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The Karcher x series 1600 psi (electric-cold water) pressure washer has been discontinued and is not available for purchase at this time.

Karcher X Series 1600 PSI (Electric-Cold Water) Pressure Washer

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Grade
Style
Water Pressure
1600
PSI
Water Flow
1.2
GPM
Cleaning Speed
1920
Cleaning Units
Engine


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K2.425 Pressure Washer Is Handy And Portable
Great for smaller tasks around the house
Retractable handle adjusts to your height, stores compactly

New N-Cor Axial Pump
Patented N-Cor polymer resists corrosion
Lasts longer than cheaper wobble pumps
Quiet and durable

Vario-Spray Wand
No tips to lose, just twist to adjust the spray shape

Dirtblaster Turbo Wand Included
Agitator spray pattern cleans deep in nooks & crannies
Not suitable for delicate surfaces

Detergent Tank
Removes for easy filling & cleaning

20 Feet Of High Pressure Hose
Work in a wide area without having to move the unit

35 Foot Power Cord
Includes GFCI protection


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Motor
Motor Type
Universal
Motor Voltage
120-Volt Single-Phase
Amps
13 Amps
Power Cord Length
35 ft GFCI
Pump
Pump Brand
Karcher
Pump Type
Axial Cam
Adjustable Pressure
No
Chemical Injection
Single Detergent Tank
Housing
Frame Type
2-Wheel Cart
Wheels
Plastic
Hose
Hose Storage
Hook
Hose Length
20 Feet
Hose Material
PVC/Plastic
Hose Diameter
1/4 Inch
Hose Connections
Threaded
Spray Gun
Spray Gun Connection
Karcher Bayonet
Spray Gun Grade
Residential
Spray Gun Wand
Adjustable
Turbo Nozzle
Included
Overview
Made in USA
No
Weight
13 Pounds
Product Length
11.02 Inches
Product Width
9.53 Inches
Product Height
24.53 Inches
Consumer Warranty
1 Year
UPC
036339023052
Model
K2.425
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  6 Questions
Q: I want a Karcher Pressure Washer with a built-in detergent tank-no siphoning. Is the Model K2.425 my only choice? I will be using the unit for general exterior house cleaning,etc. No commercial work.
by Arnold on February 25, 2012

A: No, there are a few models that Karcher offers with a detergent tank or bottle. Along with this model, models K3.48M, K3.740, & K5.740 have either a detergent tank or bottle built into the machine.
by Brian, Product Expert

Q: I need to pwer wash brick, cinder block, and blue slate at my home. Which power washer will get the job done?
by Reese from New York on June 27, 2011

A: Something lik this would do the job, as long as this is just a cleaning and not a deep clean or resurface. It is most likely going to take you a while to do this, but would should do the job. You may want to bump up to something a little more powerful though to cut down your cleaning time and make everything easier.

Thanks,

Pressure Washers Direct
by Brian, Product Expert

Q: Comparing the different Karcher models, I still have the same 2 basic questions.1) Does motor shut off with the trigger wand? and 2) where the water hose connects is it metal or plastic and is a kit needed to covert it to metal?
by Judy Averhart from Mississippi on March 27, 2011

A: Yes all Karcher electric models have the total stop feature when you release the trigger gun. Some of the Karcher models have brass water inlet fittings and some models have plastic. This specific model has plastic garden hose fittings and comes with a plastic quick connect attachment to prevent the user from cross threading the threads. To convert the fittings to plastic, you would have to purchase a brass garden hose quick connect kit.

I posted the product below that I am referring to:

PowerWasher Garden Hose Quick Connect Kit
by Brian, Product Expert

Q: Do you have any self priming pressure washers for sale (gas or electric) ? I have wood deck on my 1/2 acre pond to clean & would like to be able to use the pond water. Thankyou.
by John from Ohio on March 25, 2011

A: Yes, all Karcher branded pressure washers both the gas and electric versions have self priming pumps that can pull water from a standing source such as a tank or pond. We also sell Kranzle and DirtKiller brand pressure washers which too have self priming pumps. Kranzle and DirtKiller only offer professional grade pressure washers while Karcher offers residential and prosumer grade models.

I would definitely recommend that you use a filter on the end of the hose that is placed in the pond to prevent debris from entering the pump. Karcher makes a hose with filter for this purpose that we sell as an accessory.
by Brian, Product Expert

Q: What happens when you use hot water in a Karcher electric power washer? I never knew they were (Electric-Cold Water) listed.
by Bob Mills from Michigan on March 25, 2011

A: Karcher's cold water pressure washers can accept water up to 104F degrees. This is common with all cold water pressure washers. Using water hotter than 104F degrees in a cold water pressure washer will definitely damage and wear away the seals in the pump, causing the pump to fail. This is the fastest way to damage a pump that is rated for "cold water".
by Brian, Product Expert

Q: Just bought the Karcher 3.74 from you guys. What is the "Pump Guard" which is recommended for storing and protecting the pump? And how do I use such?
by Preben Jensen from California on March 24, 2011

A: The Karcher pump guard is a chemical that is designed to extend the life of the pump and the seals within. Pump guard or pump saver as it is also called, will lubricate the seals in the pump and also prevent any water that is left inside the pump from freezing during the colder months.

To use this product, you simply attach it to your garden hose water inlet fitting and turn the machine on for a few seconds. Once the chemical exits the outlet high pressure fitting, the pump is protected.

You should defintely run this chemical through the pump every time you are going to store your pressure washer away for extended periods of time such as over 30 days. You should also run this chemical through the pump periodically throughout the year to keep the seals moist.
by Brian, Product Expert

Karcher K2.425 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
3/5
Quality
3/5
Performance
3/5
Value
3/5
Overall
3.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 53.3 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (6)
Easy To Store (5)
Light Weight (5)
Price (3)
Quiet (2)
Cons
Low Quality (3)
Bad Instructions (2)
Wand Storage Poorly Desi... (1)
Hard To Remove The Hose ... (1)
Connection To Hose Leak ... (1)
61% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
26 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Monty J.
Jefferson, ME
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
DEC.
10
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Need To Wash Underside Of Car
Here in mid-coast Maine, we get a lot of salt spray and consequent corrosion on the underside of vehicles. I have a model K3.97, 1600 PSI Karcher that has served me well for 6 years.

Is there an adapter available to allow me to spray (up) to wash underneath the car? It would need an angled output nozzle.
Monty Recommends This Karcher Product
Brian, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
Monty,
Karcher actually makes two for their electric washers.

The simple Underbody & Gutter Cleaning Angled Wand is a useful tool around the house as well as cleaning your car.

If you're serious about cleaning under things (and it sounds like you are!) then Karcher also makes the very cool Chassis & Underbody Surface Cleaner. It fits all current Karcher electric pressure washers K2 thru K7 with a set of color-coded adapters.

It rolls easily to clean where you can't reach, and has a foamer attachment so you can soap away grime and salt. Pleae be aware that your vehicle must have at least 6" of ground clearance for this accessory.
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David H.
Palatine, IL
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
APR.
20
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Cheap, Did Not Work
Water came out of the nozzle but with minimal pressure. Very cheaply made. It is not Pressure Washers Direct fault but for the price I would expect quite a bit more quality. It would be nice if it worked out of the box.

Sending it back. Hopefully I get a full refund.
David Does Not Recommend This Product
Brian, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
David,
I looked for your order; it was under a different email address. We used that other email address on 4/21 to send you instructions on what was needed for your refund. If you haven't received the instructions yet, please check your Junk Mail file; sometimes they wind up there.

The "X" series pressure washers have sold well, and our customers have been very pleased with their performance. I'm sorry this wasn't true in your case. We appreciate your business, and apologize for any inconvenience.
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Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
David,
Our apologies you experienced any issues with a Karcher product. We are glad that Pressure Washers Direct is assisting you. Thank you for the feedback.
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Rich R.
Petersburg, PA
REVIEWED
DEC.
06
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Great Until It Leaks
I have my unit for 4 yrs. I loved it despite the difficult time hooking up the hose. One day the hose connector broke, on its own accord, and leaks water everywhere and has no pressure. Is this reparable?
Rich Recommends This Karcher Product
Manufacturer Response
Brand Rep
Rich,
All our units are reparable as we stock spare parts for many years. Labor costs often cause the repair to be too high versus replacement. Contact us via our trouble ticket system and let's see what part it is - it could be a simple repair.

http://www.karcher-help.com/index.php?/Tickets/Submit

Kärcher North America
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Marie V.
Shamong, NJ
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 7/12/13
Total Helpful Votes
19 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
02
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Approved By A Couple Of Oldies
We are a couple in our 80's living in a wooded area. Our sidewalks get black. This machine cleaned the walks faster than any other machine in the past. They actually look like new.

We found it easy to use for folks in our age bracket. We did have to add extra washers where the hose attached, but once that was done it worked with no problems.

Finding it so easy to use, we ordered the gutter cleaning attachment which we plan to use next spring. Thanks for a nice piece of equipment.
Pros: Easy To Store, Easy To Use, Light Weight, High Quality
Marie Recommends This Karcher Product
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Ron W.
Massillon, OH
Total Helpful Votes
18 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
14
2014
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Big Disappointment
My wife bought me this thing and was so proud of herself for getting me a much needed tool. I don't have the heart to tell her that it works better as a boat anchor than a tool. Total junk.

The veri-wand worked for maybe 5 times before breaking. The internal plastic connectors from hose to motor broke. It sprays water from the inside of the housing. A one year warranty is great except it seems the parts are designed to break in 13 months. Worst power tool I ever had.
Cons: Low Quality, Difficult To Use, Unreliable, Durability
Ron Does Not Recommend This Product
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Jerry V.
Niles, MI
Total Helpful Votes
19 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
12
2011
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Karcher X Series 1600 Psi (electric-cold Water) Pressure Washer Review
This Is My 2nd Washer...

First One, Used It For Less Than 3 Hours, and Would Not Work...Called Karcher...Received Warranty People Phone Number. Delivered to Warranty People, They Called Back Next Day.. the On and Off Unit On Cord Was Bad...Warranty People Called Karcher..They Said Could Not Repair Because Had a Part # But No Price Available On That Part...When Told No Price Needed Because It Was Warranty...They Insisted No Repair... a Runaround of Three Days.

I Called Karcher Back He... more
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Leonard N.
Matteson, IL
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 7/15/14
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
05
2014
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Worst Power Washer
If I hadn't throw away the box I would have return it. I had to use vise grip to try and stop it from leaking water everywhere and could not.

Very, very disappointed after seeing your info commercial.
Leonard Does Not Recommend This Product
Brian, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
Leonard,
A few wraps of Teflon pipe tape (under $1 at any hardware or grocery store) on the threads can help reduce leaking where the garden hose connects; so can adding a fresh garden hose gasket (about 25¢). Please be careful with the vise grips- adding a garden hose quick connect set ($5 at home stores) will save wear & tear on the plastic connector.

If those tips don't help- even though you've thrown away your packaging the warranty on the unit is still in force. Karcher's Rapid Exchange Program will replace your pressure washer with very little effort on your part- just click on the link to see their explanation on how their program works.

You will need to send Karcher a copy of your invoice. Please just click on the "My Account" link in the upper right corner of our website and follow the prompts to print one out.

I'd also like let you know Karcher makes all their own info commercials & advertising- we are allowed to use them on our website, but we don't have any say on their content.

We appreciate your business, and I hope I've been able to help!
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Edward S.
Hammondsville, OH
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 8/12/13
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
04
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Light Weight And Quiet
I use a washer a lot and the last one lasted about 10 years- same brand, different model. There are a few changes to this one for the better, much quieter and lighter.

Great product for the money.
Pros: Light Weight, Easy To Use, Quiet, Price
Edward Recommends This Karcher Product
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John C.
Saranac Lake, NY
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 7/1/12
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
25
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Electric Pressure Washer
Once I determined that this unit would not pump water from the lake and hooked it up directly to our well, the unit worked fine. It might be a little under powered for my use, cleaning a wood deck of three years of dirt and algae that results from living within thirty feet of a lake and a little more power would have helped. But the electric unit worked just as well as the gas unit I previously used, except that its range is limited by its power cord. There were no leaks whatsoever, and the... more
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Jerry Vand.
Niles, MI
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
25
2011
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Did Very Well
My main use is for landscaping blocks. What made me decide on this model was the rotating nozzle.

I needed power enough to take off moss, residue and ground in dirt. This model has done just that. I was disappointed about the water leak spray I get from the hose connection. Tried three different connections and no luck. It does not take away from the performance, its just annoying.

Just cleaned over 200 blocks, did very well.

PWD RESPONDS: You could try wrapping a small piece of... more
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Joseph C.
Palmetto, FL
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 9/16/13
REVIEWED
OCT.
08
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product
I used the pressure washer on my walk and driveway, and three of my neighbor's driveways, too. It was easy to use and worked like a champ. Thanks.
Pros: Easy To Store, Easy To Use, Light Weight, Exceeded Expectations
Joseph Recommends This Karcher Product
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