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Pressure Washers ?

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Hi

I am looking to buy a pressure washer having not owned one before, any advice would be appreciated. It would mainly be used for cleaning and snow foaming the car,I have a Gilmour 2 snow foam gun which I use on a hose pipe. It foams ok but doesn't stick to the car like what you see in s/foaming video's.

Maybe that's because I wax the car every 6-8 weeks,this is due the car being parked outside all year round,and when at work sometimes has to be parked near or under trees.

Rick

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Hi Rick,

Be wary of what you see on the videos and what you see up close with your eye! You will get a much better result with a pressure washer though you will need to purchase an additional "foam lance". Personally i would look at the Nilfisk pressure washers as they seem to be very durable. I have one at work for "hosing down the cars" though not very often by me! Its about 7 yrs old and still works!

Geoff

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I bought a second hand/almost new Karcher HD6/13 from eBay for £200 two years back.

Way better quality than the domestic stuff on offer at b&q etc.

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Right, thread resurrection. Pressure washers for both car and patio/garden stuff. What do we think at the moment? Was thinking of the Stihl entry product - or am I just as well off with a Karcher?

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I've had a Karcher forever, 15 odd years. Still works every time. And it gets left without using for a year at a time. Brings up the patio a treat but tbh wouldn't use it in the car (or mtb). Just a bit too powerful.

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I got a Karcher, but one of the bigger ones that has metal internals not plastic, far more powerful and with a much longer warranty. +++

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After an evening of frenetic research Karcher get many bad reviews. Nilfisk seem like a good option and the machines look identical to the Stihl ones, and they are discounted further than Stihl. Can't find anything on Google to back this claim up though.

Think Nilfisk/Stihl have the metal internals.

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I'll try and remember to have a look when I get home later, but i'm pretty sure Bosch just got tje Which? Review best buy.

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Perhaps Kärcher (did you see what I do there?) get more bad reviews as they sell more? Not a great deal can go wrong with a pressure washer. Are you still thinking of using on the car?

I went to a customers house the other day and he had both hot and cold separate outside taps. Seemed a good idea.

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Car, patio and decking use really. I've hot and cold in the garage but can't see me using them for this.

Love the umlaut.

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Most of the bad reviews of Karcher seem to be for the low end models, mine also failed quickly which proves that.

 

However the new one is far far better and has been going strong for a good few years without problem now.

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Which? Best buy is the Karcher K2.400 and T50 for around £125.

They also tested them for leaks after freezing them to simulate being left in a shed or unheated garage all winter, and found pretty much all pressure washers don't like it, however, if you simply drain out any water left inside after use, it solves the problem.

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Ok, thanks for that, I'll take a look. Did Which? test the higher end Nilfisk and Stihl models against it? From memory, don't Which? test in pricing groups, if so they might not have. The Nilfisk etc I was looking at RRP at £300+.

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Yes they did, the best buys were all either Bosch or Karcher, and the more expensive models were deemed not to offer anything extra for the additional outlay.

They weren't testing in pricing groups either, there were everything from sub £100 models to the £300 Nilfisk you mention (assume it's the same model), and the overall best buy was the Karcher mentioned above.

I'm on my phone so can't copy and paste the review for you, but I believe MrMe also has access to Which? So maybe he would be kind enough to send you the review?

Edited by Tipex

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Ok, cool, thanks. I'll get a guy at work to do that for me. Not sure how nice the new MrMe is - in any case, bloke at work is probably less busy!

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