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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:15 pm    Post subject: Which Pressure Washer? Reply with quote

I seem to get through Pressure Washers like no tomorrow. Have had two Karcher's & currently a Nilfisk - they all seem to last 18-24 months. It gets used every week to clean one of the cars & every year for a massive clean up of patio & decking. The current Nilfisk seems to have developed an intermittent problem - going from no pressure to full on. Think it might be on the way out. Also when i bought this Nilfisk I obviously didn't do enough research as you can't get a snow foam connector for this particular model. Maybe I'am not investing enough - i guess i pay circa £120-140.

Just wonder what peoples advice is & what's a decent product for home use.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Aldi washer (about £80 IIRC) is excellent but they only have them for sale occasionally.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was a thread a few weeks back about this topic. Nilfisk seemed go be the recommended choice as Karcher were made with butter by the sounds of it.
B&Q have one on sale about £78 from memory I saw on the weekend
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There was a thread a few weeks back about this topic. Nilfisk seemed go be the recommended choice as Karcher were made with butter by the sounds of it.
B&Q have one on sale about £78 from memory I saw on the weekend

I moved to Nilfisk after two Karchar's. Quite like the Nilfisk although my fault I thought it would be easy to get a proper snow lance for it but the model i got you can't fit one. That aside its seem to have lasted about the same as the Karchar's I've had. Noticed Karchar have a new design & their top of the range pressure washer's now come with a five year guarantee which is impressive. So maybe better than they were.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want something better, take a look at Kranzle.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If you want something better, take a look at Kranzle.

Yep. Think you are right. Their portable K1050 is cheaper & looks better quality than some K series Karchar's.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That one, but with the hose reel is like the one I use.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Andrew911 wrote:
Noticed Karchar have a new design & their top of the range pressure washer's now come with a five year guarantee which is impressive. So maybe better than they were.


Hilarious really isn't it. It's no more than an on/off switch and a high pressure pump, which in all other industries would be straight forward engineering - but in the car washing world we seem to have to buy a new one more often than blokes need to buy new pants.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a pressure washer that works perfectly fine. The hose on the other hand, had a plastic thread rather metal thread to join onto the pump. Do you think I can find anywhere that can put a metal screw fixing on?
All the hydraulic hose guys don't want to know. Do looks like I'm going to be forced to purchase a new washer for a 2 cent part Dont know
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FZP wrote:
I have a pressure washer that works perfectly fine. The hose on the other hand, had a plastic thread rather metal thread to join onto the pump. Do you think I can find anywhere that can put a metal screw fixing on?
All the hydraulic hose guys don't want to know. Do looks like I'm going to be forced to purchase a new washer for a 2 cent part Dont know


Do you have a picture??

Would this do it??

http://www.mikalor.com/super-heavy-duty-clamp-eng
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jotaking wrote:
FZP wrote:
I have a pressure washer that works perfectly fine. The hose on the other hand, had a plastic thread rather metal thread to join onto the pump. Do you think I can find anywhere that can put a metal screw fixing on?
All the hydraulic hose guys don't want to know. Do looks like I'm going to be forced to purchase a new washer for a 2 cent part Dont know


Do you have a picture??

Would this do it??

http://www.mikalor.com/super-heavy-duty-clamp-eng

Thanks for looking. No this isn't it. If you can imagine that there is a male threaded outlet at the front of the pressure washer, to which you would screw on the female end which is one of the hose, the other end being the lance.
The part I'm referring to is the plastic female end of the hose that connects to the washer. The thread has stripped off after so many years of connect and disconnect.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:03 pm    Post subject: Pressure washer Reply with quote

Whatever make you decide upon ensure the motor is water 💦 cooled, these tend to be more expensive but they are longer lasting.
Last year I replaced a Karcher with another Karcher but this time a K4, water cooled motor and it runs quieter and much, much cooler. The death of these machines is over-heating and the seals fail.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bought my Karcher k75 for about €500 (£400) in 2005. Still going strong. I have only had to replace the hose which my sister left full of water over the winter Evil or Very Mad and the plastic hose holder which got broken in the boot of a car.

All the spare parts are available for it too, so when they do break it is easy to replace. I would buy another Karcher if this one died.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a Stihl Power washer and its a cracking piece of kit. Its my second one, first one lasted about 15 years and was still working but the hose had failed.

https://www.countrywidefarmers.co.uk/stihl-pressure-washer-re109?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIj5n808Gn2QIVBLvtCh0oygyoEAQYAiABEgJU7PD_BwE#fo_c=1264&fo_k=38ac009d875c17a0c74063fe3b27c5a5&fo_s=gplauk
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