All Things Gardening forum: portable water hoses and pressure washers

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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Mar 6, 2018 8:21 AM CST
Does anybody here use a portable water hose or pressure washer around the garden?

I am looking to buy one for this coming season (I don't have an actual water hose on the outside of my house) but there are so many kinds and I'm basically clueless (nothing new there!) so I figured I'd ask here.

I'm particularly open to specific names/models/links to products.

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Bonehead
Mar 6, 2018 11:07 AM CST
I am unfamiliar with 'portable water hose' (?) I do have and use pressure washers for cleaning our sidewalks, house, and porches. We have both an electric one and a gas one. The gas washer is of course much noisier, but also more powerful. I tend to use the electric one most often. I can't think of anything I use them for directly in the garden, seems the stream would blow plants apart.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Mar 6, 2018 11:14 AM CST
Portable water hoses are like pressure washers, but they have much less pressure and they're usually on wheels.
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daylilydreams
Mar 6, 2018 12:35 PM CST
Worx has a new portable washer not sure if you mean something like this.
https://worx.primetimetools.co...
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Bonehead
Mar 6, 2018 1:34 PM CST
I've had great luck with Worx tools. This looks interesting.
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fwmosher
Mar 6, 2018 2:15 PM CST
I believe the Worx still needs to be hooked up to an outside house water outlet? Other than that, the only option appears to be a bucket, but doubt that would be suitable. Might be reasonable to have an outside water outlet installed. Simple plumbing job.
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RpR
Mar 6, 2018 2:16 PM CST
Jai_Ganesha said:Portable water hoses are like pressure washers, but they have much less pressure and they're usually on wheels.

Do you mean a basic garden hose, or a portable water hose drinking water safe?
Either way they are just hoses and few people who garden do not have them.

https://www.google.com/search?...

Why would you want a pressure washer, except for cleaning purposes?
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Mar 6, 2018 2:30 PM CST
No, not those. They're attached to a big barrel on wheels and pressurized so you can move them around to spray/water things. But they have much less pressure than a regular garden hose.

I'm probably calling them the wrong name based on the comments here...
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daylilydreams
Mar 6, 2018 3:11 PM CST
Deb, I so agree with you on Worx products they work good for me.

Frank, Worx's tools use rechargeable batteries look closely you can see the battery on the handle. I have seen the infomercials on the portable washer think they use either a faucet or use with any fresh water source, like a pool, bucket or lake, with the 20' portable hose.
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Name: greene
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greene
Mar 6, 2018 5:01 PM CST
Jai_Ganesha said:

I'm probably calling them the wrong name based on the comments here...


Sounds interesting. Could you look on Google Images and find some photos to show what you mean? Thanks.

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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Mar 6, 2018 5:19 PM CST
It doesn't show up with the words I'm searching. lol I'm wondering if it was just a kind of pressure washer with a long hose that was used to water plants with low pressure. I used one about 12 years ago when I was in college and the "tank" part rolled around but the hose unfurled, too. It's been so long and I feel old that I can't remember the exact name!
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greene
Mar 6, 2018 7:55 PM CST
Was it something similar to this only larger? This one only holds 3 gallons.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MPWO372/
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pepper23
Mar 6, 2018 8:57 PM CST
It's similar to that, if not it exactly. Go to your local hardware store and ask them if they have a tank they use for watering plants inside and ask to see it. That's what he's talking about. We have a big, probably 5 gallon tank on wheels that is used to water plants inside. Looks like an air compressor. Has a spot on top where they hook the air compressor to it when needed and put so much air inside and that makes it where the water will come out when you squeeze the trigger on the handle.
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NJBob
Mar 6, 2018 9:07 PM CST
I know what you are talking about, we use it to water the indoor plants at work. The one we have would be way to hard to pull around on your property. It needs a flat hard surface. Here is a company that sells different kinds. http://thewaterboy.net/
Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Mar 7, 2018 6:22 AM CST
pepper23 said:It's similar to that, if not it exactly.


You can't answer for me unless you went to college with me and used it (if so, tell me who you are, lol).

Otherwise, no, it wasn't similar. It was much bigger, probably 50 gallons or so. You pulled or pushed it like a wagon.
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ardesia
Mar 7, 2018 7:52 AM CST
How about fitting a 55 gallon barrel with a heavy duty wheeled caddie and an aquarium pump and a lightweight hose? The one you used might have been adapted for the situation.
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Mar 7, 2018 7:59 AM CST
ardesia said:The one you used might have been adapted for the situation.


That's something I never considered but it makes a lot of sense!
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