Tools Which pressure washer

Discussion in 'Tools & Equipment' started by Smokingman, Monday 1st Feb, 2016.

  1. Smokingman Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    United Kingdom John LN5
    Hi all.
    I'm looking for a pressuer washer, but which one. Just really need it for the car and odd patio. Can the output pressure be turned down? budget upto about £200

  2. SpeedyGee Club Manager Club Staff

    England Speedy Birmingham
    I think we've discussed this before. I've done a quick search and come up with this thread
    (despite the title it does actually talk about different pressure washers)

    But there maybe other threads too.

    I've got a little Karcher and it has developed a leak internally somewhere. I need to open it have a look what the issue is.

    If I was buying again I would probably go for Makita.

    Pressure can be turned down depending on what lance you are using.
  3. Denso23 Club Member ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆

    United Kingdom Denso23 London
    I like makita as a company, but I beleive they outsource the build of them to some company in Europe.

    The best money can buy, is Kranzle, they use slow revving motors and are designed to last 20 years. It that's too expensive then Nifilsik is good option as well
  4. Nighthawk Club Moderator Club Staff

    I've got a nilfisk and its been brilliant. Cleaned a 3 car driveway, the brickwork of the house and countless weekly car washes
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  5. chris2982 Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    United Kingdom Chris Rowlands Gill
    Been happy enough with my karcher ... Got it very cheap through their online clearance site.
    Although I honestly cannot see it lasting forever.
  6. legend-ary Club Moderator Club Staff

    United Kingdom Legend The Big Smoke
    Welcome to Screwfix
    Screwfix seem to be having a sale on them .. cheaper than Karcher atm :O
  7. 2.4 8thGen Top Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

    United Kingdom Brett Bristol
    I have the exact issue with my Karcher as well speedy.
    Time to spend some money on a Makita I think
  8. Nels Club Moderator Club Staff

    I bought my first Karcher 30+ years ago, and it's still going. I do also have a newer Eco one.
    I do like to keep things clean, so they are used regularly.
  9. Duc de Pommfrit Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Canada Chester Northumberland
    My Bosch is getting old now but is still a great pressure washer.
  10. stuscrv Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

    Spain stu lanzarote
    Used karcher in my old business , the king of cleaners.
    But as in anything else you get what you pay for. £70 is going to be rubbish, minimum requirement is an induction motor. Tried the cheaper ones, burnt them out in a day but I guess if you only clean your car a few times a year there ok.
  11. Racy Jace Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    United Kingdom Jason Dudley, UK
    I have a nilfisk 130 psi pressure washer. It works well but when compared to the £1000 versions it's seems weak. The thing is my £130 pressure cleans my car just fine and it did a great job on my patio slabs too. Just pick what power you want.
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  12. Harvey Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I have a Karcher K2, I bought it purely for car washing, though to be honest its a great little cleaner, but the downside I have come across is that the basic K2 with the wheels and black handle, the hose it comes with is waaaay to short. Idealy it needs to be about 7 metres to easily do a car all around. In the end I bought the 7.5 metre extra hose and lance set and spent the extra money on Karchers own snow foam bottle.

    I think If I was to buy it again I would have bought the K4 model rather than the K2, but at the time it was £89 in Halfords, so can't really grumble for the price paid. I will say this, it may not be super powerfull but it does a fantastic job in keeping my car clean. Along with my dads CR-V, my friends Saab 9-3 Aero. my neighbours Audi and Jaguar and my other neighbours Jazz.
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  13. stuscrv Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

    Spain stu lanzarote
    I don't really need one now as Abdul and his brothren do a good job for £7 at the local car wash.
  14. Harvey Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Thats the thing mate, alot of people like to wash their cars themselves as they know it's either done properly, to their liking and they know there won't be any adittional scratches put there by careless care washes
  15. stuscrv Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

    Spain stu lanzarote
    Your right mate, each to their own, as I've mentioned before I used to store my motor in a dusty hay barn over the winter, there was no water on site so I tried showroom shine. Its bloody brilliant. Why anyone bothers with buckets, hosepipes sponges and all the other stuff is beyond me.
    We're also lucky in the south as it hasn't snowed for years so no need to jet wash underneath.
    As an ex pro car valeter this topic is about the only thing I know about, if you've never tried that stuff I'd erdge you to give it a try.
  16. FirstHonda Premium Member Club Supporter

    United Kingdom Ed Wiltshire
    I've read this thread and a couple of the others, but I'm still confused.

    Ignoring brand, if I want a pressure washer mainly to snow foam the car:

    - What 'power' do I need
    - What kit do I need exactly apart from the washer itself? A lance, but what about the reservoir for snow foam etc?

    My budget will be £150 and I want to order in the next few days.

    Does this come with everything I need for example?

    What about this one? I'm baffled!

    I presume I connect my normal hose to it, so hose length on the unit not a huge issue?

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    It won't let me post a link to the first one for some reason? It's a Makita HW111 110 bar.
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  17. Duc de Pommfrit Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Canada Chester Northumberland
    Nilfisk is the one everyone recommends, me? I bought a Bosch and it's been great!
  18. Racy Jace Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    United Kingdom Jason Dudley, UK
    I have that nilfisk and it's fine. It's better than the karcher equivalent as it has a higher flow rate of water. You'll still need to buy a snow foam lance that are about £23+ . Just look on ebay for one and select nilfisk fitment.

    Demon Motorsport Snow Foam Lance Karcher Nilfisk Bosch Lavor Vax Parkside M22 | eBay
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    Just remember when you've finished with the snow foam to take the bottle off and run clean water through it. I only just found out about this as mine blocked. I've stripped my lance down and cleaned it following the videos. I've yet to test it so I'll report back if it's worked or not.
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  19. Harvey Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I bought a Karcher K2, but wish I had gone for a K4 instead as the length of the hose at 3 metres was not enough, so ended up buying the longer hose and lance kit, which brought the price to near the k4 compact's price bracket. though I also bought a used lance from a friend of mine, its a good one, but can't remember where he said he got it. its great fun and messy doing snow foaming,
  20. Racy Jace Club Veteran ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    United Kingdom Jason Dudley, UK
    I had an email about the K4 for £125 so I looked up the spec to compare it to my Nilfisk C130. They are both the same spec I think. I mistakingly thought I had E130

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