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NorthStar 157122 Spec Review

The NorthStar 157122 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 3100 PSI and flow of 2.5 GPM. (Read full specs)

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  • $739.99 - December 17, 2020
  • $699.99 - October 17, 2020
  • $739.99 - October 8, 2020
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Since: October 8, 2020
  • Highest Price: $739.99 - October 8, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $699.99 - October 17, 2020

Description

Honda GX160 engine provides quiet, reliable performance and durability for blasting through mud, dirt and debris faster and more easily at home or jobsites — great for lawn and garden equipment, heavy-duty machinery, driveways, parking lots, patios, office buildings and much more.

Zoom on the NorthStar 157122

The NorthStar 157122 is a heavy duty, commercial pressure washer, that provides its users with an all-around versatile cleaning experience, and enables:

  • intense cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces
  • cleaning of painted and fragile surfaces
  • applying detergent and cleaning solutions

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics and design, its main features and all the additional features it has to offer.

Power

The NorthStar 157122 in use

The NorthStar 157122

Powered by a 163 cc (4.8 hp) engine, its triplex pump can deliver a pressure of 3100 PSI (around 52 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 2.5 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). Combined, these values mean that the NorthStar 157122 has a cleaning power of 7750 Cleaning Units.

The Honda GX160 engine of this gas-powered pressure washer relies on an old-school pull-start mechanism to get started.

The fuel is stored in a steel tank, which can hold up to 0.83 gallon of gasoline.

Design & Handling

The wheelbarrow design of the NorthStar 157122 grants mobility and stability to the unit. Its sturdy steel tubing frame provides longevity to the assembly. The handle adds to the 157122 convenience of transport.

With a weight of 95 lbs, the model is not lightweight. Therefore, it may be challenging to manually carry it around and transport it. The main contributor to its weight are its 163 cc Honda GX160 engine, the triplex pump and steel tubing frame. However, the unit’s two 10" never-flat wheels are crucial to its maneuvrability, since they provide a smooth method of manipulation on the job.

Main Features

The NorthStar 157122 in use

The NorthStar 157122

The NorthStar 157122's package includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 4 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, with a more detailed description below.

  • Soap injection: Even though the device doesn't have a soap tank, detergent is supplied by a siphon hose. The NorthStar 157122 includes an automatic soap dilution mechanism, which will dilute the detergent using a 15:1 ratio. If a soap nozzle is attached, the device will proceed to add the detergent to the water automatically.
  • Pressure hose: A neat storage for the included 50 ft high-pressure hose is facilitated by a set of convenient hooks.
  • Spray gun and wand: A side hook allows for an easy storage of the included classic ergonomic spray gun and its wand.
  • Nozzles: The 4 included nozzles, and the respective surfaces they’re appropriate for, are listed in the table below.
 

15°

25

40°

Soap
Concrete, brick, masonrySuitableSuitableSuitableSuitable
Siding, gutters, houseUse with cautionUse with cautionSuitableSuitable
Fencing, deck, patioUse with cautionUse with cautionSuitableSuitable
Lawn equipment, boat, RVUse with cautionUse with cautionUse with cautionSuitable

Note: The shape of the nozzles above is for illustration purposes only and may differ.
Red cross: Not recommended. Green check: Suitable. Orange check: Use with caution.

Other Features

Some of the accessories of the NorthStar 157122

Some of the included accessories

  • Onboard storage: Stay prepared for any job with NorthStar 157122's handy storage area, which allows you to neatly store any nozzles and accessories which you may need for the job.
  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a low oil protection, a thermal relief valve (which helps to prevent internal pump damage) and a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: The NorthStar 157122 comes with an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and some basic documentation to get you quickly started. On top of that, you also get wand, soap hose, pressure hose and spray gun.
  • Emissions: The NorthStar 157122 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. This means that this pressure washer can be bought and sold in each of the 50 states, including California.

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The NorthStar 157122's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the NorthStar 157122 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The NorthStar 157122, a device which can produce up to 3100 PSI, is on the lower end of the pressure spectrum, among the gas-powered pressure washers in the $700-800 price range. If the highest possible power of the water stream is your priority, one of the champions in this price range is the Pressure-Pro PP4440K with 4400 PSI.
  • The achievable water flow of this washer, which reaches 2.5 GPM (gallons per minute) can be described as low, compared to other devices in its price range. If rinsing away debris most efficiently is your priority, one of the devices with the highest GPM in this price range is the Generac 6565, which can reach up to 4 GPM.
  • With 7750 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), the 157122 is on the low end when compared to other similarly priced gas-powered devices. If the highest overall cleaning power is your top priority, the Pressure-Pro PP4440K, which can reach up to 17600 Cleaning Units, is one of the most efficient of the devices in the current price range.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas-powered washers between 7500 and 8000 Cleaning Units, the NorthStar 157122 is on the expensive side of the price range.

While certainly not the cheapest of its cleaning power range, purchasing it could most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Triplex pump
  • Honda engine
  • Designed to be stable
  • Good range of nozzles included
  • Automatic detergent dilution
  • Onboard storage
  • Several security features
  • CARB-compliant
  • 10 year (limited) warranty
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No soap tank
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

Do you own the NorthStar 157122 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelGas-Powered
HandlingWheelbarrow
WaterCold (140°F max.)
PSI3100
GPM2.5
Cleaning Units7750
Engine163 cc 4.8 HP Honda GX160 OHV 4-stroke
PumpComet DWD Triplex
Features
FrameSteel tubing
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Soap dilution15:1
Nozzles15°, 25°, 40°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose50 ft
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Approx. 40.3 x 26 x 23.8 in
Weight95 lbs
Pressure controlValve
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀10", never flat
Included accessoriesWand, spray gun, high pressure hose, soap hose, 4 nozzles
SecurityLow oil, trigger lock and thermal relief valve
EmissionsCARB, EPA
Warranty10 years

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

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About NorthStar

The NorthStar brand of outdoor power equipment is owned and distributed by the Northern Tool company, which was founded in 1981 in Minnesota, USA. The brand includes log splitters, generators, pressure washers, and air compressors. Though many of the components are manufactured in Northern Tool’s factory in China, NorthStar pressure washers are engineered, assembled, and tested in America, and powered by Honda engines. They include hot water, cold water, and soft-wash systems, along with many accessories. NorthStar brand products make up a large percentage of Northern Tool's product line.

Warranty Information

The NorthStar 157122 is covered under a warranty for up to 10 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the unit.
For more information about the warranty of NorthStar pressure washers, please contact the NorthStar Customer Support: 1-800-270-0810.

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