The Pros and Cons of the Simpson Powershot PS3000
The Simpson Powershot PS3000 pressure washer is designed with the professional pressure washer in mind but it is also ideal for the average homeowner.
A power cleaner is one of those tools that you never realize you need until you finally use one. After you discover how handy they are, you kick yourself for not getting one sooner. Most people are familiar with the high pressure systems at their local car wash. These are essentially a type of fixed base max psi washer engine. The one difference is that they are actually rather low capacity units to avoid causing injury to amateur operators. A modern commercial or high end residential unit has much more power and can clean things much quicker.
Table Of Contents
Section 1. Start of the Review
Section 2. Features Table
Section 3. Serious Power
Section 4. Direct Drive Washers
Section 5. Easy To Use
Section 6. A Wide Variety of Nozzles
Section 7. Positives
Section 8. Negatives
Section 9. What Are Other Owners Saying?
Section 10. Best Place to Shop
The Simpson PowerShot PS3000 is a direct drive commercial power washer that can handle just about anything you need cleaned, stripped, or washed in record time. An important bonus of the Simpson PowerShot is that it is made in America, which means it will still be doing the job for years after you take it out of the box. As indicated by its PS3000 stock number, the Simpson PowerShot is a 3000 PSI (pounds per square inch) pressure washer that draws 2.8 GPM (gallons per minute) of water through the system.
This 3000 x 2.8 equation means the PowerShot has a power rating of 8400, which is off the chart for residential units and a very respectable showing for a commercial unit of its relatively small size. How much pressure is 3000 PSI? Think of an M-1 Abrams main battle tank. It exerts about 15 PSI of ground pressure due to its wide steel treads. A fast galloping horse has much less contact surface with the ground than an M-1 tank and can exert as much as 500 PSI in extreme cases. As you can see, 3000 PSI is a lot of force when it comes to stripping paint off your deck or blasting gunk off your driveway.
The direct drive of the PS3000 simply means that the gas engine is hooked up directly to the pressure pump. Larger commercial units use a belt drive system so that the engine can move at a lower rate of RPMs (revolutions per minute). This makes them a little quieter and able to move larger rates of GPM, but makes the units considerably heavier. Direct drive equipment is much more portable and has fewer moving parts to wear out over time.
The Simpson PS3000 is really a simple unit that anybody can quickly learn to operate. The assembly sits on a wheeled carriage that makes it easy to move around from one project to the next. On top of that is a hard working Honda gas engine (made in USA) that drives a high pressure water pump. A garden hose supplies water into the unit. A high pressure output hose and controllable wand (just like the one at the car wash) delivers that 3000 PSI blast to whatever needs it. Each unit comes with a color-coded selection of tips that are used to adjust the pressure of the PowerShot to the project at hand.