Portable Pressure Washer
Less than 1 1/2 ft. long, the Cam Spray, 1500A Professional Portable Pressure Washer is the perfect solution for professionals on a tight budget. It also meets every requirement for casual users wanting more than hardware store quality.
Top of the Line has chosen this affordable unit because of it's reliability and the manufacturer's respect in the industry. Cam Spray, established in 1971, is a leading producer of industrial pressure washers, generators and spraying equipment. They manufacturer and stock over 180 units!
A pressure washer's psi rating isn't the whole story. Although it's the pressure that loosens dirt, it's the volume of water flow (GPM) that washes that loose dirt away. This is measured in gallons per minute. Even if your pressure washer has a very high PSI, the job will take a long time if the GPM is very low.
Since pressure washer performance is determined by speed, as well as power, manufacturers and retailers compare models by multiplying these measurements to create a summary figure called "Cleaning Units", or CU for short. For example, a pressure washer rated at 1500 PSI, with 1.6 GPM, has a CU rating of 1500 x 1.6 or 2400. If the GPM were higher, at 1.8, the rating would be 2700 CU. This makes it much easier to compare models.
Cam Spray's 1500A appears in a Popular Mechanics "pressure washer comparison" article, June 4th 2003:
1500A Tagged as "Most Rugged and Capable"
A test of six pressure washers done by Thomas Klenck in the July 2003 issue of Popular Mechanics has given the model 1500A a great review. The six electric pressure washers tested were supplied by Annovi Reverberi, Karcher, Campbell Hausfeld, Cam Spray, Mi-T-M and Porter Cable. While all machines tested well and all had similar features in the small electric category the 1500A shows to be the choice if you are looking for bare bones power and durability.
The 1500A was noted as the only model to use a heavy duty three piston crankshaft-connecting rod design and feature a maintenance schedule to ensure the durability of the pump. The balance of the field tested were all three piston axial type pump designs with the Porter Cable being a two piston cam driven pump. The Annovi Reverberi, Campbell Hausfeld and the Karcher were said to "suit you fine for a variety of light duty chores" and clearly steers the light user homeowner towards these models.
However, if you are the serious do-it-yourselfer or industrial user, the 1500A seems to be the clear top choice. "The three commercial units are meant for more demanding use, and with this durability comes a higher price, says Klenck, of these machines the Cam Spray seems the most rugged and capable, this machine has a clear kick when the trigger is pulled." While the 1500A is not the highest pressure machine tested the delivery of 2.2 gallons per minute makes a difference.
This is a great review of the 1500A, the entry level pressure washer in the Cam Spray line. While it is the most expensive machine of those tested, it proves what we have represented to the market throughout our company history.
Cam Spray has always striven to build the most rugged and durable machines. We feel the 1500A, the smallest machine in the Cam Spray lineup, represents only a taste of what we have to offer customers. Our thanks to home editor Steve Wilson, and associate home editors Roy Berendsohn and Tom Klenck of Popular Mechanics for doing a fine job in reviewing the pressure washers tested.
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Why do you want this machine?
- It's very quiet
- No maintainance required
- No engine to start
- Store it anywhere
- Can be used all winter
- Built to last