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post #1 of 28 Old 04-19-2005, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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Are those cheap plug in pressure washers worth anything? I know they are not as good as the big, engine driven ones, but how usefull are they compaired to just using your hose and scrubbing?

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Good question! I'm in the market for a pressure washer myself, but really don't want to invest in a gas engine model because it is not going to see extensive use.

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I had a Dayton one one time it was OK nothing like i have now. It was good for washing the car. The wand just put out a fan pattern and it didn't have much pressure. It was one of the first electric ones ever made they have come along way since then.

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I have a Karcher 1300 psi electric washer and it does ok by me. It has done a nice job washing my sidewalk in front of my place, I have clean my rear deck before recoating it with wood preservtive and washed my equipment and it does a good job. It does ok in washing the house, not as good as dragging out the heavy old 2300 psi gas engined one but it is far lighter and easier to use when I pressure washed my roof last year. In the home arena they are average or slightly worse but they are far cheaper to use and they do have there place in most sheds to do light fast work. BTW I take mine on vacation with me to clean the bug juice off my 5th wheel travel trailer, Its light (any weight saved carring a electric pressure washer means more stuff I can take with me) and easy to remove the most stubborn bug stuff off the 5th wheel and my Dodge Ram.

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I've been eyeballing the Karcher electric ones myself. Good to hear from someone who actually owns one.


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I also have the Karcher one...like Michael has. Have had it a few years and very satisfied with it. I think, for most folks it's more than adequate...along with being lower cost to purchase/operate and lighter/easier to haul around. They have more than enough power for just about any cleaning job...other than such as very heavy duty/commercial work. As with any type, you have to get used to how they perform...before you "clean" TOO far...such as paint/stain removal on decks...saturating under siding, etc.
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Mine is gas powered and it doesn't start as easily as an electric one. But... and there's always a but... I would think long and hard about mixing electricity and water! I know, I know, there are GFCIs for protection, but my son got hammered badly with a circuit that was supposed to be protected.
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I borrowed a friend,s Sears electric pw once. It was junk. I bought a Coleman Powermate 3500 psi, 4 gpm, 13 hp unit for $750 last year and it has been a great piece of equipment.
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I would think long and hard about mixing electricity and water!
I considered electric but the thought of mixing the two made me go with gas operated.

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I've not used an electric one, but a friend of mine has one and says he has problems with his GFCI tripping pretty often.

I had borrowed a different friends' gas powered one and was happy with it. I think that when (if?) I ever get around to buying one, for myself, I'll go with a gas one.

Besides, I've got a cedar house, so the whole thing needs to be treated, rather often, as well as about 500 sq ft of porch, the tractor, truck, equipment.... I think I could justify a decent washer...

If I were just washing down a cement (or asphalt) drive and maybe washing a vehicle or 2, I might go with a lighter one...


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Big Lot has a 5 hp Honda powered 2400 psi Karcher on sale for $250.

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Boy for 250 that seems like a smoking deal!!!

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I thought it was too! Especially with the Honda engine!
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I bought a NEW not reconditioned Kachler three years ago .. it was a bit bigger.. 2600 psi and a 6.5 HP Kohler motor.. it lasted me about 12 - 14 hours of use..
Being busy with work ,, I just stuck it the shed and left it there for a few months. Tried to get it fixed through warrenty.. too late.. so I just called a pressure place near me, and gave them the pump model # .. they said they could get me the repair parts for the pump ... BUT it would do the same thing again.. I wound up buying a better pump and mounting to the kohler motor.

What it all boils down too is that they sell the units with a good motor .. and a for crap pump .. think about it . they come with a great motor... cart, hose and wand .. at $250.00 after paying for the motor and other items .. how much is left for the actual pump ... not much .. that is how they get you.. I will never buy a pressure washer with out making sure it has a decent pump.

Get the actual pump brand and model # make a call to a repair shop and ask how much for a rebuild kit .. or even a replacement pump.

I spent about $280. for the pump alone to replace the junk that came with the unit .. has worked great for the past two years.

Just my two cents on the pressure washer subject.

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