Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 51
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Cottagefolk pros and Cons
Pro: easy to put together, power down feature is great, engine runs well, works as described, rotating nozzle is excellent for deck cleaning, light, easy to transport with low centre of gravity, great water connections, wand easy to use, tires roll well on grass and rough terrain, good on gas
Con: having to shut-off engine for nozzle change is a bother need a good multi-head for this machine, nozzles attached to wand is dumb and I will install a holder on machine as suggested by others, manual is poor.
June 6, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by B333 This product is well built
The overall appearance of the unit was that it was well built and packed with quality features like a cat triplex pump, Subaru engine and 3year warranty. I have only used it about 5 hrs but it cleaned 2 vinyl sided s stories houses along with driveways and walkways. The started easily and ran strong.and I got about 2 1/2 hours on one tank of gas. I have several other projects to complete and I am looking forward to using this machine
May 13, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by audioguy1 Well Designed tool
I have quite a few Ridgid power tools, and really like how well thought out they are. This washer is no exception. I chose it because of the Subaru engine and CAT pump, even though it was next to a no-name model with identical PSI and GPM for $200 less. Some of the cheap washer pumps are rated for as little as 80 Hrs life, a one season wonder. CAT is one of the better pumps. Assembly was simple, just mount wheels, feet, and a few brackets. Tip: the spring clip that holds the wheel axle on looks like it's made wrong and impossible to insert. It's not. Grip the 'U' end with a Vise-Grip and push it in while twisting it side to side to make the wires "climb" the end of the axle. Once it pops on you'll see it was made to stay there.
The short wide design is an excellent idea. It stores in much less space than the long narrow ones, and isn't top heavy like the vertical units. It is easy to pull up or down stairs. I believe the transverse engine is a mid-model design change, since the display model at the store had a perpendicular engine. The only downside I've found is that when the pressure hose is connected it protrudes beyond the wheel and seems vulnerable to being knocked off going through a doorway. Disconnecting the hose takes care of it, and it's easy to disconnect, since it has quick couplers all around. Filling the engine with oil is difficult since the fill neck is at a shallow angle and escaping air bubbles the oil out. Tip the washer back so the fill is vertical to fill it, then set it down to check oil level.
I've used this washer about a dozen hours now, and love it. It's much closer to the professional units I've rented in the past, than to the cheap homeowner units I've used. The idle down is a great idea, and simple too, just a throttle cable connected to the unloader valve. As soon as you release the the trigger, the motor's idling. When you pull it, it comes up to full pressure in about a second. It has always been first pull start, but don't forget to release the trigger pressure before you pull. The wand is very comfortable. Having the tip storage right on the wand is extremely handy. So far the tips have been very secure in the carrier, but the carrier doesn't want to stay on the wand very well. A couple of tywraps fixed that. Mine came with a "bonus" rotating tip, which is like a 0 degree tip that spins in a small circle. Never point this thing at wood or plastic, it will chew it up, but it is great for cleaning masonry, especially uneven block or stone walls. Move slowly and overlap strokes and the water hitting from various angles gets into all the nooks and crannies better.
The bad review here simply describes the process for purging air, and is the same for every other washer out there. Once the air is purged there is no problem. I've connected and disconnected it 4-5 times and only had that happen once, briefly.
I'm very pleased with this machine. It costs a little more, but is well worth it. Split the cost with a neighbor, a washer isn't like a mower you need every week, or a snowblower you all need on the same 5 days a year.
June 4, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Castig Runs Great
After two cheaper models and the pumps going on each after less then three years. I researched the heck out of this. I was a little apprehensive about the Subaru motor but spoke with my local repair man and he said that the engines are very good. Also the fact that Ridget used a CAT Pump was a real big plus.
Got the unit home and and found it very easy to put together.
Two pulls and it started right up. I have been using it for two full days with no problems.
June 8, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by yamahatim Great Pressure washer for the money!
I have read several reviews on several units and the Ridgid series of pressure washers were some of the best rated, so I bought one. What a great machine! The idle down is a superb feature, the power of the Subaru engine is strong and quiet, and the Cat Pump is the best in the industry. Hard to find a unit at this price with the features, power and commercial grade quality components as this one!
I read a review on another Ridgid unit, I think the 3300, where someone did not know what the odd shaped hole in the front panel was for. It is for for the wand when you put the unit into the storage position. You disassemble the wand and when you fold down the handle for storage, the 2 disassembled parts of the wand store there. They even include a carabiner for storing the rubber holder for the tips during storage. Very well though out design!
This machine makes my old 2500 residential unit look like a toy. It was worth the extra money to step up to a commercial unit...especially one this good! Starting is easy and fairly common for most every pressure washer, you have to sometimes release pressure to start when the engine is warm, or even hold it open when you start it. If you want a great, full featured pressure washer at a fantastic value, this is the one. Kudos to The Home Depot for carrying great name brand quality products you can't find elsewhere, and to Ridgid for building in the quality and features they do! I definitely recommend this unit and The Home Depot!
June 27, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by raza an excelent power washer
i bought this power washer today may 29 2011, i use it for a few hours and the installation was very easy and the way it perform it was amazing. i would definetely recommend this unit to anyone looking to buy a power washer. i am glad to have this unit and definetly changing from electrict to gas it is worth it if you can affort it. for the soap compartment some people have issues but when i got the power washer it was easy to figure out how to handle the soap compartment issue it just needs common sense..
May 29, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Schtuperman A commercial quality washer with a great engine and exceptional pump!
I bought the Rigid RD80704 pressure washer on 7/14/11 in preparation for some major cleaning tasks around the house. I was drawn to this model because of the design, the Subaru engine, and the unbeatable CAT pump. Assembly was easy requiring about 15 minutes. The axel lock pins are different from what is shown in the instructions and may seem confusing. To install, grasp them with a pair of pliers and twist as you push them through the axel. When fully installed, the circle will be around the axel. After adding oil and fuel and attaching the hose, the 170cc Subaru engine started on the second pull.
I tested it on the basement areaway with the turbo nozzle and was amazing how three years of green mold and brown oak goo disappeared instantly under the spray! The idle-down feature is a nice touch over last year's model (a friend has the 2010 RD80701). When releasing the trigger the engine immediately drops to a quiet idle, and pulling the trigger brings it instantly back to full power. Even at full throttle, I find the unit relatively quiet compared to other washers. For 2011 the engine has been reoriented laterally, and also the onboard detergent tank has been removed. I wasn't really concerned about the loss of the onboard tank as my friend's RD80701 always leaks at the selector valve.
Over the weekend, I gave the washer a thorough workout cleaning the driveway, two cars, my pickup,my work truck, and about 1/2 of the house siding. I put about 8 hours on the engine and went through 4 tanks of fuel. It always started easily warm or cold. The hose is premium PowerFlex steel braided, and the wand is a quality unit with a nice auxillary handle design that can be placed in any position. Two small issues I noted were a clip that secures the idle-down cable to the frame keeps popping open allowing the cable to wander free (I will just install a zip tie), and I can see that changing the oil is going to be messy. Rigid needs to install a short extension tube to move the drain beyond the engine tray, or make a slot in the tray to allow the oil to drain through. I will pickup a 1" tube and make the modification myself. All in all, this is an excellent pressure washer, and I highly recommend it for those seeking a commercial quality washer. The Saburu engine runs great, and the CAT pump is fully servicable and should last for years.
July 18, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Lawrence Best rated in it's price range?
Pros - Industrial grade parts in a consumer package.
Cons - User manual has limited information regarding pump and engine user-maintenance.
Be aware of critical maintenance and equipment use issues and avoid unknowingly causing unnecessary damage to the machine.
RIDGID discussion forums has an extensive discussion thread regarding the RD80701 / RD08704 machine. Numbers reflect the same machine with a few minor feature differences. (I bought the RD80701, but found an RD80704 in the box when I got home.)
See CAT pumps web page for a pump user manual. This pump is made specifically for RIDGID and doesn't show up on CAT's web page. Search alternate pump number 3DNX27GSI.
Robinamerica web page has Subaru SP170 / SP210 user manuals.
Suggest reading through these user manuals as well as the equipment user manual before operating and damaging the machine.
May 8, 2012