If you want to use a pressure washer while camping or tailgating or in an area without an electricity source, you would want to run your pressure washer on a generator.
The manual of every pressure washer will specify the power requirements that it needs. If your generator can produce that amount of power, then you can run a pressure washer on it.
But before you connect your pressure washer with a generator, make sure that the voltage, amperage and frequency match the requirements of your pressure washer.
Things to Consider Before Running a Pressure Washer on a Generator
Pump type – Pressure washers have two types of pumps, namely axial and triplex pumps. The axial pump is less expensive but has seals that wear out quickly, requiring constant replacement. The triplex pump is more expensive and has ceramic coated plungers, which last longer due to their durability and resiliency.
Power source – your generator must have sufficient power to power the pressure washer. You'll also need a sufficient fuel supply for the duration of your pressure washing job.
You'll need to ensure adequate airflow to cool the generator. Don't operate the generator in an enclosed space, and avoid getting it too hot by running it in direct sunlight!
Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning risk. The exhaust from a gas generator is dangerous -- make sure that you're washing downwind of the generator, and don't wash indoors or in partially-enclosed spaces. Never run a gasoline engine (such as a pressure washer or a generator) inside a building or an enclosed space.
Generators can only be used outdoors! While generators are not designed to be used indoors, they can be operated outdoors with proper ventilation. However, it is still important to be aware of potential CO dangers when using one outside.
Electrocutions with Pressure Washers
If you're new to pressure washing, you may have some safety concerns. One common question is whether or not it's possible to get electrocuted using a pressure washer.
The most basic answer is yes, you can get electrocuted using a pressure washer.
You can get electrocuted using a pressure washer if the electricity is in the water. The risk is amplified when the surface you are trying to clean with this machine is wet.
In rare cases, the electrical current can pass through your body, and it will damage your organs.
If you are using a pressure washer on a surface that has been soaked in water and it comes into contact with an electrical current, you could be electrocuted. In most cases, this happens because there's something wrong with the machine itself or its wires. Whether it's from the electrical cord or just from a higher voltage, you can get electrocuted using a pressure washer.
There are two kinds of pressure washers: ones with an electrical cord and ones that use gas engines. Corded electric models are fine for dry surfaces, but they can be dangerous to use on wet surfaces or in wet weather because water and electricity don't mix.
The same goes for cordless electric models. Although they don't have a cord that can become electrified by water, they can still become electrified by damp conditions, like rain.
But that's not all!
Is your power cord damaged? If so, it can leak some current into the water and become a source of electrical shock – the same goes for your pressure washer body if there are scratches and cracks in it. And even though most modern power cords are made from rubber, which is resistant to water, your old-school power cord might not be that safe.
So what can you do about it? Well, making sure that your cord isn't damaged will eliminate most sources of danger right there (you should also test its insulation before each use). But if you still have doubts about the safety of your pressure washer, check with the experts at Giraffetools collections.