I started a thread asking about this pressure washer back in April but my local store never had any of the 160 bar models in stock until now.
I see that broadback posted a thread a week ago asking how to assemble various parts of it. I quite agree with him that the instructions are totally useless.
The strange thing is that there is "information" printed in a dozen different languages but there is a "front page" saying "Wickes pressure washer". Is Wickes an international brand? I didn't realise it had stores across Europe. I just wondered why if they went to the trouble of printing a Wickes-specific cover, they didn't customise the rest of the leaflet and only print the English part?
The English section does not appear to be specific to this washer and is basically safety advice, such as don't point at people, etc.
The only instructions about assembly are some hand drawn diagrams on the last page, which again is printed with the Wickes logo. These are incomplete and as broadback already posted, don't show you how to fit half the parts to the machine! If you have never had a pressure washer before, like me, then you do spend a few minutes wondering what the bits are all for.
I think a couple of reviews on the Wickes web site complained it is a little "unfinished" cosmetically. It is just thrown into the box without any polystyrene packing. As a result there were a few scratches. I know these are only cosmetic and tools get scratched in use but when you spend over £100 on something, I think it is reasonable to expect it to arrive in mint condition? True, it doesn't affect the function of the machine but first impressions count when taking your new toy out of the box.
Another review talks about the soap dispenser being fragile. Mine was broken out of the box, hence my grumble about lack of protective polystyrene. There is nothing in the instructions to explain that the wire "loop" is for cleaning the nozzle, or when it needs cleaning, and nothing to explain about the two soap dispensers.
From what I can gather there are two soap dispensers. There is a small black tank at the base of the machine for low pressure use and the fragile white tank that attaches directly to the lance is for high pressure use. Have I got that right?
There is a pressure gauge on the lance which simply reads "0, 70 (bar), Max". Though I already knew that the 160 was a theoretical figure used for marketing, the gauge implies that 70 bar is halfway and the working maximum pressure is 140 bar.
I have borrowed a cheap £50ish Karcher with noisy, plastic, motor but despite all the design shortcuts on that, it had an adjustable lance. With the Wickes model it seems you get 140bar or nothing, so I am confused about how I can use either a low pressure soap dispenser or a high pressure one. Do I have to buy an adjustable lance separately, and what are their definitions of low and high pressure soap sprays?
I haven't used it to wash the car because some reports say that high pressure sprays will remove the paint. What is the best pressure for car washing? There doesn't appear to be a warning in the instructions and the box even shows it being used on a car.
The instructions talk about some washers having an automatic stop and some not. Those without should not be left in "standby" for more than two minutes. Fair enough but it says those with an automatic stop, like this one, should not be left in standby for more than five minutes. Why is this if the motor is not on, what damage can be done? It also talks about a safety catch on the lance but I don't appear to have one.
I haven't used the washer in anger so I can't honestly comment on its performance but the instructions are truly awful and my first impressions are that it isn't as wonderful as I had hoped for. It is made by Lavor.