Worked well for about 10 hours use
Purchased a new Karcher K3 a couple of years ago and should have known better as the first K3 I purchased had to be fixed under warranty a couple of times - they said it was due to not enough use and seals drying out. The new one was used for a bout 10 hours all up and then just stopped supplying pressure. I did some research and found that Karcher now gets mainly bad reviews. Many years ago they made a good product - what happened that they decided to produce rubbish.
Bought a Michelin this time and so far works well.
Purchased for A$300.00.
- Verified purchase
At least I got to finish my motorbike rinse.
Brand new first-time use, I used it to suds my bike on low pressure and then a low setting for a rinse, didn't want to blast the bike and electrics with lots of pressure. When I was done with that I went to clean my deck and got nothing from it, totally dead. I wish I had of checked this board before wasting my time and money, off to Bunnings for a refund in the morning.
Terrible build quality. I have only used it a few times, wash deck/paving/car etc, washed my house down today. Keeps splitting pump housing bits. Cheap plastic, bad design, it only seems to last until barely out of warranty, which is also short. Total waste of money.
Purchased in February 2015.
Worked fine for a bout 6 times then suddenly sprung a leak internally which i was advised by the retailer that it isnt repairable,this is my 3rd K3,all had the same issue...back to the retailer again to get it replaced.
buyer beware poor quality manufacturing
The K3 split the pump casing as Karcher's do apparently (I wish I had read the reviews before purchase). It lasted a total of less than 20 hours of use over the few years I owned it which was unfortunately for me greater than their warranty period).
K3 German design, melted plastic pump.
I bought SO many attachments and didn’t even get to use them as the Plastic pump housing with the 3 metal springs and rods MELTED the PLASTIC and TINY rubber seal in one of the 3 chambers. Will never buy Karcher again. So much for German quality. It’s a disgrace to my German heritage. I got so little use out of it.
I haven't had the issues other people seem to have had here. Unit seems reasonable quality to me but I don't use it that heavily.i just use it to clean the tiles on my patio every now and again
Only niggle is the plastic tube used to feed the detergent came off after the first use and I was unable to reattach.
Other than that this seems reasonable quality to me
Rubbish Product - Beware
Like most others have said - had it two years, pump housing split causing water to leak everywhere and loss of pressure - made from rubbish, cheap and nasty. Many people who have had Karchers previously swore by them - that must have been when Companies made things to last....
Purchased in November 2016 for A$299.00.
Katcher pressure washer is junk. Company wont even answer if product faulty
I have 2 kartcher pressure washers and both failed after little use with the same fault. A crack in the plastic housing of the pump. I have written a request to Karcher asking if it is a common fault and they don't reply.
Do yourself a favour dont buy Kartcher
- K3 Home
- Verified purchase
Makes light work of stubborn dirt
Absolutely love this product. Effectively removes stubborn dirt from our concreted areas that was difficult to remove by hose and broom. Extremely easy to assemble and operate. Highly recommended product and great value for money.
Piece of junk. Don't buy one!
The machine is just under 4 years old but with only occasional use. The pump housing has split in half at the joint so it's now going in the bin. Don't waste your money on this over priced rubbish.
- K3 Home
- Verified purchase
Working great so far!
Doesn't look like many people with positive review's come here. So I thought I'd post mine.
I upgraded from older Karcher model which was at least 15 years old. (It still works but was getting very loud, I think the motor almost had it). The previous one to that died after 5 years when I mixed bleach into the mixture (will never do that again!)
The new K3 sounds quieter and overall great improvement in power. It's still plastic and toyish look, but it ran for 10 hours straight today as I cleaned the entire concrete tennis court from stained d...irt/mold. I got the Full Control edition which included the "T-Racer" rotating propeller which is great for large flat concrete driveways/courts. It also included the "Power Scrubber" for really stubborn stains on outdoor tiles. Both came in handy and I'm glad I got it. The only complaint with both of these tools is they attach to an arm which isn't long enough for an average height person. It puts a lot of stress on the back. Need to see if I can even get an extension. I'm sure the people who've had issues with it are the minority. I will continue to use this product on a weekly basis and will update if something changes.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY
Bought this from bunnings to wash my car, used it once and it worked so sweet as. Waited a week and went to wash my car again and its not building any pressure at all, like running on then off but pump is working at full max (water is dribbling out). Was turning the on switch and it just popped out, such cheap plastic junk, you should see the inisde, looks like its made out of chuppa chup sticks.
Now doesnt work at all (wont turn on or pump at all) , so its going back to bunnings,, i wish i had read the reviews on here first.
thanks karcher for making absolute rubbish
Very poor quality product - not value for money
I had bought that from bunnings for $289. It is used very sparingly - once in 1-3 months and may have used that for 15 times only and now it have all sort of problems. Water is leaking and it is not building pressure - sort of stop start. Unfortunately i had lost the receipt and bunnings said they can’t do anything. So all the money is lost/ wasted.
Won't be buying another Karcher.
Bought at Bunnings for $300. Used about 5 times in 5 months then it gave up the ghost....no water pressure. But good news it has a 2 year warranty....but when I took it to Karcher to be repaired they told me that because I bought it on a Bunnings Powerpass card...I only get 3 months warranty. They considered me a professional user. Beware People! Piece of junk and terrible customer service.
- K3 Deck
- Verified purchase
Total waste of money
This is my second Kärcher and both have died just outside of warranty. Both have had the same fault with the pump leaking causing the unit to loose pressure. Both machines had very little use and we’re not worth repairing considering the exorbitant service and parts cost.
I am bitterly disappointed as I thought I was purchasing a quality German made product however I now realise these items are manufactured in China.
Useless piece of crap
Purchased K3 from Bunnings - lasted about 5 minutes before you could hear the water hissing out from behind the cover. Did read some of the warranty and decided not to try and fix it, so returned it too Bunnings for a replacement. All good about it, that's where the "all good" bit ends. The replacement started hissing out water as soon as I connected the water to it. Total waste of time and money. Would not have another one. (This was a replacement for a Worx cheapie that had lasted 10 years. The only reason I gave it away was I wanted a longer pressure hose. Wish now I hadn't given the old one away). Got the replacement on Friday, but have not returned it yet, now Sunday.
Cheap and unreliable quality at a premium price
In the 3 years I've had it the unit has has failed 3 times and has been repaired by a local repair agent. It's now failed completely and is dead. Probably done about 10 hrs work in it's life.
Bunning were not at all interested once it had left the shop. Karcher are similarly disinterested unless you are a lottery winner. They stand behind their shareholders and not their product.
Not a wise decision - look elasewhere
Waste of money
I had my K-3 for about 2 and bit Years and the cover on top of the pump went.Tried to to get the part off Karcher and they were going to charge me more than what the machine was worth.
I tried to get it repaired and all the Karcher service centres around Cairns laughed at me and said it's not worth fixing as it will cost.
I will not buy a karcher Pressure Washer again.
Was good for 2 years of regular use and then the pump seals failed spraying water all inside the machine. This could be an electricity hazard when this happens. Also my dirt blaster nozzle stopped rotating. You can now get more powerful machines for significantly less cost so it is behind the times a bit in terms of pressure output. I'm not a fan of the plastic pump inside the machine and this is in my opinion why I think it failed.
Questions & Answers
I along with many other people have paid $300 for a Karcher K3 that has been used for a total of 4 hours over 2 years and there is water leaking from inside the unit, and it's pulsing
What a load of rubbish, just out of warranty and Bunnings don't want to know about it. Karcher obviously now produces a rubbish product - DONT BUY IT too many people have had the same problem
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