Good Point. Unfortunately, the area where I have to wash the equipment is in an area where people (me mostly) walk through and end up dragging grease into the house. I try cleaning it up but always seem to miss some.The steam cleaner I used to use had as much jet spray as any pressure washer. 300 degrees but the water did not evaporate until it had spent some time blasting pretty good. But it was a big industrial contraption and stationary. I also had a commercial water heater at one place and would turn it up to 180 (max) and run that through an ordinary pressure washer. Not good on the pump I'm sure but it got stuff clean.
A real steam cleaner is still going to leave chunks on the ground. Its job is to get the equipment clean, not to make the dirt disappear.
Makes sense. I have one particularly greasy-oily backhoe. Maybe after I get most of the old grease and oil cleaned off of it, it won't leave such a mess on the ground during future cleanings.I know a guy who has Hotsy and Landa hot water pressure washers that when turned to the max temp produces steam. With steam you can never have the same pressure as with water. I would think that what ever you used is still going to leave clumps of grease if there is clumps on the machine. Grease doesn't evaporate like water.
Makes sense. I have one particularly greasy-oily backhoe. Maybe after I get most of the old grease and oil cleaned off of it, it won't leave such a mess on the ground during future cleanings.
Thanks. I will keep the hot pressure washer I have and thoroughly clean the entire backhoe and then regularly wash it and keep it clean after that. I have been using a cold pressure washer and just cleaning the areas when I needed to work on it like changing a hose, pins, etc.And therein is the key, a heavily soiled greasy grimy machine "is" going to make a mess on the ground upon cleaning, don't matter if you use hot water, steam, or a nuke blast whereas machines that are already relatively clean, just oily, dirty, and some grease, not near as bad and a hot high pressure washer will help keep it that way without using steam
Thanks. I will keep the hot pressure washer I have and thoroughly clean the entire backhoe and then regularly wash it and keep it clean after that. I have been using a cold pressure washer and just cleaning the areas when I needed to work on it like changing a hose, pins, etc.
From what I read of the specs on the unit that was purchased, I think you need more pressure and more flow to clean greasy equipment better. From what I've learned over the years, 4 GPM @ 4K psi is a good choice. You can always turn the pressure down for sensitive areas. A good degreaser like Citrol will break down the chemicals for faster removal and cleaner results.
I run a large hot water unit that heats to 180 F and 4 GPM @ 4000 psi which works well most of the time. Pretty much the same as this unit listed on the web. Not a high priced unit but works good for hours at a time.
If it is really greasy, I skip heating the hot water and run the discharge through the "Hot Box" that produces steam. Can't see much with steam on a colder day but it surely cleans off heavy grease/oil residue much quicker. My truck's PTO mounted pressure washer is cold water only but I can also run that through the hot box when I need steam on a site. It has a variable temp control so it's anything from warm water to blistering 230 F steam.