Karcher G2600XC Expert Series 2600PSI 2.5GPM Gas Pressure Washer
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- Gas-powered pressure washer with 25-foot high-pressure hose
- Easy-to-start 212cc engine; 2600 PSI; 2.5 GPM; direct-drive axial pump
- Detergent tank; folding handle for storage; non-CARB compliant; not for sale in California
- Includes spray wand, trigger gun, 5 pro-style quick-connect nozzles, and hose/gun/wand holder
- Measures 29.5 by 23.6 by 41.5 inches; 2-year limited Karcher warranty
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New for 2011: the G 2600 XC gasoline powered from Karcher. This 2600 PSI entry- level unit in the Expert Series range features a newly developed ergonomic frame and incorporates users' most requested features, including convenient quick connect couplings and generous onboard storage for accessories. The result is a pressure washer that is attractive, sturdy and durable. The G 2600 XC sports many other industry-leading features, including a large capacity detergent tank, a folding handle that reduces storage height by 50-Percent and a robust frame with 10-inch pneumatic tires and metal wheels. As with our other G-series pressure washers, the G 2600 XC uses technology borrowed from our successful line of commercial products, including a commercial-grade pump with brass pump head developed exclusively by our German engineers. (The same pump technology was used by Karcher to clean the presidential faces on Mount Rushmore.) The G 2600 XC is powered by a reliable, easy to start 212cc engine and equipped with a set of five patented Pro-Style nozzles (0, 15, 25, 40 and 65-Degree). A full line of accessories is available to further enhance the capabilities of this exciting new pressure washer. The G 2600 XC represents great value, offering German engineering at an affordable price. An excellent choice for the first time gasoline pressure washer buyer.
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Assembly went as expected but tires are difficult to inflate ( maybe easier if removed). The start pull cord is in a difficult place but usable, started on second pull with choke on and performed as expected. The pressure hose has quick disconnects that help with coiling and uncoiling for use and storage. The unit balance is good and easy to move around. Some parts came loose from vibration, so check to make sure everything is tight before use. I used this with T350 wide area surface cleaner (recommended) and it did a great job with ease.
A friend who should know, advised against getting a Briggs & Stratton engine given his past poor experiences with that make of motor. Fair or not, I heeded his advice. This same friend advised that the most important part of a pressure washer is the quality of the pump mated to an engine of at least 6hp or more to drive the water through in order to clean most jobs asked of it such as driveways, house siding, fences and the like.
Anyway, the Karcher won the personal sweepstakes on value. It arrived and with it, for me, the daunting task of final assembly which wasn't helped by the cryptic instructions. Using basic logic, I was able to put the unit together okay but was chagrined to find flat tires and tubing for injecting solvents into the wash not of the correct size to interface with the pump. Using a cheapie automatic air inflator ($15 at Walmart), I got the tires properly inflated but the tubing is something still to be addressed at this writing. The 25' hose that comes with the unit is too short for most tasks so I'll be adding another 25' extension hose in the near future which Walmart also sells for about $30. Hopefully it will fit and interface with the existing hose without any additional drama.
Carefully following the instructions on adding the oil and gas, I fired it up on about the 4th pull. The engine is loud but that's to be expected. The washer worked very well and was able to remove dirt and debris easily from a concrete wall that flanks my driveway. All in all, a good solid unit worthy of your buying consideration. I would advise using a pressure washer in advance of your purchase as I did in order to know how they work, what to expect and what the various configurations out there represent for the tasks you might have in mind. Renting one before buying seems a good idea in this regard.
UPDATE: I've downgraded my rating because the manufacturer won't replace those mis-sized siphon hoses without a litany of information required of me in spite of the fact that I asked them to simply send me the correct size hose and I would send them their incorrect sized hoses back to them. One would think I was asking or applying for a top secret clearance! Shameful of them. It's apparent to me that their position on customer complaints is to make it so difficult that the customer will give up and look elsewhere for the remedy which I am now doing. Be advised of manufacturer NON-service if you buy this product.
Since purchasing this unit a few years ago, the Chinese made engine has been plagued with flooding, running rich, and oil leak problems. The engine has always used about 1 ounce of oil per 4 hours run time when not leaking, and a little more when leaking. The pump drips some water, normal, and also a few drops of oil, not normal.
The unit had 2 hours on it when the first problem appeared. I took about a 1 hour break and when washing my house, and when I went to start the unit, it appeared to be locked up. The carburetor float did not shut off the fuel coming into the carburetor and drained the fuel tank into the cylinder flooding the engine with gasoline. Had to drain the cylinder of gasoline then change the oil as gasoline had gone past the rings into the oil, and replace the spark plug. Before starting the cylinder had one ounce of oil added to it because the gasoline washed all the oil from the cylinder walls. This problem repeated itself 2 more times over the next month. After the third time, I replaced the carburetor with a Honda engine carburetor I had in stock. Flooding and running rich problem solved.
The engine started to leak oil from the rocker arm cover at 14 hours on the unit. Replaced the OEM gasket and all was well for the next 7 hours, then the leak reappeared. I replaced the gasket again with one I cut form a sheet of 1/8" rubberized cork. End of problem.
The next oil leak started about 28 hours on the unit. The rubber hose from the rocker arm cover to the carburetor had shrunk and was dripping oil. Some silicon sealant where the hose comes out of the rocker arm cover fixed that problem.
The final problem occurred on the morning of 10/25/2016, when the pump decided to spray oil all aver the place. Evidently a seal was slowly leaking water into the oil and finally self destructed the pump.
This is the last Karcher pressure washer I will buy. Their quality control is no longer what it used to be.