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Old 04-25-2013, 03:20 PM   #1
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So it's power washer time.

Was thinking of the 2700 psi Generac.

Cleaning the brick house, vinyl siding, wood deck, etc.

I read 80% glowing positive reviews of some of the electric ones, and 20% seething hatred.

What's your experience or opinion?

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Never liked the electric. Hated dealing with extension cords then spraying water around them and untangling them. Most of the electric I have seen are way underpowered. But have never used the one you are referring to.

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My best friend went through four electrics in one summer. All failed and none were the cheapest available.

I have a Craftsman with a Brigg's engine. It is now 5 years old and runs like new with routine maintenance.
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Personally, I wouldn't even consider an electric, just not enough power or flow rate.

When shopping pressure washers before deciding on brand look at the motor. If it isn't a Honda or a Briggs & Stratton I wouldn't even consider it.
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Good advice. Now I'm pondering a homelite with a Honda engine, 2700 psi.
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Should be a good unit that serves you well for many years.
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OK ended up with the Ryboi unit with the Honda engine for a bit more. I like some of its features more. I'll give it a try tomorrow, and study the maintenance manual. I used to be terrified of internal combustion tools and they still sort of annoy me but I've figured out my riding mower so I think I can handle this one. All the little maintenance stuff makes such a big difference.
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Small engines and ethanol do not get along so well so see if you can buy regular fuel. A boatyard will have it or if you are lucky a station in your hood may have a tank of gas for vintage and antique cars. You can get it in small cans but it is pricey (not compared to destroying rubber parts of an engine though) at $5.50/quart. I guess there are fuel conditioners to add to ethanol used in small engines too.

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Another thing you can do for the ethanol is put a shut off valve between the tank and carb. Then when done using it shut the valve off and let it run out of gas. A friend of mine who does boat repairs said his business has increased 10 to 20 thousand a year since they started putting ethanol in gas.
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The ryobi actually comes with a gas shutoff valve. Lots of other great features. I used it all day yesterday. Glad I went with more than 2700 psi. Cleaning my brick that's probably never been cleaned in 40 years required a lot of work.
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The Ryobi manual tells you to put fuel stabilizer in it every time you add fuel, and every time you store it. It also tells you to use pump saver stuff on the pump after every use. So thanks for the advice about the gasoline issue. Learning something new everyday.
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Was thinking of the 2700 psi Generac.

I've heard a LOT of good things about the new Generac OneWash. Regarding electric washers, I've had an electric for many years and had no problems with it at all. If I had to get another pressure washer I'd get another electric without hesitation. Just stay with the name brands like Karcher, Campbell Hausfeld, Generac, ETC. and you should be fine.
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I've heard a LOT of good things about the new Generac OneWash. Regarding electric washers, I've had an electric for many years and had no problems with it at all. If I had to get another pressure washer I'd get another electric without hesitation. Just stay with the name brands like Karcher, Campbell Hausfeld, Generac, ETC. and you should be fine.
Thanks for the feedback.

That OneWash does indeed look cool, lotsa nice goodies. I've used my Ryobi quite a bit and I'm happy with it. It has features the OneWash doesn't have, and vice versa. Both have great new features that power washers haven't really ever had. The ultimate power washer will have both sets of features, and I bet they will in a few years.

Although your feedback about an electric one is interesting, I think I'm glad I went with a gas-powered model because they have higher PSI and I've been cleaning a lot concrete with mine.
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I have already burned up a couple of electrics with mild usage. Wouldn't do it again.
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I bought a Karcher top of the line electric, don't remember the model number, last year and used it 3 times. Worked fine but was way underpowered for what I wanted. Followed all the recommendations and put it away for the winter, stored in my garage. Tried to use it this spring and the pump was locked up. No help from Karcher, I will never buy another Karcher product.

I am looking to buy a gas powered PW now and doing some research. I have been looking at Generac but I will have to check out the Ryobi.

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