I bought this for the specific purpose of cleaning a thick layer of mold and algae from my vinyl siding. Based on research this model had good reviews and seemed to be the best value for the price. Assembly was pretty straightforward and took about 30 minutes, would have been less but I put the top handle on backwards the first time. One thing I wasn't happy about, grease is needed to lubricate the o-rings during assembly, but is not included. This necessitated a trip to *****...c'mon Craftsman, it would've cost pennies to include a quarter ounce of grease. The instructions indicate you can use petroleum based grease but I would not do that as petroleum products could break down rubber seals. Go to where o-rings for plumbing are sold and get a small tube of clear silicone grease that's made for that purpose. Anyway, after getting the grease I finished assembly. Added the oil - be careful, my washer had some oil in it already and did not take the full pouch of oil to get it to the full mark. Added gas, hooked it up to the water supply, primed the pump, then started it up on the first pull. Got the soap dispenser bottle on (must buy separately), put on the low pressure spray tip, and pulled the trigger to get started. POW, the low pressure tip blasted across my yard never to be seen again! Searched for it fruitlessly for about 10 minutes. Too bad it's black, why couldn't it be a bright color like the rest of the tips? I'm sure it was inserted all the way into the pressure wand as I test it before using and couldn't pull it out, maybe the tip was defective? I'll call the service number, tell them what happened, and request another tip. We'll see how good their customer service is. So...I'm left to clean the mold and algae off the house with no soap as it only dispenses with the low pressure tip. But...no problem! I used the yellow general purpose spray tip and it blasted the stuff off the siding like a hot knife through butter. Amazing. I wrote my name on the side of the house, then blasted it all off. Pretty cool! The washer ran flawlessly till it ran out of gas, I filled it back up and with a second tank finished cleaning the siding. 2 hours of work and it looks amazing. I love this thing. Next up is my deck, then after that the stone patio, then a stone and mortar porch. Based on my first impression from use, I'd give the pressure washer itself 5 stars. Too soon to tell long term reliability yet but with a Honda engine I expect to get good service out of it. The reasons my review is only 4 stars: ONE - Not including a few pennies worth of silicone grease for the o-rings caused me an unnecessary trip back to the store. TWO - calling the phone number supplied with the washer, to report my problem with the low pressure tip, I'm told the number is not in service. I've looked up another number online, called it and got a message they weren't available at this time. I hope that follow up/customer service isn't a problem.
Pump failed after 1 yr of light use so I looked up pump SRMW22G26-EZ (using the label on the pump) directly with the mfg to buy new water seals, and noticed it's rated 2600 PSI 2.2 GPM despite Sear's advertising as 2800 PSI 2.3 GPM. The true 2800 PSI pump is RMW25G28-EZ, which is not what comes with the pressure washer. Look carefully before you buy.
I bought this power washer two weeks ago, last weekend I power washed my house the PSI was awesome. Very quick start with out any problems. My only issue is it doesn’t come with the bottle for the solution but I went to petco and bought a rabbit water bottle for $8 and it worked perfectly.