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NorthStar 1574402 - 3200 PSI 2.5 GPM 208cc Gas Pressure Washer

The NorthStar 1574402 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 3200 PSI and flow of 2.5 GPM. (Read full specs)

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  • $399.99 - February 27, 2024
  • $449.99 - February 22, 2024
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Since: February 22, 2024
  • Highest Price: $449.99 - February 22, 2024
  • Lowest Price: $399.99 - February 27, 2024

Features and Specifications

FuelGas-Powered
HandlingWheelbarrow
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI3200
GPM2.5
Cleaning Units8000
Engine208cc Briggs & Stratton CR950 OHV 4-stroke
PumpAxial Cam
FrameSteel tubing
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Soap dilution15:1
Nozzles15°, 25°, 40°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose25 ft
Hose storageHooks
Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Approx. 29.8 x 19.8 x 20.3 in
Weight70 lbs
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
Warranty5 years

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Description

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The NorthStar 1574402 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
  • application of detergent and cleaning solutions

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

Power

The NorthStar 1574402 in use

The NorthStar 1574402

Powered by an impressive 208cc engine, its axial cam pump can deliver a pressure of 3200 PSI (around 53 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 1574402 has a cleaning power of 8000 Cleaning Units.

The Briggs & Stratton CR950 engine of this gas-powered pressure washer relies on an old-school pull-start mechanism to get started.

A fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 0.8 gallon is used to store gasoline.

Design & Handling

The wheelbarrow design of the NorthStar 1574402 grants mobility and stability to the unit. The strong steel tubing frame assures assembly longevity. The reversible handle offers further versatility, as its different positions make the unit less bulky when stored.

Most users can maneuver this model easily, as it weighs just 70 lbs. Its 208cc Briggs & Stratton CR950 engine and steel tubing frame all add up to a substantial part of that weight. But, as the 1574402 does have a set of two 10" never-flat wheels, it can be easily maneuvered and manipulated.

Main Features

The NorthStar 1574402 in use

The NorthStar 1574402

The NorthStar 1574402 comes with a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 4 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, which are detailed below.

  • Soap injection: While the device doesn't feature a soap tank, detergent supply is ensured by a siphon hose. The detergent is diluted with a 15:1 ratio by the NorthStar 1574402's automatic soap dilution mechanism. The detergent is automatically added to the water when a soap nozzle is connected.
  • Pressure hose: The included 25 ft high-pressure hose can be neatly stored on the unit when idle thanks to 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 table below shows you the 4 included nozzles, as well as the surfaces they're the most appropriate 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

The specs of the NorthStar 1574402

The NorthStar 1574402

  • Onboard storage: With the NorthStar 1574402's handy storage area, you’ll always have all the necessary nozzles and accessories at hand and thus, you’ll be fully prepared for any job.
  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a low oil protection, a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation) and a thermal relief valve (which helps to prevent internal pump damage).
  • Accessories: Included with the NorthStar 1574402 are also the owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and some basic documentation to get you promptly started, along with several accessories, such as soap hose, pressure hose, wand and spray gun.
  • Emissions: The NorthStar 1574402 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. Therefore, the sale and purchase of this pressure washer is permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Product Videos

The NorthStar 1574402's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the NorthStar 1574402 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The NorthStar 1574402, with a max water pressure of 3200 PSI, has one of the higher PSI values of the gas-powered products in the $300-400 price range. 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 Westinghouse WPX3400 with a PSI of 3400.
  • As this washer can produce a flow of water of 2.5 GPM (gallons per minute), it is average in terms of water volume for the above-mentioned price range. If you’re after the highest rinsing efficiency, one of the units with the highest water flow in the current price range is the Predator 3100, that can deliver up to 2.8 GPM.
  • With a rather impressive value of 8000 Cleaning Units (PSI X GPM), the 1574402 has a higher cleaning efficiency compared to similarly priced devices. In case you are looking for the highest overall cleaning power, in this price range, one of the current champions is the WEN PW3400 and its 9180 Cleaning Units.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other gas-powered washers between 8000 and 8500 Cleaning Units, the NorthStar 1574402 is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this pressure washer nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of cleaning power.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Designed to be stable
  • Good range of nozzles included
  • Automatic detergent dilution
  • Onboard storage
  • Several security features
  • CARB-compliant
  • High PSI for the price
  • High CU for the price
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent GPM for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • No soap tank

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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 1574402 is covered under a warranty for up to 5 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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