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"NorthStar Electric Cold Water Pressure Washer - 3000 PSI, 2.5 GPM, 230 Volt"

Item# 1573021
"The NorthStar electric cold water pressure washer provides the power you need for cleaning pavement, siding, deck maintenance and general-purpose cleaning with the quick-couple nozzle and soap nozzle. Rear hose-entry spray gun with split lance keeps the hose out of the way for easy handling. 25 feet of high-pressure hose gives you great range. Direct-drive pump features brass manifold and ceramic plungers. Motor Leeson, Nozzle Type Quick-connect 25 and soap nozzle, Gun Consumer rear entry w/3 ft. lance, Hose 25 ft. gray high-pressure, Pressure PSI 3,000, Dimensions L x W x H in. 33 7/8 x 21 1/4 x 38, Drive Direct, Flow GPM 2.5, Chemical Injector Yes, HP 5, Max. Inlet Water Temp F 140, Adjustable Pressure Yes, Amps 30, Coupler Size in. 3/8, Pump Oil Included Yes, Orifice Size 3.0, Power Cord ft. 36 ft. w/GFCI protection, Thermal Protector Yes, Volts 230, Pump Oil Type SAE30 nondetergent oil, Pump CAT 4DNX, Cart Push down cart w/10-in. pneumatic tire. 5 HP Leeson motor operates on dedicated 230V/30A circuit Direct drive Cat 4DNX pump w/brass manifold and ceramic plungers Forged brass manifold gives improved strength over cheaper aluminum Easy Start stops pressure build-up during start-up Adjustable pressure for job versatility Sight glass lets you quickly check pump oil 25-ft. gray high-pressure hose w/ 3/8in. quick couplers Thermal protector, downstream injector, 25 and soap quick-couple nozzles Rear entry gun and 3-ft. lance with quick connect 36-ft. cord with GFCI protection Steel baseplate frame and 10in. pneumatic tires Push down-style cart enables smooth, balanced mobility Durable 1 3/8in. tubular steel frame 140F max. inlet water temp. pump comes filled with oil Optional hose reel mounting kit Item# 157823, sold separately NEMA 6-30R receptacle needs to be a dedicated circuit"
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Questions & Answers for "NorthStar Electric Cold Water Pressure Washer - 3000 PSI, 2.5 GPM, 230 Volt"

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Is it acceptable to use an extension cord and if OK what guage is recommended?

asked 4 years, 5 months ago
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Anonymous
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Being I'm an electrician, I would not use an extenison cord on a 30 Amp 240 volt motor, you should use a longer high pressure hose
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
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RJfrommontrose
 - Montrose Pa
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answer 2
Northstar Expert
We recommend that this unit be plugged directly into an outlet and not used with an extension cord. To increase the usable range of the unit we offer longer hose that could be used in combination with or in place of the existing hose. See link below.
 
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answered 4 years, 2 months ago
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Will the pump handle hot water?

Can it be hooked up to a hot water spiggot? I see it says cold water but will the pump handle hot water? I see there are addon water heaters, but are they heateing the water before it goes into the pump or after it leaves the pump?
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
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This NorthStar Electric cold water pressure washer with Cat pump is not recommended for anything besides cold water. We do offer an add on water heater, which heats the water after it goes through the pump. Check out my product recommendations below.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
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NorthstarExpert5
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answer 2
The manual says the unit can be used with water up to 140 degrees F. I have installed 3/4" lines with check valves and a tee but seldom have needed to use the hot water alone (my hot water tank is set well below 140 degrees).
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
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Hanks
 - Hendersonville,NC
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How long is the extension cord?

asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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This pressure washer includes a 36 foot power cord.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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NorthstarExpert11
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35 foot power cord.
answered 2 years, 1 month ago
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PapawD
 - S.E.Texas
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What makes this one more expensive?

asked 1 year, 11 months ago
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A very dependable, totally enclosed fan cooled Leeson motor coupled with an industrial grade CAT pump provide a top of the line electric pressure washer. The CAT pump uses long lasting ceramic plungers, has a heavy duty housing, thermal overload protection, easy start pressure system, chemical injector and an adjustable pressure regulator. Simply put, this will provide more hours of use and a longer lifespan.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
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NorthstarExpert29
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answer 2
Not sure specifically but I know that the actual CAT pump head on this unit is top quality and would expect that piece to be driving the price.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
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Orwell
 - New Jersey
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What receptical type is required for this unit plug?

asked 4 years, 4 months ago
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This NorthStar pressure washer requires a 230 Volt 30 Amp dedicated circuit with a 6-30R outlet/receptacle.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
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NorthstarExpert11
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Can this run on a 208VAC-30A service?

asked 4 years, 2 months ago
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This NorthStar electric pressure washer is engineered for 230 voltage. By running this on 208 voltage you will lower the horsepower, and risk a higher current draw, and an increase in heating. This will void the warranty.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
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NorthstarExpert5
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power consumption

how many watts does this unit consume?
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This NorthStar pressure washer has a 5 HP 230 volt motor. At 230 volts, a single phase motor draws approximately 5 amps per horsepower. This puts this unit at approximately 25 amps and 5,750 watts.
Amps X Voltage = Watts

You would want to have a 30 amp dedicated circuit to run this.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
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use of generator?

I am wishing to move from IC engines to electric. Would an adequate generator work well with this washer and could you supply a rec here. Will also be used for power outages, air compressor and should run quiet!
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
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mikej77
 - BC Can
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To run this pressure washer you will need a generator that will produce at least 7000 watts and has a 240 volt, 30amp outlet. There are two options for the type of generator that you could use; portable or standby.

The advantage of a portable generator is as stated in its name, it is portable, so it can easily be used in multiple locations. I suggest item# 165914 (See link below for more details). This generator can be wired to a transfer switch (item#100007) to run multiple circuits in one location, or individual items can be plugged into the panel on the front of the unit. Our NorthStar generators feature top of the line power heads and Honda GX engines ( the industry standard in quality for small engines). Keep in mind that depending on the electrical requirements of your compressor you may need a larger model. This generator will run this pressure washer or most compressors but not both at the same time. To find the wattage requirement of your compressor, simply multiply the voltage by the amp draw. Volts x Amps = Watts.

The second option is to use a standby generator that will be permanently wired in one location. The advantage of a standby generator is that it can be set up to turn on automatically in the event of a power outage. Also, standby generators are available in higher wattage so that you could run everything in your shop at once rather that having to run the compressor and pressure washer separately. A good example of a standby generator is item# 167217 (see link below for more details). the Generac guardian series is available in up to 60 kw.
 
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answered 4 years, 2 months ago
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NorthstarExpert13
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Usually a 5hp motor requires a starter is this the case or is it included

asked 3 years ago
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jspies
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Northstar Expert
The Leeson electric motor used to power the NorthStar Pressure Washer includes a capacitor start. The capacitor works like a battery and stores enough power to start the motor each time, and will recharge itself while the unit is running.
answered 3 years ago
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NorthstarExpert29
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Does this pressure washer include an integral pressure switch

I will be working remotely with a long hose and may go without spraying for extended periods of time. I'd prefer to have the motor shut off when it reaches high pressure and kick back in when pressure is needed.
asked 2 years, 7 months ago
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Anonymous
 - Austin TX
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This pressure washer doesn't have an integral pressure switch. The motor and pump will continue to run even when you aren't spraying. However, the pump is thermally protected. The water in the pump will heat up after some time when not being discharged. The thermal protector valve will open and allow this hot water to exit the pump which allows cold water to enter the pump and cool it so it doesn't overheat or damage the pump. Northern Tool doesn't carry pressure switches for pressure washers that would turn the pump or engine off.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
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NorthstarExpert11
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