Having a pressure washer available around the home is helpful when tackling clean up and maintenance jobs. Many jobs that an ordinary hose cannot do effectively are fast and easy with a powerful pressure washer. One of the most popular choices is the Simpson Cleaning MegaShot Gas Pressure Washer MSH3125. It offers a solid feature set powered by a premium Honda GC190 engine.
Simpson Cleaning has a strong line of pressure washers available for both commercial and residential use. In most instances, homeowners do not need a commercial pressure washer with their extraordinary powerful engines and extreme durability. Those machines are meant to run hours at a time day after day. It is better for the backyard to find a good residential model that is a bit safer, more compact, simpler to use, and easier to maintain. Let’s take a closer look in this Simpson MegaShot 3200 power washer review to see why customers like it.
Key Features at a Glance
- Premium Honda GC190 engine
- Welded Steel Frame
- Large 10” air filled wheels
- Minimal assembly required
- Bring-your-own washing solution
- Exceptionally Strong pressure
- 5 Quick Connect Nozzle Tips
- Option to add different wands and scrubbers
- Hose Length: 25 Feet
- Maximum Flow Rate: 2.5 Gallons per minute
- Ninety day accessories warranty
- Two year warranty on engine
- One Year warranty on pump
- Five year warranty on frame
The Details: Megashot 3200 Pressure Washer
The Megashot 3200 pressure washer manages most home tasks with ease. It is a strong and durable pressure washer that can clean siding, driveways, and even your vehicle’s exterior. It is not difficult to use, will accomplish most tasks required for keeping the old homestead looking spiffy, and the price is right. With proper care and maintenance homeowners can easily justify the investment in it.
The Simpson Cleaning MegaShot Gas Powered Washer has a neat, businesslike appearance. While not heavily ornamented, it has a clear Honda brand label on the main motor part, and the words Simpson Cleaning on the front guard rail. The handle has storage for five tips and notes on their appropriate usage. Some users commented that the handle is a little short for the weight of the machine, offering little leverage for moving it about.
Dimensions and Specs
The pressure washer is well designed and compact. It measures 26 x 18 x 35 inches and weighs about 65 lbs. The two large pneumatic wheels measure 10 inches and make it easy to transport the pressure washer around the work site. The included high-pressure hose measures 25 feet long and is ¼ inch. It is flexible but also abrasion resistant and non-marring.
The Megashot Gas Powered Washer does a good job cleaning concrete and other hard surfaces. Indeed, it is compared favorably with commercial washers for its cleaning powers. With that said, there are a few drawbacks. The short handle makes it hard to move from one place to another. It does not have an attached tank for cleaning solutions. Instead, it has a hose that can be placed in a bottle or container, or can have one attached on its end. This can also cause problems when moving the power washer, and some users say that the hose is a bit short. On the other hand, the hose and container method means that users have broad options when selecting cleaning solutions.
Material and Build Quality
The Megashot Washer is sturdy and does a good job with most domestic cleaning projects. It has a steel frame that is welded together and adds durability.
Several users reported difficulty with starting the Megashot, but in most cases this turns out to be user error. One owner stated that when pull starting the primary motor, slow and steady worked better than a quick jerk. It might be a good idea to read the owner’s manual carefully before starting the washer for the first time, especially since the unit will not start unless it has a correct oil pressure.
Overall, the Simpson MegaShot 3200 can be a little particular in its operating requirements. It will not start until its minimum oil pressure has been met. All units are factory checked before being sent out, and are likely to have an oil residue from that process. If the box is tipped over in transit, the oil might spill and make a mess. If this is not the case, then there will be just enough oil to bolster the pint of oil that is included with purchase to make the 20 ounces needed to run the machine.
The unit arrives mostly preassembled. The handle detaches for storage, and some users reported that if the washer was tipped on its side during transit, the air filter might get clogged with oil. You will need to attach the hoses, add any desired cleaner dispenser (sold separately), and add oil. Clear the lines of air before starting the motor. If you are unsure about a detail, you can speak with a local Honda small engine repair shop.
Cleaning and Maintenance
The pressure washer boasts a maintenance free pump, but users need to avoid running the power washer without liquid in the lines. This can lead to burning out the motor for the pump. Also, ensure that there is sufficient oil to maintain the oil pressure as it will not start without it. It is a good idea to use all the gas in it before putting it away, as gas left in the fuel tank for more than thirty days will adversely affect the engine. Empty any unused cleaning solution, drain and coil the hoses. The unit can be wiped down with a soft cloth after use. If the unit will be stored for a while, remove, and reverse the handle so that it can easily be slid under a shelf or table.
The Bottom Line: Simpsons MegaShot 3200 Pressure Washer
If you are looking for a power washer for home use, the Megashot 3200 could be a good choice for you as it is a good, mid-range machine for home use. It is not the most powerful or the sturdiest power washer on the market, but it has a good balance between features, price, and engine quality. There are less expensive options on the market, but none that boast a similarly strong and reliable Honda engine. It is easy to assemble and to use, and is not overly difficult to start, making it a good choice for jobs around the home and backyard like cleaning siding, vehicles, decks, and patio furniture.