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NorthStar 1571243 - 3600 PSI 3 GPM 301cc Gas Pressure Washer

The NorthStar 1571243 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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Features and Specifications

FuelGas-Powered
HandlingWheelbarrow
WaterCold (140°F max.)
PSI3600
GPM3
Cleaning Units10800
Engine301cc NorthStar e300 OHV 4-stroke
PumpCAT 4SPX Triplex
FrameSteel tubing
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Soap dilution15:1
Nozzles15°, 25°, 40°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose50 ft, ⌀3/8
Hose storageHooks
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
EmissionsEPA
Warranty10 years

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Description

This pressure washer is equipped with a commercial-grade NorthStar e300 301cc engine, verified by an independent powertrain authority as being equivalent to other leading commercial-grade engines after 1000 hours of rigorous testing.

Zoom on the NorthStar 1571243

In summary, the NorthStar 1571243 is a heavy duty, commercial pressure washer, that offers an all-around versatile cleaning experience, and also:

  • intense cleaning of tough, paintless surfaces
  • cleaning of painted or delicate surfaces
  • use of detergent and cleaning solutions

Its power characteristics and design, its main features and all its additional features are presented ahead.

Power

The NorthStar 1571243 in use

The NorthStar 1571243

Using an impressive fuel-injected 301cc engine, its triplex pump delivers a pressure of up to 3600 PSI (roughly 60 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 3 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). Together, the values result in a cleaning power of 10800 Cleaning Units.

The NorthStar e300 engine of this gas-powered pressure washer relies on an old-school pull-start mechanism to get started.

Gasoline storage is facilitated by a steel fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 1.4 gallon.

Design & Handling

The wheelbarrow design of the NorthStar 1571243 grants mobility and stability to the unit. Its sturdy steel tubing frame provides longevity to the assembly. The handle adds to the 1571243 convenience of transport.

At 118 lbs, we can't really say that the unit is a lightweight, and manually lifting or transporting it could be a challenge. The main contributors to its weight are its 301cc NorthStar e300 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 maneuverability.

Main Features

The NorthStar 1571243'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: While the device doesn't feature a soap tank, detergent supply is ensured by a siphon hose. The NorthStar 1571243 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 ⌀3/8" 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 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

The specs of the NorthStar 1571243

The NorthStar 1571243

  • Onboard storage: The NorthStar 1571243's handy storage area lets you store nozzles and accessories, and thus, you’ll be always prepared and have everything necessary for the job at hand.
  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a thermal relief valve (which helps to prevent internal pump damage), a low oil protection and a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: The NorthStar 1571243 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 soap hose, spray gun, pressure hose and wand.
  • Emissions: The NorthStar 1571243 is EPA approved, but NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

The NorthStar 1571243's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the NorthStar 1571243 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The NorthStar 1571243 and its 3600 PSI, ranks amongst gas-powered pressure washers with a comparably low pressure output, considering the units that cost between $1000 and $1400. In case you are looking for a device with the highest possible power of its water stream, one of the top achievers in this price range is the Lifan LFQ4515E-CA with a PSI of 4500.
  • This washer, with a GPM of 3 (gallons per minute) has a somewhat lower water flow value compared to devices in its price range. In case you are looking for a device which can most efficiently rinse away debris in the current price range, the DeWalt DXPW4440 has the highest GPM of 4.
  • The 1571243 has 10800 Cleaning Units (PSI X GPM), which can be considered low in comparison to other gas-powered devices of this price. If you consider the highest overall cleaning power as a really important factor, the Lifan LFQ4515E-CA and its 18000 Cleaning Units has one of the highest cleaning efficiency of all the similarly priced units.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other gas-powered washers between 9700 and 11800 Cleaning Units, the NorthStar 1571243 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:
  • 10 year (limited) warranty
  • Triplex pump
  • EFI engine
  • Designed to be stable
  • Good range of nozzles included
  • Automatic detergent dilution
  • Onboard storage
  • Several security features
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No soap tank
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

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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 1571243 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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