Many PDQ owners I have talked to over the years have exclaimed that the PDQ M5 was the best machine that PDQ ever made. It had the simplicity and mechanical components similar to the Laser 4000, however offered some modern technology that the Laser 4000 really lacked.
The Laserwash M5 was brought to market in 2005 and featured a virtual treadle and web based programming. The web based programming allowed for easier testing and easier manipulation of the wash programming. Additionally the machine offered the ability to VPN and had the capability to reset itself in the case of an arch impact where the laser 4000 would not.
The Laserwash m5 had a variety of packages and offered a productivity rinse, triple foam, foaming polish and multiple high pressure applications. Later down the road they did develop an overglo for a foam curtain application. This machine is very easy to understand for anyone with mechanical capability and is the reason it is so well liked. I would say one of the weaker features on this machine is the use of the Dema solenoid’s which are known to fail quite frequently. This is however not enough for me to give a bad grade because they can easily be swapped out to the solenoid of your choosing.
Unfortunately they discontinued this machine in 2011 for the less impressive first generation Laserwash 360 so you can only purchase this machine used, however if you can find one slightly used I would highly recommend. PDQ has also updated some of the programming in this machine to keep up with the newer technology which is great but it does now lack some of the newest features and speed of the the machines.
PDQ Laserwash M5
Product Name: Laserwash M5