Powerworks 51102 1700 PSI Electric Pressure Washer 1.4GPM with Quiet Induction Motor
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- Induction motor powered by a 35-ft power cord with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, with a hook and loop strap for easy control of the power cord
- 1,700 PSI and 1.4 GPM provide plenty of power for light-duty tasks
- A 25-ft hose provides plenty of reach while cleaning
- Two built-in soap tanks provide convenient storage for the ability to use soap in cleaning applications as needed
- Plastic spray gun with a quick-connect wand
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|Item Dimensions||19.1 x 21.65 x 12.8 in||13.5 x 15.6 x 33.9 in||18 x 22 x 37 in||38 x 16 x 17 in||16.5 x 14.4 x 33.5 in||12.25 x 11.25 x 28.5 in|
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Powerworks model 51102, 1700PSI. 1.4GPM quite induction motor electric pressure washer, includes 35-foot power cord with GFCI, 25-foot high pressure hose and hose reel, along with 2 built in soap tanks, quick connect metal wand, 4 tips and turbo nozzle. PWMA certified.
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Here is a recap of my use of he Powerworks 1700psi pressure washer.
Design = excellent = kudo's to Powerworks for thinking original. The tall design of the others are constantly falling over. This washer is very stable.
Fittings = excellent = solid metal fittings that do not leak. They spent a little more on this quality and it shows. If you have ever dealt with leaking plastic fittings you know what I'm mean.
Pump = excellent = Inside that plastic case you have both a pump and an electric motor. The pump is usually the failing point of these washers. This one cycles on and off on command and seems to work very well.
1700psi = suspect = I have owned 2,000 psi electric washers that did not feel like a true 2,000psi. This 1,700 psi washer feels like a 1,500 psi.
Handle Bar = minimal = quite thin metal, feels almost fragile. Yank this around and I think you be dealing with a bent or broken handle.
Hose = poor design = I have had a hose go bad on a prior washer. On this Powerworks washer the connection to the machine is not an easy thread off - thread on a new one design. The hose looks of mediocre quality and I can picture it going bad. As a reference, check out the electric power washer hose sold individually at Lowes-as a reference.
Washer Handle = very average = Some handles are heavy duty plastic while others are lighter, thinner handles. I have also had a handle go bad on a prior washer; it started leaking internally. This handle seems cheaply made and I suspect future problems with it. I wouldn't drop it outdoors on a concrete surface.
I did not use the detergent tanks.
It may seem like I'm nick-picking, but whether we buy a vacuum cleaner or an electric power washer, shouldn't it last longer than 2 years? As consumers we should expect more. I would rather pay $225 rather than $175 and be frustration free,and not dealing with a broken power washer and looking for replacement parts.
Suggestions for PowerWorks:
- Your design is excellent.
- Upgrade this and build a true 2,000 psi washer.
- Spend an extra $10 per unit and place a better Goodyear hose on it.
- Spend an extra $10 and place a heavy duty power washer handle on it.
- Spend an extra $5 a unit and place a stronger grab handle bar on it.
- Offer a longer term full replacement warranty for a certain $dollar amount, and stand behind your product.
You have the platform to build the BMW of electric power washers.
Verdict: I kept this power washer. Not because it is great, but because it is at least as good as the others out there.
I took a chance and ordered this unit. Setup was a breeze, the instructions are pretty clear, there is an assortment of nozzles each in their own slot in the body of the machine (color-coded no less!). Everything seems sturdy and well made. I hooked it up, tried it out. Everything seems to work fine. The one thing that is a bit of a pain is trying to put the soap solution in the pint-size tanks - I had to use a funnel. Also, to winterize it the tanks have to be drained and there's no easy way to do that.
It's pretty quiet. I like it.
On the down side, the hose is some kind of stiff plastic that is difficult to manage, particularly when the temperature falls below 65, but even in the 80's. It retains the coil shape from being on the reel and is a real hassle to deal with.
The really troublesome part of it though is the handle / wand; it began developing leaks that just got worse with each use. I tried wrapping it with that special tape which fixes most air and water leaks - but it can't handle the pressure and it quickly develops leaks. I went to the company's website to get a replacement, but there is no way to do so and the only contact info is a phone number. I called the number and got a message saying the company is closed and to call back during normal business hours (without saying what those hours are). Went back to the website for information on their location or operating hours and couldn't find it.
(Update) I was finally able to reach someone at the listed number 855.470.2181...a terse woman who wouldn't identify herself but said she was in Canada in the EST time zone. She is shipping p/n 31115661 (the wand) for $25. She is with Sunrise Global, the manufacturer for PowerWorks and Greenworks products. She said parts could also be ordered on the website ordertree.com, but I haven't verified that.
Contacted the company and they said to send it back to Amazon. Amazon immediately sent a new product and this one works as advertised. The first model had a disconnect somewhere inside of the main case where the soap tubes connect to the main motor. We could see inside but couldn't get in there to troubleshoot. This unit works as advertised. Uses soap fast so make sure to dial it down when washing vehicles. Upgrading my rating to 4 stars. Pleased with Amazon's customer service, as always.
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