
This is one of the longer hoses. It is 50 feet long and can be used on a machine with 3,700 psi or less.
The material is made of rubber so you should not use it with water hotter than 140 degrees.
It is extremely flexible.
Briggs & Stratton 19600GS
The hose is ½” in diameter and 25 feet long.
This hose only works with specific types of machines so you need to make sure your machine is compatible with this hose.
The washer must have 3,000 psi or less and you need access to couplers or an adapter to use with any machine.
Compatible with 4,000 psi pressure washers.
Made of wire-braided rubber so it will last for years.
It is 500 feet long and ⅜” in diameter.
Stiffer hose than some.
Compatible with 4,500 psi.
It is 100 feet long.
Made for gas pressure washers.
Lasts several years.
It is a stiff hose and there is no shorter length available.
A Few Options of Where to Purchase Hoses:
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