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Briggs & Stratton 12" 3000 PSI Surface Cleaner

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12 Inch Wide Surface Cleaner
Cleans flat surfaces evenly without streaking or striping
Rotating jets spin rapidly, breaks up dirt & grime

Cleans Large Projects Easily
No hard pushing or pulling; unit floats over flat surfaces
Works on patios, fences, decks, etc.

Controls Overspray
Brush skirting protects walls & flower beds

Fits Many Pressure Washers
Male quick connect fitting
For use with pressure washers up to 3000 PSI
May need an extension wand, depending on surface to be cleaned



Model
  Model Number:6178
 UPC:011675061784
 Manufacturer:Briggs & Stratton
 Rated PSI3000
 Weight:4 Lbs.
 Dimensions:12L x 12W x 12H
 Mfr Consumer Warranty:90 Days
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Q: Hey Bill,

I have purchased this unit and Ran into a slight problem. After some usage, the surface cleaner has stopped working/spinning. Any suggestions on what this might be?

Thanks,
Mike

by Mike from Alabama on August 13, 2013

A: This issue is more than likely due to the spray nozzles being clogged. If you remove the nozzles and clean them out from both directions, more often than not, that will resolve the problem. If the surface cleaner was used and then sat for some time, the lime/calcium build up from hard water can also cause them to clog. If this is the case, this issue could only be resolved by soaking the nozzles in white vinegar for a few hours and then rinsing them out.

If all of the above doesn’t solve the problem, then the only other option would be to replace the surface cleaner. This product comes with a 90 day warranty.
by Mike, Product Expert

Q: Hell Bill:
Can you recommend the Briggs Straton Model 6178 surface cleaner? My gas Karcher P/Washer unit is 3000 PSI and the Karcher T350 surface cleaner is only rated to 2650 PSI.
I like the design of the Karcher T350 better but it looks like I need the Briggs rated at 3000. Would you agree?
Thanks,
Dave

by Dave on March 03, 2012

A: Yes, you are absolutely correct. The T350 is not rated high enough for your pressure washer. The surface cleaner you would want to purchase is the Briggs model 6178. The Briggs & Stratton surface cleaner will definitely be compatible with your pressure washer.
by Mike, Product Expert

Briggs & Stratton 6178 Reviews & Ratings
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Overall Rating
Features
5/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
Pros
I'd Buy It Again (18)
Easy To Use (17)
Price (13)
Exceeded Expectations (8)
Fast (7)
Cons
Unreliable (4)
Low Quality (2)
Durability (2)
None So Far (1)
Expensive (1)
88% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Rex
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 4/6/13
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
06
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Terrific Accessory For The Homeowner
I must admit that I was skeptical about the B&S 12" Surface Cleaner, but WOW was I surprised.

I just cleaned a 20x30' concrete patio and 60 feet of sidewalk in a couple of hours (time includes a short "Senior" break, lol ). The surfaces went from a dingy, yellow-gray with stains, to an almost-new concrete color. All I did was push it around slowly and the job was done.

Unfortunately, my wife has now added more areas to my list :). Very good buy with excellent... more
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Chan S.
Savannah, GA
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 8/18/13
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
09
2013
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Frustrated
When I purchased the unit I was excited to get the job done in record time. Early on the washer worked great, but later the head would turn very slow creating extra work- even worse.

I have tried to get Customer Support with no luck- very frustrated.
Pros: Easy To Use, Light Weight, Price
Cons: Unreliable
Chan Does Not Recommend This Product
Mike, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
Chan,
The good news is since your surface cleaner was only delivered on 8/22 it is still covered by the 90 day Factory Warranty. You didn't mention how you tried to reach the folks at Briggs & Stratton, but I'd suggest calling them directly, toll free, at (800) 743-4115.

In the meantime, sometimes the issue is the spray nozzles are clogged. If you remove the nozzles and clean them out from both directions that may resolve the problem.

The swivel could also be gummed up- a drop or two of machine oil or WD40 may help it to spin freely again.

If the folks at Briggs & Stratton need a copy of your invoice, just click on My Account in the upper right corner of our website and follow the prompts to print one out.
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William C.
Melbourne, FL
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 6/7/13
REVIEWED
JUL.
18
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Item!
I was wary when I purchased it ... even after reading the reviews. Would it be worth the $$?

I started cleaning my sidewalk with the regular pressure washer. It did a good job, but it took me a while to complete.

Then I tried my new surface cleaner. Easy to connect. Easy to use. Made quick and light work of the remainder of the sidewalk area. It ranks very high on my list of one of the best investments/purchases I ever made.

This baby will save me lots of time ... and do a... more
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Fast, Light Weight, Easy To Use
William Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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Rob
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 9/30/12
REVIEWED
OCT.
27
2012
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
0 For 2
I bought 2 of these a few weeks ago. I figured when the first eventually broke I would have a back up. Neither one worked longer than 15 minutes. I had the same issue with each of them: one jet sprayer quit working and the bearing was shot.

I believe this unit should be pro-rated at less than 3000psi.
Mike, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
Rob,
Your email shows you run a professional cleaning company- this item is rated for consumer use. It is designed for low GPM as well as no more than 3000 PSI.

For commercial use you will need to step up into a Prosumer or Professional grade unit. They will be able to tolerate extended use, high GPM, and more PSI than any Consumer unit.
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Joe C.
Ocoee, FL
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 7/9/13
REVIEWED
JUL.
31
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I Was So Amazed
I received my B&S 12" washer and started on my 6 car drive way and 135' walkway the next day. It took me 1 1/2 hours. I was so amazed. I could not stop.

Neighbors are watching, and soon are asking questions. I just smiled. This is one of my least expensive tools, that now sits on the top shelf of all my trophies.

Oh yes! Driveway looks great. I highly recommend this tool.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, High Quality, Price
Joe Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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Paulie
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 2/28/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
APR.
19
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Cleaner On Steroids
This is the best accessory I ever bought. It is a cleaner on steroids.

I tried it out the other day on my cement patio out back and it cleaned the concrete in about 15 minutes. I could not believe how great the cement looks.

I would recommend this to any one who has a large area to clean. A-1!
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Grady M.
Matthews, NC
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 6/19/13
REVIEWED
JUL.
11
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Better Than I Thought
I bought the small cleaner (cheaper) thinking it may not work as advertised. I got it hooked up and it worked way better than I could have hoped for. I even had the wife try it and she liked using it. If I replace it in the future I'll get the larger model to speed the process even more. The driveway looks like new, even took some rust stains out with just water!
Pros: I'd Buy It Again
Grady Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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Shawn E.
Concord, NC
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 6/15/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JUL.
07
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Surface Cleaner Is Worth The Purchase
Just cleaned a large drive and sidewalk area that had 15+ years of dirt. The surface cleaner did a great job and decreased the time needed to do the job.
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Fast, High Quality
Cons: Expensive
Shawn Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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D.w.
Belmont, NC
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 6/11/13
REVIEWED
JUL.
06
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Cleaning Driveway & Walks.
Worked great for driveway & walks which were untouched for about ten years. Looks great now & took less time than I figured it would.
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, I'd Buy It Again, Great Product
D.w. Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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Greg
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 3/12/13
REVIEWED
APR.
02
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Cleans Faster
Surface cleaner worked very well, but the tips plug very easily and that stops it from rotating. The tips rust immediately. I will be looking for replacements that are brass or stainless steel.

In that it cleans in a circle the dirt isn't washed away. After cleaning you need to power sweep off the dirt. I purchased a three head power sweeper to finish the job. I recommend that you have both.

Overall, I was still pleased. It made cleaning much faster than just using the wand... more
Mike, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
Greg,
Make sure you're letting the surface cleaner 'float' over the surface, even if you need to make a second pass on really gunky stuff. Pushing down on the surface cleaner may drive the tips into the gunk and result in a clogged tip.
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John C.
Collierville, TN
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 6/4/14
REVIEWED
JUN.
26
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Worth It's Weight In Gold
I had never used a surface cleaner prior to the B&S I had just purchased. I purchased the middle of the road one and I thought I had just won the lottery.

It would normally take me 6 to 8 hours to pressure wash my front walks and drive way. I finished this in less than 4 hours. I couldn't believe how easily it removed the dirt and mold.

The only issue I had was every once in a while one of the jets wouldn't function. This would happen after I had the system shut down to refill... more
Pros: I'd Buy It Again, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, Quiet
John Recommends This Briggs & Stratton Product
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