I'm thinking of buying a pressure washer for cleaning the pavements, Car
etc and as they seem to be about £30 - £40 in the stores now i'm
wondering if they are powerfull enough for the price. Any advice would
be gratefully accepted.
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Same here: bought a £40 one last year, and it did exactly what I
wanted -- pressure-washed the deck and did half a dozen other jobs.
I think the difference in price relates more to frequency/type of use
than it does to effectiveness of the pressure-washing.
I've never tried it on paint, but it seems a lot gentler on patios, etc, as
well as much more effective.
My guess is it's because it cleans about 3 -4" square instead of about
But I'm really glad I got one for my ancient Clarke.
They are very effective. I succumbed to paying the exorbitant amount
Karcher charge for all of their accessories and bought one recently.
It did a marvellous job on the patio. Much quicker and effective than
using the lance on its own. Bit messy though.
Why do Karcher charge so much for the add-ons? I would imagine if they
priced them sensibly they would sell a helluva lot more. Reminds me of
the Elektra Bekum cabinet saw I once had. The accessories for that
were grossly overpriced also. Is it a German thing ?
Rant mode off
Paul Mc Cann
My point is that if the accessory was more reasonably priced, and lets
face it the twirly thingy for cleaning patios is not exactly a miracle
of modern engineering so the price they charge IS exorbitant, then
they would have a lot more impulse buyers.
People like myself, who I like to think are a little bit more
discriminating and can detect rip-off pricing from a long distance
would also tend to buy them with less alacrity. I'm on my third
Karcher now,( sold one, broke one), and this is only the second
accessory of theirs I have bought in over 12 years of ownership.
Once bought SWMBO one of their over the shoulder battery operated
window cleaners. It cost all of £65 in Makro which coincidentally was
the price of the small plastic spare part needed when the handle
broke. Even the local agent thought their spare parts pricing
ludicrous. Needless to say the part wasn't bought and Karcher slipped
further down in my appreciation
How to alienate and lose customers must be chapter one in their
marketing hand book
Paul Mc Cann
They're not as dear as the one I bought for me old Clarke - I've forgotten
what the make was, the box is long gone, but it cost nearer 50 squid.
I think it was in Eytie firm that took on the line; I had to get it as it
had proper British Standard couplings like the Clarke (which seems to be
bulletproof, touch wood)
I got one of these about a month ago to replace my dead Karcher - next day
delivery, and I'm well pleased with it ......... and it comes with a twirly
I bought a 40quid champion one from Focus. Had it two years now, it cleans
the car well, I've done the patio with it, garden furniture, a load of
steps, the drive, and cleaned the drains with the 15m drain cleaner (bought
I like mine, only downside to it (compared to my dads 100quid one) is it
doesn't auto cut off when you stop using it (which is not in itself a
problem), and it can be a bit troublesome to prime for the first use, ie you
have to run loads of water through it to clear any air blocks before you
I bought a Karcher for around £100 but after about 20 uses it's
started leaking internally. The little detergent syphon is also a
waste of time as you knock the detergent bottle over. Not impressed
thus far but hoping this was just bad luck as I'm still considering a
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