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  • A tale of two pressure washers...
  • February 24, 2014
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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.

Pros: Great Engine, Easy to Store

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Bosk

SW Montana
55 to 64,Male
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By: Bosk
  • Runs and works great so far
  • July 22, 2013
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I have used the Homelite 2700psi/Honda 160cc engine for ten days now for a total of about four hours actual run time. I have cleaned brick siding, vinyl siding, concrete floors, aluminum gutters and a treated wood deck. So far the machine has started the first pull every time and run great. The motor did run roughly for the first couple of minutes after the first start but smoothed out and has run great ever since. The power and cleaning ability of the machine is about right for a 2700psi machine. With the 40 degree white tip it will remove 5 year old crud from the deck with nothing but water if held about four inches from the surface but does work faster if a deck cleaner like the ZEP product is applied first. If you don't have cleaner or don't want to use it soak the deck in plain water for a while or clean after a rain and it will clean much easier and faster than a dry deck. It cleans brick well and care must be taken on steps, etc. or you can blow out the mortar joints. I am using the PW as often as possible during the 30 day Home Depot return period because all of the non commercial cheap pressure washers like this one seem to be unpredictable in regard to quality control. If it works for a month or so with no problems it's probably good for a few years before the pump goes out. That's about all you can expect out of machine in this price range, especially with an aluminum pump.After reading the reviews for this PW on this website I can definitely offer some tips for better service from this machine.FIRST, READ THE OWNER'S MANUAL.VERY IMPORTANT: before starting the engine have the garden hose attached and let the water run through the machine with NO tip on the wand to purge any air in the pump and lines. Even a short time with the motor running and the pump trying to pump with no water running can damage the pump severely.Obviously some of the reviewers did not read that the soap dispenser ONLY works with the low pressure blue tip at about the same pressure as a garden hose. It is not meant to pressure wash with but only to apply the cleaner at a 20:1 ratio. When a different tip is used the siphoning stops and no cleaner is dispensed. There is NO NEED for an on/off switch for the soap tank because it only dispenses soap when the blue tip is used. When finished you can set the machine on something a foot or so high and attach a longer piece of vinyl tube to the tank and drain the unused soap into the original container for future use. The hose slips on and off both the soap tank and the pump connection very easily(maybe too easily). Remember to fill the soap tank with clear water and run through the pump to clean out the soap, etc. If the PW will not be used for week or so you really need to use pump lubricant to keep the o rings and seals from drying out. The pump is the weak link in all pressure washers and anything you can do to protect the pump will pay off in increased pump life.THE IMPORTANCE OF USING NON ETHANOL GASOLINE CANNOT BE OVERSTATED ! Some reviewers seem to think this not very important and they are dead wrong. A few years ago the Chattanooga Fire Dept went through a disastrous learning experience with the 10% ethanol containing gasoline we have had thrust upon us. Much of their small engine equipment such as "jaws of life" machines, saws, etc. would not work after short term storage with ethanol gas left in the engines. Ask anyone familiar with small engine service and they will all tell you that ethanol gas is death on small engines. It is also a major source of oxygen sensor failures in automobiles. If you have to use ethanol gas be sure to use a fuel stabilizer or suffer the consequences described in many of the reviews here. Even using a stabilizer be sure and run the gas out of the engine if storing for more than a few days. Many manufacturers of small engines such as Stihl now will void the warranty if ethanol gas is used. You can Google non ethanol gas stations and find a list in your area of stations that have it. Midnite Oil and Hi Tec stations are two that come to mind. Be sure to store the PW in an area that does not drop below freezing in the winter in case there is water still in the pump system. Wrapping the washer in a sleeping bag in the shed, as one reviewer mentioned is not going to help since the washer does not produce any heat to hold in with the sleeping bag.For long term storage you really need to "fog" the engine by taking out the spark plug and adding the appropriate oil. This is not difficult and there are specific products made for this or use the oil as directed in the owner's manual.Having said all this I am fully aware that my machine may not start in the morning in spite of doing everything "right." Such is the nature of small engines and water pumps on this kind of equipment. All this sounds like a lot of trouble and in some ways it is but all small engines are this way and for those that have not been doing it and nothing has gone wrong you are lucky. Hope this helps and I will update when I have more experience with this specific PW.

Pros: Easy to Use, Powerful Cons: cleaning wand is too short for tall people, high pressure hose is too short, soap tank needs to snap on and off for draining
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Tblack

Signal Mountain, TN, USA
55 to 64,Male
56 out of 56 people found this helpful
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By: Tblack
  • Great machine!
  • March 31, 2012
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I purchased a 2700psi power washer (Troy Built, Briggs Stratton motor) from Lowes yesterday. I used it for about two hours - it wouldn't start again! Left it over night - still nothing. Junk! Returned it!I bought this Honda 2700 psi washer from Home Depot. I've been using it all day. It starts with minimal effort - every single time! I've washed both cars, the driveway, the house, deck, back patio and even the fountain and rock garden.Great pressure! Easy to use.VERY happy customer!!

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LGJUNK

Denver, CO
45 to 54,Male
35 out of 35 people found this helpful
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By: LGJUNK
  • This product was perfect
  • May 20, 2014
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After reading some of the reviews I was a little weary. But I have to say this machine ran flawlessly 4 hours not a problem. I powerwashed my entire deck around the pool and did the siding on my house. After this winter everything was green I didnt think it would come clean now it looks brand-new definitely worth the money. .

Pros: Powerful, Great Engine, Easy to Use, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight Cons: does burn through a lot of gss
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faz3

Clarks Summit, PA 18411, USA
45 to 54,Male
31 out of 31 people found this helpful
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By: faz3
  • Gets the job done!
  • January 14, 2014
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I purchased my unit online and it was set on its side at my front door by UPS. This caused oil to leak all over. As advised by reviewers, before starting I read all instructions, added the 12 oz. of 4-cycle engine oil it comes with, added gasoline I premixed with Ethanol Shield fuel stabilizer, attached the power turbo nozzle (1/4" quick connect attachment purchased separately). As I unpacked it, I noticed the spray gun had a crack in the plastic housing and a big chunk missing from one side of the handle. It is cosmetic and works with the crack, however, for the money spent, I wanted a new one. I called Homelite and asked for a replacement. They said they'd send a free replacement out right away.The unit failed to start after multiple attempts. I called the customer support line (again) and noted the oil all over the unit and that after my zillion attempts to start it, gas was spurting out of the little exhaust pipe. She said I had flooded it which explained the gas coming out of the exhaust and that the air filter was probably full of oil. It was and with installation of a new one it started right up. The time it took me to run to Home Depot to get the new air filter (only $8) was time enough for the flooding to settle.I compared the turbo nozzle I purchased with all the ones this unit comes with and the turbo nozzle is totally worth it. It has a rotary action that blasts water in little circles as you move the spray wand up/down resulting in less passes and faster washing. It is worth the extra $30. But take care the turbo nozzle WILL DAMAGE WOOD if you get too close with it.I used the washer without soap because the little cap on the soap container drain spigot was missing (I noticed it after I put soap in and it leaked all over). This caused my third call to Homelite customer support, they are sending me cap for free. Before you put soap, make sure this little spigot has a cap on it. It is located on the back and bottom of the soap container. Without soap it worked great. I cleaned animal pens with it, wood frame, metal wire cage sides, concrete floors and sidewalk. This pressure washer made 40 years of spider webs, mold, mildew, dirt, leaves and debris disappear swiftly. I previously tried a smaller electric pressure washer (borrowed from a friend) that just didn't have enough power for this job. I'm glad we opted to purchase this unit. It has the power I needed to get the job done. The only thing I don't like about it is the way too small 0.5 gallon gas tank. I have to stop every 45 min to refill it.If you can purchase this from the store, do so to avoid damage caused by careless shipping. It was delivered quickly and free but: 1) was set on its side causing oil to leak ruining air filter 2) had a damaged spray gun and 3) missing soap container drain cap. Homelite customer support was kind and solved all my problems but it would have been nice to not to have to call them at all.The HD website said this unit was not available at my local store but when I went to get the replacement air filter I saw that it was indeed in stock. Doh...I wish I would have checked first to avoid the little hassles I had.Overall this is a good unit, worth the price and with care should last for years of happy pressure washing.Safety PrecautionsOne last thing, if you have carpel tunnel issues or are sensitive to vibration in your hands, take care. Pressure washer vibrate A LOT!!! I can operate this unit for about 5-6 hours max before my hands are kaput. The turbo nozzle makes the gun and spray wand vibrate even more! The only thing good about the tiny gas tank is taking a quick 5 min break to refill the gas tank every 45 min.Also wear appropriate PPE, safety goggles, ear protection, gloves, solid rubber boots. The unit is really loud and will blast debris into your face and at your feet. If you hit wood closely with the turbo nozzle splinters will fly everywhere. I found them inside my rain jacket and shirt!

Pros: Powerful, Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy, Good Size & Weight, Small Turn Radius, Easy to Store, Light Weight, easy to maneuver Cons: small gas tank

Irene

Davis, CA, USA
26 out of 26 people found this helpful
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By: Irene
  • Plenty of Power
  • March 29, 2012
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I debated between this and an electric, and I'm glad I went went with this gas model. Setup consists of attaching the main handle bar of the machine and adding oil. Well, you have to screw the hoses in, too. It's ready to run out of the box for the most part.Build quality seems fine to me. If the wheels break over time, they are easily and inexpensively replaced. In my limited experience, the motor runs well. The pull start is easy to operate (foot on machine) and the wand and gun feel durable enough. The hose from the wand is pretty long. The tips are easily interchangeable with a pull-down locking mechanism.Performance was outstanding. My first job was cleaning my drained pool, which had very light algae stains in a few places (filter died) as well as dirt/sand stains (filter was shooting sand into the pool). I also had significant calcium deposits lining the tile around the rim of the pool. I spent about 3 hours cleaning everything, refilling the gas tank once. The machine operated smoothly and consistently the entire time.The pool came out sparkling clean. I used the red tip a lot, which is the highest pressure tip, but varied my distance and angle to avoid damaging the pool. My pool is older (built 95), so it has surface cracking and the plaster is old. I accidentally blasted the plaster down to the concrete in a couple small places (particularly dirty areas), and had to later patch them with plaster cement (which I was already using for other pre-existing damage).The tile came out well, too. The machine blasted the deposits off and I was careful to stay away from the grout (again though, easily fixable with plaster cement had I damaged it). I probably still need to go over the tile with a pumice stone to get it perfect, but the vast majority was taken off. From a distance of 10-20 feet, you can't see the calcium deposit stain any longer, only faintly up close.Long story short, you do have to be cautious using that red tip because it can do serious damage depending on the material you are cleaning. The green is less concentrated but still plenty powerful. The blue tip is the soap tip and easily soft enough to use washing a car. Didn't use the white tip yet.I plan on using it for the driveway and patio soon, I'm sure it will make quick work with great results. I've only used electric models in the past and wasn't that impressed, so this experience was eye-opening. I'd much rather have too much power that is controllable than not getting something clean enough. Great tool.

BobVilasBeard

25 out of 25 people found this helpful
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By: BobVilasBeard
  • High Quality piece of equipment, wonderfully built.
  • May 13, 2014
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This unit starts first time every time. Wonderful Honda engine runs like a top. Really does a bang up job from soap application to high pressure and rinse. well worth the dollars paid. Very Easy to Use. Thank You Homelite & Home Depot !!

Pros: Powerful, Great Engine, Easy to Use, All In One

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Doug

Batavia, NY 14020, USA
65 or over,Male
22 out of 22 people found this helpful
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By: Doug
  • easy to assembly and the honda engine cannot be beat!
  • April 15, 2014
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This only took a few minutes to assemble including adding oil and gas. Runs great, the Honda engine will last for years and will always start, easy to move around and with the different spray tips, for different jobs makes spraying a simple job. Great product and I would recommend this above the $400 models anytime.

Pros: Durable, Powerful, Great Engine, Easy to Use, Accurate, Good Size & Weight, Easy to Store, Light Weight, Long-Lasting
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shga

Utah, USA
45 to 54,Male
18 out of 18 people found this helpful
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By: shga
  • Homelite Honda 2700psi
  • March 07, 2012
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took it out for the first time today. took about 5-6 starts for it to stay cranked and running but just followed the directions as this is somewhat expected. Once it warmed up it was awesome. Worked flawlessly and very powerful almost more than I need, which is better than not enough. The only problem is the cranking mechanism which is often the case with pressure washers...you have apply pressure on the washer with a hand or foot while pull cranking or you'll pull it over...but it really doesn't take a heavy pull to crank. But overall I love it and it will get plenty of use. Great Buy!

ML22

Tennessee, USA
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By: ML22
  • Great Design. Honda Engine. Good Value
  • February 19, 2012
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I've had a Troy-Bilt Mower with this 160 cc Honda engine for five years now and it has been perfect. Purchased this pressure washer yesterday and have been using it all day. Easy to start. Easy to use. The Homelite attention to detail in design and construction is much more impressive than other brands. Read all instructions for setting up and getting started and you should do fine.

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Carey

Orlando, FL, USA
45 to 54,Male
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By: Carey