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NorthStar 1574404 Spec Breakdown

The NorthStar 1574404 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 3300 PSI and flow of 2.6 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Price history for the NorthStar 1574404
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  • $449.99 - October 31, 2022
  • $499.99 - October 27, 2022
  • $449.99 - September 30, 2022
  • $499.99 - September 1, 2022
  • $599.99 - June 30, 2022
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Since: June 30, 2022
  • Highest Price: $599.99 - June 30, 2022
  • Lowest Price: $449.99 - September 30, 2022

Features and Specifications

General
FuelGas-Powered
HandlingWheelbarrow
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI3300
GPM2.6
Cleaning Units8580
Engine196 cc 6.5 HP KOHLER SH265 OHV 4-stroke
PumpAxial Cam
Features
FrameSteel tubing
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Soap dilution15:1
Nozzles15°, 25°, 40°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose25 ft
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Approx. 29.8 x 19.8 x 20.3 in
Weight80 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
Warranty3 years

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Description

Zoom on the NorthStar 1574404

In summary, the NorthStar 1574404 is a heavy duty, commercial pressure washer, that offers an all-around versatile cleaning experience, and also:

  • intense cleaning of hard, unpainted 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 1574404 in use

The NorthStar 1574404

Using a 196 cc (6.5 hp) engine, its axial cam pump delivers a pressure of up to 3300 PSI (roughly 55 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 2.6 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). Together, the values result in a cleaning power of 8580 Cleaning Units.

The KOHLER SH265 engine of this gas-powered pressure washer relies on an old-school pull-start mechanism to get started.

The fuel is stored in a tank, which can hold up to 0.95 gallon of gasoline.

Design & Handling

The wheelbarrow design of the NorthStar 1574404 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.

The majority of users will be able to maneuver this unit easily, it only weighs 80 lbs. Its 196 cc KOHLER SH265 engine and steel tubing frame account for a good chunk of that weight. The 1574404 can still be easily manipulated and maneuvered, thanks to its two 10" never-flat wheels.

Main Features

The NorthStar 1574404 in use

The NorthStar 1574404

The NorthStar 1574404 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 NorthStar 1574404 includes an automatic soap dilution mechanism, which will dilute the detergent using a 15:1 ratio. If a soap nozzle is attached, the device will proceed to add the detergent to the water automatically.
  • 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: The included classic ergonomic spray gun and its wand can be easily 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

  • Onboard storage: The NorthStar 1574404 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 trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation), a thermal relief valve (which helps to prevent internal pump damage) and a low oil protection.
  • Accessories: On top of an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and the usual documentation to get you swiftly started, the NorthStar 1574404 also comes with soap hose, spray gun, pressure hose and wand.
  • Emissions: The NorthStar 1574404 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 Video

The NorthStar 1574404's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the NorthStar 1574404 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • With 3300 PSI, the NorthStar 1574404 ranks as one that can reach an above average pressure, amongst the gas-powered products that cost between $400 and $500. If you're going after the highest possible power of the water stream, one of the best in this price range is the Simpson MS61084-S that can reach up to 3400 PSI.
  • Considering its water flow, this washer, with a GPM (gallons per minute) of 2.6 is in the average compared to other 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 Lifan LFQ3370 has the highest GPM of 3.
  • The 1574404, with its 8580 Cleaning Units (PSI X GPM) sits at the high end of the cleaning efficiency spectrum, when compared to other devices of similar price. If you consider the highest overall cleaning power as a really important factor, the Lifan LFQ3370 and its 9900 Cleaning Units has one of the highest cleaning efficiency of all the similarly priced units.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas-powered washers between 8500 and 9000 Cleaning Units, the NorthStar 1574404 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 1574404 is covered under a warranty for up to 3 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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