I'm on my second Karcher, the first one had a bad pump (went into the dump
site without much use) and was replaced by the 2400psi Honda engine Karcher.
I don't trust the pump as if its on too long without water flow it will burn
up. The limited 2 year warranty is for the engine and/or pump (don't
remember which) but everything else is warranted for something like 30 days
only. I found this out because one of the parts broke shortly after I
purchased the 2400psi Karcher and they won't warrant it - my fault, didn't
read the fine lines.
I have some Porter Cable power tools but not their washer. Impressed with PC
quality, everything works like a champ so have not tested their warranty. If
they make the washer like their other power tools it should be a winner.
It seems that the PC is much like the Excell in HD. I'd certainly would
give it a try. One downside is that PC does not have a return policy, so
stores will not take them back if you don't like it.
The Karcher is less expensive, and I thought that their quality might be
good co0nsidering they've been around a long time and also make their own
pumps. But who knows.
On Wed, 06 Jul 2005 23:13:41 GMT, in alt.home.repair RE: Pressure
I had a small Karcher electric 1700 psi washer a few years ago. I
didn't use it much, but it seemed to work well (for 1700psi) until
just after the warranty expired. Then the pump sprung a leak. The cost
of a new pump was more than buying another brand new non-Karcher
washer. I don't know if they use the same pumps on the electric as on
the lower powered gas washers.
To reply to me directly, remove the CLUTTER from my email address.
This is a know defect as the pump housing is plastic perhaps good for about
10 hours before it starts to leak but for many consumers its just after the
warranty period. Check Google and you see a lot of pump leaks. Gas washer
has a different pump.
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