Karcher 1,600 PSI Electric Pressure Washer

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Karcher 1,600 PSI Electric Pressure Washer
Price: $89.99
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Solid reviews (4.2 out of 5.0) over at pressurewasherdirect.com
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perfect for that extra deep cleaning

I had a Karcher it lasted me one season and died.
Has a leak some place inside it.
Karcher wouldn’t warranty it.

So I tried to take it apart but the holes for the torx screws are so small you can’t just use a screw driver with interchangeable bits. So I got a Trox screw driver and got out five of the six screws out only to discover that my screw driver couldn’t reach the last screw.
That was the final straw where I threw my Karcher pressure washer into the trash.
I’m going to avoid Karcher products from now on.

Karcher is one of the most respected brands in the industry and maybe the leader in the industry. I’m on year 11 with my Honda powered 3,000 PSI karcher and it’s going as strong as ever.

The electric washers are not as powerful, or as hefty as their big brother gas washers but if used properly and not over taxed, they will provide years of good service. Washing the cars, the house windows, a dirty walkway or the outdoor grill are the kind of jobs the small electric will do for you and do very well. On the other hand, if you wish to power wash an expansive concrete patio which has never been power washed, you may be asking too much from a light duty electric.

If you can’t afford or don’t wish to spend the necessary $400 to $600 for a 2,700 to 3,200 PSI gas washer, you can go a long way with an electric for under $100.

Bought one of these on woot last year and it wasn’t long before, the fitting started popping off as soon as it was pressured up. Seems like an inferior product based on that, have yet to devise a fix for this problem so the unit goes unused, haven’t had the heart to trash it yet!

Woah, a lot of one star reviews at amazon. Maybe the electrics are typical outsourced crap, while the flagship line is still quality (for now)? It makes me a little nervous the only videos available are (obviously) from the manufacturer, and they don’t have much ‘wow’ factor. It’s almost like their own sales guys are afraid to use them for more than a few seconds for fear of breakage?

A little disappointed woot has become a clearing house for ‘damaged goods’ masquerading as ‘good deals’.

I also had the same experience with my Karcher that lasted 13 months - 1 month after the warranty expired. I’m not a heavy user only occasional use. I call it a good deal when the product lives up to expectations. No WOOT WOOT to brag about here! Looks like they are just trying to move out inferior merchandise.

I bought one of the “blue ones” last time they were on Woot! (HAS to be similar to this one, they look virtually the same) and it has been awesome.

I used the rotating brush thing (shows in the video, does not appear to be included here??) to clean my NatureStone pool deck - and it was basically in use for three 10-hour days and didn’t skip a beat.

I know it’s not gonna last forever - but so far I’m impressed with the use I’ve got from it for the price I paid. Seems like I got way more accessories than this offing tho - just the rotating brush thing is like $32 at Home Depot if you buy it stand-alone. If this one included all the accessories I’d consider getting spare…

But… but… it’s 30x stronger “then” a “garder” hose!

Purchased this model 1 year ago…lasted thru 2 uses :frowning:
Splurge and buy the more expensive model at Costco.

Heads up. I bought one of these 2 or 3 years ago. It leaked from the start. Everything is plastic and not sealed well. One of the plastic pieces broke during assembly (hand-tightened, no tools). It did work relatively well. Pressure was decent, though in order to actually get it to clean I had to hold it VERY close to the surface. Otherwise it just blew the surface debris around my patio.

HOWEVER! It broke over the winter. I kept it in my garage, which I guess was too cold for all the plastic to handle. Some water must have been trapped (even though I tried to drain it and empty it thoroughly) and it cracked the plastic pipes. Bricked after only 3 or 4 uses.

I bought one maybe 5 years ago. It lasted two seasons. I had the same experience as others – it sprung a leak. I took it apart and found that the outlet developed a crack. I suppose someone who wanted to repair it and was good at working with plastics could fix it (and I do still have it… yard sale item!), but this is on the pressurized side of the compressor so I never even tried…

Yeah. Yours is gas powered. The electric ones are carp. Mine exploded on the second use - blew the hose connector right out of the unit. Pure junk. I wouldn’t pay $1 for another Karcher electric. I own a great Generac gas powered now and I’ve never looked back.

Sounds very familiar. Same story here except that I already had a Torx driver and mine actually blew the hose connector out of the unit on the second use. Karcher wouldn’t talk to me as it was one week past the warranty. This stuff is garbage.

You’re right! Compared to the much more expensive gas powered washers, the electrics are no match. But they still serve a purpose.

One of the posters above mentioned that he cleaned his pool patio with a Karcher electric and it took him 3 days at 10 hours per day to do so. Well, he’s lucky! An electric is not made for such sustained efforts. If his Karcher electric would have died during this 3 day ordeal, he would not be here posting praise for his machine.

So here’s the question, is an electric as good as a gas model? The answer is NO IT IS NOT! At $85 per copy, an electric is only one seventh the cost of a good gas model. It will not stand up to the same rigors of a gas model but it well do a lot of good work if its limitations are understood.

So if you buy an electric and use it as you would use a gas model, you’re in for problems.