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ScottR400D
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Pressure Washer

Got my 12-15yo Karcher out yesterday and it won't run. Some cursory checks on fuse and continuity through plug showed nothing so it may be knackered. 

I shall pull it apart in the coming days and try to get it going again but if it's beyond rescue does anyone know of a domestic type PW that ISN'T made in China?

Most of the major brands, regardless of where they're headquartered, seem to manufacture in China and I'm loathe to buy Chinese products if anything else is available.  

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Spent half of my life specialising in high pressure water pumps, though not often anything this small.

Surprisingly, the biggest manufacturer of pumps, though not complete pressure washing units is Interpump in Italy. They sell to a lot of manufacturers.

Since you've had a good experience with Karcher, why not buy from them again? Nilfisk is another decent supplier.

I have a steam cleaner, manufactured near me using an interpump, their name is dirt driver, but they don't do small units.

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Thanks Mike. To be honest the Karcher has been fine and I'd be happy with another except they're Chinese made. As are Nilfisk. 

I'm trying to avoid buying stuff that's shipped halfway across the planet especially from China. It's hard! 

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It appears Interpump do have a small range of domestic washers. Bit more expensive but that's not a big issue. 
Just trying to find some reviews and facts about its features, compatibility etc. 

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Scott, I think the Kärcher high pressure washers are still built in Germany - their head office in Winnenden is near where I work and I believe the pressure washers are made in a factory about 50km away from me.

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Really, Ben? That will solve my dilemma if true and after some research it appears to be so!

Thanks! 

I'll still try to fix my old one but know what to get if I can't. 

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I have a kranzle.

worth a look .

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When my Karcher died the pump started leaking water, and when I took it apart I discovered part of the sealed unit was broken. I did the same as you though - I just bought another Karcher (newer model).

Not that I use it on my Seven though - too many vents and openings to be blasting away with a pressure washer (or using snow foam for that matter). That's reserved for our other (more watertight) cars.

Tim.

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I'm on my third in 20+ years Karcher / Nilfisk / Nilfisk. I went for Nilfisk as they are purported to have all metal pumps but I still had one fail (leaking oil everywhere). These were all £100+ so only domestic rated.

If / when I need another I'll probably get the bare washer unit only - I still have new tools from the second Nilfisk.

Another thing to look at are some of the extended high pressure hoses and tools from the detailing outlets. I have to drag the unit down the drive to do the fronts of the cars with cables and hoses everywhere! A 10m pressure hose (rather than 5m Nilfisk hose) would mean I can get everywhere without moving the base unit. The high pressure hand triggers are good too - a bit more controlable than a long lance.

Let us know how you get on with repair / replacement.

Ian

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Well, finally got round to dismantling the whole thing. Good design, breaks down and goes back together very easily. 
turned out the spade connector at the end of the live feed, deep inside next to the motor, had snapped on the crimp. New spade fitted, all is well!

Not sure why that should fail but it's quite old, and it appears the spade was bent slightly to fit in so maybe just fatigue.

Saved me a £200 replacement!

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Good work. Repair is preferable to replacement in multiple ways.

Stephen

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