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    Hi all,

    Has anyone had any experience with Pressure Washers.

    I've been looking at the Karcher K7.85M. Pressure Washer for cleaning the car in winter.

    Is there any views on whether these are any good or not !!

    Dont want to waste £200

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    I've got a JCB one kicking around in the shed, Have a go with that one! I only want rid cos I'm a lazy so and so and can't be arsed setting it up, plus the hosepipe ban! Yours £50 delivered!

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    For cars - limited use. Handy for giving the car a quick hose down before you start cleaning - but then again so is a hose. The pressure washer will be stronger so may shift a bit more of that initial layer. Can be useful for getting the initial muck off alloys, but again it's not a big deal to do it by hand with some product.

    What you most definitely don't want to use them for is to try and get any stuck on crud off by going close with the lance - you'll end up taking the lacquer off.

    I bought a Karcher (£200 job) a few years ago for using with the car and for other stuff (cleaning paving etc.). I never use it for the car now - just a hose (when allowed!) and buckets. I drag the pressure washer out only for other stuff around the garden - mainly cleaning the paving and drive.

    If you've got a use for it elsewhere (garden, drive etc.) then it's probably worth it, but if it's only for the car I wouldn't think it's worth spending £200. If you think it'll be useful for (only) the car - stronger hose down kinda thing - then maybe a cheaper unit would do the job? If you think you'll also use it in the garden etc., then you'll be better off spending the extra money for the better specced model.

    HTH

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    a pressure washer is nice to get the muck out from under the arches and i find they make light(er) work of alloys aswell....but what with the hosepipe ban they are no use round these ways.

    not worth spending 200 quid on steve....i'm sure you could put that towards something else more useful

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    I agree; they do a great job removing brake dust from alloy wheels but they're fairly ineffective on the rest of the car.

    Slightly OT, but what types of water restrictions are in effect in your part of the world?

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    Don't use them on your car, whatever you do.

    The idea is to lift the dirt off your paint as gently as possible, so as not to scratch or mark the paint in any way, not to hammer it at high pressure, any cracks in the paint and a pressure washer will lift the paint off. I know I've been there, never again.

    Put your money towards a hose, two buckets( with grit guards), couple of washmitts, Sonax shampoo ( from your local Vx dealer) and some good quality wax.

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    cant believe youv'e still got a hosepipe ban, does nothing but rain here

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCOTTEX
    two buckets( with grit guards
    not cheap those buckets!!

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    Thanks guys..... will save my money then.... only wanted one for the car, so will leave that one then... actually my normal water pressure up here isnt too bad anyway.

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    I've got a small Karcher one to clean the patios and pathways of my house, only problem being we have a hosepipe ban still.

    Got a big old Karcher at work for cleaning the cars, this beast does maybe 5 or 6 cars per day and as we are doing it for trade, the ban does not apply!

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