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    Question silver eagle pressure washers

    Has anyone used or know of anyone who has used silver eagle manufacturing pressure washers? Thier prices are good for the GPM and PSI. Just looking for more info.

    The roudtable was great in NJ, Thanks
    sEE ya
    Dan

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    I bought one last year. I was very uneducated last year when I bought it. It is a gearbox driven pump. It is a propane unit and I strongly suggest not going with propane. It is a fine unit if it was going to stay in a shop but if you are going to be mobile then I would go with a oil fired unit. The biggest problem is the propane tank. I never gave it much thought when I first bought it. It is a big pain in the butt hauling around a big propane tank with you. You need at least a 100 lbs. tank to feed the burner. Even then if you run it full bore you can freeze it up. Don't ever think you can use a gas grill propane tank on this. Won't work. It will freeze up on you fast. I would stay away from the propane units. If you are going to have an open trailer you better have your tank secured properly because the DOT will nail you if you don't. In my area they tell me that a 100 lbs. tank is the biggest you can have on a mobile unit. One last thing, when I got my unit last year the gearbox got trashed within the first 30 hours of use. I called them up and had big problems with them. I had to threaten to get the credit card company involved before they said they would replace the gearbox. I got the gearbox overnight but not before I had to call the credit card company. I would go with someone else for a unit. I told the guy there at that place that if I ever got the chance I would give them a poor recommendation. The machine has ran decent ever since but their customer service is poor. You shouldn't have to threaten and actually have to start taking action before they do something. So that would be a big thumbs down for them. Oh and one more thing. They said it would ship in about 10 days. It took them 7 weeks to get it to me. They took out the money the same day I ordered but took over a month and a half before I got my stuff. They would never call and tell me anything I always had to call them. I also said I wanted to 50' lengths of hose and they sent me a 100'. I know that shipping wasn't their fault but my machine was dinged up a little when I got it. At least they could have protected it better for shipment. My burner switch got broken, the little plastic plate that the fuel line goes into got bent and it spit out gas. I had to replace that myself because they said they don't have parts like that at their shop and couldn't get them. The gas tank they give you is from a boat and even then it doesn't come with all the parts. Like I said, A big thumbs down from me.
    Steve Gunn
    West Shore Pressure Washing
    Holland, MI
    616-786-9667
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    Member Junior Undergraduate Michael's Avatar
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    First; a 30" diameter LP cylinder will supply 289,000 Btu at full flow on a full tank. Drawing more than that WILL freeze the valve, usually open and causing most people to get long sticks and big bags of marshmallows.

    30" diameter tanks include 20#, 30#, 40# and 100# tanks. With the advent of Government mandated OPD valves in tanks of 40# or less flow is restricted to 80%. Any burner drawing over 289,000 Btu should be serviced by at least a 250# 'fat-boy' or a minimum of two 30" diameter tanks. There are new 44-45# industrial tanks on the market with POL fittings and full flow.

    Second, a gear box drive adds another oil resivoir that needs to be monitored. It also adds more seals to leak oil. Yet it still keeps a mechanical connection between the pump and engine/motor. Therefore if one component fails the others will too. This is a low cost, stop-gap, measure that is used to give the appearance of custom engineering. There are instances where gear reduction drives work as intended for packaging reasons but the compromises do not warrant it, IMHO.

    Third, there are literally thousands of LP fueled commercial vehicles on the road every day. The DOT does have very specific rules governing the transfer of LP over the road but they are well known and fairly easy to deal with. (Just look at David Olsen's rig at Tidy Pressure Wash).

    A national manufacturer with an established dealer network will always give you recourse if something goes wrong. I do applaud you getting your Card company involved to get results.

    Larger manufacturers will also have the resources to build equipment for inventory or their dealers will have the wherewithall to do so. Also larger manufacturers will more often have professional packaging that may reduce transport damage and use components that either meet Gas Association standards or, better still, are inspected and approved to meet/exceed those standards.

    Essentially what I am saying is you get what you pay for. Regional manufacturers with no local dealers have no responsibility to you once they have your money. Price does not mean performance in either direction.

    Find a local professional pressure washer dealer to work with you and help you get what you need for your intended use, not what you think you want. The money paid up fron will often pay dividends later.
    Michael
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    Thank you all for the info. I will steer clear of them.
    sEE ya
    Dan

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    Gunn Man:

    If you're not already aware, the time limit for chargebacks on your credit card is 60 days. I'm not sure if that is mandated, or if certain card companies are willing to go beyond that time limit. If you buy anything again that doesn't come for a long time, go ahead and put in a claim with the card company before the 60 days is up. You can always cancel that claim when/if the merchandise shows up, but that way you're protected if it never shows. If you fail to make that claim within 60 days and you never get your stuff, you're screwed!

    Like I said, you may already know this.
    Mike Williamson - North Florida Pressure Washing
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    Exterior Restoration Specialist 21000 PLUS POSTER Ron Musgraves's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    First; a 30" diameter LP cylinder will supply 289,000 Btu at full flow on a full tank. Drawing more than that WILL freeze the valve, usually open and causing most people to get long sticks and big bags of marshmallows.

    30" diameter tanks include 20#, 30#, 40# and 100# tanks. With the advent of Government mandated OPD valves in tanks of 40# or less flow is restricted to 80%. Any burner drawing over 289,000 Btu should be serviced by at least a 250# 'fat-boy' or a minimum of two 30" diameter tanks. There are new 44-45# industrial tanks on the market with POL fittings and full flow.

    Second, a gear box drive adds another oil resivoir that needs to be monitored. It also adds more seals to leak oil. Yet it still keeps a mechanical connection between the pump and engine/motor. Therefore if one component fails the others will too. This is a low cost, stop-gap, measure that is used to give the appearance of custom engineering. There are instances where gear reduction drives work as intended for packaging reasons but the compromises do not warrant it, IMHO.

    Third, there are literally thousands of LP fueled commercial vehicles on the road every day. The DOT does have very specific rules governing the transfer of LP over the road but they are well known and fairly easy to deal with. (Just look at David Olsen's rig at Tidy Pressure Wash).

    A national manufacturer with an established dealer network will always give you recourse if something goes wrong. I do applaud you getting your Card company involved to get results.

    Larger manufacturers will also have the resources to build equipment for inventory or their dealers will have the wherewithall to do so. Also larger manufacturers will more often have professional packaging that may reduce transport damage and use components that either meet Gas Association standards or, better still, are inspected and approved to meet/exceed those standards.

    Essentially what I am saying is you get what you pay for. Regional manufacturers with no local dealers have no responsibility to you once they have your money. Price does not mean performance in either direction.

    Find a local professional pressure washer dealer to work with you and help you get what you need for your intended use, not what you think you want. The money paid up fron will often pay dividends later.
    Always Great Advice,
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    I've had my Silver Eagle machine going on for 5 years now. If anyone ever needs any help working on their Silver Eagle machine feel free to PM me or give me a call anytime. I think I know about just as much about these machines as the guys that build them.

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