A medium gas pressure washer is the most common choice among buyers who hesitate between electric and gas models. Those reluctant about the cleaning capabilities of electric models will go for gas. Those looking for a unit that is easier to maneuver and to control will go for medium gas units. And while it looks like the difficult choice was made, the hardest part is only about to begin. Which one is the best medium gas pressure washer?
The market is overflooded in this sector and in the recent years, new manufacturers and models have emerged. If you prefer to take their reputation into account, most likely, PowerStroke and Ford will catch your eye. To answer our readers’ questions in this direction, we have selected the best medium gas pressure washer from each of them. The result is this comparative review of PowerStroke PS80931 vs Ford FPWG3100H-J.
The Ford model needs no other introduction. PowerStroke, on the other hand, is famous for working with Honda, OHV, Subaru and other branded engines. Let’s delve together into their technical capabilities and design features:
Engine and power
As already suggested, the PowerStroke PS80931 unit should come with the advantage of a branded engine. But it’s none of the brands we suggested above – it is a Briggs & Stratton Engine of 191cc. Fueled by a 0.25-gal tank and paired with a no-prime aluminum pump, it boasts 7.750 cleaning units. This number results from a 3100 maximum PSI and 2.5 GPM.
Ford FPWG3100H-J enjoys a branded OHV engine, CSA approved, EPA and CARB compliant. Also a four-cycle unit, its engine displacement is of 212cc and enjoys a 0.8-gal tank. Another difference it sets will regard the pump, an Annovi Reverberi brass-head axial cam with three pistons. That’s where differences stop and resemblances begin, since this medium gas pressure washer features 7.750 cleaning units. Obviously, from the same distribution of 3100 PSI and 2.5 GPM.
If, when you say medium gas pressure washer, you don’t just refer to power, here are some size-related facts. PowerStroke PS80931 measures 37 x 20 x 21 inches and weighs 55 pounds. Ford FPWG3100H-J measures 19.7 x 25.25 x 25.6 inches and weighs 70.5 pounds. So, bulkier but lighter vs smaller but heavier. Only the design is supposed to tip the scales now…
The PowerStroke medium gas pressure washer:
- Sits on 12-inch flat-free, tread cap wheels;
- Has a 25-feet high-pressure hose;
- Comes with 4 quick connect nozzles, soap nozzle included;
- Trigger handle is designed with a special gripping surface;
- Design facilitates improved spray want control and diminishes fatigue.
The Ford FPWG3100H-J medium gas pressure washer:
- Sits on 10-inch no-flat, compression tires filled with foam;
- Has a 30-feet braided high-pressure hose;
- Comes with 5 quick-connect nozzles, soap and turbo included;
- Integrates a dual chemical tank where you can control the chemical mix;
- Designed with padded and foldable grip handle;
- Features balance feet designed to absorb energy and reduce vibration.
Discussing effectiveness is a bit difficult when both models support the same PSI, GPM, and cleaning units. Still, this attribute is not as much given by its engine as it is given by the engine-pump couple. From this perspective, the Ford FPWG3100H-J has a significant advantage with its Annovi Reverberi pump. And it has a slightly larger engine displacement. Moreover, it also has an extra quick connect nozzle, the turbo tip that the PowerStroke PS80931 doesn’t include. The latter is said to be no louder than a large lawn mower and easy to push around. The Ford unit, however, comes with energy absorbing balance feet and even easier to push foam-filled tires.
As a different aspect that not many buyers are aware of, the Ford model is part of a 3-unit series. The first model is actually electric, and the second model (2700 PSI) runs on gas, just like this one. But the FPWG3100H-J version is the result of an extensive work of improvements, with enhanced effectiveness as a core goal.
To sum up, all facts seem to go, at least in terms of effectiveness, in favor of Ford FPWG3100H-J.
Advantages and Disadvantages
For a medium gas pressure washer, the popularity of the engines, that each model carries, is reassuring. The PowerStroke PS80931 has the significant advantage that is completely manufactured in America. On the other hand, its 2-year limited warranty with a separate engine warranty that varies from one seller to another… Not so reassuring. Plus, it has no spark arrestor with its engine. It also has no turbo nozzle, and the pump cannot really compete to the one of its opponent.
Ford FPWG3100H-J, as mentioned, has an even more popular pump. And the 2-year warranty that also includes the engine is comforting. The less pleasant part is that it is manufactured in China, though, within Ford’s factory and to its exact specifications. Last but not least, it appears more effective and enjoys a series of superior design features. The latter aspect makes the fact that it is a bit heavier to matter less. Oh, and the significantly larger fuel tank means you can push it further and use it for longer cleaning sessions.
The PowerStroke PS80931 seemed to have a great start with its Briggs & Stratton engine under the hood. But we’ve soon discovered that Ford FPWG3100H-J collects one advantage after another. Sure, they both fall under this category of the medium gas pressure washer. They both advertise the same numbers in terms of technical performances. And they are even in the same price range, with small differences depending on where you buy it. The conclusion, however, is more than obvious.
The title of the best medium gas pressure washer is granted to the Ford FPWG3100H-J. Everywhere you’ll look for reviews you will notice that this one enjoys a higher amount of positive feedback. And our comparative review proved it, once again. If you want the best that money can buy, in this category, go with the Ford model.