We’re chuffed to be able to provide Team Jewson MI Racing with a number of our Nomad 18 V portable pressure washers; with around 50 riders in the multidiscipline team and the kind of conditions they’ve already all had to endure this year, they’re a welcome addition to the team vans. Team Jewson MI Racing is managed by cycling legend Mick Ives and is based in Coventry. It’s packed with extremely talented riders and we expect to see them in the headlines throughout 2013. Photos show members of the team at the team’s 2013 launch at Coventry Transport Museum on 16 March. For more information about Mike Ives’s team, take a look their website here www.miracing.co.uk
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The world’s first cordless pressure washer has just got even better!
And now the wait is finally over!!
The Nomad 18 V cordless portable pressure washer can be purchased with a high quality Li-ion (Lithium ion) battery, with all the advantages that brings with it, the main ones being it runs the washer for longer and also at a constant/maximum pressure without the rolling off in pressure that the NiCad battery exhibited as it was running down.
The Li-ion battery also has a built in fuel gauge – just press the button on the side of it to see the level of charge via a traffic light style system of; green (fully charged), amber (partly discharged) and red (very low/flat). Li-ion batteries do not suffer from “memory” problems unlike NiCads when batteries are not fully discharged before recharging, plus Li-ions also have a much slower self discharge time – i.e. they stay charged for longer before they need topping up – many weeks/months.
Another improvement to the product is that the mains charger is now different and charges not only the new Li-ion Battery but also the NiCad battery – hence the name Dual Chemistry Charger. Each time a battery is placed in the charger it is tested prior to charging and any faults highlighted to the user. Please note that whilst NiCad batteries can be charged in the Dual Chemistry Charger a Li-ion battery CANNOT be charged in NiCad charger.
Note. Existing Nomad 18 V NiCad owners can purchase an upgrade kit that includes a Li-ion battery (N105) and dual chemistry charger (N117). The upgrade kit has the part number NN105N117 and can be found by following this link.
Other changes to the New Nomad 18 V are:
- The new spray gun has an improved latching mechanism
- The hose also has the same latching improvements to the end that connects to the washer
- The washer outlet washer has been replaced by a new semi-internal o-ring
- The power cord with car adapter is no longer shipped with the washer as the internal connector has now been removed.
Available in either Orange or Green colour ways. Click this link to buy.
“it’s not cheap, but this is as good as truly portable washers get”
What Mountain Bike Magazine March 2012 (issue 145) Click this link to see the review.
Whilst the standard Nomad spray gun is very good, especially with the later up rated latching mechanism and further improved spray pattern, we have over the years been asked many times by our commercial and leisure customers for some alternative spray guns and even lances. Help in getting to hard to reach places, stopping having to bend down to get to ground level, reaching inside things and stopping getting covered in splash-back are some of the requests we have recieved. Help is now at hand!
So here we have three stock solutions along with the ability to produce custom versions to your specific requirements. All are hand built in the UK using high quality off the shelf parts and fully pressure tested prior to shipping. A full range of spares are kept in stock along with full workshop facilities for any servicing/repairs that may be required.
Leisure or Light Commercial Use Telescopic Lance
This lightweight extending lance is ideal for spraying water from the Nomad 18 V portable washer into hard to reach places. In its short form (as pictured above) its approximately 500mm (20”) longer than the normal Nomad spray gun, fully extended by twisting a collar and extending it out, its 810mm (32”) longer. A simple on/off trigger stops and start the water flow just like the normal Nomad spray gun. The nozzle is adjustable and twisting it alters the spray pattern from a wide angle cone to a fine pencil jet – just like the standard Nomad spray gun. The lance connects to the end of the standard Nomad 6M (20’) hose via a 300mm (12”) hose tail so it can be simply interchanged with the standard Nomad spray gun – so it can be used without any modification to the Nomad washer or Nomad hose.
For price, availability and to buy follow this link.
Commercial and Rugged Use Lance
Available with or without a Quick Release (QR) lance this spray gun/lance assembly uses high quality commercial jet washer/steam cleaner parts. The QR version (pictured above) is about 660mm (26”) longer and the fixed version – non QR- is approximately 580mm (23”) longer than a standard Nomad spray gun. The lance has a hollow plastic covering on it to aid comfort when using your other hand to steady it, with the QR version it also allows you to rotate the angled end or the nozzle to get into awkward places whilst allowing the user to disconnect the lance from the trigger assembly for easier storage.
The high precision machine nozzle jet has a nozzle guard to stop what you are washing down to be scratched with. The standard spray pattern selected is a 15 degree fan, this is ideal for rinsing down cars, caravans, bikes and many other items. Wider spray patterns are available via special order. The trigger assembly is a high quality part rated 4000 psi, 25 litres/minute and 150 degree Celsius – more than enough for the Nomad 18 V!
Again the lance assembly connects to the end of the standard Nomad 6M (20’) hose via a 300mm (12”) hose tail so it can be simply interchanged with the standard Nomad spray gun – so it can be used without any modification to the Nomad washer or Nomad hose.
Please note that none of these lances increases the water pressure of the water spray and even though the commercial versions use high pressure/temperature components the in-hose pressure is still approximately 98 psi and not hundreds or thousands of psi like commercial jet washers. These lances are designed to make hard to reach places easier to get to or move you further away from any splash back. Rest assured saying all of that the Nomad 18 V is still the highest pressure portable pressure washer available on the UK market today.
For price, availability of the QR version (Prt. No. N2200) as pictured above and to buy follow this link.
For price, availability of the non-QR version (Prt. No. N2100) and to buy follow this link.
If any of these three offering don’t just quite hit the mark or you have any questions or new ideas then please feel free to contact us via email at:
or by phone on:
0845 680 5043
Time to update our blog. Not that we’ve been doing nothing since May. Indeed we had a great Mountain Mayhem (if you can call being pushed and towed off a field fun) that, owing to the hideous weather, resulted in a sell out.
Since then we’ve been meeting customers in the motorhome market, gaining new customers in the Middle East and getting our plans for the autumn and winter underway, with some exciting developments. More news as we have it.
So, our next stop is the Cycle Show at the NEC in Birmingham. See us in Hall 9 on stand M53 just next to the BMX demo track, Pump Track and the Mtb Demo Area.
If you’ve not tried a Nomad before, come and try one on the trade stand or if you are borrowing a Mtb to use on the outdoor test track you can have a go with one in the Bike Wash we have been asked to run in conjunction with Firecrest Mtb and Ducksmart. There, you will see how good the Nomads really are – perfect for washing bikes, not too powerful to do any damage to seals and bearings, but plenty of energy and adjustability to get in all the right places. You can even wash yourself down!
If you already have a Nomad then there are some nice accessories available on the stand including a Garden Hose Adapter so you can connect the Nomad Hose to hundreds of HozelockTM type fittings and products, extra batteries, In-car Quick Chargers and our luxury Cosy Cover for keeping the water warm for the post ride wash down of yourself back at the car.
Always happy to chat and answers any questions, so why not come and see why the Nomad is the best: superior build quality, simplicity of use, enhanced power, quicker and better cleaning. Plus it’s very quiet.
We are running a show promotion and will have stock to take away over the 4 days, all major credit and debit cards accepted.
See you soon.
Ever wanted to use you Nomad Portable Pressure washer with something else other than the spray gun supplied with it – well now you can.
By simply connecting the normal Nomad hose to your Nomad 18 V or 12 V washer and attaching the new Garden Hose In-line Adapter, you can now connect HozelockTM/garden hose style products to your Nomad hose.
Simple but very effective, connect the adapter in line and a whole world of options opens up.
Over the years we have been asked many times if we have an adapter to allow customers to connect wash brushes, shampoo spray heads, pole brushes, water heaters and many other items to our washers. As engineers we initially took the long hard path to try and provide an integrated bonded connector, but time, money and concerns over potential quality issues lead us finally to the cheaper, but more effective route. As ever there are normally two ways to solve a problem, an expensive way and a cheap way…
Whether you need the model with the control valve (Part Number N400) will depend on what you wish to connect you Nomad to and whether you want to remotely turn the water flow on/off. The standard In-line Adapter is just a straight through connection (Part Number N300) and has no control valve, so to turn the water flow off you just need to turn the Nomad off at its switch. Note the image above is for the N300 (this has no control valve), the image below is the N400 with teh control valve (tap).
We have also selected a very high quality wash brush that can be connceted via the garden hose adapter that is included with it, this is part number N600.
We build and test the adapters in house and will undertake custom adapters if required. Please email us at email@example.com or call us on 0845 680 5043 to see if we can help in any way.
See also the lances that are now avaliable as replacements for the spary guns – see blog article here for information and link.
Who’d have thought road bikes need much cleaning? Well, at the Wiggle No Excuses Sportive organised by UK Cycling Events last Sunday, despite the conditions only feeling a bit ‘damp’ and the event being on the roads, hundreds of riders passed through the bike wash sponsored by Nomad.
Carbon, steel, aluminium. It didn’t matter. Our fleet of Nomad 18 V cordless pressure washers hummed away as rider after rider recognised the time saved of cleaning their pride and joy before taking them home. Users were left impressed by the effectiveness of the Nomad. Simply point and squirt and in no time their bikes were clean.
Next time you’re at UK Cycling Event be sure to give the Nomad a go. You’ll be converted. Just like these people. Next event is the Hot Chillee Sportive at Pixham End, Dorking. More here www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk
Nomad Bike washers at UK Cycling Events Wiggle Super Series Southern Rough Ride Storrington 11th March 2012
The first of many events the Team from UK cycling Events are running in 2012, the Southern Rough Ride Mountain Bike race at Storrington on 11th March 2012 saw over 300 people use our Nomad bike washers. That is nearly 70% of the entrants….WOW. With some 33,000 riders due to attend their events this years that could be as many 22,000 bike washings this season! Bring it on.
With a packed calendar with another 32 events these Nomads are going to be busy! If you are attending these events you will have a leaflet in your goodie bag offering a discount on on-line purchases, plus at a select number of events we will have our trade stand there.
The next event is Wiggle No Excuses Sportive 2012 Near Huntingdon Cambridgeshire on Sunday 18th March 2012. We will be there to help out and answer any questions the riders may have. For details on how to wash a bike effectivily and safey see our other blog. To see how the guys are charging the Nomad batteries at the events see other blog.
Visit the UK Cycling Events website.
Keep Pedalling……. oh and keep washing, your bike that is…
Today we announce that we are delighted to join forces with UK Cycling Events to supply bike washing facilities at all its events in the 2012 season.
We have provided a fleet of washers to allow the hundreds of participants at its events the facility to clean off their bikes before they go home and to experience what our many existing customers already appreciate – a quality, effective, safe way of cleaning bikes. The build of our products, their superior cleaning power and superior cordless battery system make them ideal for this purpose.
Recently voted the What Mountain Bike magazine group test winner the Nomad 18 V Cordless portable pressure washer uses a removable cordless powertool 18 volt battery. The battery will run the washer for 30 to 40 minutes continuously and will empty about 5 tanks of water in that time. With on average 2 bikes washed per tank that is 10 bikes per battery charge. The batteries take approximately 1 ½ hrs to recharge. Slide rule out…….
With the experience of supplying and running a bike wash facility at the UCI XC World Cup round at Dalby Forest we have put a kit of Nomad washers, additional batteries and chargers together for the UK Cycles Events Team to use during 2012. In fact we have gone one better than filling a tent with chargers as we did at Dalby, we have build up a dedicated self-contained charging station. See below.
Bob, my good friend and I – me with my foot in a cast (don’t ask) - spent a couple of days designing and building a box containing 12 Nomad 18 V battery mains chargers. This allows 12 Nomad 18 V batteries to be charged simultaneously unlike a commercially available charger that charges them sequentially – one after another (who’s got time for that)! So we put our thinking caps on and us two engineers came up with a rugged simple solution.
Nomad direct will be offering discounts to UK Cycle Events customers – see the goodie bags handed out at the events for a flyer with a website promotional code. We will also have a trade stand at a select number of the events so you can meet us and also buy Nomads at the event with even greater savings.
Many thanks to Martin Barden of UK Cycle Events for approaching us as we very proud to be able to work with him and his team through 2012 and hopefully beyond. If you attend one of their events please go along and use the washers and if you have a technical question or suggestion please feel free to email or call us here at Nomad Direct.
“Did you get it? and yes I need a hair cut”.
We knew it all along, but we’re delighted that in January’s issue of What Mountain Bike – issue 130 – both the Nomad 12 V and Nomad 18 V were rated the best portable pressure washers, with the Nomad 18 V being declared ‘What Mountain Bike Winner’.
What’s more they described Nomad washers as the’ go-to brand for powered cleaning solutions for all sorts of sports.’ Wow!
In this comprehensive test, not only did the editors put ours and our competitors’ washers through a range of tests, they also spoke to you, the users, for your experiences. They looked at the cleaning power, features, ease of use and quality, and finally scored the products out of five. So how did they reach their conclusions?
Nomad 12 V. Our ‘entry level’ model beat all our competitor’s similar car-powered washers, both cheaper and more expensive ones, and was described as ‘a really well designed, easy to user friendly, car-powered washer ‘ scoring 3.5 out of a maximum 5.
Nomad 18 V. Winner. Our cordless washer was awarded the winner title over the whole test, being summarised as ’Dual power versatility from the Nomad 18 V plus a great quality, user friendly feel’. They testers also said: “The most expensive on test justifies itself with dual power user friendliness and really well designed functionality.”
You can tell the weather has finally got wintery… Fellow bikers everywhere are pulling out their old Dirtworkers and their new Nomad washers and even some of their LBS’s (Local Bike Shops) are joining in the fun, as even more are wanting to stock the new Nomad 12 V Auto Cord and Nomad 18 V Cordless Portable Pressure Washers.
Recently we have been delighted to start working with the following discerning cycle shops, with many more making enquiries all the time. We want to thank them all and everyone at Nomad-Direct is looking forward to supporting them and their customers with the best washers available.
If you are local, please go in and see them, have a play with the Nomad demonstrators they have and if you want to treat yourself or a loved one to a Nomad, then please just ask them to get one in for you or delivered straight to your door.
Escape Bike Shop – Ingleton – North Yorkshire
Tel: 015242 41226
Sunset Cycles – Cardiff
Tel: 029 2039 0883 or 029 2037 1321
J D Cycles – Ikley – West Yorkshire
Tel: 01943 816101
Many thanks all, and looking very much to working with you through 2012 and beyond.