Good product that needs improvement
I purchased this less than 2 years ago. Overall I find the pressure washer to be good quality, it feels very solid, has a lot of weight and power to match. I am assuming with Stihl that the motor and pump will be top quality and go the distance but only time will tell. The cord, hose and attachment stowage are all very functional. Pressure is very good and hose length makes this easier to use as you rarely have to move the pressure washer once in place. Ok the things that I don't like and need improvement by Stihl if not already addressed in a ...later model. The lance itself rotates on the handle which is great for getting the jet at the angle you want however the jet itself has an adjuster for pressure also by rotating independently from the lance. So when you want to adjust the pressure the whole lance rotates so you cant adjust the pressure while pulling the trigger to get the spray pattern just right as you would need three hands. One to pull the trigger, one to hold the lance shaft and one to turn the nozzle jet. Next issue is the foam/detergent bottle that comes with it. It leaks by design so it needs to stay upright which is very difficult on the end of a long lance when you need to put it down etc. I took mine back and it was replaced with a brand new one that does exactly the same thing. Who knows what they were thinking with this design. The last point which I am very disappointed with is that the handle has started leaking after very little use albeit ~18mths of ownership. I have pulled the handle apart and although no visible cracks in the plastic tube it is leaking. I suspect it is an o-ring on one of the push fitting seals that when under pressure it pushes back past o-ring. Exactly same problem as one of the opening posts, I will be returning under warranty tomorrow and hope it doesn't happen again. C'mon Stihl you mustn't test things that well you can't just rely on the quality of other components, it needs to be the whole package!
Purchased in May 2018.
Felt like a solid bit of gear. Hand piece issue resolved.
Has been a great pressure washer up until now (10 months of use). The handle started leaking water badly from the inside and I lost pressure at the nozzle. Took it to the retailer I bought it from. They said this is the second one in 2 weeks. The other happened from brand new. They said they believe they've had a bad batch. Sadly they are still waiting to hear from stihl about the previous failure 2 weeks ago. I will update this after getting some response from stihl. Disappointing from a solid brand.
Edit: I contacted stihl via Facebook messe...nger. They were very good and express posted a new hand piece to the store I purchased the pressure cleaner from. It feels slightly heavier compared to the old so hopefully it has better components inside to rectify this problem.
Time will tell how good this unit is.
I'm a two cars a week washer (Wife's and mine) and just purchased the Re 129 Plus this morn from Plenty Mowers in Kingsbury. Replacing a Michelin MPX 139 thats getting rattle and leaky. Assembled and tested. Appears to have a good pressure and has a quality feel about it, although the fact that all the connections, bar the hose to handle connection, are moulded plastic does make it look a little cheap and Chinesey, which is where it, and probably 90% of pressure washers, are now made. The only issue I saw on first use is the hose to handle ...connector. It is made of brass, BUT when rolling the hose up after use the end of the brass connection, while having some protection via a large rubber piece, does drag along the concrete. This will eventually wear the end down, or the O ring seated on it, or pit pit it, resulting in leaking under pressure and a need for replacing. The way to stop this is to keep the spray handle connected whist rolling the hose back on the carrier, Not easy given the twisting of the hose, but will solve the potential issue. UPDATE: Been using at least weekly now for 3 months and all good. Used a piece of plastic tube over brass hose end that connects to handle to stop it being dragged across concrete when rolling hose back up after use. Machine is incredibly quiet when in use and remains silent until trigger is pulled. So far very happy with purchase. Just wondering if anyone who has one of these can identify the type of connector used to connect the two piece lance in the middle. The only weak point with this unit is the foam lance. I can seem to get a thick foam out of it regardless of the strength or wash used. I'd like to find the connector type so I can use another/better foam lance I have.
So far so good
Got sick of my karcher being repaired, so I have stepped up to what I think is a better more solid unit. It's quite heavy and if that has anything to do with it it should last. I like the way it's all together on the one unit (stored). The stihl salesman also convinced me this was a far superior unit to anything at Bunnings
Questions & Answers
It works perfectly until the trigger is released when instead of stopping the pump tries to continue with increasing difficulty until it eventually stops (from overload?). It will not start again immediately but will after a while (reset period?). Is this a known problem? Can you help, please?
The machine stoped while working. It wasn't a probem of overheating.
Where is (are) the fuse (fuses)??
The Stihl RE 129 Plus has a maximum pressure of 1, 958PSI or 135 bars – which makes it a touch more heavy-duty than the Stihl RE 119 model and suitable for cleaning decks, paths, windows and cars.
The Stihl RE 129 Plus comes with a steel-reinforced 9m high-pressure hose, with a maximum water throughput of 500 l/h. It’s also designed with both rotary and fan jet nozzles. Rotary nozzles produce a cone-shaped spray that rotates and pulses, achieving a deep clean. The fan jet nozzle gives you control over the pressure, so you can adjust the angle to produce a high-pressure jet or a wide spray pattern, for example for windows.
Other convenient features include a detergent spray, as well as an aluminium telescopic handle and transport handle, which make carting around the pressure washer easier. Hose and swivel power cable holders and integrated nozzle storage help to ensure the washer packs away compact, so it doesn’t take up a premium on space in your shed or garage.
|Category||Electric Pressure Washers|
|Maximum Pressure||1,958 psi|
|Hose Length||9 m|
|Max Water Flow||7.1 L/min|
|Manufacturer Warranty||2 year(s)|
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