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dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 15 1:20 pm    Post subject: as good a place as anywhere,pressure washer,the autopsy  Reply with quote    

no dought folk with critters find pressure washers useful.

mine just went pop pop grrrrpop and then started smouldering.

how do you decide if one's washer is dead or merely resting?
is a 150 five year old one best mended or replaced?

that was a bit exciting and im wondering why it didnt trip the rcd as it sounded electromechanical (perhaps a motor brush?)but there is supposed to be a seal between the electric bits and the outside world so where did the smoke come from?

water and electric ,always a good combo

Last edited by dpack on Mon Sep 28, 15 2:59 pm; edited 1 time in total

gregotyn



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 15 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Replace, (not tripped-could be fatal!) and expect to spend about a grand if you want it to survive for any length of time. We sell commercial farmers' models around the 1-2 grand area, and in the last 5 years we haven't had one back-touch wood! My knowledge of these things is limited as I am non mechanical, just the OAP storeman who assembles them pre delivery. The only replaced part has been a couple of hoses-a pig and plough. I don't want to 'sing their praises' too much as it may tempt providence. German made. I will make noises at work and find out a bit more from the big chief about other sizes of this make before I tell you who it is, in case they don't do smaller models. Water and Leccy-both have the ability to kill!

Nick



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 15 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

At the over end of the scale b and q were flogging the little Karcher at half price last week. Forty odd quid. Never used one but the reviews were good.

Horses for courses, I guess.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 15 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Unless you want to strip paint or something similar, then those little Karcher washers do the job just fine and its not the end of the world if they conk out on you. You just buy another one.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 15 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

it is new you know ,second hose n'all that

thanks chaps ,ithink i know what i need to know

the water and electric and smoke combo was a bit good even for my sheltered life

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 15 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dog wee and blackberry stains(dye stuff magnates pay note,it fixes well) are my most serious issues so i recon a little domestic "on offer"one will do fine.
thanks

Bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 15 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

and don't forget, it would be good to use on your smalls too:lol:

Cathryn



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 15 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Argos, not very expensive with a two year guarantee, they usually don't last that long and you get a free replacement. It is a long task cleaning the sheds with it and we have had words since this seems to be my job. However it would be perfectly adequate for your needs.

gregotyn



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 15 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I know the feeling about sheds and baby washers, Cathryn, no joke. They really are horses for courses, I could suggest you explain that it could affect how soon his dinner is produced, or his smalls may get blasted at the same time ref, Bodger, in order for you to find time to cook!

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 19, 15 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

as i only have a tiny area to wash i have gone for a small karcher.

i will let folk know how it performs

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 15 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the teeny weeny karcher cleaned the yard,not bad cleaning,the squirter thing and hose seem to be cheap light carp but so far it squirts enthusiastically

lasted 30 mins is not an endorsement

Mutton



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 15 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Arriving late - we have a teeny weeny Karcher. Had it for several years, use occasionally, perfectly fine. Used it for blasting loose paint off a wall, for cleaning moss off concrete blocks before wall building, all that sort of thing.

Just one thing - don't store it anywhere that the water remaining inside it at the end of the job could freeze. We lost our previous pressure washer to ice.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 15 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the sealey is dead,i took it to bits to see if it was repairable which it would have been if the small bit of motor brush that chipped off the end had not shorted out part of the motor windings.

daft thing is that the failure of the brush ,which had at least as much left as used,killed it when with a better 20 pence worth of graphite it had a few more years in it.

Nick



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 17 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

dpack wrote:
the teeny weeny karcher cleaned the yard,not bad cleaning,the squirter thing and hose seem to be cheap light carp but so far it squirts enthusiastically

lasted 30 mins is not an endorsement


Has it lasted 18 months?

B&Q have the Karcher K2 at 60, and I am tempted.

onemanband



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 17 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You should have bought it 18 months ago when it was 40

I've no issues with my Karcher. No idea what model - nothing fancy - was mid range when I bought it. No idea how many hours - easily in excess of 100.
I think the main thing is not running them dry (turning water and electric on in correct order helps) and protecting from freezing - although I've not really bothered with either.

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