Simpson MS61049 - Spec Breakdown

The Simpson MegaShot MS61049 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 3300 PSI and flow of 2.4 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelGas-Powered
HandlingHand Truck
WaterCold
PSI3300
GPM2.4
Cleaning Units7920
Engine187 cc Honda GC190 OHV 4-stroke
PumpOEM Technologies™ Axial Cam
SeriesMegaShot
Other model numbers61062
Features
FrameWelded steel
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Nozzles0°, 15°, 25°, 40°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose25 ft, ⌀1/4
Hose storageStraps
Misc
Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Approx. 24 x 21 x 34 in
Weight71 lbs
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀10", pneumatic
Included accessoriesOil, wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, soap hose, 5 nozzles
SecurityTrigger lock and thermal relief valve
EmissionsCARB
Warranty5 years

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Description

The SIMPSON MegaShot Series is perfect for the “Do-it-Yourselfer” looking for maximum performance with minimal investment. Simple to use and great for cleaning decks, patios, outdoor furniture, house siding and prepping home exteriors for painting. (source: Simpson (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Simpson MS61049

The Simpson MS61049, a heavy duty, commercial pressure washer, gives its user an all-around versatile cleaning experience, topped off by the following features:

  • spot cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces and high-reach cleaning
  • thorough cleaning of hard, paint-free surfaces
  • cleaning of painted and fragile surfaces
  • application of 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 Simpson MS61049 in use

The Simpson MS61049

With a 187 cc engine, its axial cam pump delivers a pressure of 3300 PSI (roughly 55 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 2.4 GPM (CETA-certified values), resulting in the Simpson MS61049's cleaning power of 7920 Cleaning Units.

The Honda GC190 engine of this gas-powered pressure washer gets started by a classic pull-start mechanism.

Gasoline storage is facilitated by a fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 0.48 gallon.

Design & Handling

Thanks to its hand truck design and approximate dimensions of L24 x W21 x H34 in, the Simpson MS61049 offers great mobility. The robust welded steel frame guarantees longevity of the assembly. The handle adds to the MS61049 convenience of transport.

Weighing 71 lbs, the unit is easy to maneuver by most people. Its 187 cc Honda GC190 engine and welded steel frame account for a good chunk of that weight. The MS61049 can still be easily manipulated and maneuvered, thanks to its two 10" pneumatic wheels.

Main Features

The Simpson MS61049 in use

The Simpson MS61049

The Simpson MS61049's package includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 5 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, with a more detailed description below.

  • Soap injection: Detergent is fed in through a siphon hose, since the device lacks a soap tank. The detergent is automatically added to the water when a soap nozzle is connected.
  • Pressure hose: The included 25 ft ⌀1/4" high-pressure hose can be neatly stored on the unit when idle thanks to a set of easy-to-use straps.
  • Spray gun and wand: A side hook enables you to easily store the included classic ergonomic spray gun and its wand.
  • Nozzles: The following table illustrates the 5 included nozzles, along with the surfaces which they are the most suitable 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

Some of the accessories of the Simpson MS61049

Some of the included accessories

  • Onboard storage: Stay prepared for any job with Simpson MS61049'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) 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 Simpson MS61049 also comes with oil, spray gun, soap hose, pressure hose and wand.
  • Emissions: The Simpson MS61049 is CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

Product Videos

The Simpson MS61049's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Simpson MS61049 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 $350.

  • The Simpson MS61049, reaching a PSI of up to 3300, is one of the more powerful gas-powered units in $275-400 price range. As for the device with the most powerful water stream, in this price range, one of the top products is the Westinghouse WPX3400 with 3400 PSI.
  • Considering its water flow, this washer, with a GPM (gallons per minute) of 2.4 is in the average compared to other devices in its 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.
  • Boasting with 7920 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), the MS61049 is one of the more efficient devices in its respective price range. If you are after the highest overall cleaning power, the Predator 3200 with its 8960 Cleaning Units is one of the products that can achieve the highest cleaning efficiency in this price range.

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Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas-powered washers between 7500 and 8000 Cleaning Units, the Simpson MS61049 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
  • Honda engine
  • Good range of nozzles included
  • Onboard storage
  • Several security features
  • CARB-compliant
  • 5 year (limited) warranty
  • 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 Simpson

Simpson has over 50 years of experience making quality products for the outdoor power equipment industry. Part of the FNA Group based in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin since 2006, they are a vertically-integrated company, meaning most of the parts and accessories are manufactured and assembled by them. Their manufacturing facilities are international. With the company motto "Driven by Performance", Simpson continues to offer a great variety of pressure-washing systems for the homeowner or the professional contractor.

Warranty Information

The Simpson MS61049 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 Simpson pressure washers, please contact the Simpson Customer Support: 1-877-362-4271.

Simpson MS61049
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    randall bennington May 1, 2020 at 10:35 am
    4.9
    Ease Of Use
    100
    Value
    90
    Quality
    100
    Performance
    100

    I have this product and love it. However I didn’t think about a soap dispenser! my bad!

    + PROS: Good product, my 2nd simpson pressure washer. Sold other one, had it for 10 years
    - CONS: Needs soap dispenser!
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  2. 1.9
    Ease Of Use
    50
    Value
    20
    Quality
    20
    Performance
    60

    Took new Simpson pressure washer out of box and assembled. Added the oil packed in the box. Ready to clean my driveway. After about 3 hours of use I noticed both oil as well as a milky white substance on the driveway. Not sure where it was coming from. Also, the engine was difficult to restart once it was turned off to add gas. Had to pull the cord at least 30 times to restart. Tires left black marks on my driveway. Taking the washer back to the store for a refund.

    + PROS: Performance was OK.
    - CONS: See my review.
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