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Pretty good overall
on December 26, 2007
Ok, I did A LOT of research before I bought this one. I didn't want it to be too strong (I am a woman of average strength and I didn't want it to be able to move me like a firehouse.., and I have kids and I didn't want them to blast off a toe or something), nor too hard to use, like a big gas unit..,
But I wanted it to be strong enought to do the job and high enough quality to hold up over time.
It took me over 6 months to make a dang decision about which one to buy.
This one seemed to be a good price for the PSI and attachments, and had decent reviews.
So here's what I think. I could handle a little more pressure, (but just a little), mostly when the spray nozzle is being used (when the water is dispersed, it cuts the pressure a lot, it's much higher in the steady stream, and this is true of all units I think).., but it does blast oil out of cement, which is pretty darn impressive. It is very easy to use. It was easy to hook up, the attachments are onboard in a good place,a nd I like the big wheels and the very long cord and tubing.
One feature that really irritates me to no end: It never fails that about 30-40 minutes in, the assembly that attches the garden hose into the unit pops off and I have to shut everything down and re-attach it. My husband says this could be solved by going to the hardware and replacing the PLASTIC attachement assembly with a metal one. He says this would be easy to do, and is standard hose size.., but we haven't tried so I'm not sure if this piece would be so easy to find. This was not a cheap unit, and overall is very well built.., and after lots of use (months) everything still works and it's holding up. But for the $$ they REALLY should have used metal attachments. The cheap plastic is just silly. They are making their own product a lot less valuable for what would be a very small increase to them in manufacturing.
Other than that, I'm happy with the purchase. I think the PSI is accurate and it's only my lack of experience that had me buying one that was not quite as strong as I wanted. However, it's WAY stronger than the three other electrics I had tried that belonged to my friends, and I think you may have to go to gas to get better PSI, and I'm not sure I would be willing to give up the convience and ease of use when I could only handle a little more PSI. Of course my husband wants one that can blow off a toe.., but I don't think we'll being going that way any time soon. Happy washing!