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NorthStar 15782030 - Spec Breakdown

The NorthStar 15782030 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 11.7 HP Honda GX390 OHV 4-stroke
PumpNorthStar SHFD5030 Triplex
Features
FrameSteel tubing
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Soap dilution15:1
Nozzles0°, 15°, 25°, 40°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose50 ft
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Approx. 34 x 21 x 38 in
Weight160 lbs
Pressure controlValve
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀15", pneumatic
Included accessoriesWand, spray gun, high pressure hose, soap hose, 5 nozzles
SecurityLow oil, trigger lock and thermal relief valve
EmissionsCARB, EPA
Warranty4 years

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Description

Equipped with a Honda GX390 engine for quiet, reliable performance. The high-quality NorthStar triplex pump features renowned Parker-Praedifa seals and forged brass manifold for greater durability.

Zoom on the NorthStar 15782030

The NorthStar 15782030 is a heavy duty pressure washer, that provides its users with an all-around versatile cleaning experience, and enables:

  • spot cleaning of hard, paintless surfaces and reaching far-away areas
  • intense cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces
  • cleaning of painted and fragile surfaces
  • applying detergent and cleaning solutions

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics and design, its main features and all the additional features it has to offer.

Power

The NorthStar 15782030 in use

The NorthStar 15782030

Using an impressive 389 cc (11.7 hp) engine, its triplex pump delivers a pressure of up to 3000 PSI (roughly 50 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 5 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). Together, the values result in a cleaning power of 15000 Cleaning Units.

This gas-powered pressure washer’s Honda GX390 engine is started by a traditional pull-start mechanism.

Gasoline storage is facilitated by a steel fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 1.6 gallon.

Design & Handling

The NorthStar 15782030 offers superb mobility, with a hand truck design and approximate dimensions of L34 x W21 x H38 in. Its sturdy steel tubing frame provides longevity to the assembly. The handle adds to the 15782030 convenience of transport.

The unit's weight of 160 lbs renders its carrying and transportation challenging, as it is far from lightweight. The main contributors to its weight are its 389 cc Honda GX390 engine, the triplex pump and steel tubing frame. However, its two 15" pneumatic wheels play an important part in its maneuverability, as they allow for a smooth manipulation on the job.

Main Features

The NorthStar 15782030 in use

The NorthStar 15782030

The NorthStar 15782030 comes with a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 5 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 15782030 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: Using a set of convenient hooks, the included 50 ft 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 table below shows you the 5 included nozzles, as well as the surfaces they're the most appropriate for.
 


15°

25°

40°

Soap
Concrete, brick, masonryUse with cautionSuitableSuitableSuitableSuitable
Siding, gutters, houseNot recommendedUse with cautionUse with cautionSuitableSuitable
Fencing, deck, patioNot recommendedUse with cautionUse with cautionSuitableSuitable
Lawn equipment, boat, RVNot recommendedUse 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 15782030

The NorthStar 15782030

  • Onboard storage: The NorthStar 15782030'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 trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation) and a low oil protection.
  • Accessories: Besides the usual owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and documentation to get you promptly started, the NorthStar 15782030 comes with pressure hose, wand, soap hose and spray gun.
  • Emissions: The NorthStar 15782030 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 15782030's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the NorthStar 15782030 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 $1600.

  • The NorthStar 15782030, 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 $1350-1600 price range. If the highest possible power of the water stream is your priority, one of the champions in this price range is the NorthStar 157127 with 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.
  • Amongst similarly priced gas-powered devices, the 15000 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM) of the 15782030 rank as low. If you consider the highest overall cleaning power as a really important factor, the Stihl RB 800 and its 16800 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 14500 and 16000 Cleaning Units, the NorthStar 15782030 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
  • Automatic detergent dilution
  • Onboard storage
  • Several security features
  • CARB-compliant
  • High GPM for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No soap tank
  • Low PSI 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 15782030 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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