Pressure Washers

Order yourself a latte, and a pastry (The virtual cinnamon buns are excellent today). And have a nice chat.

Pressure Washers

Postby WWordsworth » April 23rd, 2018, 10:30 am

I'm looking to buy one.

I sort of decided on a Karcher K4 and went to make the purchase yesterday.
It didn't work out because that was the only one they didn't have in stock :rolleyes:

However, I was rather taken by a MacAllister product.
https://www.diy.com/departments/mac-all ... icamp=recs

The specs are identical, it comes with a 2-year warranty (Karcher offer 3 years) and it's over £100 less.
I don't know anything about this brand whereas Karcher is reputable.

I would likely use it every couple of weeks to wash the cars and maybe 4 times per year to clean the patio.

Does anyone have any experience or advice to offer?
WWordsworth
Registered
 
Posts: 2436
Joined: September 10th, 2010, 7:09 am
Location: Derbys / Leics / Notts border

Re: Pressure Washers

Postby aero280 » April 23rd, 2018, 12:00 pm

I think that MacAllister is a B&Q own brand, or close to it. The stuff looks OK on the face of it, but...

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/ ... acallister

That case is four years old, but maybe worth a check to see if spares are available now.

You could also consider Ryobi https://uk.ryobitools.eu/garden-tools/p ... ers-1/#!/1

I can't say how their washers perform, but I bought a strimmer from that brand and it's been very good on heavy growth. I even got some spare cords form B&Q!! :)
http://www.saabtechtalk.com/
User avatar
aero280
Site Admin
 
Posts: 6998
Joined: December 31st, 2009, 12:46 pm
Location: Hertfordshire, UK

Re: Pressure Washers

Postby Zosherooney » April 23rd, 2018, 5:39 pm

When we were re-pointed our patio recently, we had a conversation with the builder who said PW can remove cement from patios if the cement is old.

We don't have one at the moment.
User avatar
Zosherooney
Registered
 
Posts: 10694
Joined: March 31st, 2010, 3:04 pm

Re: Pressure Washers

Postby StokeySue » April 23rd, 2018, 5:42 pm

One of the gardening progs said it was ok to use the special attachment (patio racer?) but not to run the jet along the joints, which kind of makes sense
Sue
User avatar
StokeySue
Registered
 
Posts: 19321
Joined: April 21st, 2010, 5:18 pm
Location: Stoke Newington (London)

Re: Pressure Washers

Postby liketocook » April 23rd, 2018, 7:39 pm

I have a "Nilfisk" one and really like it. Not too heavy to move about, good pressure and a decent length of hose/cable.
liketocook
Registered
 
Posts: 1918
Joined: December 31st, 2009, 5:05 pm
Location: south ayrshire - scotland

Re: Pressure Washers

Postby Herbidacious » April 23rd, 2018, 8:22 pm

We have a Karcher but have hardly used it over the years...

Nilfisk currently takes the top 9 position for Which? best buys. Karcher take the next four, if that's of any use. They review two Mac Allisters which they give 71% and 65%. The top Nilfisk gets 84%
User avatar
Herbidacious
Registered
 
Posts: 5054
Joined: August 11th, 2012, 2:48 pm
Location: South East London, and occasionally Normandy

Re: Pressure Washers

Postby WWordsworth » April 24th, 2018, 10:36 am

Thanks folks, all very helpful.
WWordsworth
Registered
 
Posts: 2436
Joined: September 10th, 2010, 7:09 am
Location: Derbys / Leics / Notts border

Re: Pressure Washers

Postby PatsyMFagan » April 24th, 2018, 10:49 am

What I love about this forum; such a diverse mix of knowledge and experience and always someone with an answer :hug: :hug: :hug: :hug:
No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
User avatar
PatsyMFagan
Registered
 
Posts: 7488
Joined: July 31st, 2010, 10:27 am
Location: Harefield, Uxbridge

Re: Pressure Washers

Postby WWordsworth » April 29th, 2018, 1:45 pm

I have bought a Bosch.
It does what I need it to do, it has a 3-year warranty, was on special offer and was within budget.
My patio will be clean and I can remove the guano from my car.
You would think there is an albatross around from the state of the car.
WWordsworth
Registered
 
Posts: 2436
Joined: September 10th, 2010, 7:09 am
Location: Derbys / Leics / Notts border

Re: Pressure Washers

Postby aero280 » April 29th, 2018, 3:57 pm

Don't use a pressure washer on your car too often. I had a neighbour who pressure washer every weekend. The force of the water can get it into places it's not meant to go and cause premature rust. My neighbour's car rotted and he couldn't understand it as he "really looked after it and cleaned it every weekend". My car is not too bad and it's never been garaged and is nearly 11 years old.
http://www.saabtechtalk.com/
User avatar
aero280
Site Admin
 
Posts: 6998
Joined: December 31st, 2009, 12:46 pm
Location: Hertfordshire, UK

Re: Pressure Washers

Postby WWordsworth » April 29th, 2018, 5:38 pm

Thanks for the tip.
WWordsworth
Registered
 
Posts: 2436
Joined: September 10th, 2010, 7:09 am
Location: Derbys / Leics / Notts border


Return to The Coffee Shop

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot], Majestic-12 [Bot] and 7 guests