Craftsman Pressure Washer. Gas or Electric? Which is Better?
Updated: Sep 11, 2021
As easy as it may seem to compare a Craftsman electric pressure washer to a Craftsman gas powered pressure washer, it really is tough comparison. The one thing that is clear and obvious, the electric one is definitely cheaper. Don't jump and grab it off the shelf too quickly though! You may be highly disappointed in the electric model as it does have a number of limitations when compared to the gas powered one. Another question you'll need to answer is "Do you live in a place where noise pollution is an issue?". The quietness of the electric pressure washer is a very nice feature. It also gets nearly silent when you are not engaging the pressure washer's wand and you need to set it down for a second or two. In other words, it's not making a lot of loud idling noise.
The electric pressure washer is super easy to set up and start. No pull starting necessary and no fuel saver or additives needed for long term storage. It's compact and super easy to store taking up minimal amounts of space. It's very lightweight so easy to move it around, however, you are dragging along an electrical cord which needs to be considered for evaluation in terms of your work location. They are relatively new to the market so they haven't been given enough time to show how reliable and durable they are over time. These are absolutely wonderful for smaller jobs or for medium sized jobs that don't require a completion timeline. The electric pressure washer has 1700 MAX PSI* and 1.2 GPM. The pressure washer gun comes with a soap applicator bottle for cleaning with soap. Onboard nozzle, pressure washer hose, cord, and wand storage keep accessories organized. 20 ft. kink-resistant hose eliminates hassle and provides long-lasting performance. 35 ft. power cord for range from your outlet.
Some common uses for this is pressure washing the moss and dirt off of your metal gates, cleaning your motorcycles or other vehicles, windows, home siding cleaning, driveway, porch, pet roof, shed roofs, lean-to roofs, decks, deck railings, the list goes on and on. These pressure washers are tools that pay for themselves in my opinion.
Here is a paid amazon link to one:
The above video is on how to start, operate and repair a Craftsman 2700 Pressure Washer. Many questions arise when owning and operating one of these gas powered pressures washer. Does Craftsman pressure washer have a choke? Nope. It does not and neither does it have a primer Are craftsman pressure washer’s any good? Yes they are really good and about half the price of their equivalent Honda counterpart. I will say I have owned many honda products and they do last forever. Craftsman pressure washers are equally as reliable as the rest of their equipment. What kind of oil does a craftsman pressure washer take? You can use 5w30, 10w30 or SAE30wt oil depending on the ambient temperature. In ambient temperatures of 55-above SAE30 wt is recommended. If you want to get a lot of work done in a quicker amount of time than I'd say the gas one is the way to go if your pocket book can handle it. They are a little bit larger so they take up more room to store than the electric.
Here is a paid amazon link to one:
Craftsman 3200 MAX PSI at 2.1 MAX GPM Gas Pressure Washer with Hose, Wand, and Spray Nozzles: https://amzn.to/3nmPy8c
So to answer the question as to which one is better, I would have to say the gas powered one is the one that I prefer to use as long as it starts up first time and I have some gas on hand. Not to take any love away from the little electric one though as this is a nice back up if I'm out of gas or if I need it for some small jobs. Thanks for stopping by and please check out my youtube channel as well as my other posts!
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