“ Brand: B&Q „
I bought one of these when they were on offer a few years ago. I thought i could use it to clean my car and my flat windows. It came in a bland box with the main features written on it. The instructions weren't very clear and you do need some sort of instructions to tell you what each attachment does. The moment I took the plastic bags off the pressure washer, the smell of cheap plastic hit me. I did think about packing it all up and returning it but i persevered. Connecting it all together is straight forward and once its all piped up and plugged in, your ready to go. The machine did clean my car the first few times i used it, and i even managed to spray my windows clean, but then the handle started leaking. These were the start of my problems with this contraption. I tried to return it to B &Q for a replacement but that was an impossible task. They said i would need to buy a replacement hose for this as i had caused the damage. The replacement cost more than the pressure washer itself so i thought maybe i could live with the leak. A few month later the motor packed in and I binned it. I have since bought a Nilfisk pressure washer and have so far had no problems with it. I would stay clear of B &Q for any electrical goods. The customer service is terrible, and they tend to give you the run around just so they can pass the buck onto someone else. In retrospect, this didn't cost much and I'm glad i wasted this small amount of money finding out what B & Q are like rather than spending a large amount.
I owned one of these pressure washers last year. I dont have it any longer as it soon broke. There arent any positives about this product to be honest. The price seems very reasonable at around £30, and it LOOKS quite powerful and sturdy. This pressure washer has really made me question the whole credability of B&Q as it soon broke. The handle to the washer isnt built to last by any means, and after just 4 uses (cleaning my garden paving stones) it soon gave in. The problem I have discovered that happens most of the time is that the handgun breaks and water is soon gushing out just like a hosepipe. This pressure washer doesnt have any particular power to start with. It does the job to some extent, but I would by no means recommend this as once it does break - and this is inevitable, you will struggle to not be out of pocket. B&Q either insist on a replacement where you return it to the shop, or you can get replacement parts that are no better than the originals and so they will also do a very poor job. The washer is a dark blue colour and looks quite bulky, with very cheap feeling/looking black plastic handle and other surround. The lance is black and also the hosepipe too. Maybe I could suggest you save most of the £30 and buy a hosepipe instead, it would be much less hassle and just as useful! For £30 it will definately tempt some people, but I would say if you dont just want a pressure washer for one or two quick jobs then this isnt for you. I think B&Q must take a look at this product as the handgun is very poorly constructed.
I paid £30 for mine and to be honest you get what you pay for. The power is not very good and does not seem to be that much more powerful than simply using a hose. The unit is very compact and light but does make an awful lot of noise when it is pumping and building pressure. The plastics are of a good quality and the whole unit feels quite sturdy. There is not a lot of options with accessories either or the option to add soap when washing the car or sometihng. I found when washing the car that most of the dirt just sat there and I had to resort to hand washing anyway which was disappointing since this was the application I had in mind. I have used more expensive products in the past and although they tend to be quite a bit larger they are impressively more powerful. I would recommend spending more maybe not by much but definitely avoid the cheapest on the market because like me you will just be going to buy another one come next summer.
Believe it or not but summer is on its way. Weather wise I mean. I have managed to plant a few summer plants in my tubs and hanging baskets and instantly my garden looked a little bit brighter. Except for one or two things that let the garden down. Green slimy moss on my patio tiles and weeds sticking up between each tile. My patio needed a good scrub and de-weeding. If you think I was going to get a brush and scrub it, then mess around with weed killers, think again. I just went into my garage and got out my B&Q pressure washer that I had bought a couple of years ago. I cannot recall the price I paid, but it was about £50. I am sure the prices will not have altered that much in the last couple of years. If you want to save yourself a lot of time, hard work and get sparkling results, I suggest you go out and buy one this weekend. This pressure washer is electric powered and uses a lot less water 360 litres per hour (approx) A garden hose uses 3500 litres of water per hour (approx) That is very handy for me as I am on a water meter. The water is forced through the nozzle giving a powerful jet of water.it is up to you if you want to use detergent with it, or if you want to use just water. Your normal hose pipe fits into the end of the machine to enable you to get high pressured jets of water through the machines own thin hose. You also have the choice of two different settings. One setting is really powerful, enough to blow your toes off (so make sure you are wearing shoes) The other setting gives you a wider spray so is a little less powerful but still powerful enough to clean every thing to perfection. There are instructions on how and were to use the machine. With the really powerful jet turned on you can just go up and down the joins in your patio slabs and believe me, your weeds will be ripped right out. On the lower setting you just s pay back and forth over your slabs and watch the dirt come right off. It is not just for use on patios though. You can wash your car or caravan, clean the plastic on your windows, you can in fact do most of your out cleaning chores with it. I would and personally have recommended getting a pressure washer to all of my friends and now I am recommending the same to you.
Wow I saw the power wash in B&Q and thought at last a decent price. I've used powerwashers at work so thoughrt yes I'll try it. Well I got the powerwash and accesories, nearly 70 pound. It took about 10 minutes to set up and start using. One of the nozzles is a rotating narrow jet, this is brilliant at cleaning the drive. Talk about the difference in colour, from the drive moved on to the brickwork again impressed. All this cleaning and no soap. Tried it on some parsnips and potatoes, just pleased that was not my hand in front. Only point against is there is no internal soap dispensor or dilution control. Nearly forgot, you should see the weeds being shredded in the gaps between my slads on the patio.
Never having seen a pressure washer in action,today I witnessed one and was absolutely amazed with it. I watched in awe as My Dad was using this item to clean His patio,which was covered in green slimey stuff. With each left to right swaying motion,I watched the power of the spray remove every bit of dirt and that horrible green stuff. He used it to clear debris that had acumulated around the plant pots and each gap between the paving stones.Everywhere was spotless when He had finished,I was totally impressed. Excitement over,let Me tell you about this item. It is called a pressure washer,made by performance for B&Q,and the price is £49.99. Its essentially a power electric motor driving a set of pistons,that force water through a small nozzle,creating a pressurised jet of water. The pressure washer is enviromentally friendly,which reduces water consumption. This is ideal if you are one of those unfortunate ones,who has a water meter fitted. You can either use plain water or add a detergent depending on what you need to wash. You will need a hose pipe,of minimum length 7.5m,this fits onto the washer drum. Fit the spray gun hose to the machine,select the setting you require.There are two settings to choose from,one is high pressure for a more concentrated jet,the other being low,this gives a wider spray at a lower pressure. I have to point out that it does have a rather noisy motor,about the only bad thing I could find about it though. It does come with good clear instructions in the form of a leaflet.It also gives a helpline phone number should you have any problems with the machine itself. This great gadget can be used to remove algae and moss from patios,fences,pathways and driveways. You can also clean car,bikes,caravans even boats,just stand back and watch the dirt wash away with ease,eliminating the need for elbow grease. I for one am all for anything that ma kes light of tedious jobs especially around the garden. Its great for clearing out gutterings as well.Thats a definate one for My partner,not that He knows this yet,but He soon will!! The voltage of the machine is 230-240v. Well thats about it,not having £50 to spare unfortunately,it will have to be a loan from good ole Dad. I am itching to have a go and when I do,I will have the cleanest patio,guttering and fences in my road,by the time I have road tested it.