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Simpson PS3835 - Spec Breakdown

The Simpson PowerShot PS3835 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 3800 PSI and flow of 3.5 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelGas-Powered
HandlingWheelbarrow
WaterCold (100°F max.)
PSI3800
GPM3.5
Cleaning Units13300
Engine270 cc 9 HP Honda GX270 OHV 4-stroke
PumpAAA Triplex
SeriesPowerShot
Other model numbers60579
Features
FrameWelded steel
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Nozzles0°, 15°, 25°, 40°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose50 ft, ⌀3/8
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Approx. 32 x 23 x 28 in
Weight123 lbs
Pressure controlValve
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀13", 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

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Description

Built for cleaning professionals, the SIMPSON PowerShot 3800 PSI @ 3.5 GPM is built to perform. With a powerful Honda 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 PS3835

In a nutshell, the Simpson PS3835 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, paint-free surfaces and out-of-reach areas
  • intense cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces
  • cleaning of painted or delicate surfaces
  • application of detergent and cleaning solutions

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

Power

Powered by an impressive 270 cc (9 hp) engine, its triplex pump can deliver a pressure of 3800 PSI (around 63 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 3.5 GPM (CETA-certified values). Combined, these values mean that the Simpson PS3835 has a cleaning power of 13300 Cleaning Units.

The Honda GX270 engine of this gas-powered pressure washer relies on an old-school pull-start mechanism to get started.

A steel fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 1.6 gallon is used to store gasoline.

Design & Handling

The wheelbarrow design of the Simpson PS3835 grants mobility and stability to the unit. The strong welded steel frame assures assembly longevity. The handle adds to the PS3835 convenience of transport.

The unit's weight of 123 lbs renders its carrying and transportation challenging, as it is far from lightweight. The main contributors to its weight are its 270 cc Honda GX270 engine, the triplex pump and welded steel frame. However, its two 13" pneumatic wheels play an important part in its maneuverability, as they allow for a smooth manipulation on the job.

Main Features

The Simpson PS3835 comes with a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 5 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, which are detailed below.

  • Soap injection: Detergent is fed in through a siphon hose, since the device lacks a soap tank. When a soap nozzle is connected, the detergent will be added automatically to the water.
  • Pressure hose: Using a set of convenient hooks, the included 50 ft ⌀3/8" 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 steel wand may be conveniently stored in a side hook.
  • 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 PS3835

Some of the included accessories

  • Onboard storage: The Simpson PS3835 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: The Simpson PS3835 comes with an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and some basic documentation to get you quickly started. On top of that, you also get wand, oil, soap hose, spray gun and pressure hose.
  • Emissions: The Simpson PS3835 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.

The Simpson PS3835's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Simpson PS3835 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 $850.

  • The Simpson PS3835, with a maximum pressure output of 3800 PSI, has an average pressure output, when considering gas-powered units in $825 to $900 price range. If you're going after the highest possible power of the water stream, one of the best in this price range is the Simpson ALH4240 that can reach up to 4200 PSI.
  • Considering the above-mentioned price range, this washer's maximum water flow of 3.5 GPM (gallons per minute) is higher than the average. If rinsing away debris most efficiently is your priority, one of the devices with the highest GPM in this price range is the Simpson ALH4240, which can reach up to 4 GPM.
  • Boasting with 13300 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), the PS3835 is one of the more efficient devices in its respective price range. If you are after the highest overall cleaning power, the Simpson ALH4240 with its 16800 Cleaning Units is one of the products that can achieve the highest cleaning efficiency in this price range.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas-powered washers between 12500 and 14000 Cleaning Units, the Simpson PS3835 is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget pressure washer.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Triplex pump
  • Honda engine
  • Designed to be stable
  • Good range of nozzles included
  • Onboard storage
  • Several security features
  • CARB-compliant
  • 10 year (limited) warranty
  • High GPM for the price
  • High CU for the price
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent PSI 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 PS3835 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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