Which electric power washer should I get?

Which electric power washer should I get?

I've never had one before but I need something easy and relatively idiot-proof to clean my deck and vinyl siding. Maybe car washes too. Doesn't have to last forever or be top of the line I'd like to keep it under $200.

I've heard good things about Karcher and Ryobi.

  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I got the sunjoe mid range version. It cleans decks very well. It can do concrete but it's slow. Great for cleaning gutters

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      same here

      I powerwashed the 80 year old paint on my radiators and got them down to bare steel using that cheap thing. worth it

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Battery powered a shit

    Get a gas burner

    • 2 weeks ago
      Bepis

      Gas is def better if you’re doing big driveways and trying to really strip shit, but the 2000psi guys are fine for decks and siding and car wash as long as it’s residential a couple times a year.

      https://i.imgur.com/oFJ6A51.jpg

      Which electric power washer should I get?

      I've never had one before but I need something easy and relatively idiot-proof to clean my deck and vinyl siding. Maybe car washes too. Doesn't have to last forever or be top of the line I'd like to keep it under $200.

      I've heard good things about Karcher and Ryobi.

      I have a Ryobi. Can’t complain considering it’s like $100 when they go in sale. Wanted a gas one but as stated before, not really worth 5x the cost for me to use it on the driveway once a year. When the Ryobi dies, I might think about it.

      I guess I would say look into the pump protector lube too. They can get pretty grimey with hard water sitting in there. Also I recommend having a little bit of silicone grease nearby to keep the O-rings on all the hoses and the gun going in smooth. And if you get a surface cleaner like in your pic, you want one for an electric model, otherwise some big 18” will probably barely spin.

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Karcher is overpriced, in bongland we have Screwfix that sell Titan branded ones for about half the price of an equivalent Karcher.

    Petrol ones rinse them all though, just be careful since it will strip paint off a car if you use too narrow a nozzle

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I bought a big box store branded one, has it for 4 yrs, still goes well.

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'm in IE, I use a karcher k2 for car washing and cleaning the driveway/side passage/fence and such. It's doing well for light duty stuff. I it's either the K3 or K4 that have water cooled pumps, if you're looking for something with a higher duty cycle.

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Thanks everyone.
    Ended up ordering this combo with a surface cleaner. Hopefully compact enough to store in my cluttered garage.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Kevin Van Dam

      I have a similar setup. It works. The surface cleaner kinda pisses me off, fantastic plastic parts leak at the joint so I have to hold it at a certain angle to get full pressue. Maybe I got a shitty unit but I’ll probably look for an upgrade next time I get frustrated doing the whole driveway with it.

      I’m a big fan of the foam blasters. Works much better for cleaning the car than using the detergent in the tank on the pressure washer. Plus when you want to rinse after using the soapy reservour, you still get some bubbles for awhile.

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    anybody in here open a pressure washing business? whats that like?

  8. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    kärcher has gone downhill pretty fast.
    just compare the weight of a 1990 model and a new model, the new one is light as fuck because even the pump is made from plastic now.
    also when a company starts to make a second color gray for professional equipment you know the yellow consumer kärchers are shit now.

    Kränzle however still makes power washers with machined brass pumps and steel pistons.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      >Kränzle
      >kärcher
      heh

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        that's just German surnames.

  9. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    >electric power washer
    Lol, no
    Gas or don't bother. Those electric jobs are useless.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      I've been tempted, but suspect this to be the case more than not.

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      if you have 3 phase power

    • 1 week ago
      Anonymous

      They're not useless, they're just less useful.

    • 1 week ago
      Kevin Van Dam

      This

      They're not useless, they're just less useful.

      It really depends what you’re trying to do. Electric takes a lot longer to do surface cleaning on big areas. But of the times I use mine for cleaning shit around the house, maybe 1 out of 5 times I wish I had the gas model, which costs 5x as much.

      If you need to blast concrete that hasn’t been cleaned in decades, the 4000psi+ gas models are beasts.

      • 1 week ago
        Anonymous

        see

        https://i.imgur.com/nyFWy6O.jpg

        if you have 3 phase power

        there are electric pressure washers with just as much power but it depends on the electrical hookup.

        a 230V 16A socket can provide 3600W a Honda GCV has 3900W,
        for commercial you can get 64A 400V = 33hP electric pressure washers.

  10. 1 week ago
    Anonymous

    bucket wash mitt hose is all youll ever need pressure washers are useless

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