I am in need of a good gas powered pressure washer, 2400 PSI or
bigger. Anyone have any suggestions? There seems to be a lot of
different models out there to choose from. Anyone know if an Axial
Cam Pump is a good system? Thanks in advance.
On Mon, 14 Dec 2009 15:38:59 -0800 (PST), the infamous shooter
I'm happy with my Costco-bought Karcher G3050. It's a 3,000 psi, Honda
190cc, 2.5gpm sweetheart. $350 delivered last year. If I had a
larger budget, I'd have gone with a 4,000psi 4gpm, but they are quite
a bit heavier.
Every day above ground is a Good Day(tm).
Just a heads-up, and this might have changed during the past few
We bought a Karcher in the general range you describe about 6-7 years
ago. Very good looking machine and it got good reviews at the time.
HOWEVER, the nozzle adjustment crapped out in about three or four
months and attempts to find a replacement part were fruitless. A
fellow at Karcher, USA finally told us outright that some replacement
parts for consumer grade washers where back-ordered with no projected
delivery date. It was purchased at Lowes, and to their credit, they
let us exchange at purchase price for a different machine.
Similar experience, I found a good mechanic who specialized in small
equipment ie pressure washers and replaced the pump with a commercial
grade and haven't had a problem since. So I would recommend talking
to someone that works on them.
I bought a Karcher POS from lowes..... It lasted a summer. the next
time, i looked in sears. they had a few machines in the 300$ range,
but qant over 100$ for a 3 year warranty - It looks as if they know
the washers don't last
The folks that sell pressure washers parts are
quite blunt about consumer grade washers. They
consider them a POS. The pump has a average
life time of "about" 50 hours run time.
The pump being the key part,runs $200-$300.
I have a lovely 5hp Honda setting in my shop
right now that was given to me.
It just needs a gasket was what I was told.
Turns out, they can't be bought for love nor money.
The pump is the only way to fix the damn thing.
Well, maybe the only factory-supported way... but any
auto parts store can sell you a square foot or so of
gasket material. There's also those Permatex
goo advertisements that it 'works without a gasket'
but I hate those, since replacing a Ford water pump
put in with only the glue. The extra few millimeters for
the (three, in series) gaskets keeps the bolts from
bottoming in the engine block - without the gaskets,
those bolts were bound to break (and the removal of
the full-seam-glued housings was very stressful, too).
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