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We had wanted a pressure washer for our garden for a long time as we have mainly paved areas which need a good clean what with the dog being out there. We saw the Karcher K2 Compact on Tesco Direct for £75 and thought it was a good price so bought one.
The pressure washer is the bright yellow you associate with Karcher washers. It is an upright machine and comes in pieces which you have to fit together. We found this not too much of a problem once we had looked at the instructions although I think they could have been a little bit clearer in places and the pictures a bit clearer too.
You get two lances to fit on the washer depending on what you are wanting it to wash. One is the lance and one is the dirt blaster lance. We just put the normal lance on for a start to see how it went. The water goes into the bit at the bottom and then there is a suction hose that comes out the side which you can put into a bowl of detergent if you want to, but we were just going to use the water as it was. The hose for spraying the water is 4m long and it has a gun fitted to the end where you attach the lance of your choice. You then press the trigger of the gun to fire the water.
We used this washer on the paving slabs that had been left out during the winter so some were covered with dried up green stuff. The washer got all the green off the slabs and left them looking like new again. I had never seen them so nice and bright for years. We also used the washer on the decking which also had some of the green stuff on it and it brought this up nice and clean again too ready to be re-oiled.
While we had it out we decided to give the wooden furniture a good going over and also the drains out in the garden. Everything came up nice a clean and we used less water than we would have with the normal hose as the Karcher is made to save water and says on the box that it uses less water than a normal hose.
When finished it was easy to put away as there is a cable tidy on the side where you can wind the cable away. The machine is quite lightweight too which is a blessing meaning I can carry it up from the cellar and use it myself without having to have a strong man about to do it for me.
I would say we are really pleased with out pressure washer. We have our water on a meter so we pay for what we use when we use it so this using less water than the hose and getting a better job done is really good.
The K2 Compact Pressure Washer is a small lightweight and portable machine which is ideal for cleaning cars garden furniture patios bicycles and small areas around the house. An impact-resistant recyclable plastic casing effectively prevents dirt particles from damaging the motor and pump whilst the pressure switch control switches the motor on and off when the trigger gun is pressed and released. This high-performance machine includes a high-quality N-Cor pump to reduce noise and the compact and lightweight design makes it portable and ideal for frequent use. The K2 features a detergent injector system which supplies detergent to the area being cleaned also at low pressure. Included with the machine is a one way lance detergent suction facility as well as the Dirtblaster lance which provides up to 50% greater cleaning power than a standard high pressure lance. All Karcher K2 Pressure Washers can also be used from a gravity fed harvested water source such as a water butt tap.