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NorthStar 157134 Spec Review

The NorthStar 157134 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 4000 PSI and flow of 3.5 GPM. (Read full specs)

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  • $1,849.99 - June 24, 2021
  • $1,729.99 - May 27, 2021
  • $1,699.99 - April 8, 2021
  • $1,559.99 - March 29, 2021
  • $1,699.99 - March 11, 2021
  • $1,729.99 - March 4, 2021
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Since: March 4, 2021
  • Highest Price: $1,849.99 - June 24, 2021
  • Lowest Price: $1,559.99 - March 29, 2021

Description

This premium-quality NorthStar® Gas Cold Water Pressure Washer equips you to blast through mud, dirt and debris faster and more easily on lawn and garden equipment, heavy-duty machinery, driveways, parking lots, patios, office buildings and much more. Newly designed compact steel cart with large 15" flat-free tires offers space-saving storage and easy portability.

Zoom on the NorthStar 157134

In a nutshell, the NorthStar 157134 is a heavy duty, commercial pressure washer, which not only offers an all-around versatile cleaning experience, but that also allows:

  • thorough cleaning of hard, paint-free surfaces
  • cleaning of painted and fragile surfaces
  • application of detergent and cleaning solutions

Ahead are presented its power characteristics and design, its main features and any other additional features.

Power

The NorthStar 157134 in use

The NorthStar 157134

Its triplex pump, which utilizes a powerful 389 cc (11.7 hp) engine, may deliver a pressure of up to 4000 PSI (almost 67 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 3.5 GPM. These values correspond to a cleaning power of 14000 Cleaning Units.

The Honda GX390 engine of this gas-powered pressure washer gets started by a classic pull-start mechanism.

A steel fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 1.6 gallon is used to store gasoline.

Design & Handling

The wheelbarrow design of the NorthStar 157134 grants mobility and stability to the unit. The strong steel tubing frame assures assembly longevity. The handle adds to the 157134 convenience of transport.

The unit's weight of 249 lbs renders its carrying and transportation challenging, as it is far from lightweight. 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 15" never-flat wheels, which play a key role in its maneuvrability.

Main Features

The NorthStar 157134 in use

The NorthStar 157134

The NorthStar 157134'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 157134 features an automatic soap dilution mechanism, that will dilute your detergent with a 15:1 ratio. The detergent is automatically added to the water when a soap nozzle is connected.
  • Pressure hose: The 50 ft high-pressure hose, which is included with the device, can be stored neatly on the unit itself when idle, using 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 following table illustrates the 4 included nozzles, along with the surfaces which they are the most suitable for.
 

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 157134

Some of the included accessories

  • Onboard storage: The NorthStar 157134'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 trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation), a low oil protection and a thermal relief valve (which helps to prevent internal pump damage).
  • Accessories: The NorthStar 157134 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, pressure hose, spray gun and wand.
  • Emissions: The NorthStar 157134 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. And so, this pressure washer is available for sale and purchase in any of the 50 states, including California.

Product Video

The NorthStar 157134's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the NorthStar 157134 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • Able to deliver a maximum pressure of 4000 PSI, the NorthStar 157134 is one of the gas-powered products that produce an above average water pressure, in the $1550 to $1900 price range. If you're going after the highest possible power of the water stream, one of the best in this price range is the Lifan LFQ4515E-Elite that can reach up to 4500 PSI.
  • When compared to devices in the above-mentioned price range, this washer and its 3.5 GPM (gallons per minute), is on the lower end of the achievable water flow. If you’re after the highest rinsing efficiency, one of the units with the highest water flow in the current price range is the NorthStar 157160, that can deliver up to 5 GPM.
  • Amongst similarly priced gas-powered devices, the 14000 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM) of the 157134 rank as low. When it comes to the highest overall cleaning power in the current price range, one of the products at the very top currently is the Lifan LFQ4515E-Elite and its 18000 Cleaning Units.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas-powered washers between 14000 and 14500 Cleaning Units, the NorthStar 157134 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
  • High PSI for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No soap tank
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

Do you own the NorthStar 157134 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelGas-Powered
HandlingWheelbarrow
WaterCold (140°F max.)
PSI4000
GPM3.5
Cleaning Units14000
Engine389 cc 11.7 HP Honda GX390 OHV 4-stroke
PumpComet RW4040S 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. 50 x 29 x 26 in
Weight249 lbs
Pressure controlValve
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀15", never flat
Included accessoriesWand, spray gun, high pressure hose, soap hose, 4 nozzles
SecurityLow oil, trigger lock and thermal relief valve
EmissionsCARB, EPA
Warranty4 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 157134 is covered under a warranty for up to 4 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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