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Powerful & easy to use
This pressure washer replaced a top-quality electric washer that died after 16 years. Research showed that petrol machines vastly outperform 2-phase electric washers. Maximum 2-phase power is 2,400 watts. This is 4,125 watts equivalent. It's more convenient that electric: no cord to run out.
I was familiar with the Subaru engine as I already own the Ryobi mower with the same engine. After filling with the supplied oil and adding petrol it started first pull out of the box. It starts first or second pull every time since. You do have to be qu...ick getting the red starting lever back or it tends to die. A tip: if this happens relieve the pressure in the hose before trying again. Makes it easier. This washer is really powerful. I started cleaning mould off the paths around the house. It does that easily. There were a couple of bird poo stains that were hard to shift so I changed to the jet nozzle. It shifted the stains all right — and took off the top layer of concrete with them. Be careful what you aim at - this machine is a monster. I also use it for washing the cars, but only with the 40 degree nozzle and not getting too close. It does a great job on the cars but it would be overkill if that was your only intended use. It uses about 2.5 litres of detergent for 2 cars, so that's about $2.50 per car. I also used it to clean artificial-fibre indoor rugs that the dogs have soiled. Does a good job there as well, using the wide nozzle and detergent. I was prepared to bin the rugs if the sprayer damaged them, which it didn't. Try this use at your own risk.
Very powerful and easy to use, professional feel.
Setting the washer up out of the box was very easy. The only thing I found annoying during set up was the crank case oil. The tag on the filler said to empty entire 355 ml bottle supplied, but the bottle supplied was 532mls.. Go figure. The filler has a dipstick built in so it wasn't a major drama. I filled the detergent tank up and gave the 4x4 a wash. The pressure is phenomenal with the nozzle having 5 settings, from 1 degree fan (pinpoint), 25, 40 and two soap settings. It has a commercial feel to it and I am sure it has equivalent parts and I have confidence that this machine will serve me well. It's only and couple of hundred more than the electric Karcher which is a piece of junk by comparison.
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Awesome - super powerful and reliable
I have previously owned a number of electric pressure washers. After my last one died (an approx $700 Gerni) I decided to go to a petrol powered unit due to the additional reliability and power. Great move! Much more powerful than the Gerni. I teamed it with a Karcher patio washer (about $125) - a perfect combination. Can't believe how fast it cleans with this combo.
I also looked at the Karcher 2800 with the Honda engine. Both the Karcher and the Ryobi have brass pumps with well known engines. In the end went with the Ryobi as it's more powerful and was $180 cheaper.
So far the engine has started first or second pull. The Subaru has good reviews so I'm hoping it continues this way.
Questions & Answers
I've just finished cleaning the deck and it did a good job however when cleaning the machine and packing it up i noticed the hose has been melted in a few places , How Have I managed to do this ? I did not notice a warning sticker to tell me to keep it clear of any parts of the machine .
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