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NorthStar 157130 - Spec Breakdown

The NorthStar 157130 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 3000 PSI and flow of 5 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelGas-Powered
HandlingHand Truck
WaterCold (140°F max.)
PSI3000
GPM5
Cleaning Units15000
Engine389 cc Honda GX390 OHV 4-stroke
PumpGeneral Pump Triplex
Features
FrameSteel tubing
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Nozzles15°, 25°, 40°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose50 ft, ⌀3/8
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Approx. 40.3 x 26 x 23.8 in
Weight140 lbs
Pressure controlValve
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀10", never flat
Included accessoriesWand, spray gun, high pressure hose, 4 nozzles
SecurityLow oil, trigger lock and thermal relief valve
EmissionsCARB, EPA
Warranty10 years

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Description

Zoom on the NorthStar 157130

The NorthStar 157130, a heavy duty pressure washer, gives its user an all-around versatile cleaning experience, topped off by the following features:

  • intense cleaning of hard, unpainted 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 157130 in use

The NorthStar 157130

With an impressive 389 cc engine, its triplex pump delivers a pressure of 3000 PSI (roughly 50 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 5 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer), resulting in the NorthStar 157130's cleaning power of 15000 Cleaning Units.

A classic pull-start mechanism is responsible for starting the gas-powered pressure washer’s Honda GX390 engine.

Gasoline is stored in a steel fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 1.6 gallon.

Design & Handling

With its hand truck design and approximate dimensions of L40.3 x W26 x H23.8 in, the NorthStar 157130 provides great mobility. The strong steel tubing frame assures assembly longevity. The handle adds to the 157130 convenience of transport.

With a weight of 140 lbs, the model is not lightweight. Therefore, it may be challenging to manually carry it around and transport it. Its 389 cc Honda GX390 engine, the triplex pump and steel tubing frame add up to a large chunk of the device's weight. 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 157130 in use

The NorthStar 157130

The NorthStar 157130'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 detergent will be added automatically to the water when a soap nozzle is attached.
  • Pressure hose: A neat storage for the included 50 ft ⌀3/8" high-pressure hose is facilitated by a set of convenient hooks.
  • 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 nozzles of the NorthStar 157130

The NorthStar 157130 nozzles

  • Onboard storage: Stay prepared for any job with NorthStar 157130'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 thermal relief valve (which helps to prevent internal pump damage), a low oil protection and a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: On top of an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and the usual documentation to get you swiftly started, the NorthStar 157130 also comes with wand, spray gun and pressure hose.
  • Emissions: The NorthStar 157130 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Thus, selling and purchasing this pressure washer is allowed in each of the 50 states, including California.

Product Video

The NorthStar 157130's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the NorthStar 157130 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

Note: Even though we couldn’t list its price on this page, our research indicates that some retailers sell this unit around $1599.

  • The NorthStar 157130, a device which can produce up to 3000 PSI, is on the lower end of the pressure spectrum, among the gas-powered pressure washers in the $1300-1600 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.
  • With a maximum GPM of 5 (gallons per minute), this washer belongs to the best in terms of water flow, in its respective price range.
  • As the 157130 has a total of 15000 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), it finds itself in the average cleaning efficiency range for similarly priced gas-powered units. If you are after the highest overall cleaning power, the Stihl RB 800 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 14500 and 16000 Cleaning Units, the NorthStar 157130 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
  • Good range of nozzles included
  • Onboard storage
  • Several security features
  • CARB-compliant
  • 10 year (limited) warranty
  • High GPM for the price
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent CU for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No soap tank
  • Low PSI 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 157130 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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