This review is actually a comparison between the Homelite 2700 and the Ryobi 3100, and some pointers for prospective users.I bought the Ryobi first, but the pump did not operate, or the auto-throttle down was not set up right. Engine was great. So, I took it back, and went with the Homelite. Actually, when you compare them, side by side, they are almost identical. Homelite engine is a little smaller, but all the controls are the same. Same hose holder, same soap holder, same operating instructions. Both have water and pressure hose attachments on the front bottom. Both have the same gas tank size. Both have the same handle, and hose, which is the same length.After taking the Ryobi back, and exchanging for the Homelite, I got home and put it together. It is actually a little quicker than the Ryobi. No screws to attach, just slip the handle over the frame and it clicks in. Then again, the Ryobi folds up, not that either takes up much space. The Homelite has larger wheels, which are nice. Easier to keep from dragging the hoses as you move it. I didn't notice that in the store, but it does make a difference.They start up the same. Attach and turn on the supply water. Attach the pressure hose first, and handle. They just screw on. There are complaints about the coiling of the hose. Well, I used to have a commercial 3000 psi Landa PW, with the big hoses. I will take the smaller ones any day. Leave the handle off, lay out the hose straight, getting all the coils out. Then attach the handle. That way, you are not flipping the handle over and over. Now, to start. Gas on, ignition off, choke on, per the arrows on the side of the carb. Two pulls will get gas to the engine. Now, ignition on, and it will start in a pull or two. Even in 30 degree weather, the choke needs to be turned off fairly quick, or it will flood out. It gives plenty of warning first. It also helps to pull the trigger on the handle, to release pressure on the pump. The starter rope is so easy to pull with one hand, it is easy to keep the handle in the other.The old timer who sold me the Landa taught me to shut down by turning off the gas, not the ignition. Let it run out, which will take about 30 seconds. Keep the source water turned on. That will help with gumming up the carb. Of course, use gas stabilizer for your fuel. If you are using the washer on a constant basis, say, weekly, that is probably unnecessary. If you are going to store it for a month or longer, I suggest shutting down the fuel.Now, with it running, a word about the nozzles. The Homelite has 4, and a nice tray on the frame to hold them, and tell you what they are. The BLUE nozzle is for soap. All the complaints about needing a soap supply switch, I don't understand. Put in the blue nozzle, soap comes out. Use any of the other nozzles, soap doesn't come out. Pretty simple. Sure, it might be nice to have soap on the other nozzles, but NONE of the washers in this price range do that. On the Ryobi, you get one nozzle, with 4 settings, including one for soap. That is nice, but, really, changing nozzles is quick and simple. EVERYTIME you put in a nozzle, point it at the ground when you pull the trigger. Sometimes they slip out, and they can sail a fair distance. That happens at ANY price range.I also bought the Turbo nozzle, as I had one on the old washer. I prefer that for doing cars, and general work. Once you use it, you will probably not change it out, except to use the soap nozzle, at least for car washing.The Homelite is only 2700psi, but that seems like plenty, especially for car washing, which is what I use it for mostly. The narrow nozzles will give plenty of power for stripping paint and concrete. If the Ryobi is anywhere near what my old 3000psi washer was like, the extra psi might be nice, but not a deal maker. My old Landa had a higher GPM, so it is hard to compare.At list price, you save $70 with the Homelite. You get bigger wheels, and it goes together 5 minutes quicker. You lose 400psi from the Ryobi. You also get an engine that runs full throttle all the time, so you use a 'little' more gas. Then again, you have less wrong to go with the 'throttle down' system, which has been a problem for a few buyers (if you read all the reviews). Again, as to the complaints about tank size, I guess they have a point. I washed 3 cars, one after another, and did not run out. Today, I washed two, and was washing out my garage, and it dies. I just filled the tank and it started with one pull (holding the pressure handle trigger to release pressure on the pump)The 25' hose is fine for washing a car, if you set up the washer near one corner, and do one side at at time. I bought another hose, which is of the same quality as the included one. There is no way you can wind both hoses on either washer's hanger. I put a couple of 3/8" 'L' shaped brackets on the frame, with the 'L' facing out, and the hose wraps fine around those. Cost $8. I also bought a 'no kink' hose attachment, meant for putting on your faucet to keep from kinking it there. I put that on the inlet of the washer, then put a 3' section of hose alone the frame with zip ties, so the 'new' attachment spot is at the top of the handle. Since the pressure hose stays attached, no more bending over to hook up. Sure, they could have figured something out at the factory, but we would all pay for it. Also, with this DIY setup, the hose never comes near the exhaust, which I CAN see burning the plastic hoses (or rubber ones, for that matter) I included a couple of pics of my setup. It took me about 20 minutes, total. I also got a water filter, to keep grit out of the nozzles. Probably overkill, but it can't hurt.So, I ended up with the Homelite, and I am happy. Had the Ryobi worked out of the box, I think I would have been just as happy. After touching and putting them both together, I would buy the Homelite again, for the bigger tires, and slightly less cumbersome frame. It is easier to roll around. Both are difficult to fuel up with a big gas can, but I have one with a push button nozzle I can hold right over the opening. The Homelite IS slightly easier to fuel up. As a side note, I also like the handle holder on the Homelite better. It holds the handle a little better, and keeps it more out of the way. Ryobi is fine, Homelite is better.Lastly, Home Depot was very considerate on the exchange. I live rural, and it is 90 miles one way to the store. They gave me the sale price on the Homelite for my troubles. Good customer service.
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