I have terrible back, thru failed operations, this left leg problems, I also have hand and feet conditions, other problems like stomach not related to this summery.
As I have huge back pain it had to be easy to maneuver, relatively lightweight, and basically all of them will eventually hurt hands with carpal tunnel or other effected regions.
With all that said, I can use this about as much as possible due to its design, It starts with one pull EVERYTIME! (this would b a non-starter for me, I would return unit if it gave me any trouble because this action is awful hard on bad backs/hands, so easy start was a must. I am NOT a fan of foreign engines, I prefer briggs & strattons newer easy start and theyre very reliable, I took a big chance on a Subaru engine but its been OK, the fact it was mostly made here did/does help. I would like an adjustable wand, but these are VERY easy to change. Pneumatic tires and adjustable wand would be upgrades here, of course cost more. At its highest setting I have seen it remove auto quality paint! Ive seen it pierce vinyl on a seat!
The base with the soap/product dispenser built in, is great, way way better then the ones without built in resevior, or smallish "bottles".
What these come down to is this, how hard to get it up and humming, then how much work to do takedown, when running you know the work involved to do said task, so I wont go into that, it has enough GPM to go along with its 2700PSI power rating to clean anything this guy would ever get dirty around the house, younger healthier people can use it on ATV's 4X4 jeeps and such, and regular vehicles, it does it with aplomb, no drama, just starts up immediately, mostly quiet, or relatively quiet anyway compared to others, a little more water per minute then others, a little more PSI then others in the price range. Id say its right on order of the generac brand, but was for me about $50 less, I see here its $50 more then I paid at time of this review ($240 when I got mine) so, I saved the money and actually as my first one ever, I can only assume certain things, but having been around bigger ones for years I am a little learned on them.
At the $300 price point/range its well made, starts extremely easily, not too loud, not to hard to move around, I will say this, its designed well, but I wish the connection to the hose wasnt so very low, other makes have this connection up higher for ease of connecting, with a bad back, its the hardest part, after using I am more sore then when I start, and this final disconnect would be much easier if you put some type of quick-connector in place, I really have trouble disconnecting after using, even without a bad back, this could be thought out a little better.
For me, the range of power, and its overall cleaning power was most important, but a very very close second to me, was ease of start-up. Crucial to my enjoyment and/or usage period, is its starting, if this is hard, or inconsistent, the whole thing is junk, it wouldnt matter how well it cleaned if its a bear to start, so, this one pull (and not that hard of a pull at that) is the biggest shining thing to me, it could be less powerful, hard to maneuver, cost a tad more, but if it didnt start when my back and legs need it to, its worthless.
Now, I also dont use it everyday, or often at all, my disabilities continue to reflect what I can do and when, those determine what I can do on that given day (some better then others), but when/if I need to use it, I need it to just work, which this seems to do just fine, no extra detergent to move with you, ease of starting, ease of mind knowing it will start, all play a role in my decision.
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