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NorthStar 157124 Spec Review

The NorthStar 157124 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 3600 PSI and flow of 3 GPM. (Read full specs)

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NorthStar 157124 3600PSI Gas Pressure Washer
NorthStar 157124 3600PSI Gas Pressure Washer
NorthStar 157124 3600PSI Gas Pressure Washer
NorthStar 157124 3600PSI Gas Pressure Washer
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  • $1,129.99 - November 5, 2020
  • $1,199.99 - September 28, 2020
  • $1,129.99 - September 10, 2020
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Since: July 24, 2020
  • Highest Price: $1,199.99 - July 24, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $1,129.99 - September 10, 2020

Description

Equipped with a Honda GX270 engine, this model 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 157124

In a nutshell, the NorthStar 157124 is a heavy duty, commercial pressure washer, which not only offers an all-around versatile cleaning experience, but that also allows:

  • intense cleaning of tough, paintless surfaces
  • cleaning of painted or delicate 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 157124 in use

The NorthStar 157124

With an impressive 270 cc (8.5 hp) engine, its triplex pump delivers a pressure of 3600 PSI (roughly 60 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 3 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer), resulting in the NorthStar 157124's cleaning power of 10800 Cleaning Units.

This gas-powered pressure washer’s Honda GX270 engine is started by a traditional pull-start mechanism.

A steel fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 1.4 gallon is used to store gasoline.

Design & Handling

The wheelbarrow design of the NorthStar 157124 grants mobility and stability to the unit. Its sturdy steel tubing frame provides longevity to the assembly. The handle adds to the 157124 convenience of transport.

With a weight of 118 lbs, the model is not lightweight. Therefore, it may be challenging to manually carry it around and transport it. A key role in its final weight is played by its 270 cc Honda GX270 engine, the triplex pump and steel tubing frame. However, the unit is manipulated smoothly thanks to its two 10" never-flat wheels, which play a key role in its maneuvrability.

Main Features

The NorthStar 157124 in use

The NorthStar 157124

The NorthStar 157124 comes with a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 4 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, which are detailed below.

  • Soap injection: Even though the device doesn't have a soap tank, detergent is supplied by a siphon hose. The NorthStar 157124 has an automatic soap dilution mechanism, which dilutes the detergent using a 15:1 ratio. Whenever a soap nozzle is connected, the detergent is automatically added to the water.
  • Pressure hose: Using a set of convenient hooks, the included 50 ft high-pressure hose can be easily stored on the unit when it is not running.
  • Spray gun and wand: Both the classic ergonomic spray gun and its wand may be conveniently stored in a side hook.
  • Nozzles: The 4 nozzles included with the device, and the respective surfaces which they’re the most suitable for, are shown in the following table.
 

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 157124

Some of the included accessories

  • Onboard storage: The NorthStar 157124 features a handy storage area, which allows you to neatly store nozzles and accessories and be always prepared by having everything needed at hand.
  • 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: Besides the usual owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and documentation to get you promptly started, the NorthStar 157124 comes with pressure hose, wand, soap hose and spray gun.
  • Emissions: The NorthStar 157124 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this pressure washer is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

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The NorthStar 157124's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the NorthStar 157124 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The NorthStar 157124 with its 3600 PSI achieves a lower pressure value, compared to other gas-powered pressure washers in the $1000-1300 price range. If your priority is the highest possible power of the water stream, in this price range, we suggest checking out the NorthStar 157127, which reaches up to 4200 PSI.
  • This washer, with a GPM of 3 (gallons per minute) has a somewhat lower water flows value compared to devices in its price range. If being able to rinse away debris as efficiently as possible is your priority, one of the products with the highest GPM in this price range is the DeWalt DXPW60605, with 4 GPM.
  • Amongst similarly priced gas-powered devices, the 10800 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM) of the 157124 rank as low. If you are after the highest overall cleaning power, the DeWalt DXPW60605 with its 16800 Cleaning Units is one of the products that can achieve the highest cleaning efficiency in this price range.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas-powered washers between 9500 and 12000 Cleaning Units, the NorthStar 157124 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 electric start
  • No soap tank
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

Do you own the NorthStar 157124 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelGas-Powered
HandlingWheelbarrow
WaterCold (140°F max.)
PSI3600
GPM3
Cleaning Units10800
Engine270 cc 8.5 HP Honda GX270 OHV 4-stroke
PumpCAT 4SPX 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
Weight118 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.

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 157124 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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