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[Amazon.ca] Karcher K1700 Cube Electric Power Pressure Washer $138.95

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The all-new K1700 Cube was developed to offer high cleaning performance and unparalleled ease of use. This highly portable electric pressure washer delivers 1700 PSI of TruPressure, ensuring you get the highest level of cleaning power and driven by a reliable universal motor. It includes convenience features such as a unique on/off foot switch, a handy storage bin, on-board detergent tank and three spray nozzles (including a turbo nozzle for intense cleaning). Metal hose connections and an integrated aluminum handle make this unit highly durable. Universal quick-connect nozzles and standard M22 hose connections simplify nozzle and accessory usage. At less than 12 inches tall and 18 pounds, this pressure washer is easy to carry to any cleaning task and fits compactly on a shelf for storage. Best of all, no tools are needed for assembly – you can set up and start using the K1700 Cube in five minutes or less. Backed by a three year limited warranty, the K1700 Cube electric pressure washer is perfect for tackling typical outdoor cleaning jobs.

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reviews seem to be pretty bad on this unit. lots also claiming its not a 3 year warranty, but only 90 days
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Is there a reason these things never seem to come with a quick connect for the hose? The most frustrating thing about these budget electric pressure washers is that they rarely come with a built in hose reel, and never have some sort of quick connect system for the hose. I spend more time setting up/packing up these things, than actually using them.

Can anyone suggest a way to modify one of these to add a quick connect hose system? (similar to an air compressor)
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silverbulit306 wrote: Is there a reason these things never seem to come with a quick connect for the hose? The most frustrating thing about these budget electric pressure washers is that they rarely come with a built in hose reel, and never have some sort of quick connect system for the hose. I spend more time setting up/packing up these things, than actually using them.

Can anyone suggest a way to modify one of these to add a quick connect hose system? (similar to an air compressor)
Edit just noticed I actually have the K1800, whoops

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jbone14 wrote: Edit just noticed I actually have the K1800, whoops

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You can just buy quick fit connections. No need to buy a new hose and wand.
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sumrandomguy wrote: reviews seem to be pretty bad on this unit. lots also claiming its not a 3 year warranty, but only 90 days
I believe the 90 days is only on the hose + gun. The base unit has the 3 year.
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silverbulit306 wrote: Is there a reason these things never seem to come with a quick connect for the hose? The most frustrating thing about these budget electric pressure washers is that they rarely come with a built in hose reel, and never have some sort of quick connect system for the hose. I spend more time setting up/packing up these things, than actually using them.

Can anyone suggest a way to modify one of these to add a quick connect hose system? (similar to an air compressor)
I did a bunch of research into this a while back.
The K1700 Cube uses standard M22 (14mm) on the outlet of the unit (to hose), and same for the hose to gun.
You need adapters to match the quick disconnect standards.

You would need:
1. M22 (14mm) to 3/8" Plug or Coupler (depending on what the hose you are connecting to uses).
2. 3/8" Hose (may need to add fittings if the hose does not come with them)
3. 3/8" Gun
4. Nozzles for the Gun outlet are 1/4" size quick disconnects

I have this unit and have been happy with it. Have not taken the plunge to upgrade to a better hose and gun yet though.
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Disposable garbage... spend a bit more to get something better. Buying annually doesn't help your wallet nor the environment.
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silverbulit306 wrote: Is there a reason these things never seem to come with a quick connect for the hose? The most frustrating thing about these budget electric pressure washers is that they rarely come with a built in hose reel, and never have some sort of quick connect system for the hose. I spend more time setting up/packing up these things, than actually using them.

Can anyone suggest a way to modify one of these to add a quick connect hose system? (similar to an air compressor)
It's called you get what you pay for...
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I'm a Karcher owner. I will not get another one.

The pump mechanism is plastic. Will wear out faster than metal ones. The spray nozzle is plastic. Will wear out after a season or two (depending on usage). Once the hole enlarges, you'll get no pressure. The hose connectors are plastic and easily cross threaded. The O-Ring on the high pressure connector falls off easily and will leak (no pressure).

Just too many things that go wrong. And parts not easy to find (used to have many Karcher stores with parts. Now there are none left.) I would go for a gas washer with metal water pump. Yes, it is a lot more expensive. But the money you spend will last you many years, instead of $150 for this and lasting just 2 years.

The only thing good with Karcher is the motor. Powerful and durable. You can repurpose it for many projects.
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eelfliw wrote:
The pump mechanism is plastic. Will wear out faster than metal ones.
I believe that Annovi Reverberi electric pressure washers have a metal pump. I wonder which other ones do?
¯\_(-.-)_/¯ A wise RFD'er once said, "Buy now, think later."

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My Karcher gun handle is leaking like a sieve after limited use, terrible.

They say 3 year warranty but it is really 90 days on the stuff that will break.

I'm now sourcing out a replacement gun that will cost half of what I paid for the unit.

Never again.
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Third Eye wrote: My Karcher gun handle is leaking like a sieve after limited use, terrible.

They say 3 year warranty but it is really 90 days on the stuff that will break.

I'm now sourcing out a replacement gun that will cost half of what I paid for the unit.

Never again.
That is actually what’s stopping me from getting the “McCulloch MC1375 Canister Steam System” from Amazon. Seen many reviews about the handle part of the hose breaking.
These companies should get mentored by Toyota.
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Karcher quality quickly went downhill recently. Now milking consumers from the word of mouth that karcher is a ''reliable'' brand which is now untrue.
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Bettacarde wrote: Karcher quality quickly went downhill recently. Now milking consumers from the word of mouth that karcher is a ''reliable'' brand which is now untrue.
If by recently, you mean for the last 20 years, ok. LOL.
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Thanks OP! I was about to pull the trigger on the non-cube at 199, but it's back at regular price so I put an order for this. I'm sure I can find a way to put it on wheels for much less if it were that important to me.
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I have this unit and it serves its purpose... It's probably 3 years old and I haven't had any issues. No issues with leaks, quality etc... It's built great and maintains good pressure. Maybe they now cheap out and have a lot more plastic over metal so can't comment on that.
I feel this unit will be better than the sunjoe/rebranded ones that are in the same price range...just my opinion
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er34er34 wrote: Disposable garbage... spend a bit more to get something better. Buying annually doesn't help your wallet nor the environment.
They all are at the consumer level, it will cost like 10x more to put together a proper setup that isn't crap and even then they'll still have dissimilar metals or brass fittings that will corrode and leak within a few years anyways.

I was given a karcher k2000 for free (a $300-$400 unit); the gun had brass fittings and stainless wand to make it look metal but was all plastic internally. The hose barb was made of some different metal which reacted with the brass and corroded both away. It leaked everywhere when pressurized. The hose itself was standard m22 on the gun end but the reel end was some kind of karcher proprietary fitting which hooked up to a smaller extension hose that connected the reel to the unit which was proprietary also. It was such a shame because I opened the unit up and was surprised to see full metal internals except for the pressure switch. I floated the idea of machining a fitting to go from the karcher design to standard m22 but then gave my head a shake and did the sensible thing of wheeling the unit to the curb. The soap addition was also clogged and useless.

I took advice from the costco thread and bought this on sale for $99: https://www.rona.ca/en/kobalt-corded-pr ... 4-46835063
I'll dump it at the curb when it inevitably leaks from galvanic corrosion or the plastic breaking in a few years and buy another one.
er34er34 wrote: It's called you get what you pay for...
No you really don't. You just spend a lot more money to get something that will still break. It might last an extra season longer, but that just means you'll be using a crusty old pressure washer for an extra season longer and be financially worse off than just replacing a cheaper unit. They design these things to fail on purpose.
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nabiul wrote: They all are at the consumer level, it will cost like 10x more to put together a proper setup that isn't crap and even then they'll still have dissimilar metals or brass fittings that will corrode and leak within a few years anyways.

I was given a karcher k2000 for free (a $300-$400 unit); the gun had brass fittings and stainless wand to make it look metal but was all plastic internally. The hose barb was made of some different metal which reacted with the brass and corroded both away. It leaked everywhere when pressurized. The hose itself was standard m22 on the gun end but the reel end was some kind of karcher proprietary fitting which hooked up to a smaller extension hose that connected the reel to the unit which was proprietary also. It was such a shame because I opened the unit up and was surprised to see full metal internals except for the pressure switch. I floated the idea of machining a fitting to go from the karcher design to standard m22 but then gave my head a shake and did the sensible thing of wheeling the unit to the curb. The soap addition was also clogged and useless.

I took advice from the costco thread and bought this on sale for $99: https://www.rona.ca/en/kobalt-corded-pr ... 4-46835063
I'll dump it at the curb when it inevitably leaks from galvanic corrosion or the plastic breaking in a few years and buy another one.


No you really don't. You just spend a lot more money to get something that will still break. It might last an extra season longer, but that just means you'll be using a crusty old pressure washer for an extra season longer and be financially worse off than just replacing a cheaper unit. They design these things to fail on purpose.
So presuming one wants to stick with electric, the Rona is the best bang for buck, but on the assumption that they'll last a few seasons and will be junked?

No 'quality' electrics around?
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nabiul wrote: They all are at the consumer level, it will cost like 10x more to put together a proper setup that isn't crap and even then they'll still have dissimilar metals or brass fittings that will corrode and leak within a few years anyways.

I was given a karcher k2000 for free (a $300-$400 unit); the gun had brass fittings and stainless wand to make it look metal but was all plastic internally. The hose barb was made of some different metal which reacted with the brass and corroded both away. It leaked everywhere when pressurized. The hose itself was standard m22 on the gun end but the reel end was some kind of karcher proprietary fitting which hooked up to a smaller extension hose that connected the reel to the unit which was proprietary also. It was such a shame because I opened the unit up and was surprised to see full metal internals except for the pressure switch. I floated the idea of machining a fitting to go from the karcher design to standard m22 but then gave my head a shake and did the sensible thing of wheeling the unit to the curb. The soap addition was also clogged and useless.

I took advice from the costco thread and bought this on sale for $99: https://www.rona.ca/en/kobalt-corded-pr ... 4-46835063
I'll dump it at the curb when it inevitably leaks from galvanic corrosion or the plastic breaking in a few years and buy another one.


No you really don't. You just spend a lot more money to get something that will still break. It might last an extra season longer, but that just means you'll be using a crusty old pressure washer for an extra season longer and be financially worse off than just replacing a cheaper unit. They design these things to fail on purpose.
That's why I have a gas unit. It's still a consumer line one(Ryobi) and I paid 250 for it and it ran strong for over 5 years already. A bit noisy but basically the same as a lawn mower so don't really care.

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