(Last Updated On: April 24, 2022)
Are Pressure Washer Hoses Universal?
Pressure washer hoses are the lifeblood of your pressure washer system. Without them, you’d have no way to connect your pressure washer hose to the machine itself, or any of your accessories for that matter!
You may think that all pressure washer hoses are universal, but you might be surprised by what you learn in this article!
Let’s start with some background information on what makes a good pressure washer hose. For example, many people know that the inner hose of your pressure washer hose needs to be made from stainless steel so it doesn’t rust over time.
How do I know if my hose is compatible with my power washer?
First, check out your power washer. If it has a quick-connect hose fitting, you’re in luck; most do. If not, then it’s very likely that you’ll need to buy a new hose. However, if your power washer features an adjustable connection—like those on Paslode and DeWalt pressure washers—then it’s possible that you can use any old garden hose to connect with your power washer.
Typically, these connectors have an inside diameter of 1/4 inch and outside diameter of 3/8 inch (these measurements are usually stamped right on them) and can be adjusted to accommodate various sizes of hoses with little trouble.
What are the fitting types out there by the way?
Pressure washer fittings are available in a variety of materials. For example, some fittings are made of plastic, which are lightweight and inexpensive but easily broken. Brass is the other type of fitting, which is made up of a copper and zinc alloy.
These sorts of fittings are highly costly, but they endure a long time and are corrosion resistant. Stainless steel is the third type of fitting, and it prevents rust. Steel fittings have a high strength and are chemically resistant as well as corrosion resistant. They, on the other hand, are extremely costly.
What does ‘universal fit’ mean, anyway?
When you’re shopping for pressure washers, you’ll likely come across an option to purchase one with a universal fit hose. Is that just an annoying way of saying fits all pressure washers, or is there more to it than that? While they may seem like they’re talking in code, once you understand what it means to have a universal fit hose on your pressure washer, there are actually some reasons why it could be beneficial for you.
Keep reading to learn more about universal hoses and whether or not they could be right for your needs.
What are the best brands for a universal hose?
You don’t have to settle for a hose that doesn’t fit your pressure washer. Hoses, like other consumer products, often have different size fittings and no one wants to buy an entire new unit just because their existing hose is incompatible.
Luckily, there are several great brands of universal hoses out there that can help you customize your existing setup and make it work with any type of power washer.
You can check Multiple Universal Options. So what makes these hoses so universal and how do you know which one is right for you? Read on to find out!
How should I maintain my hose to get the most life out of it?
The hose on your pressure washer is an important component, so it’s good to know how to keep it in good shape. Make sure you replace your hose at least once every two years, but more often if you use your power washer often.
After each use, hose off any dirt or debris and coil it up loosely so that water can drain out of it. If you leave water in there for long periods of time, mold and mildew may start growing—and that could mean trouble for your pressure washer!
Also be sure to store it in a dry area so that moisture won’t collect inside. If rust starts forming on your hose (which will affect its durability), consider storing it outside or covering it with an old sheet or tarp.
Do I need to replace parts periodically on my hose, like I do on a power washer’s nozzles?
In some cases, yes. If you’re looking to replace any part of your hose—its coupler, nozzle, lance, or wand—look for manufacturers who offer parts compatible with other models.
Many brands have universal hose components that work with many models of pressure washers (as well as tools and accessories). However, some parts will only fit one brand.
For example, you can use generic replacement nozzles from different brands on your home’s pressure washer; however, if you need to purchase an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) replacement nozzle for your brand of power washer, it won’t be compatible with any other brand except yours.
Steps to Take When Connecting a Hose Pipe to a Power Washer:
1- In step one, carefully calculate the GPM of your water supply. This is very important factor.
2- In second step, make sure to attach a Splitter to your water supply.
3- In third step, you can link your garden hose to the pressure washer’s water inlet.
4- In fourth step, attach the hose nozzle to the pressure washer’s wand.
5- Finally in the fifth step, check to see if the power washer is working properly and you are done.
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