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Simpson PS3228-S Spec Review

The Simpson PowerShot PS3228-S is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 3300 PSI and flow of 2.5 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Description

Engineered to meet the demands of the cleaning professional, the SIMPSON PowerShot 3300 PSI @ 2.5 GPM is built to perform. With a powerful commercial engine, reliable triplex pump and welded steel frame construction, this gas pressure washer is great for construction, equipment upkeep, facility & fleet maintenance cleaning. (source: Simpson (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Simpson PS3228-S

The Simpson PS3228-S, 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, paint-free surfaces and out-of-reach areas
  • intense cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces
  • cleaning of painted and fragile surfaces
  • applying detergent and cleaning solutions

Ahead are presented its power characteristics and design, its main features and any other additional features.

Power

Its triplex pump, which utilizes a 196 cc (5.5 hp) engine, may deliver a pressure of up to 3300 PSI (almost 55 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 2.5 GPM. These values correspond to a cleaning power of 8250 Cleaning Units.

The Honda GX200 engine of this gas-powered pressure washer gets started by a classic pull-start mechanism.

Gasoline is stored in a steel fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 0.8 gallon.

Design & Handling

The wheelbarrow design of the Simpson PS3228-S grants mobility and stability to the unit. The robust welded steel frame guarantees longevity of the assembly. The reversible handle offers further versatility, as its different positions make the unit less bulky when stored.

The device weighs 82 lbs and thus, is far from lightweight. Transporting and manually lifting it may therefore pose a challenge. The main contributor to its weight are its 196 cc Honda GX200 engine, the triplex pump and welded steel frame. However, its two 10" pneumatic wheels play an important part in its maneuvrability, as they allow for a smooth manipulation on the job.

Main Features

Along with the Simpson PS3228-S 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: While the device doesn't feature a soap tank, detergent supply is ensured by a siphon hose. The Simpson PS3228-S features an automatic soap dilution mechanism, that will dilute your detergent with a 7:1 ratio. Whenever a soap nozzle is connected, the detergent is automatically added to the water.
  • Pressure hose: The included 25 ft ⌀5/16" 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 steel 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 PS3228-S

Some of the included accessories

  • Onboard storage: Stay prepared for any job with Simpson PS3228-S'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 low oil protection, a thermal relief valve (which helps to prevent internal pump damage) and a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: Included with the Simpson PS3228-S 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, soap hose, spray gun, oil and pressure hose.
  • Emissions: The Simpson PS3228-S is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. This means that this pressure washer can be bought and sold in each of the 50 states, including California.

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The Simpson PS3228-S's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Simpson PS3228-S compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Simpson PS3228-S and its 3300 PSI, ranks amongst gas-powered pressure washers with a comparably low pressure output, considering the units that cost between $500 and $600. If you're going after the highest possible power of the water stream, one of the best in this price range is the A-iPower APW4200 that can reach up to 4200 PSI.
  • In comparison to other devices in the above-mentioned price range, this washer and its 2.5 GPM (gallons per minute), has one of the lower GPM values. If rinsing away debris most efficiently is your priority, one of the devices with the highest GPM in this price range is the A-iPower APW4200, which can reach up to 4 GPM.
  • The PS3228-S ranks as below average in terms of Cleaning Units, compared to gas-powered devices in its price range, reaching only a value of 8250 CU (PSI x GPM). When it comes to the highest overall cleaning power in the current price range, one of the products at the very top currently is the A-iPower APW4200 and its 16800 Cleaning Units.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas-powered washers between 8000 and 8500 Cleaning Units, the Simpson PS3228-S 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
  • Triplex pump
  • Honda engine
  • Designed to be stable
  • Good range of nozzles included
  • Automatic detergent dilution
  • Onboard storage
  • Several security features
  • CARB-compliant
  • 10 year (limited) warranty
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • No soap tank
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

Do you own the Simpson PS3228-S and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelGas-Powered
HandlingWheelbarrow
WaterCold (100°F max.)
PSI3300
GPM2.5
Cleaning Units8250
Engine196 cc 5.5 HP Honda GX200 OHV 4-stroke
PumpAAA Triplex
SeriesPowerShot
Other model numbers60629
Features
FrameWelded steel
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Soap dilution7:1
Nozzles0°, 15°, 25°, 40°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose25 ft, ⌀5/16
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Approx. 34 x 21 x 24 in
Weight82 lbs
Pressure controlValve
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀10", pneumatic
Included accessoriesOil, steel wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, soap hose, 5 nozzles
SecurityLow oil, trigger lock and thermal relief valve
EmissionsCARB, EPA
Warranty10 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 PS3228-S is covered under a warranty for up to 10 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.

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