I swear, they all belong to the same union

Last month, it was the lawn tractor. This month, the pressure washer.

I suppose I can’t complain, as it has worked far beyond what I suspect was its designed duty cycle for some 10 years. And it was purchased refurbished. When I went to crank it up Monday, it couldn’t maintain pressure. Squeeze the trigger and you got pressure for a second, then lost it. Lather, rinse, repeat. It was getting late, and I decided to work on it tomorrow (Tuesday). That went as well as Monday. The more I worked with it, the fewer intervals of pressure I got. I finally gave up and took it to my Ace Small Engine Guy, who gave me the dreaded phrase.

Well, just damn.

This is not a good time to buy anything lawn equipment-wise. ASEG bid me to look at his sales floor. “What’s on it is what I have until next spring.” It’s going to be a long winter, I fear.

There was one pressure washer, a “scratch and dent”, at what I felt was an excessive price. However, it really wasn’t, when you figure that comparable brands with the same specs sold for the original price of this one. So I figured that Mrs. Freeholder would just have to tell me how many and what kinds of idiot I am, and I brought it home.

A Honda engine and 3600 PSI of cleaning goodness. Tomorrow I get to do 2 1/2 days of work in a day. Because after tomorrow, the weather is going downhill in a hurry. Rain for 2 days, then a big unseasonably cold front coming through. I am not pressure washing with icicles hanging off the spray gun. Not doing it.

And I have a nice 5.5 HP Honda engine that I need to see if I can make lemonade with. I have these visions of a go cart in the shape of a Triumph Spitfire in my mind….

1 thought on “I swear, they all belong to the same union

  1. We’ve picked up some things on the free page of Craigslist. Some need work, some things are good. Got a riding mower this year that only needed a new carburetor. I think pressure washers show up sometimes. It’s also a good place to get rid of what you don’t need anymore.

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