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Know what you are getting for best results. Does not soap on high pressure but I can't find any that do anymore.
Pros: Price, Includes accessories and tools because, hey, its the anniversary after all , Name brand, not some no-name, Once included tool is a floor/deck scrubber and if you are going to use a power washer for that reason, well, this includes the tool that will help prevent damage.
Cons: Wheels didn't go on without extra work, No onboard cord wrap, No onboard tool storage, Power of the spray.
Other Thoughts: Had my eye on this unit because I was not wanting to fool around maintaining a gas engine for the one or two times a year I will use this device. Karcher is a name brand that has been around since before I can remember and although in this price range they are all made overseas in some Asian country, I at least know there is a history of design experience that may be going into this product verses some fly by night company that will design and manufacture one of these.
It comes with assessors that I most likely will never use, save the foaming soap sprayer, which could be handy. I got mine at the local Green roofed home improvement warehouse.
When I went to put the wheels on I thought that the hole in the power washer was either too small, the wheel shaft that was to be inserted was too large (not counting the three tangs), or a little of both. I grabbed the calipers and measured the opening and the end of the wheel shaft that was to be inserted and sure enough the end of the wheel shaft was larger than the hole. I measured down the wheel shaft to find it tapered smaller and would easily work and roll free once installed.
To get the wheels in I had to use a new sharp blade in a utility knife and chamfer around the opening and chamfer the three parts of the shaft not attached to the tangs. Then after gently squeezing the three tangs the wheel started into the hole and could be pushed with gentle force all the way in. Once there the narrower part of the wheel shaft makes contact with the whole in the power washer body, the wheel turns freely.
Other than that the unit seems designed well. There is a filter on the water inlet. A filter like device on the soap tube. The high pressure connections come pre-greased with o-ring lubricant.
Pressure is not on par with the 30 year old electric unit I am used to and like all modern power washers I have seen, soap cannot be sucked through the soap tube at high pressure, a feature the 30 year old unit had. Maybe the modern units do this for safety or so the soap isn’t nebulized into a breathable mist, I really don’t know. This severely handicaps all units because high pressure soap is what is needed to do proper cleaning.
Once I find a good detergent soap that will foam and stay on a surface using the included soap foaming sprayer, I should in theory be able to apply soap as a foam with the included tool where it would stay on the surface slightly longer, then use high pressure water to mix the foamed soap and do some decent cleaning. I have not yet found the detergent soap that will do that but there is always hope.
Reviewed By:Anonymous,4/25/2016 10:23:05 AM
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