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Old 06-12-2017, 08:28 AM
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What type do you use ? Why did you pick THAT one ?
Would you buy it again ? If not, which one would you buy ?
I have always heard Karcher washers were supposed to be good, but haven't tried one yet...
for the record, the 20 yr old Craftsman I now have, with a 6.25 Tecumseh engine, needs a pump impeller repair, and I don't really think its worth the hassle, and finding the correct parts has been somewhat challenging...even tho I have the model#,serial #, from the owner's manual etc
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:33 AM
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I just use a cheap electric one from harbor freight. I don't want it too powerful. Lasts about 3-4 years then I get another.
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Old 06-12-2017, 08:54 AM
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I just use a cheap electric one from harbor freight. I don't want it too powerful. Lasts about 3-4 years then I get another.
Same here. If I were washing more than just the bike and patio then I would invest in a serious washer, but my little electric washer is perfect for bikes. Not too strong, but still more pressure than straight from the tap. It is good for rinsing the cars as well, but it's no good at fully cleaning concrete; I will rent or borrow when I get to the point of really going for a deep clean, but the little electric fellow does an adequate job for the seasonal jobs.

Late edit: I have a Snap-On branded washer, it's likely from the same factory as every single other portable electric washer. I don't remember the psi rating, but it's in the 150 range, I think?
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Old 06-12-2017, 11:10 AM
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I have a Subaru gas model. Its very reliable and works very well. I can't remember the psi but you want to keep your hands away from it.
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Old 06-21-2017, 08:44 AM
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Well If you want to replace it every few years get a cheap one. If you want it to last get one with a triplex pump. Here is a guide to them....

http://pressurewashr.com/pressure-washer-pumps/
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:01 PM
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Hotsy hot water is the only way to go cooks all the grim off use some degreaser makes your bike look like new
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I just use a cheap electric one from harbor freight. I don't want it too powerful. Lasts about 3-4 years then I get another.
I like these - they have just enough power to wash a bike and are very easy to use and easy to store. They are often on sale for $90-100 and the 2 year warranty is about $20. They'll give you a new one if you take it in before the warranty runs out and you can reset the warranty on the new unit by purchasing a new warranty at that time.
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What type do you use ? Why did you pick THAT one ?
Would you buy it again ? If not, which one would you buy ?
I have always heard Karcher washers were supposed to be good, but haven't tried one yet...
for the record, the 20 yr old Craftsman I now have, with a 6.25 Tecumseh engine, needs a pump impeller repair, and I don't really think its worth the hassle, and finding the correct parts has been somewhat challenging...even tho I have the model#,serial #, from the owner's manual etc
Check the Northern Tool website. They carry replacement pumps at reasonable costs. Main info you need is shaft size, I think. It's been a few years since I got a replacement pump, so I don't recall all the details exactly. Back then a new pump was about $150 US, shipped.

Pump will be shipped full of oil and ready to use.

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Or buy the cheap electric one and use the 6.5hp for a gokart!
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Or buy the cheap electric one and use the 6.5hp for a gokart!
that's what I'm gonna do... I bought a $190. unit from Sears...
just doing what I can to help keep an American icon in business !
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