The RYOBI 3,600 PSI 2.5 GPM Gas Pressure Washer With Honda GX200 Engine is an awesome base for a homeowner, but here are some of the items we recommend in the video to upgrade.
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→ Pressure Washer Wand QD: https://amzn.to/2RSzRF2
→ Quick Disconnects and Swivels: https://amzn.to/2NcqhNh
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Here are some advertised features of the RYOBI 3,600 PSI 2.5 GPM Gas Pressure Washer With Honda GX200 Engine:
- 3600 psi and 2.5 GPM (High PSI, Lower GMP)
- Powerful Honda GX200 commercial engine (Has Fuel Shut-Off)
- Brass head triplex pump (Ryobi Branded)
- Adjustable throttle (Manual)
- 35 ft. high-pressure hose and auxiliary handle
- Reversible handle for compact storage (Works!)
- On-board nozzle storage
- 10-inch flat-free wheels (Solid Rubber)
The RYOBI 3,600 PSI 2.5 GPM Gas Pressure Washer With Honda GX200 Engine is a great pressure washer for any homeowner who wants more power with a good engine I’m a package that is easy to use and store. 99% of most complaints will be about the stiff hose or lack of swivels. I put links above to correct those issues and it does not cost that much! In my opinion, correcting the hose and lack of quick disconnects make this pressure washer more of a joy to use than a chore. Fighting the hose, like you saw me do in the video, is not fun and can cause the user to knock things over or damage items.
The Honda GX200 Engine
All modern Honda GX series engines have a forged crank and cast-iron bore. Honda rates the GX200 at 5.5 Net HP @ 3,600 rpm with Net Torque at 9.1 lb-ft @ 2,500 rpm. Those specifications make this a great engine for a pump or small generator. Staying with Honda quality, this engine is also easy to start and fairly quiet. To me, that is great info, but what I appreciate most from this engine is the fuel shut-off valve that allows the drainage of the carburetor bowl after use. Draining the bowl by turning off the fuel and letting the engine run will help the carburetor to stay cleaner and make starting the engine easier for longer periods of time.
RYOBI has a manual throttle on this engine that seems to work out for the best for this price point. There is no pressure valve that will automatically adjust the throttle up and down, so there is much less that can go wrong long term. For the user, they can use the throttle to adjust the pressure down for more sensitive work where automatic idle down does not allow that. If the user decided they need to change wands or get more soap, they bring the engine to an idle and do their task without the worry of overheating the brass pump in the short term. There are more benefits to this than negatives from where we see it.
Another positive for the Honda GX200 engine is the fuel tank size. The capacity is .82 gallons or 3.1 liters. That is large enough to allow you to work for a few hours without interruption. Many of the similarly priced models in this range come with tanks half that size with knock-off motors that chew up fuel leaving you to fuel up every 45 minutes.
RYOBI Triplex Pump
There is not a lot of information available on the water pump used on this pressure washer other than it does have a 5-year warranty. There is a sight glass in the rear of the pressure washer that shows the oil level in the pump. Some people would rather never change the oil in anything, but we rejoice when we see that this pump can allow for normal oil changes and has a very easy-to-read oil level indicator. Changing the oil in this pump takes zero skill at all and might take 5-minutes total. It is worth having the pump this way for long-term use.
The big elephant in the room is the fact that this pressure washer has 3,600 PSI and less than 3-gallons per minute. Most commercial pressure washers of this size would have 3.3 plus GPM. But remember, this unit is priced much better than a commercial unit and is also made for the homeowner. So while many might bash this for being light on GPM, the reality is that for residential use, it works just fine and would be just slightly slower cleaning than its commercial counterparts that cost twice as much.
Overall 4.5 Stars
Overall, this is a great pressure washer that needs about $75 dollars in parts to make it near perfect. What tool these days does not need an upgrade? If you look at any circular saw, they all need a new blade after you purchase them. In this case, the hose needs to be replaced and life is good.