i went thru 5 of the karchers in 6 months. luckily i had a warranty and was able to replace them each time. finally i applied the cost of th karcher to a northern tool brand "real" one with a 5hp motor and an industrial pump. it was pricey, ($400 before the warranty) but built well and i loved it. someone else loved it too and stole it out of my backyard. i used my dad's washout at his sign shop for a while and then bought a husky and was washing screens at home again. it lasted a month untill the o-rings blew out in the handle and i then bit the bullet and bought another northern tool one. i've since built a washout booth in the garage, so i shouldn't have to worry about it getting stolen.
this is the newer model, i lucked out and bought the last one of the older kind for $50 cheaper than the current one!!
the best thing is that these are rebuildable. it will be years before i have to do that i hope.
I suggest any washer you buy should have a Honda motor, they last forever. I have been using Honda small engines for seeral years with no issues. The Tecumseh and Briggs&sratton motors are not as durable. I also would use a washer with a kohler motor too. .... JB
Hey you too?! I've gone through 4 karcher electric pressure washers in 1 year. I just last month bought a honda powered gas 2500psi washer. It ain't gonna break. But..... mine's drinks gas!!!! Do you guys use a lot of gas in yours?
Get an inexpensive model from Home Depot & purchase the extended warranty. If it lasts longer than the 2 or 3 year extended warranty, then you got good service out of a $100 product. If it doesn't last that long, return it, and you'll get a new one. Purchase the extended warranty for that new one, and just keep going along.
I'm confused, because I started out last year with a pressure washer (Karcher), and when through 3 of them before switching brands only to discover that the spray wand just wasn't going to work.
We were in the middle of production when the last one went out and the new brand didn't work for me, so I just got a fancy garden sprayer with about 8 settings on it to hook up to my hose so I could get going again and look for another pressure washer later. That was 4 months ago, and we are still using the garden sprayer, which is working just fine. I know it shouldn't be, but the "mist" setting works great for washing out my 280 screens, and the "flat" setting works for the 200's and below, and a combination of "shower" and "flat" works great for cleaning, reclaiming and de-hazing, with occasional help from "center" when I need a needle spray.
Am I wasting water? If so, is that the only reason I should replace the pressure washer, or are there others? Thanks for any input.
Off the top of my head there are three reasons to use a pressure washer.
1) Water saving
2) They're effective
3) They last.
All of these vary, because it depends on what you're using, what alternatives you would otherwise be using, and how you're using them. As this thread shows, many people do in fact have problems with pressure washers breaking down.
You've found two and three to not apply in your case. So if you current system is working it seems fair to say water usage would be the only reason to change.
If you're getting high pressure out of the hose attachment though, it might be restricting flow and not using too much water anyway.
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