Some cleaning jobs require more water and thrust than you’ll get from your garden hose—but less than a pressure washer would deliver. Others need a pressure washer’s power but in a broad fashion that won’t leave streaks or blotches. Both situations call for special equipment, and both Worx and Briggs & Stratton showed such specialty products at last week’s Green Industry and Equipment Expo.
WORX Hydroshot Portable Power Cleaner
Between your home’s 80-pound-per-square-inch (psi) flow and a pressure washer’s starting point of about 1,500 psi is a range that’s sometimes more appropriate for cleaning your car, boat, deck and patio furniture. The Worx Hydroshot Portable Power Cleaner , Model WG629 (above), has two speeds: one that tops off a bit higher than hose pressure, 58 to 94 psi, for watering shrubs and a beefier speed, 200 to 320 psi, for power cleaning. But these pressure ranges aren’t achieved with tapered nozzles like those you’ll see in some third-party accessories on HSN. This 3.7-pound product uses the same 20-volt MaxLithium battery used in several other Worx products for as much oomph as you need.
While you can connect a garden hose to the Hydroshot, the product can also take and filter water from a bucket or other source—if, for instance, you’re too far from a hose connection. Whatever setting, the product uses up about a half-gallon a minute. You can adjust the spray head to multiple patterns and widen or narrow it to 0-, 15-, 25- or 40-degree sprays. As those figures suggest, you could also attach a standard pressure-washer nozzle to the universal quick-connect.
The Hydroshot should be available next April for about $120 at Menard’s, Amazon and worx.com. That price includes the 20-foot siphoning hose, lance, nozzle adapter, battery and five-hour charger. A brush and soap bottle will be extra-cost options.
Briggs & Stratton Rotating Surface Cleaners
Cleaning a wide surface with a pressure washer’s typical spray can sometimes leave streaks or various ugly blotches of less-clean surface area. Briggs & Stratton, which makes several residential and commercial pressure washers, first showed its Rotating Surface Cleaners at this year’s National Hardware Show, but the latest versions were on display last week at GIE+Expo.
The cleaner, in a 14-inch version for electric washers and a 16-inch for gas, attaches to the end of your pressure washer’s wand and looks like a deep frying pan, sans handle, upside down. Rather than going to the spray nozzle, the pressurized water goes to dual rotating spray arms inside the pan—like a dishwasher’s but pointed downward. These rapidly oscillate to clean a wide circular section at a time.
Should you be washing near flowers or anything else you’re worried about destroying, not to worry; the cleaner directs the water straight down, not outward. The latest models also come with an integrated detergent tank, which sits on top and drips cleaning agent to the high-pressure spray.
Briggs & Stratton recommends its Rotating Surface Cleaner for garage floors, driveways, decks and other horizontal surfaces you’d like to have a uniformly clean look. The 14-inch Model 6337, $40, is compatible with electric-powered pressure washers up to 2,000 psi. The 16-inch Model 6338, $75, is for gas-powered washers up to 3,200 psi. Both are on sale at Amazon.