Here we’ll take a close look at the best gas and best electric pressure washer from Craftsman. These machines were sold exclusively at Sears until recently and are now available at several online marketplaces like Amazon. They are best known for their value for the money.
(Update: On January 5, 2017 Sears sold the Craftsman brand to Stanley Black + Decker for $900 million and will now be sold in non-Sears retail outlets)
The Craftsman name was created by Sears in 1927 for mechanics who take great pride in their tools. At the time the automobile age was in full swing and Sears saw the brand as an opportunity to move their main customer-base from farmers to mechanics. The move turned out lucrative and helped make Sears a 20+ billion dollar conglomerate company.
Today Craftsman is a very well-known brand and has been rated the No.1 brand among all American brands in previous years. Their main selling point is value for money. Where you might pay $700 for a Honda pressure washer you can get the same spec Craftsman for half the price.
Best Electric Craftsman Pressure Washer
The best Craftsman electric for most people is their 1,700 PSI machine with a steam cleaner attached. To me it seems interesting they would attach a steam cleaner to a sub $200 machine when most others with this hot water functionality are $1000 plus. It makes me wonder about the quality of the components.
Let’s assume it works as advertized for now (then we’ll talk to some real users) then the steam cleaner will help you make quick work of dirty patio furniture, gross garbage bins and small outdoor concrete areas that have algae and other grime. With the same unit without the steam these jobs would take twice as long. Just think about if you washed your plates with cold water.
So the rating for this machine on Sears website are mixed. This is a Chinese-made machine and it seems the quality control may be a little lower than what it could be. People have found it hard to put the machine together once it arrives. But others have called it “an amazing pressure washer, easy to use, and easy to move around.” There’s one thing for sure and that’s that you’re getting a lot of pressure washer for the price.
Best Gas Craftsman Pressure Washer
You can see it pictured there it has two wheels and a fold down handle for easy storage and moving it around from job to job. It has a storage area in the handle for the pressure washer hose and nozzles and wand and spray gun. It weighs 52 pounds.
The Honda engine is the GCV 160cc engine which is about as loud as a small gas lawn mower and should last you 3-4 hours of uninterrupted pressure washing. On the Sears website this is currently the most popular Craftsman pressure washer you can check it in further detail there at the link below.
Everything You Need To Know About Buying A Craftsman Brand Power Washer
Whether you need parts or tips for troubleshooting your Craftsman there is a thriving community of enthusiasts and dealers to help you out. Here are the ins and outs of owning a Craftsman pressure washer.
Craftsman Replacement Parts
The good thing about buying a popular brand like Craftsman is it’s easy to find parts if you need to. Sites like repairclinic.com, pwpump.com and ereplacementparts.com have every part you could need for a Craftsman pressure washer: fasteners, seals, valves, filters… And all for a low price that you can get delivered to your door. You just need to know your model number and that should be enough to ensure you order the correct part.
Craftsman Pressure Cleaner Pump
Above I talk about the Honda engine being the crux of a gas pressure washer but what about the pressure washer pump in the gas and electric models?
The fact is: In terms of full cost of the pressure washer the pump is not as expensive as the engine. Once you know your model number you can visit pwpumps.com to find the replacement pump for your machine. Most pump issues will not be worth repairing… Replacing the pump is often more affordable.
Craftsman Power Washer Hose
The power washer hose that comes stock with Craftsman washers is a 25-foot plastic hose that is not very flexible. You can upgrade to a 50-foot synthetic rubber hose that is easier to deal with for $50-70. Just make sure you have the correct connections.
Craftsman Pressure Washer Manual
Your machine will come with a User’s Manual that you should read before operating the machine. If you need to find the manual online then you can find all the Craftsman manuals here at manualsonline.com. Inside the manual you will find all the maintenance requirements and assembly instructions to make starting to use your pressure washer quick and easy.
Troubleshooting Your New Craftsman
If a problem arises with your machine be sure to check the troubleshooting section of the user manual. The 5 – 10 most common issues can usually be solved by making a small adjustment and what that is will be listed in the troubleshooting section.
But if you’re in the market for a gas machine the Craftsman with the Honda engine is a great buy. It is affordable and has replacement parts available everywhere if something needs replacing.