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  • Pressure washer purchase

    HI,

    My wife and I recently purchased a Troy-bilt pressure washer. It's rated at 3000psi, 2.7gpm, and has a briggs motor. Item #: 91215 | Model #: 20416

    Overall for $399.00 when I saw it, I said it was fine for what we needed, which was to strip paint/wash from our old 1950's home. Renting was a little bit over the price of just outright buying. We then saw other uses for it, like stripping our steps from old paint etc so it's something we'll have for a long time and use a few times a year I think.

    I just got back from HD and saw a Ridgid RD80763 washer for $499.99, 100 dollars more than what I paid for the troy-bilt.

    Of course the EGO kicks in, bigger, better etc, but honestly my wife said to me, is it necessary, do we really need it? I'm starting to ask the same question now.

    After doing some research online, it's difficult to source the exact model number to any decent reviews, even if this unit is a discontinued model, will parts be available afterward. I saw one post stating that CAT did not list any replacement parts for the pump.

    So I'm looking to see if this would be a worthy upgrade, given an extra 300 psi, which I understand now, is not at the tip but at the manifold of the pump, build quality etc.

    Any insight would be appreciated.

  • #2
    Re: Pressure washer purchase

    Forget it, just going to buy it tomorrow.

    My Troy-Bilt ended up loosing two bolts on the pump today after I was using it, the motor backfired a few times as well, and it wouldn't start on the 2nd or even 4th try.

    Between all the back and forth reviews on the subaru ex21 and cat pump, vs the output isn't true 3300psi, I'll take my chances as always and just see what happens.

    One side note, it took an act of GOD to get someone at my local HD store in Hooksett, NH to be able to put one aside for me so I can get over there and pick it up. Ended up just paying for it through customer service so hopefully it'll all be in one piece.

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    • #3
      Re: Pressure washer purchase

      Good decision. Axial cam pumps are not worth it. Even the best in that desig can not compare to any Triplex ceramic Cam pump from General, AR, Comet, but the best is a CAT.
      If you search you can find info. here.
      CAT pump has info too and can email you .pdf of the parts list. CAT has easily available parts everywhere. Contact CAT for info if you need it. They have repair manuals for free too.
      http://www.catpumps.com/

      data sheets
      http://www.catpumps.com/pump-data-sh...search-pdf.cfm

      that pump is similar to;
      2DX30GS

      If you take care of the pump you will probably never need parts.

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      • #4
        Re: Pressure washer purchase

        As ironic as it sounds, when I went to return the troy-bilt washer, there was another person doing the same thing, bolts fell off, backfired etc.

        I did notice the number on the pump, 3GXT30, and it's not listed anywhere on CAT's site, nor did the washer come with any instructions other than to pull the vent/refill plug off and remove the sticker..

        I did notice the other 3300psi (newer w/efi) had a number that was able to be located in the cat website. I did email them for a parts list so I can have it on hand if I need it. Something about not being able to find something you bought on the manufacturers website, just makes my stomach turn.

        Only issue I had with the unit was the nozzle leaks water when you stop using it, just regular water pressure is enough to make it leak ,once you engage the pump, it stops.

        Even better is how do I go about registering this with Ridgid?

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        • #5
          Re: Pressure washer purchase

          Well I sent an email to CAT and got a response within 2 minutes!! Talk about fast!

          They did mention that they made this pump just for Ridgid, and they don't have any literature for this model. I was given a service manual for similar pumps and Ridgid's data sheet, which lists the part numbers and cross references them with CAT p/n's.

          Please see attached below. Ridgid, how about being up front and direct and not making "specific" items that are unable to be found huh? About as bad as Troy-bilt...
          Attached Files

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          • #6
            Re: Pressure washer purchase

            One last thing from CAT.

            The 3GXT is the same as the 3DNX pumps

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            • #7
              Re: Pressure washer purchase

              Originally posted by Andrew M. View Post
              Good decision. Axial cam pumps are not worth it. Even the best in that desig can not compare to any Triplex ceramic Cam pump from General, AR, Comet, but the best is a CAT.
              If you search you can find info. here.
              CAT pump has info too and can email you .pdf of the parts list. CAT has easily available parts everywhere. Contact CAT for info if you need it. They have repair manuals for free too.
              http://www.catpumps.com/

              data sheets
              http://www.catpumps.com/pump-data-sh...search-pdf.cfm

              that pump is similar to;
              2DX30GS

              If you take care of the pump you will probably never need parts.
              How can you honestly state CAT is the best? Have you used all major brands in a side-by-side comparison? It's just an opinion and not fact. That's like stating Ford trucks are better than GMCs or what have you. Just opinion, certainly not fact. I'm guessing you will now say Honda engines are light years ahead of Briggs as well right???

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              • #8
                Re: Pressure washer purchase

                Was in my local Lowe's store Monday A.M. early. While near the area where the pressure washers are located I hear somewhat loud voices, and being an American, I go to see who is so excited. Two (2) customers who purchased Troy-Built pressure washers, the same models, are in the store wanting their money back because the units "broke". I didn't hear what the problem(s) were, but both customers were upset, really upset. Now, I don't mind a customer being upset but the lady employee was telling them that she had called for a manager to handle the problem as this was her first day in this area and she knew nothing about pressure washers. No, I don't like men raising their voices at women either. One of the men told her that this was the fourth (4 th) unit he had brought back for the same problem. IMO--his bad, not hers or the units. A manager did show up ( an older lady who I know has been at this store for a long time) and promptly told each customer that she would help them solve their problem IF, and ONLY IF, they settled down. IF they did not, she would have store security (does Lowe's have that) escort them out. Miss Ann has that tone of voice which does well, they did settle down and talked to her calmly. I went on my way, recording in my memory bank (?) not to buy a Troy-Built pressure washer. So-"kaotic" get in line to complain. David

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