Some of the brand have plastic housing for the
pump. I bought a Craftsman off Ebay, and it didn't
come with the proper wand tip. Went to Sears, and
the staff there didn't even know that Sears ever
made an electric power washer.
No matter. Went to Lowe's and got a hose and wand
for it. When I went to cash out, the screen asked
"Is $64.72 correct?" and then the screen
disappeared. I was reaching for the screen at that
moment. I told the clerk to put the question
screen back on, as I hadn't answered the question.
He said that he'd pressed enter, and answered for
me. That's unacceptable. The computer asked me,
not him. And back up the process, so that I can
answer the question asked of me. "Well, you got to
press yes for the sale to go through, so what's
the point?" The point is that the question was
asked of me not asked of you. "Well, the only way
to do that is to refund the sale, and ring it out
again." So, we did. He was not only an uncaring
controlling and pushy SOB, but after ringing out
the sale again he was a seriously pissed off
controlling, and pushy SOB. In fairness, he's an
exception. Most Lowe's people are very n ice.
Got the rig home, and tried it out. Turns out that
the pressure swtich inside was messeed up, and the
eletric body Craftsman didn't work.
Fire up Ebay, and bought a Campbell Hausfield,
which turned out to have a plastic pump body. That
worked two or three times, until the plastic pump
housing cracked, and the unit was no longer good
as a pressure washer. I was on a paying job at
that moment, and it wasn't really convenient to
have the pump crack.
I found HD had an electric, which is called a
Powermate 1400. Has a die cast pump housing. After
spending about $200 between Lowes and Ebay, I
finallyfor $98 got a pump and wand which worked,
and have a metal pump housing.
My reccomendation is to look in the box, and make
sure the high pressure output threads and pipe are
metal, and let that help make your decision. I
also store mine indoors, for reasons of cold and
Christopher A. Young
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