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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
N/A
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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



Model
  Model Number:K2.425
 UPC:036339023052
 Manufacturer:Karcher
 Made in USA:No
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 ft
 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
 Spray Tips:Not Applicable
 Turbo Nozzle:Included
Overview
 Weight:13 Lbs. (5.90 kilograms)
 Dimensions:11.02L x 9.53W x 24.53H
(27.99 x 24.21 x 62.31 cm)
 Mfr Consumer Warranty:1 Year Karcher Rapid Exchange Warranty
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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 Mike, 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.

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by Mike, 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 Mike, 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 Mike, 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 Mike, 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 Mike, Product Expert
Karcher K2.425 Reviews & Ratings
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Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
3/5
Value
4/5
Overall
3.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 53.8 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Store (5)
Light Weight (5)
Easy To Use (5)
Price (2)
Quiet (2)
Cons
Bad Instructions (1)
Low Quality (1)
Hard To Remove The Hose ... (1)
Connection To Hose Leak ... (1)
86% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Mike, the Pressure Washer Expert
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Total Reviews
117 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
1401 Helpful Votes
Pressure Washers Direct Recommended

Our "Best" slot goes to the newest design in electric pressure washers- the X Series from Karcher.

They have re-engineered their axial cam pump using a new polymer that completely resists corrosion, allowing the pump to last much longer than aluminum versions.

This unit comes with an on-board detergent tank, which is far more convenient than having to drag a bucket around. The reliability of this model surpasses pretty much any other model we carry in this category.
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Mike Recommends This Model
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Marie V.
Shamong, NJ
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 7/12/13
Most Helpful Positive Review
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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Dennis B.
Venetia, PA
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 5/13/13
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUL.
09
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Not A Pressure Washer
I purchased this 1600 psi unit to replace a 1500 psi unit that I have used for 12 years. There is no adjustment to the spray that will maintain any pressure to clean a surface. I was trying to clean my garage floor not very productive with a 2 inch wide spray!
Pros: Easy To Use, Light Weight, Easy To Store
Cons: Low Quality
Mike, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
Dennis,
This pressure washer includes both Vario-Spray Wand and a Dirtblaster Turbo Wand. I would suggest reviewing the Owner's Manual to make sure you've assembled it correctly and are using it correctly. If you're still having issues, Karcher can be contacted directly @ (800) 537-4129
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"Unit was shipped quick. All was good."
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Edward S.
Hammondsville, OH
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 8/12/13
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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Louise B.
Ward Hill, MA
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 6/20/13
REVIEWED
JUL.
31
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
I Cleaned
I cleaned my deck and walk way they came out good.
Pros: Easy To Store, Price, Light Weight
Cons: Connection To Hose Leak Do Not Get A Tight Fit
Louise Recommends This Karcher Product
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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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Ernest W.
Lancaster, PA
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 7/5/13
REVIEWED
JUL.
27
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Karcher X Series 1600 Psi (electric-cold Water) Pressure Washer Review
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Quiet, Easy To Store
Cons: Bad Instructions, Hard To Remove The Hose From The Quick Insert
Ernest Recommends This Karcher Product
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Jerry Vand.
Niles, MI
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
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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Jerry V.
Niles, MI
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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Patricia M.
Antioch, IL
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 7/11/12
REVIEWED
SEP.
01
2012
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Could Be Better
I bought this unit mainly to wash the siding on my house. I knew the power would not be strong but I wanted to be able to do an adequate job without dragging a heavy machine around.The unit is light and the motor seems to work well.

My biggest complaint is the wand hose. It is not flexible at all and very difficult to work with. When you use an electric power washer you have three big headaches: the power cord, the wand hose and the water hose. You want as much flexibility as possible and... more
Mike, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
Patricia,
If you can lay the hose out straight in the sun it will relax a bit; then coiling it in loops (not wrapped around your arm) when you store it may help limit kinking.
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John C.
Saranac Lake, NY
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 7/1/12
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
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
Chalfont, PA
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 6/1/12
REVIEWED
JUL.
16
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Life Cycle On The Spraying Head
The one wand with the adjusable spray tip only work one time. We cleaned and it still does not work. You would think it has a longer life cycle.

The rest of the unit is working great.
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