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Old 10-01-2018, 02:19 PM   #1
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The Pressure Washer Upgrade & DIY Setup Thread

So, there's been a lot of threads (and PMs!) about this topic - upgrading hoses, guns and lances on "normal" PWs, and extending home setups (hose reels, water butts and pumped water setups) etc. So I thought it was worth kicking off a thread where folks can post their own setups, ask questions about upgrades they're thinking about and get inspiration and ideas from what others are doing. I'll kick off by copying my post from this thread...

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Mine is a bit of a mongrel of a setup:

Kranzle HD7/122

Kranzle M2000 standard gun, adapted to 19.5mm inlet quick release and Kew outlet quick release
MTM Hydro "Astra" wash gun adapted to same connections as above

Standard Kranzle flat jet, Dirtkiller and underbody lances adapted to Kew quick release
Pressure Washer Parts UK "cranked" lance 450mm with interchangeable nozzles
DIY "Shortie" lance with female QR straight into Kew probe so interchangeable nozzles can be attached straight onto the end of either gun

Foam lance adapted to Kew QR (again, for use on either gun)

15m hose on a reel with Mosmatic swivel at gun end
Original Kranzle 10m hose with 19.5mm QR fittings - can be used standalone if I take the machine elsewhere or as an extension to hose on reel if needed.

DIY mobile platform for PW to allow for easier movement (some large castors attached to a piece of plywood, essentially)

All sits on / hangs off a DIY bracket / hanger / system organiser in the garage.

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DIY bracket


DIY bracket, other side.


Both guns


Lances - top to bottom, underbody, flat jet, Dirtkiller, cranked, shortie Vario, shortie (interchangeable nozzles)


Foam lance adapted for Kew QR


Platform rear view - shock cord secures the machine on top


Platform side view - the grubby MF is by way of insulation to keep the warmth in from the trace heating cable wrapped around the pump head


QR for machine outlet. You can see the camlock inlet and the trace heating cable as well


Original Kranzle hose adapted for 19.5mm QR


My Mosmatic swivel on the end of the 15m hose on the reel


Adapted hose so I can connect a normal hose to the machine (normally it runs off a 25mm ID hose from the water butts, to a camlock connector on the inlet)

Edit - I've added some of the recent (and not so recent!) threads that made me think to start this one, which may also be useful:

Rob D 88's K4 Change Of Gun Thread
andyfish's PW upgrade thread (specifically regarding DIY options for a new PW build)
Whizzer's shortie lance thread
steelghost's running a PW off a waterbutt thread (with particular emphasis on parts and fittings needed to achieve sufficient flow rate)
bigbruiser's K4 lance upgrade thread

Any others you think would be useful to include here, PM me and I'll edit this post.

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Brilliant Idea I've been lurking on the upgrade lance(s) threads and was looking into upgrading my current PW later in the year.

Maybe we can have a thread spefically for DIY builds? One with all the generic parts listed in the first post. I have seen you recommend many pumps, lances, etc.
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Maybe we can have a thread spefically for DIY builds? One with all the generic parts listed in the first post. I have seen you recommend many pumps, lances, etc.
I was thinking that would be this thread to be honest - it seems to make sense to put it all together in the same place? I guess we'll see if / when folks actually post in here
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I'll add my DIY/custom set-up once i have all the components bought, assembled, installed and looking tidy enough for a photo shoot lol
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I'll add my DIY/custom set-up once i have all the components bought, assembled, installed and looking tidy enough for a photo shoot lol
I think we need a few shots of your new AR pump & motor combo before that mate
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I think we need a few shots of your new AR pump & motor combo before that mate
It might be another few weeks before I accumulated the rest of it, but the motor pump unit arrived today..



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Very worthwhile looking at the obsessed garage YouTube channel on pressures washers and kranzle in particular
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It might be another few weeks before I accumulated the rest of it, but the motor pump unit arrived today..

Very nice. I note there's no cover for the chemical feed inlet, might be worth putting something over it (even a blob of blutak?) to stop any muck getting in there
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Here is my setup. Kränzle 1152 tst PA gun and lance, both with kew quick release. 15, 25 and 40 degrees nozzles with kew plugs. Great set but i ordered Mosmatic gun and lance. Foam lances i have two PA's(autobrite and monello)
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It might be another few weeks before I accumulated the rest of it, but the motor pump unit arrived today..



Really tempted by this set up.

Can anyone give me info on how to "care" for these units?

I believe they are oil filled?

I'm used to karchers!
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