Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Doresoom Top of the Line
This pressure washer is amazing. It's a little more expensive than other pressure washers with similar performance specs, but there's a good reason: quality. Between the triplex pump and the induction motor, this thing is made to last.
- The manual is pretty straightforward. The only thing that I found confusing was the instruction to replace the red plug with the included oil dipstick plug. I looked all over the pressure washer and couldn't find a red plug anywhere. I finally decided to pull out the translucent plug on the top of the pump. Sure enough, I stuck the dipstick down inside and pulled it back out with oil on it. After consulting one of the diagrams in the manual, I confirmed that I had indeed replaced the correct plug.
- Definitely check to make sure your pressure washer shipped with oil. I'm pretty sure AR's quality control department would check this prior to packaging, but it never hurts to be careful.
- While installing the brass inlet filter, make sure the convex side is on the garden hose side, and the concave side is toward the pressure washer. I installed it backwards to start with, and found out the pressure washer side threads aren't the standard garden hose threads.
- To prevent damage to the pump, never run it without a water supply.
- The pressure adjustment knob lets you pick the appropriate pressure for your task up to 1350 PSI, and the pressure gauge lets you know you're running at the right pressure. The max pressure's on the lower end of the spectrum, but I didn't have any trouble cleaning my driveway with it.
- The pressure washer itself is super compact. At approximately 9" x 9" x 13", it can be tucked away onto a shelf in the garage when not in use.
- The carry handle helps offset the hefty 43 lb weight of the pressure washer.
- The induction motor doesn't have any brushes to wear out, and doesn't have the same upkeep requirements as a gas engine.
- The triplex pump design is more reliable than the more common axial cam pump.
- The GFCI plug alleviates the risk of electric shock, and the cord gives you quite a bit of reach at 35' long. Add in the 25' hose, and you should be able to tackle most driveways without an extension cord.
- The lance lets the operator adjust the output pressure and spray pattern on the fly. Go from pencil thin to a wide fan with the twist of the wrist. I found that I could clean most of my driveway with a medium fan pattern, and then really clean the stubborn spots with the concentrated pencil pattern.
- The trigger safety doesn't lock automatically, but that definitely makes it easier to operate.
- I haven't used the detergent intake with the pressure washer yet, but if it works as well as the rest of the features on this thing, I'm sure I won't be disappointed.
If you're looking to buy a pressure washer in this pressure class, definitely go for this one!
March 8, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LosRubios An effective alternative to a gas powered pressure washer
We already own a gas powered pressure washer that is temperamental to say the least. If you don't use it for a while, the gas can go stale, making starting it a pain, and sometimes it can get accidentially sprayed with water which makes the motor stall. Trying to restart it also invariably leaves me with a blister on my hand from the pull start handle. When we saw the 'industrial' electric pressure washer from AR we decided to give it a try and we ARE VERY IMPRESSED with its EASE OF USE and VERSATILITY. The manual is written by someone for whom English isn't their first language, and could be improved a little when it comes to identifying the oil fill hole where the dipstick has to be fitted, but overall that is a minor issue. There is simply no comparison with the ease of use of this washer and a gas powered washer. It has a long extension cable with a built in GFCI interrupter for safety. We had no problem plugging into our outdoor outlets and keeping the washer well away from any of the overspray from the area we were working on. The washer wand/gun hose is also smaller diameter than the hose on the gas washer and you don't have to wrestle it to position the hose over the work area. Perhaps the most startling aspect is how QUIET it is compared to a gas washer. No need for ear defenders and virtually no vibration through the gun or from the pump.
We decided to put it to the test on a couple of different projects. Each spring, we take the deck off our 54" lawn tractor and clean out the caked on mud and grass and sharpen the blades. This is normally a 1 hour task with a scraper, scrubbing brush and a hose. With the AR60, we turned up the pressure and let it loose, cleaning the mower deck in about 10-15 minutes from start to finish. To be fair there were a couple of small areas of baked on mud that were too much for it, but a quick scrape and they were gone. I appreciated the extra 45 minutes I didn't have to spend on this project. We then turned the pressure down with a quick turn of the valve and let it loose on the lawn tractor, and again, after about 5 minutes, the tractor was showroom clean. It also started right back up again as the spray head allows some close control of the spray area allowing me to avoid soaking the electrics. The adjustable spray head on the wand is very easy to use. The spray head is adjustable for spray type (fan or jet) and working angle and is so much easier to work with than our gas washer which has interchangeable nozzles to get the different spray effects.
We then decided to clean the redwood deck we built a few years ago which hasn't been power washed for about 3 years. Given that the deck areas is about 350 square feet, we thought we might work the washer too much and trip the thermal cutout. No such luck and in about an hour or so, our deck was looking great and the washer was just warm with no sign of any heat. Again, the results were just from pressure washing at mid pressure with no deck cleaning chemicals, just water.
One of the other major benefits of this washer that you don't really get from the online pictures is how compact it is when you need to store it when it is not in use. We attached a picture of it beside our 5HP gas washer. This is a great product and a very viable alternative to the more conventional gas powered pressure washer.
March 19, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jbreitmun Little machine packs a punch!
Do not let the size of this pressure washer fool you as it more than delivers when it comes to pressure washing! I haven't really had a chance to test drive all the features for any extended period of time as there is still snow on the ground and freezing temperatures. I was able to play with it a little until I starting getting cold and making an ice mess. I can tell you that I do believe this pressure washer will take on any type of cleaning chore you put it to and with success. I cannot wait for a warm up to test it out on washing my vehicles and sidewalks! It is compact but still powerful. For its size it is a heavy unit - about 45 pounds. I believe the solid build of this pressure washer is what puts it in the industrial class but should not deter any homeowner either.
The use and maintenance manual is the worst part of the package (the company assures me they are in the process of updating the manual). It is poorly written and leaves a bunch of stuff to guess at (i.e. proper maintenance, oil, etc.). The unit comes pretty much assembled except for a few things. For instance in the manual it states to replace the RED shipping plug for the BLACK oil dipstick but there is no RED plug. It is a clear plastic plug with an O-ring on it. This is the one that should be replaced. Otherwise it's just a little assembly of the hose and wand/sprayer assembly. Only an adjustable wrench was needed to make sure the fittings were tight.
The customer support for the AR610 Blue Clean is great in answering any further questions I had regarding this pressure washer. They were also very prompt in responding to my requests. This makes for an even better product experience. I will share below the questions and responses I received from customer service that I found the manual did not answer. I hope this helps others that decide on this excellent pressure washer. All in all a very great pressure washer that I expect to last for many years!
From customer service:
The 610 manual is being updated to reflect the omissions you mentioned. In the meantime, see the answers to your questions below:
Oil change schedule:
There is no recommended schedule for the AR610.
Type of oil is to be used in the pump:
* SAE30 Non-detergent oil
Pump oil instructions:
* Changing oil is not necessary as the oil will last the life of the pump.
* When unit is new, check oil level using dipstick located on the top of the pump head.
* Confirm the oil level is at the top of the dipstick mark. Add oil if needed.
* Check oil level after 50 hours of operation. Top off oil as needed.
* Continue to check oil level every 200 hours or annually, whichever comes first. Top oil off as needed.
How the nozzle cleaning tool works:
* Insert into the end of the lance brass nozzle opening to remove any dirt that may be blocking water flow from the nozzle. Run the cleaning wire back and forth a few times. Attach the lance to the spray gun to see if the water flow resumes with a proper flow. If proper water flow cannot be achieved, contact AR Customer Service for a replacement lance.
How to operate the detergent function:
* Place the detergent hose with filter into a detergent bottle of your choice.
* We suggest using Pressure Washer detergent that can be purchased at most hardware stores.
* The adjustable spray lance must be in the spray gun.
* Pull the adjustable nozzle to the "OUT" position which will create a low pressure spray.
* Low pressure spray activates the detergent function by drawing the detergent out of the bottle and mixes the detergent at a ratio of 10 to 1. That is 10 parts water to 1 part detergent. Pressure water detergents are designed for the 10:1 ratio. Plus these detergents pour like water which is necessary for the detergent to drawn out the detergent bottle properly. Gel or thick detergents will not work.
* All pressure washers use a low pressure spray with the detergent function.
* The low pressure application allows the detergent to be sprayed on the surface to be cleaned and not blown off with high pressure. The low pressure allows the detergent to "dwell" on the surface to do its chemical cleaning action.
* Next comes the high pressure rinse.
* Pull the adjustable nozzle toward the spray gun to the "IN" position.
* The IN position of the nozzle immediately creates the high spray for a final rinsing/cleaning of the surface.
A complete list of parts and accessories for the AR610 Blue Clean of power washers can be found online.
March 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JohnnyFootbald One of the best buys I've made in a while
I've owned a pressure washer since 1998. I've washed vinyl houses, concrete and wood,,,,you get the idea, I used my pressure washer a lot. Last year the engine starter to show it's wear and tear and so I spent the winter researching for a replacement, .This caught my eye but I was thinking it would not have the needed pressure being electric. Anyway my old pressure washer was a goner this spring. I decided after the research that this is a good all purpose pressure washer. My favorite part is to start it up you just flip a switch. Its plenty powerful enough, easy to carry around. No problems. I've only had this a few weeks so my opinion may later change but for now it's a 5..
May 13, 2014