My dad's pressure washer has finally dies after 12 years, a Karcher.
Can anyone recommend a really good one, up to aprox Ł200 that would live a
while, used once a week, and is powerful, to do car and patio etc
Thanks in advance
Aldi sell one around this time of year: around 75 quids. I bought one
last year --- it knocks the socks off my previous cheap job from B&Q
(which just conked out after about a year.
I'm pretty much sure that it's an "unbranded" Karcher: just have a look
at the two, and decide for yourself.
Mind - I don't use mine once a week, and I curse my neighbours who do:
yet another noise in the neighbourhood. I swear it takes one of my
neighbours an hour and more to clean his car, with his damn' PW buzzing
away incessantly, while I do my car in 10 minutes, with my rainwater,
shampoo and (above all) the magic car-wash brush.
Anyway: look at the Aldi one (or LIDL -- they're brothers apparently).
Not a Karcher, but *definitely* not crap.
I think you are confusing two things:
1. Aldi and Lidl have very similar business models
- pile it high and sell it cheap (
- don't stock named brands
- only stock one brand of each commodity
- stock a wide range of different items *but not all at the same
- sell from medium size, in town, shops
(oh, and they are both German)
2. Aldi was controlled by two brothers (they have since retired), and
is run as two companies (Aldi Nord/Aldi Markt and Aldi Süd) operating
in different areas. Fortunately, Britain gets Aldi Süd (a friend from
Hamburg says Aldi Nord is not as good).
It is usually Lavor that Lidl sell. I bought one a couple of years ago for
Ł90 with the following spec:
530 L / Hr
Certainly served me well except the hose splitting but Lavor sent a
replacement no questions answered.
To the OP have a look at this Power Washer FAQ
Is it worth using a Power Washer for a car?
Yes,really gets that road shit off the wheel arches and anywhere else thats
impossible to get a rag.
Can't it do more harm than good
(as well as being an extra bit of kit to get out).
Lazyness is the next step to becoming a couch potatoe
I like your last comment. A bucket (or several) of water and lightly applied
elbow grease is the best way to go as far as I'm concerned. No noise
pollution, no electrickery used and no paint lifted. Apply as needed -
suggested frequencies -once a month in winter and in summer no more frequent
than bi-monthly - though does depend upon your mileage!
Wheel arches - a hose once a year. Plantlife - unless I go back to the days
of Minis where moss used to grow in the window tracks, had not been a
problem until recently.I bought my wife a new little toy car - the last of
the 206ccs - and we kept her previous 4 door as a pool car and particular
her use if transporting more than one passenger or elderlies about. It has
little use and recently begun developing a green tint. T'was the very devil
to remove! You've reminded me that I meant to remove the rear light clusters
to remove the residual bit. Thanks.
Blimy that's a bit keen. Ours get washed once a year when the salt season
has finished in early May. Mine also get an int/ext clean when it goes in
for a service about every 8 months, the dealer does as routine. The lights
and number plates get a wipe over if they start to get obscured but
generally speaking the rain and spray keeps them clean enough most of the
Can't see the point it in the religious car washing on a Sunday, drive to
town and back (5 miles) and it'll be mucky again...
Anything of a non sound adhesion will come off the car. :-)
You can actually cut your self with the jet of water from a jet washer.
Damn wish I could get the paint of the back of the house walls with the
power washer...someone just slapped it on and it looks bloody awful.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.