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KARCHER PRESSURE WASHER
Karcher K2.29 Pressure Washer
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Karcher K2.29 Pressure Washer
Date: 27/11/11, updated on 17/05/12 (156 review reads)
Advantages: Cleans fast
If like me your back garden is paved or you have decking, you know how frustrating it is to see it change into a grubby looking mess as heavy bad weather turns your once perfect garden into a dull shadow of it's once self. My garden is fully paved with tall Wooden fencing surrounding the parameter. My family paid to have this done early Summer around three years ago. But by the following summer the paving didn't resemble itself at all. Moss was the main culprit, it had turned our once bright slabs into dull green squares. It also brought its friend along for good measure, algae. This also turned the moss-less slabs a different, but no less annoying shade of green. The bottom of the wooden fencing didn't escape it's evil grasp. It stained all a long its end until the garden looked like that of a derelict house, rather than something that had cost thousands of pounds to create.
This power washer was recommended by our "helpful" neighbour. Clearly he didn't appreciate the view from his bedroom window and wanted it gone as soon as possible. Karcher I've been told is the leading name in these patio cleaners. Its a heavy robust bright yellow machine, that comes in a well packed, but still quite large box.
There are lots of different models at lots of different prices, obviously the more powerful the pressure and the more accessory's included the more expensive the price tag.
This one was middle of the range as we didn't need one that could actually bore down to the centre if the earth. This had a "respectable" (to use the sales assistants words) 1600 Watt Motor and most importantly a 100 Bar pressure at 90 bar rated water pressure (bar pressure, we were told is the strength of which the water is pushed out, so there for THE most important thing when it comes to choosing one of these).
We had to buy a tap converter for the hose as as our taps are not accommodated apparently when it comes to the connector included with karcher power washers.
We also had to buy a longer hose than was included in the box as our garden is very long, and our kitchen is awkwardly positioned in the middle of our house instead of at the back as is the case in most houses. The hoses length included with this model is 6 meters long. We of course had to use one of those very long extension leads in order to plug it in, just like you'd have to do with an electric lawnmower. If you have a tap and a socket in your garden then using this couldn't be more simple.
When it comes to assembling and eventually using the power washer itself the instructions are very straight forward and easy to understand.
When it comes to performance, this compact machine delivers.
It makes a lot of noise, so choose your timing carefully, too early in the morning, and the neighbours won't be pleased and too late in the evening and the same disdain will be all too evident.
This comes with a trigger like nozzle that helps with accuracy when aiming the powerful flow at what ever it is you wish to clean. In my case I started with the paving. Instantly the green staining vanished directly at the point where the water hit the stone. It comes out with such force it literally sprays up off the surface in a fine mist. Fine as it may be, if your legs are too close you WILL get drenched from the knee down, so always stand back and aim out. Another thing I noticed was that it does send this dirt filed spray out towards all nearby objects, be it your windows, conservatory, or in my case the fencing. At that moment I was glad I hadn't started with the fencing only to have to redo them later, once I had finished with the paving. Once I noticed the water was splashing in directions I didn't appreciate, all I had to do was change my aim ever so slightly. Within minutes I became very comfortable with controlling the flow, pressure and direction.
When it came to the fencing the results were equally as impressive. It took no effort whatsoever to just point and watch the wood come back to life as the dirt, grime and moss just dripped away.
Now for THE most annoying thing about this washer (although I should have know better).
After finishing my fun day of power spraying, the garden looked great. Actually it looked as good as three years earlier when we first had it done. The problem arose about one week later when I noticed a pesky little green weed poking out from between the paving slabs for the very first time. Within the week it was joined by around fifty of it's friends. What I hadn't taken into consideration when using the Karcher, was that as it disintegrated the dirt from the surface of the stone, it also dislodged all of the paving sand that was used to keep weeds at bay and "grout" between each slab.
So my father and I had to spend another day digging up and treating the weeds and then even more money and effort on bags of sand.
When we mentioned this to the same sales assistant that had sold us the power washer, right as he was selling us the sand. He told us that this washer shouldn't be used on paving that has been laid on sand as it will remove or displace the sand and in turn result in the slabs becoming unstable and uneven.
Great to know but a little too late for us.
This pressure washer can however can be used on decking, fencing, pavements, house exterior's, permanent (cemented in) paving and for many, many more uses.
This is a wonderfully powerful little machine, but just make sure you have the right kind of garden before you buy.
Summary: Powerful and small
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