Some time ago I bought the parkside (lidl own brand) patio cleaner
attachment for my pressure washer.
I think it is this one, or one like it:
I have never had much luck with it. The arm does not spin so I end up
removing it and clean using the lance!
Have I got a bad one or are all the parkside ones like this? Is it
because they are a cheap make?
Can I fix it (how?)? Or should I replace it, and if so, with which
Are you sure you didn't have to fit the jets themselves (in the end of
That said, I think the ones that come with the PWs generally come with
them fitted, whereas 'universal' patio heads or those that may fit
more than one model may require the user to fit the nozzles
appropriate for the pressure / lpm of the cleaner it's used with.
Cheers, T i m
Yes, I've seen that between two different patio heads on the same
pressure washer. That latter cleans in a sausage pattern but only if
you move it slowly (or you get spirals / rings). The former seems to
clean entire circles (all be it that it was a smaller diameter head
and may have had multiple nozzles)?
Understood, although you can get adaptors to go between the more
common ones I believe.
Cheers, T i m
Whilst you are right, there do seem to be differences between them.
We (well, daughter) got a Nilfisk E140.3-9 PAD for now (the Boxjet is
on the upgrade list) and because of an ordering hiccup, ended up with
an additional / different patio head.
The one that came with the machine was ready to rock and 'seems' (we
will have to check again when we use it next) to clean in nearly
complete circles (turn it on, keep the head still, turn it off and you
see a clean circle).
The other one required the jets adding (from a choice of two) and
possibly because it's bigger or only has two jets (one each end of the
spinning bar), definitely washes in a discrete ring.
So with the larger head there is a maximum speed you can move before
you just leave loads of rings, as seen here:
Maybe more 'cleaning power' would minimise the effect.
Cheers, T i m
Not impossible. It came with two pairs, black and white and a chart
indicating which (NilFisk) models you used with which. We found our
model and fitted the appropriate jets. OOI, I will check if I can
gauge the size of the holes in each of the sizes and if we have fitted
the larger, try the smaller.
You may be right. I'll check the next time I go near the PW.
No, as far as I remember, it did not come with different jets to go on
the arms. They were already on.
It did come with different adaptors for the bayonet on "the stick" but
fortunately mine fitted the default one.
On Wed, 13 Apr 2016 22:07:15 +0100, David Lang
I can spin it using one finger, so it is not seized. It doesn't spin
for long though.
Now I think about it, there is a pressure gauge on the handle of the
pressure washer and when I used the patio head, the gauge only showed
half pressure but when I replaced the patio attachment with the lance,
the gauge showed full pressure. Could this mean there is a blockage in
the patio attachment, preventing the pressure and stopping it from
I have a Wickes pressure washer. I bought it after reading your advice
here (thanks) about getting one that was heavy, implying that it did
not have a plastic tank. Having a quick look on the Wickes site, they
don't seem to sell their own any more.
Can you remember who made them for Wickes. Mine fell over because the
drive is steep and it has cracked the case. I was wondering if I could
get a replacement case?
I would say that suggested there wasn't enough back-pressure (from the
patio head) and that might also explain why it doesn't spin (not
enough pressure at the head to get the thin moving)?
As I think I understand you bought the head separately from the PW,
maybe it's just not suitable (designed for a more powerfully PW)?
Cheers, T i m
Thanks. At least I know what is causing it now. I don't know if it
came with other nozzles. If it did, I've lost them, so I guess I will
have to buy a new attachment. Do you recommend any particular make?
BTW Who used to make the pressure washers for Wickes? I think it was a
well known brand.
I think it was one of their [Wickes'] best pressure washers so I don't
think it is a case of it not being powerful enough. I think it must be
the nozzles are too big, which would then cause the loss of back
pressure you describe?
The thing is I'm not sure if *any* domestic / electric pressure
washers would be considered good / powerful enough for some people
(professionals) or uses. I'm not saying there aren't any units that
are considered 'ok', just that they are often much more expensive than
anything you would find in one of the sheds.
So you get 'domestic' rating (pressure / flow rate) which are often
like 'peak music power' ratings for amplifiers (eg, vastly
overestimated or basically lies) and you generally get the 'real'
ratings on the more professional stuff.
A similar thing to pressure washers is air compressors and you would
be surprised how big (and expensive) you actually have to go before
you can do anything serious. I have a direct drive 50l twin cylinder
compressor that is marked as 8 bar and 15 cfm but it's pathetic
compared with my mates 3 phase jobby. Mine is 'ok' of course for some
things (like inflating tyres or dusting off small items) but try it on
a shot blasting cabinet or air chisel and it would struggle.
If the patio head was one designed to go with basic / 'domestic'
pressure washers then there is no reason it shouldn't work with a
reasonable one. However, as mentioned above, I think they are one of
those things that may 'test' the abilities of PW's in general. If you
are using a lance to say clean a patio you can go as slow and stay as
close as you want to manage the actual cleaning power.
With a rotating head cleaner, if there isn't sufficient 'cleaning
power' it may not work very well or not work at all and you the user
don't have any impact over that. ;-(
Cheers, T i m
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