Some Things to Consider when Buying your First Jetter
I would suggest buying new, the repair bills can add up when a machine has been neglected or not serviced for many years. Service, repairs, new hose and labour can quickly add up to half the price of a new unit.
The way the machine is installed, put together and tested is more important than it being a Honda or Vanguard. Ease of use, start up procedure, ability to access serviceable areas, machine controls in same area, ease of comfortably winding up hoses with straight back, fuel tank location, exhaust routing and machine airflow are all very important factors that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Honda’s generally will give you a flow of around 20.3 to 23Lpm and pressures between 4300-5000psi.
Vanguard’s generally will give you a flow of 24.7 to 31lpm and pressures between 4300-5000psi.
Which machine to get will be determined most of the time by the available space you have and how you want it configured. Starting with the Jetter first makes installation easier and allows a broader range of machines to choose from.
Using a cradle is always a good idea. It spreads the load and allows for easier Jetter removal for servicing or getting access to the unloader valve, safety valve, pump head or Battery. The way some machines are built don’t require cradles as they can be bolted through the frame onto the tray.
The use of “Nutserts” rather than nuts and bolts allows faster removal and also makes for a much neater job.
Having somewhere to attach the main reel quick release, which shoots water under the tray, allows hands to be on the choke, throttle and key and thus not having to worry about the main hose flying around on start up.
Ensure you are getting everything you need from the get go. Make sure the machine has a minireel, some nozzles, whip hose and gun, muffler bend and raincap if required, low pressure reel with garden feed hose and installation is included.
Installing the Jetter against a headboard with hoses and controls heading out the passenger side is a common installation with good weight distribution.
Hopefully this information will answer some questions you might have if you’re planning a new Jetter soon.