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    Start Up Questions

    I'm in the process of starting up my PW business up here in Medford, OR doing mainly house washes and flat work and have a few questions. First of all after doing a lot of research on equipment I've pretty much decided to go with a 3600 psi 8 gpm belt drive washer and a Whisper Wash Classic w/4 nozzles. I'll be hauling it around in my 8 x 4 single axle utility trailer rated at 3000 lbs.

    I just got a quote for liability ins from JW Agency at $1200 a year which I think is really high.

    What other equipment & advise do you think that I'll need to get started? Any help will be greatly appreciated!
    Gary Twing
    Clean Right Pro Wash, LLC
    Medford, OR
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    what size water tank you going to use

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    That's one of the things I was wondering. A 275 gal tank would take up half my trailer and the weight of the water works out to 2299 lbs. I couldn't really go much larger. At 8 gpm that would give me just over 30 mins of wash time not figuring in a hose running in to add water.
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    If you think $1200 is a lot for $2million in insurance I presume this is the first time your had your own business.
    A pressure washer can knock out 6 figures in damage in a day easily so a hundred a month to cover that is pretty reasonable.
    Sounds like a good set up are you doing a hot water machine?
    With 8GPM you should be using 1/2 hose and keep in mind it's hard to find non-marking 1/2 so maybe one of each 1/2 and 3/8.
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    First time the right way! Actually it's for $1 mil not 2 but I got another quote for $1100 so I guess that'll be the price to pay to cover my butt. Unfortunately I'll have to go with a cold water machine, hot is on my wish list after I get established. Thanks for the tip on the 1/2" hose, I'll keep my 3/8 for my backup Home Depot Dewalt 3750 psi 4 gpm washer that I bought years ago.
    Gary Twing
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    Is a buffer tank absolutely necessary for residential?
    Gary Twing
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    Welcome. Most homes will supply 4 to 5gpm from a hose bib so, If you keep to a 4-5gpm machine, You shouldn't need a buffer tank.

    Mike
    Michael Heward
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    You do not need half inch hose for 8 gpm. Hot water is only necessary if you are going after a lot of concrete or dumpster pad accounts. 50 gallon buffer tank is sufficient for one 8 gpm machine.
    William
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    I wish i could pay 1200 for general liability. Im almost double and im with jw as well. I second that you do not need 1/2 hose for an 8gpm machine.
    Diamond Roof Cleaning and Powerwashing
    320 E Collings Dr
    Williamstown NJ 08094
    Owner-Michael DeRose Sr.
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    Yes you definitely need atleast a 200 gallon buffer tank with a 8gpm machine.
    Diamond Roof Cleaning and Powerwashing
    320 E Collings Dr
    Williamstown NJ 08094
    Owner-Michael DeRose Sr.
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