Product Type: Karcher pressure washers
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Karcher K2.29 Pressure Washer
Author Name: superness11
Karcher K2.29 Pressure Washer
Advantages: easy to use
Disadvantages: filthy work!
I have a patio area at the back of my house. It was starting to look rather tired and dark and when wet, it was beginning to get a little slippy. While the weather is still nice and I am able to get out in the garden, I decided to buy a pressure washer. I was prepared to spend up to a £100 pounds. Not knowing much about them, I thought that anything that came under this budget would be pretty lame and unable to do the job. I trotted off to my nearest garden centre and started to look at the various machines; some beastly monstrosities, some slightly smaller and more manageable looking.
*Choosing the machine*
While staring quizzically at the bunch of machines, a shop assistant came over to ask whether he could help me. I told him what I wanted the machine for; cleaning the patio, some outdoor furniture and my push bike. He pointed me in the direction of a couple of machine; one of which was this pressure washer and it was priced for £69.99. Recognising the brand name and the signature colours, I purchased the machine and brought it home.
* 1600 watt motor
*100 bar operating pressure
*90 bar rated water pressure
*Water intake filter
*6 metre hose
*Offers 360 litre of water per hour
The pressure washer comes with excellent instructions that told me where to connect the pipe and how to operate it. I connected the pipe that fitted onto the end of the tap; this connects in the same as a hose pipe. There is also a plug and mains cable that needs plugging into the main supply. This is a rather long lead and I did not need an extension cable as I thought I might do.
The main base of the machine stays on the floor and has the switch to turn it off and on. I took hold of the gun part of the machine and turned on the tap and turned the machine on. The force of the water shot the pressure gum form my hand and sent it flying round my ankles, soaking me through! I quickly tamed the beast and took a firm hold of it. At this point I realised just how powerful it was going to be!
*Operating the machine*
I took aim at the patio and worked a flag at a time. I did not need to arch my back and bend towards the floor which was good. I could stand comfortably upright and simply direct it towards the floor. The machine is really noisy though, so pick what time you are going to use the machine. I do not think my neighbours would be very impressed if I had started jet washing early Sunday morning!
I was amazed at how quickly the machine cleaned the patio and removed the grime that had been there for years. It ripped up the annoying weeds between the cracks and made the flags look shiny and new. After a while I got more confident with the machine and did silly things like write my name in the flags before blasting it all off!
It is rather fun to use the machine, but you will get muddy and wet. My feet were soaked and I had mud splashes dripping from my eye brows!
I forgot that the water I was spraying had to go somewhere though and my patio is a little uneven so the dirty water kept running back over the patches I had done. I had to stop and use a brush to brush the water and dirt into the flower beds. I think I should have spent more time planning the washing section by section and making sure my exit path was clear. This is something I will bear in mind next time.
I also found that the jet wash sent the dirt flying over my newly washed windows and PVC door so I had to give these a spray down afterwards and a bit of a wipe.
A downside to cleaning the patio was that the pressure washer pulled off one to two inches from the bottom of my newly creosoted fence. This was a fault of how I was controlling the machine, I was directing the jet wash towards the floor but it was so powerful it took some off the fence too. I had to go round and touch it up afterwards.
I was really pleased with the results though, the patio came up so well and the flags looked brand new afterwards.
I have used the jet wash on my bike and it was really useful for getting off the dirt in those awkward places such as under the chain and round the spokes.
I jet washed plant pots and the garden bench and freshened everything up in the garden.
The main part of the machine has a yellow handle, so you can easily transport the machine around. There are little indentations so you can wrap the various leads around the machine making it easy to store.
For the price I paid, I am really impressed with the quality of the machine and how powerful it is. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting a machine for the same sort of reasons. It is really reliable and easy to use.
Summary: A powerful machine that doesn't cost the earth
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