Low cost High Pressure Cleaners. Comments?

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 12:21
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I am looking for comments, good and bad, about the current batch of low cost (less than $150) high pressure cleaners. My neighbour has bought 2 Southern Cross brand (one for his son) and compares them very favouribly to a GMC brand . Mitre 10 stores, and Kmart have a "G Force" brand at $70.
I want something for cleaning down vehicles, farm machinery, bikes, verandahs etc. My water is at low pressure from tanks so a hose is not much use by itself. It will not have a huge amount of use.

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Reply By: Member - Karl - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 12:26

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 12:26
My brother bought the GMC brand from Bunnings, use it to clean his work truck etc. He likes it and has no complaints. It's not in regular use and was value for money.

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Reply By: signman - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 12:31

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 12:31
We have a GMC 1300w and use it for light industrial work.. It gets treated like trash and always comes out working. I understand some of its internals are stainless steel where as some other cheapies have plastic.
Just remember to keep the nozzle tip clean.
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 13:25

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 13:25
bad I bought one for 140 and was v disapointed and didnt even bother using it again till recently went to try and use it and it is stuffed it sounds like you do have alot of use for it so it might justify a proper one
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 15:13

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 15:13
Have a mate who bought an Alto from Bunnings, $99. All steel pump end, uses it every week to wash his truck and trailer since last fathers day. I used it last week to clean my trail bike, seems to still be going strong.
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Reply By: uncle - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 15:42

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 15:42
yeah I bought a Ryobi for $200 at a True Value hardware store about six months ago, still going strong and had heaps of use bought it cause it's made in Italy,usually good products from over there!Cheers
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Reply By: guzzi - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 15:45

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 15:45
I picked up a "G" force last week.
Work out exactly what you want to do with it, as you have.
The G force seems to clean dirt fairly well, will remove loose paint, and will remove fungus/algea/mank from concrete slowly.
Max working pressure of 70 bar (1000psi)
It wont blast through good paint easily, remove limbs or strip built up crap on concrete, or not quickly at any rate.
Jet is ajustable from laser to wet thoughly.
As a cleaner that produces enough power to do light jobs, this it does.
It uses 6.5 lts of water a minute.
6 months warrenty, in this regard the GMC is probably better (2 yrs) and is in all probability a better machine, none available when I needed one so I got the G force.
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Reply By: Fusion - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 15:49

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 15:49
I got a 1400w GMC for Christmas from my lovely wife. $69.95 I think. I'm not much of a fan of GMC gear, but it had '2 yr replacement warranty' blazend across the box, so I thought I've at least got it for 2yrs.

The first one split the hose in the hard plastic near the handle of the gun in February after probably 8 uses. We took it back and picked up a new one from Bunnings the other day. It worked well for about 3 mins then water started pouring out of a seem in the handle. Still works, but not at quite the same pressure as before.

We rang first to check they had replacements in stock, before we'd mentioned the brand the guy said, let me guess, it's a GMC?

We'll try number 3 next week, when we get around to taking it back.

One 'small' advantage of getting a new one every month is you get the upgrades. The new on had more gear on it than the original :)
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Reply By: theshadows - Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 18:51

Thursday, Apr 07, 2005 at 18:51
got a GMC for over 2 1/2 years for domestic use. Its great for the car and the boat house and digging treaches under paths. never had a problem with it yet..... i must be lucky.

Ohh it would strip new paint off is you paid it. but it nice and soft on the car and gel coat its only about 1000 psi. if i need over 5000 psi go hire a good unit from kennards.

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