DeWalt or Karcher Pressure Washer

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Husky03, Sep 10, 2006.

  1. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 432

    I need a pressure washer that will last a long time and be able to clean a variety of things. It will not be used heavily, but considerably more than a homeowner. I will use it for my own equipment and some small odd jobs for customers. I need help deciding between these two washers.

    DeWalt DP2800 6.5HP Honda GX 2800PSI 3.0GPM Commercial CAT Pump
    $700.00 at Home Depot


    Karcher G4000SH 13HP Honda GX 4000PSI 3.6GPM Commercial German Karcher Pump
    $800.00 at Sams Club

    There is only a $100 price difference, but a huge power difference. I don't have to have 4000PSI. The reason I am considering the DeWalt is because I have heard good things about CAT pumps. What about the Karcher pumps?;) I am open to other brands, but no more than $800. I really don't even want to spend that much.

  2. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    Karcher is excellent..........I have had them for years.....
  3. bam

    bam LawnSite Senior Member
    from .
    Messages: 261

    have you checked Northern Tool. we bought one 5+ years ago with a gx160 honda, and a comet pump, its been beat to death by multiple employees and still does a great job cleaning the shop floor, cleaning the fleet of commercial mowers, trucks, trailers, and skidsteers, plows and spreaders in the winter. we paid about $500 for ours. Its probably not in the 3600 psi range, but for out needs we dont need that. I also rented a steam cleaner last year to clean some mowers we were selling, and did a few trucks as well. that was closer to the 3600 psi range and i blew paint off an 03 truck. so i guess it depends on your needs.
  4. fulano

    fulano LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    You can adjust the pressure down on the bigger unit, but you can't adjust pressure above the max on a smaller unit.
  5. tylermckee

    tylermckee LawnSite Member
    from wa
    Messages: 248

    Karcher, all you are paying for when you buy Dewalt is the name tag. Dont get me wrong i love dewalt for some things, like their cordless tools, but other things they price outrageously just because it has their name on it.
  6. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 432

    So you guys think that the Karcher pumps hold their own up there with the CAT pumps? Is this true for the pumps on the smaller Karcher units also?


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