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  • Totally Awesome 3300 Pressure Washer!

    Hi everyone!

    I just wanted to share some thoughts I had on the new Ridgid pressure washer...

    I recently purchased the 3300 PSI Ridgid pressure washer. The model number is RD-80964. So far, I am deeply impressed and to be honest with you, it takes a lot to impress a person like me.

    I have owned/used the following pressure washers:

    Karcher
    Ryobi
    Husky
    Dewalt
    Kelly Moore

    Here is what I have discovered so far about this Ridgid RD-80964 unit:

    Totally awesome engineering [this unit is much stronger and has superior engineering by far compared to any other pressure washer unit I have ever used].

    Easy start [after initial warm up, it has been one pull start each and every time!].
    Special Note: No pressure washer I have ever used has ever been this easy to start. I just hope it stays this way!

    Much quieter than my other pressure washer models [I am not sure how they did it, but I think it is possible they designed and implemented a much more advanced muffler system].

    Super Heavy Duty Tires [never need to worry about pumping these babies up or patching nail holes because these tires are airless and tougher than nails].

    Portability [the top half of this unit easily swivels and doubles over with a one button push mechanism that makes it half the size, thus saving storage/transportation space big time].

    Pump Reliability [if you do your homework, you will discover that the CAT pump is the preferred preference among professionals when it comes to a water pump. Consider this fact: many commercial companies will not even consider purchasing pressure washers that do not use CAT].

    Much cooler operating temperatures [to be honest with you, I have no clue how they managed to do this].

    Warranty [3 years. Many companies will not even come close to this].
    Special Note: Home Depo will add another two years for an extra $100.

    Soap Option [this unit has the ability to add soap to your water sending unit so you can pressure wash with soap if you so desire].

    Price [the price was substantially lower than what I paid for other units of equal or similar PSI ratings].

    Closing thoughts:

    When I first fired it up and tried it, it far exceeded my expectations. The more I use it, the more impressed I have become. No other unit that I have owned comes even close in an overall comparison.

    One word of caution: before sending in your serial number, you might want to check with Ridgid because I found two different serial numbers on my unit [I think one is the S/N for the pressure washer and the other is the S/N for the motor].

    I will keep posting as I continue to use this unit to keep people up to date on the performance and any issue(s) that may arise.

    I am asking other people to post here too so we can compare notes and see if the quality of this pressure washer unit is indeed far above the models of its competitors.

    It is me,

    Truly Amazed Freddy
    Last edited by soarwitheagles; 04-02-2008, 12:20 AM. Reason: Better wording
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    Re: Totally Awesome 3300 Pressure Washer!

    Just to be sure is this the model you have? http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/RD80763-...r/EN/index.htm

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    • #3
      Re: Totally Awesome 3300 Pressure Washer!

      Originally posted by Woussko View Post
      Just to be sure is this the model you have? http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/RD80763-...r/EN/index.htm
      Woussko,

      Yes, that is the exact model and I am so happy with it!

      Is it possible Ridgid is relatively new in the pressure washer industry? I have not heard of their pressure washer products before....

      Freddy
      Don't squabble with the chickens
      Instead, soar
      with the eagles

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      • #4
        Re: Totally Awesome 3300 Pressure Washer!

        Yes, this is a new product line for Ridgid. Glad to hear you're happy so far - I'll be reading your future posts with interest.

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        • #5
          Re: Totally Awesome 3300 Pressure Washer!

          Congrat, Freddy. I saw it in HD and it looks REALLY impressive indeed, if I did not replace my electric Karcher with the gas Karcher last year, I will surely go for this one.

          Not disagreeing with your comments, I just like to share that "Easy Start" and "soap option" are not unique to Ridgid. Irregardless, the Ridgid seems to be an impressive piece of equipment .. enjoy your toy


          Originally posted by soarwitheagles View Post
          Here is what I have discovered so far about this Ridgid RD-80964 unit:

          Easy start [after initial warm up, it has been one pull start each and every time!].
          Special Note: No pressure washer I have ever used has ever been this easy to start. I just hope it stays this way!


          Soap Option [this unit has the ability to add soap to your water sending unit so you can pressure wash with soap if you so desire].

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          • #6
            Re: Totally Awesome 3300 Pressure Washer!

            I told you all that the CAT PW was they way to go. Actually that 3300psi rating is at the manifoldd NOT at the hose. If you buy a gauge from Nothern an put it at the hose outlet you can actually see the output. The PW industry has had all these features for quite a while and this combo is a good package. My DW3100 is basically the same CAT/Honda commercial 6.5hp, I tuned engine speed / unloader sring to produce about 3000psi at the hose with 3.5 Nozzel at 3 gpm/50' hose.[they usually do not tune the set up, CAT sets the pump at the factory but not on that engine] I have easy start, large tires,soap injection...I also added a inline water filter, a screen is standard.
            Glad you like the PW. Do not buy the cheaper axial cam model. The CAT is well worth the money and is made in MN.

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            • #7
              Re: Totally Awesome 3300 Pressure Washer!

              Here is info about the engine on this pressure washer.
              http://www.robinamerica.com/engines/...lasso?mdl=EX21
              Attached Files
              Last edited by Woussko; 04-01-2008, 04:19 PM.

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              • #8
                Re: Totally Awesome 3300 Pressure Washer!

                Originally posted by canucksartech View Post
                Yes, this is a new product line for Ridgid. Glad to hear you're happy so far - I'll be reading your future posts with interest.
                canucksartech, thanks for the heads up. So far, so good and it is out-performing all the other models I have used.

                Have a good one!

                Freddy
                Don't squabble with the chickens
                Instead, soar
                with the eagles

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                • #9
                  Re: Totally Awesome 3300 Pressure Washer!

                  Originally posted by Andrew M. View Post
                  I told you all that the CAT PW was they way to go. Actually that 3300psi rating is at the manifoldd NOT at the hose. If you buy a gauge from Nothern an put it at the hose outlet you can actually see the output. The PW industry has had all these features for quite a while and this combo is a good package. My DW3100 is basically the same CAT/Honda commercial 6.5hp, I tuned engine speed / unloader sring to produce about 3000psi at the hose with 3.5 Nozzel at 3 gpm/50' hose.[they usually do not tune the set up, CAT sets the pump at the factory but not on that engine] I have easy start, large tires,soap injection...I also added a inline water filter, a screen is standard.
                  Glad you like the PW. Do not buy the cheaper axial cam model. The CAT is well worth the money and is made in MN.
                  Andrew,

                  Thank you for your valuable information. I am not sure how to fine tune this Ridgid, but I am interested in doing so.

                  In regards to the Dewalt 3100, I returned mine because I read a post that explained that many of the Dewalt pressure washers that previously used the CAT pump were changed to another pump.

                  When I did the research, sure enough, Dewalt started placing black plastic covers around the pumps last year. When people began to remove the black plastic, they were shocked to discover a different pump [Italian model I believe]. That is the main reason I returned my DW 3100 to Home Depo and I suspect that is the main reason why Home Depo pulled all Dewalt pressure washers from their stores here in California.

                  The main differences I have discovered between my Ex-DW3100 and the Ridgid are these:

                  Robin Subaru 7 HP vs. Honda 6.5 HP
                  CAT pump vs. the Italian pump
                  Much better engineering
                  Much more rugged
                  Much quieter
                  Much cooler operating temperature

                  Please do not misunderstand me...I own many Dewalt tools and I am so happy with them. I purchased the FATBOY combo almost 8 years ago, and every item is still going strong [with the exception of the batteries which I have replaced twice].

                  Some of those Dewalt tools I used literally 8-10 hours a day when I was a carpenter building casinos. So those tools took a beating and a thrashing and still work excellent.

                  I just hope this Ridgid pressure washer holds up as nice as the Dewalt powertools have held up for me in the past.

                  Freddy
                  Last edited by soarwitheagles; 04-02-2008, 12:23 AM. Reason: left some reasons out
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                  Instead, soar
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                  • #10
                    Re: Totally Awesome 3300 Pressure Washer!

                    Originally posted by Wagon Man View Post
                    Congrat, Freddy. I saw it in HD and it looks REALLY impressive indeed, if I did not replace my electric Karcher with the gas Karcher last year, I will surely go for this one.

                    Not disagreeing with your comments, I just like to share that "Easy Start" and "soap option" are not unique to Ridgid. Irregardless, the Ridgid seems to be an impressive piece of equipment .. enjoy your toy
                    Wagon Man,

                    Thank you for your post. We tried the gas powered Karcher from Costco and for us it was a great disappointment [we returned it the very same day].

                    The problem for us was we were attempting to pressure wash an aggregate driveway for a customer and it was so weak it would not completely remove the stains or embedded mildew [we could only achieve a 70-80% success rate and it left the aggregate cleaning process looking half done].

                    I suppose for general home use, the Karcher is quite good!

                    For me, I wanted something that could go a little further. I have not tried this Ridgid on aggregate yet. I suppose that would be a good test.

                    Freddy
                    Don't squabble with the chickens
                    Instead, soar
                    with the eagles

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                    • #11
                      Re: Totally Awesome 3300 Pressure Washer!

                      Originally posted by Woussko View Post
                      Here is info about the engine on this pressure washer.
                      http://www.robinamerica.com/engines/...lasso?mdl=EX21
                      Woussko,

                      Well, I read the link you posted and I was pleasantly surprised to discover the following facts:
                      • Starts with 30–40% less pull force
                      • Quieter by 2dBA than others
                      • Chain drive, OHC & lower operating temperature design enhances performance, durability, reliability & long life.
                      That link sure answered a lot of my questions such as why is it so easy to start, why is it so quiet, and why it does not heat up like the other pressure washers.

                      Thanks,

                      Freddy
                      Last edited by soarwitheagles; 04-02-2008, 12:25 AM.
                      Don't squabble with the chickens
                      Instead, soar
                      with the eagles

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                      • #12
                        Re: Totally Awesome 3300 Pressure Washer!

                        If you saw the inside of the muffler you would find it has several little chambers in it. This is like a good automobile muffler design. Most lawnmower mowers are made cheap rather than to actually lower noise by much. If you heard a good Honda lawnmower, you would find their engines don't make near the noise of the B & S or Tecumseh junk grade engines.

                        Subaru Robin makes nice portable generators. Most of them are quiet next to the lower cost junk and they hold up well. (Note: This is more so for the industrial grade models they have)

                        (Main site) http://www.robinamerica.com/

                        (Generators - heavy duty) http://www.robinamerica.com/generato...***=Industrial
                        (Generators - inverter - quiet) http://www.robinamerica.com/generato...nverter-Silent

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                        • #13
                          Re: Totally Awesome 3300 Pressure Washer!

                          Just saw this model at HD today. It looks nice, I like the gun and tip design better compared to my DeWalt, and I especially like the braided stainless hose.
                          For some reason I like the inflatable tires better than the solids, I suppose that might change if I ever have to put air in em

                          Price is comparable to what I got my DP3100 for on sale (when it came with the CAT pump and Honda GX engine). Just glad I bought in last year instead of waiting (not that the Ridgid version isnt a good substitute)

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                          • #14
                            Re: Totally Awesome 3300 Pressure Washer!

                            Originally posted by Woussko View Post
                            If you saw the inside of the muffler you would find it has several little chambers in it. This is like a good automobile muffler design. Most lawnmower mowers are made cheap rather than to actually lower noise by much. If you heard a good Honda lawnmower, you would find their engines don't make near the noise of the B & S or Tecumseh junk grade engines.

                            Subaru Robin makes nice portable generators. Most of them are quiet next to the lower cost junk and they hold up well. (Note: This is more so for the industrial grade models they have)

                            (Main site) http://www.robinamerica.com/

                            (Generators - heavy duty) http://www.robinamerica.com/generato...***=Industrial
                            (Generators - inverter - quiet) http://www.robinamerica.com/generato...nverter-Silent
                            Woussko,

                            Thanks again for the helpful info. To be honest with you, I am not too familiar with the Subaru motors. I have read the sites you have linked and I like what I read more and more. I know Honda is a great motor too. It will be interesting to discover if they are both in the same league. I imagine they are.

                            Thanks also for helping me to understand why the Subaru is so quiet. I found the other units to be irritatingly loud...esp. if you had to use them for 8 hours a day as I did.

                            This Ridgid PW 3300 is so much easier on my ears and for this I am thankful.

                            Have great day!

                            Freddy
                            Don't squabble with the chickens
                            Instead, soar
                            with the eagles

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                            • #15
                              Re: Totally Awesome 3300 Pressure Washer!

                              Originally posted by chrisexv6 View Post
                              Just saw this model at HD today. It looks nice, I like the gun and tip design better compared to my DeWalt, and I especially like the braided stainless hose.
                              For some reason I like the inflatable tires better than the solids, I suppose that might change if I ever have to put air in em

                              Price is comparable to what I got my DP3100 for on sale (when it came with the CAT pump and Honda GX engine). Just glad I bought in last year instead of waiting (not that the Ridgid version isnt a good substitute)
                              chrisexv6,

                              Thanks for your post.

                              I like several aspects of the inflatable tires [lighter, bounce better, and may go over rough terrain a little better too]. lumbdog:

                              On the down side, I have had to replace the inflatables on my hand truck and that was a bit expensive for me. I think I will be happier avoiding the extra maintenance cost and the time involved in monitoring and keeping the tires at correct pressures.

                              Finally one other thought... it may hurt more if you run your toes over with these solids.

                              I guess we will just have to be a little more careful!

                              Have a good one!

                              Freddy

                              PS I think that Dewalt DP3100 you have with the CAT pump and Honda motor is a very good PW and I hope you have many good years of excellent operation with it!
                              Last edited by soarwitheagles; 04-02-2008, 08:07 PM. Reason: Spelling check
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                              Instead, soar
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