October 30, 2015

Karcher K3 Follow Me Pressure Washer - Review

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Have you ever washed your house? It's crazy the difference it can make, especially on a white house. What it does is remove a "dumpiness" that you didn't even know was there. You look at your house every day, so you get used to how it looks and you never notice the slow degradation over time (sort of like your waistline). But, yeah, it builds up and when you clean it off, it's a total facelift. You can wash a house with a bucket, a scrub brush, and an extension ladder (fun level: 5%), or you can use a pressure washer (fun level: 95%). The last time I did it, I used the Karcher K3 Follow Me Pressure Washer, which they nicely provided for me to test.

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The unique thing about the Karcher is that it has four wheels and it can cruise around behind you kind of like an R2 Unit. It's not build for mud-bog off-roading but it can handle a lawn with little problems. It's an electric model, so you need an outlet nearby, but that shouldn't be much of a problem. The cord is nice and long and the plug-in end has a built in GFCI, which is nice given that once you turn this thing on, all of a sudden everything is wet.

Because it's an electric washer, there is no pull start or gas, and really no maintenance. Just unplug it and toss it in a corner of the garage. I really appreciate this kind of convenience.

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As for power, the Karcher blasts hydro at up to 1800 PSI, which seems to be about half of the good gas washers and in the low-middle range for the electric ones. I found it to be powerful enough for regular around the house use. Even at full blast you can still run your hand through the water stream, so there is a nice safety feature built-in to the lower pressure. The gas washers can get a little dangerous to the uninitiated. But yeah, I had no problem washing off the house, cleaning muck off some rocks for a stone wall, and even blasting some loose bark off a log for a carving project. If you're not a pro, this amount of power should fit the bill.

The nozzle has a twist to it that serves as a variable width adjustment and the body of the unit has a spot to add a cleaning agent to the stream.

All in all, it's a nice little washer and the convenience of both the four wheel mobility and the easy electric start/maintenance makes it a unit worth considering if you're in the market. It costs $190, which is on the high side of electric models, but those are all two wheeled units which can be a hassle to drag around a house.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at October 30, 2015 9:45 AM
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