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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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Old 10-01-2018, 03:05 PM   #2
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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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So glad this thread has started!!
Still dilly dallying over whether to upgrade hose, lance and gun of a lower end PW (eg. Nilfisk C110) or simply wait, save and go for a high end Nilfisk or even a Kranzle.
Is it bad I'm wishing my little Karcher K2 to die?
Can't wait to see what set up's some of you PW black belts have got!!!
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So glad this thread has started!!
Still dilly dallying over whether to upgrade hose, lance and gun of a lower end PW (eg. Nilfisk C110) or simply wait, save and go for a high end Nilfisk or even a Kranzle.
Is it bad I'm wishing my little Karcher K2 to die?
Can't wait to see what set up's some of you PW black belts have got!!!
I think if your current PW is at the C110 / K2 level and you're looking for more "oomph", you need to upgrade to a more powerful machine before it's really worth looking at lance upgrades etc. You can of course upgrade the hose and gun on a K2, but if you're contemplating upgrading to a machine with a nice steel and rubber hose, the question becomes whether it's worth it. Saving for say, a Nilfisk P150, so you've got the money there to jump on one of the offers that comes up periodically might be a better bet than spending on a new hose and lance, which is realistically likely to set you back at least £50 and probably closer to £80.
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Thanks SG - I know you're definitely one of the Black belts on here!
Yeah, that's the conundrum I was having. Better machine - or upgrade a lower end one.
After trawling all the threads on here - learned that flow was more important than pressure - so in my head - a C110 has 85 bar working pressure and 440 l/h flow - which when I did research was similar to other machines costing much more. So is the extra cost in the quality of the pump and hose etc??
So sorry to be hijacking this thread a bit!!
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For washing cars, I'd agree that flow is more important than pressure - however 85 bar isn't all that high, and you do ideally want a reasonable level for both.

For the money you'd spend, I don't think a C110 is a worthwhile upgrade from a K2.
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Thankyou Steel Ghost,
Once again I have been steered away from certain disaster by people with a lot more practical experience than me.
Still looking forward to seeing how people's set ups are going to vary
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