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Old 01-13-2020, 11:22 PM   #1
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Advice - Ryobi or Powerstroke

Hi, I am looking to buy my first gas powered pressure washer. Will use to clean my concrete for a staining project I am starting and for infrequent clean up projects after. I am currently looking at either of the following two washers for $300. Does any one have any input on any differences in build quality on these two lower end models? Both have electric start. The Ryobi has slightly better PSI and GPM.

Ryobi - on sale for $299 right now at Home depot. 3,200 PSI 2.5 GPM ONE+ Electric Start Gas Pressure Washer. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-3-...3111/206542711

Powerstroke - Or my local Costco has a Powerstroke with a Yamaha Engine for $299. 3100 psi / 2.4 GPM. They previously had a similar model with a Subaru engine, but now have a new one with a Yamaha engine. Not many reviews out there to be found on this unit just yet. .

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Old 01-13-2020, 11:49 PM   #2
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I've probably burned a 100 tanks of gas in my Honda pressure washer I bought at Costco 30 years ago cleaning fences, concrete, etc

I wouldn't want the Ryobi. Electric start is just something else to go wrong. Noticed it had a soap dispenser.

Soap??? Have never used soap with my washer, don't need it.

A hint for you...when you are finished using it for several months put some Seafoam in the gas tank.

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Old 01-18-2020, 12:54 AM   #3
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Ryobi is the low end tool of the maker of Milwaukee tools. I've owned their cordless tools and was not impressed. I'd only buy ryobi tools for limited use, think about it like a tool from harbor freight.
The pressure washer that Costco sells, if nothing else, is backed by Costco return policy.
If I where buying one, and they are the same price , I'd go with the Costco unit, but only because of the return policy.
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Old 01-18-2020, 01:34 AM   #4
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I disagree with the above post. I've had my Ryobi pressure washer 6 or more years, starts first time every time, and uses the industry standard CAT pumps and a good motor - I think it's maybe a Yamaha? Could be a Subaru.

Anyway, it's one of my favorite tools.

The soap dispenser is kind of useless - but I think the all come with them now.

Get a ceramic rotating head for around $40 for the concrete - you'll never go back.
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The Yamaha engine should be a good engine that will last a long time. I don't know who makes the engine for the Ryobi.
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