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Simpson MS61049 Spec Review

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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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

In a nutshell, the Simpson MS61049 is a heavy duty, commercial pressure washer, which not only offers an all-around versatile cleaning experience, but that also allows:

  • spot cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces or high reach areas
  • intense cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces
  • cleaning of painted and frail surfaces
  • use of detergent and cleaning solutions

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

Power

The Simpson MS61049 in use

The Simpson MS61049

The Simpson MS61049's axial cam pump, powered by a 187 cc engine, can provide a pressure of up to 3300 PSI (approximately 55 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 2.4 GPM (CETA-certified values). The Simpson MS61049 thus has a 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 is stored in a fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 0.48 gallon.

Design & Handling

The Simpson MS61049 offers superb mobility, with a hand truck design and approximate dimensions of L24 x W21 x H34 in. The strong welded steel frame assures assembly longevity. The handle adds to the MS61049 convenience of transport.

Most users can maneuver this model easily, as it weighs just 71 lbs. Its 187 cc Honda GC190 engine and welded steel frame all add up to a substantial part of that weight. But, as the MS61049 does have a set of two 10" pneumatic wheels, it can be easily maneuvered and manipulated.

Main Features

The Simpson MS61049 in use

The Simpson MS61049

Along with the Simpson MS61049 itself, the package also includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 5 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, which are discussed in further detail below.

  • Soap injection: Even though the device doesn't have a soap tank, detergent is supplied by a siphon hose. The detergent will be added automatically to the water when a soap nozzle is attached.
  • Pressure hose: The 25 ft ⌀1/4" high-pressure hose, which is included with the device, can be stored neatly on the unit itself when idle, using a set of easy-to-use straps.
  • Spray gun and wand: A side hook allows for an easy storage of the included classic ergonomic spray gun and its wand.
  • Nozzles: The 5 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, 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: The Simpson MS61049 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) and a thermal relief valve (which helps to prevent internal pump damage).
  • Accessories: Included with the Simpson MS61049 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 wand, oil, pressure hose, soap hose and spray gun.
  • Emissions: The Simpson MS61049 is CARB-compliant. Thus, it can be bought and sold in any of the 50 states, including California.

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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.

  • The Simpson MS61049, which can reach up to 3300 PSI, has one of the higher pressure outputs of the gas-powered units that cost between $300 and $400. If you're going after the highest possible power of the water stream, one of the best in this price range is the Stanley SXPW3425 that can reach up to 3400 PSI.
  • As this washer can produce a flow of water of 2.4 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 Lifan LFQ3370, that can deliver up to 3 GPM.
  • With the MS61049's 7920 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), its cleaning efficiency range may be considered average, compared to gas-powered units of similar price. If the highest overall cleaning power is your top priority, the Lifan LFQ3370, which can reach up to 9900 Cleaning Units, is one of the most efficient of the devices in the current price range.

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
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent GPM for the price
  • Decent CU for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • No soap tank

Do you own the Simpson MS61049 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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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

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 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
6.8 Total Score
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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
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    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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