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Rated 1 out of
Dont but unless near a dealer
Bought mine and after an hour of use its blowing oil out of the spout seal.( back Pressure). Called to return and told can only go to a dealer to be evaluated. The only problem is I'm 2 hours from one. VERY DISAPOINTED. Never buy from a big box store. Pay this much for a washer then get the run around like this. Most dealers are booked out months.
Date published: 2020-08-19
Rated 1 out of
Not recommended. Hard to e-start.
I needed a pressure washer with an electric start due to having reconstructive shoulder surgery. I tried an electric pressure washer, but they just didn't have enough power, so I searched the internet for an electric start, gas powered pressure washer. This one came up first on Amazon. I read the reviews, which seemed mostly positive, so I decided to buy.
Out of the box, I had some concerns, but I went ahead and put it together, which was fairly easy. I charged the battery, as recommended, filled the gas tank with ethanol free gas, and filled the oil to capacity. I was cautiously excited, as I saw this small battery, and thought it was odd for such a small battery could start such a powerful engine.
I followed the directions on how to properly start it up with the electric start button. First try...no-go. Second try...no-go. Third try...no-go. Fourth try, it started. I thought maybe because it was brand new, it just needed to wake up, but this has been a continuous pattern for the year and a few months that I have owned this machine. There have been times where it wouldn't start even after the 5th try, and then it would just stop trying to start altogether.
So, when all else fails, what do you do? Yup, I tried to use the pull cord to get it started. I figured if it was going to start, it would start with the pull cord. But, nope!! No compression at all. As I said, I've had this machine for a year and a few months. This has been the cycle ever since I had it. I'll get lucky once in a while and it will start...if it feels like it.
Other problems I've had with the machine is the water supply connection leaks. I tried putting new a new washer inside the screw on assembly, but I still get a good amount of water leakage. I called Generac technical support, and I was told that they have discontinued making the part, so I'm stuck with a machine that leaks and hardly starts.
Design flaws as viewed from a common sense type of guy:
1. What were they thinking when they designed this machine to have the water supply and pressure washer hose so low to the ground in back of the machine? I've owned other pressure washers, and most of them had the water supply line and pressure washer hose on the side of the machine, or in the front, and higher. Go ahead and try to tilt the machine back and push it while both hoses are connected, and both drag on the ground, even with the slightest tilt.
2. Trying to fill the gas tank is a bit of a challenge. The handle is in perfect alignment with the gas cap.
3. The spring clip holding the battery in the holder disappeared within a few weeks after I got it. You'd think it would have been made sturdier than that. It's an essential piece of the battery holder, as it clamps the top down so the battery doesn't get wet. I had to cut a piece of wire to use to hold the top down.
In my opinion, this is a poorly designed product, and should be completely redesigned and reimagined. I certainly did not recommend this machine to both of my adult sons when they were in the market to buy pressure washers. They both bought machine with Honda easy pull/easy start engines, and that will be my next purchase very soon!
Date published: 2020-08-05
Rated 4 out of
I really like this one with the electric start. Although it now takes about 4-5 tries to start it electrically.
My question : Are there quick disconnects for the hose from the wand and the also from the machine? It is impossible to coil the hose without disconnecting at least one end of the hose. The screwing mechanism makes it a tedious procedure indeed.
Any help appreciated.
Date published: 2020-07-20
Rated 3 out of
Can't really say how good it might be
I'd like to write a glowing review but I am being told that it will take a total of 46 days from the date of order until the scheduled ship date for an item that is supposedly "in stock". Totally ridiculous...
Date published: 2020-05-27
Rated 5 out of
Electric Start 71320
Had a Craftsman before,it was passable.Three people in my family own Generac PW's.Good reviews,and am VERY happy with the purchse.Great price,great product !!
Date published: 2020-04-30
Rated 5 out of
My wife is a pressure washer widow!
Love this pressure washer and recommend it for any homeowner. Easily has enough power to clean my concrete driveway, stucco house, wood and vinyl trim and patio.
The adjustable pressure switch on the handle is very convenient and a smart feature. I agree with some other reviews that larger wheels or relocating the hose connections from the bottom, back side would be helpful due to dragging the ground when tilting the washer to mov it’s location.
The electric start is great to have. Only one problem: the washer started up on its own while in the garage overnight! No water was connected and it did turn off fairly quickly but I wanted an electric start machine, not an auto start machine. It also turned off during use a few times on its own. When I called customer service about this, after having the washer less than a week, I was told it is under warranty and to take it to an authorized repair center. I was expecting Generac to replace the machine vs. repairing what seems to be an electrical or main board problem.
Date published: 2020-04-12
Rated 4 out of
I bought this unit and it worked great for two whole times i used it. Deck cleaning is easy especially with different heads.
Now my issue, i turned it off to add gas and now the pull start will not start it all all. If you use the electric start button it putters along for 10 secounds and never gains enough to operate . How can i fix this?
Date published: 2020-03-07
Rated 4 out of
Works very well....but...
This pressure washer started instantly the first time I pushed the "Start" button. It does the job very well.
However, like many of these units the nozzles are very vulnerable to damage, especially the thermal release valve. Larger diameter wheels would provide better protection when going up and down stairways. The greater ground clearance might also allow the high pressure hose to remain connected without risk of abrading it when moving the unit.
Date published: 2019-10-01
3100 PSI 2.5 GPM Electric Start Residential 7143 is rated