I feel as if I should have a banner ad on my blog to justify all of the “plugs” I seem to give Harbor Freight… but then again… this is The Cheapskate Camper site… I am a cheapskate and the place is cheap!
My latest discovery is their electric pressure washer.
It’s not a camping necessity… but certainly a handy tool for keeping your grill, camping gear, RV, trailer, SUV, truck or whatever… clean!
On the cheapskate side of things… by the time I applied all of my coupons and discounts I got the one pictured here for under $80.00!
It’s simple to operate, has few things to lose… and works as advertised. Its 1500 psi of water pressure (using only 1.3 gallons of water per-minute)… has cleaned everything I’ve pointed its wand at.
Unlike the other three pressure washers I researched (in a similar price range) the Harbor Freight product does one thing better than the others. The high pressure pump only runs when you squeeze the trigger! The other three appear to run the pump all the time. The other brands even cautioned, if you are not using the sprayer for even the shortest of time, you should turn it off to avoid damaging the pump.
Fit and finish are fine. The only things you have to assemble are the handle, and snap the wheels on to the base. Attach the hoses and you are good to go!
The device is absolutely water tight… not a drip or dribble at either the water hose connections (a quick connect/disconnect is provided) or the high pressure outlet. The only other “accessory” item is the soap dispenser. The wand has just one adjustable tip… from a soft “fan” type of spray to a piercing 1/8” stream capable of stripping paint off of wood! Certainly sufficient for my needs.
Be sure to read all of the safety warnings… you can hurt yourself with this thing (no firsthand experience). And you can damage the items you are cleaning. (I have first hand experience in that department… shot a little hole right through my awning!) It is a good idea to test the spray on the items you intend to clean by starting soft and adjusting the spray until you see the “cleaning effect” start. Be careful with wooden items… it will cut groves in softer material!