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Karcher 2000 PSI (Electric-Cold Water) Pressure Washer

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Grade
Style
Water Pressure
2000
PSI
Water Flow
1.4
GPM
Cleaning Speed
2800
Cleaning Units
Engine
N/A
Durable 5 Series Performance From Karcher
Delivers 40 times more pressure than your garden hose

Axial Pump
Same style pump found on Karcher gas pressure washers

Water-Cooled Induction Motor
Lasts longer than other electric motor styles on cheaper units

Compact Yet Powerful
Light enough (35 lbs.) to easily wheel around the yard
Strong enough (2000 PSI) to clean decks and patios with ease

Two Spray Wands Included
Vario Spray for most tasks; applies detergent at low pressure
DirtBlaster Rotary Spray agitates water spray for tough jobs

Two Ways To Apply Detergent
Siphon tube pulls pressure washer-safe detergent out of a bucket
Foamer bottle to applies thick foam when needed

Built-In Hose Reel
Keeps hose tidy; protects during storage
Hose must be removed from reel before use


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Model
  Model Number:K5.68
 UPC:036339019109
 Manufacturer:Karcher
 Made in USA:No
Motor
 Motor Type:Induction
 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:Siphon Tube
Housing
 Frame Type:2-Wheel Cart
 Wheels:Plastic
Hose
 Hose Storage:25-Ft Reel
 Hose Length:25 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:35 Lbs. (15.88 kilograms)
 Dimensions:13.2"L x 13"W x 34.3"H
(33.53 x 33.02 x 87.12 cm)
 Mfr Consumer Warranty:1 Year Karcher Rapid Exchange Warranty
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  7 Questions
Q: Other than appearance, what is the difference between the K5.68 and the K5Premium?
by Clark from New York on July 13, 2016

A: The body style and the detergent tank are the main features that this unit does not have. The guts are the same. However, this unit supplies a 1 year warranty and the K5 Premium supply's a 2 year warranty.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: Hi Mike,
How do I

















Hi Mike,
How does the electrical cjord wind to the pressure washer.






by Blair from Hawaii on July 05, 2016

A: There is not a spot on the pressure washer to wind the power cord. The power cord comes out of the back of the pressure washer.
by Mike, Product Expert
Q: during winter -will this be damaged in any way I am talking about model k5.68. Is this a good choice for cedar siding and concrete and pavers?
by Bill from New Jersey on June 02, 2011

A: During the winter you would want to take this inside. The problem you can have is the pumps and other pieces on the machine freeze up and the washer would not work.

This would work fine on your pavers and the siding.

Thanks,

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by Mike, Product Expert
Q: What kind of detergent or other liquids such as ArmorAll be used in the Karcher model K5.68 pressure washer?
by DARYL HAMMOND from Ohio on April 30, 2011

A: I would only recommend detergents that are labeled as being "pressure washer safe". There are many different types and brands available. Any other type of chemical that is used in this machine could absolutely dry out the seals and o rings and cause the pump to leak or stop producing pressure.

Unfortunately we do not carry any type of ArmorAll chemical that is considered "pressure washer safe". I am posting a link below to all of the detergents we carry:

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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 K5.68 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
3/5
Performance
4/5
Value
3/5
Overall
3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Store (7)
Easy To Use (4)
Price (3)
Quiet (3)
Reliable (2)
Cons
Durability (7)
Low Quality (5)
Unreliable (4)
Expensive (2)
Cumbersome To Use A Good... (1)
38% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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John S.
Clyde, NC
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 10/12/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
NOV.
03
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Nice
Nice entry-level washer.
John Recommends This Karcher Product
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Serge
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
JUN.
16
2016
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Very Bad Choice
I star using it and the house breaker did not stop to come out. I try other outlet with other breaker always the same thing
I piece of......
Serge Does Not Recommend This Product
Mike, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
Serge,
Under the Specs tab on our web page, and on pages 4 and 5 of the Owner's Manual it says this unit requires a 13 amp circuit that is grounded in order to operate properly. If you're in an older building it may need to be on a circuit that doesn't have anything else plugged into it.

Since you tried plugging it into another circuit as well and still had a problem you may want to call the folks at Karcher at (800) 537-4129. This unit is covered for 1 year under their Rapid Exchange Program so they'll send you a replacement if it's covered.

Please have the serial number of your pressure washer handy when you call Karcher; they will need it to set up your claim.
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Serge,
You could plug it into the kitchen outlet and do not connect the water but turn it on for 5 to 10 seconds to see if the problem follows the pressure washer. The kitchen usually has larger breakers for the toaster and coffee pot. Also, make sure you are not using an extension cord as they can reduce the power getting to the machine and pop the circuit breaker, too.
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Lance F.
Naples, FL
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 8/19/12
REVIEWED
AUG.
13
2015
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
The Good The Bad And The Ugly
The good. It works well and is simple to use.
The bad. The wheels, at least on my unit, are decorative only. They do not function. And the unit is bulky.
The ugly. It died after very minimal use.

I called Karcher to inquire about repair or some discount on purchasing a replacement. No cigar. They referred me to a local repair business. When I called and spoke to the owner he told me he could fix it but I wouldn't be happy. That I'd be better replacing it.

Yes, It's three... more
Lance Does Not Recommend This Product
Mike, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
Lance,
I apologize for the issues you are having with the unit. I am going to send this over to the folks at Karcher to make them aware of the issues you had.
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Owen S.
Mount Joy, PA
REVIEWED
JUN.
28
2016
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Only Worked One Time.
I had great success with it when I first bought it last year. I cleaned the deck around our pool then at the end of summer, I tried to use it again and it would not start.

I tucked it away for the Winter and now I am trying again. It simply will not start. It's not humming as though it were the capacitor. It's not leaking and the cord is fine and the GFCI is working properly.

I checked the website and it offers only the dumbest answers.
Owen Does Not Recommend This Product
Mike, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
Owen,
There are Troubleshooting Tips starting on page 16 of the Owner's Manual that might help. If you don't have your copy you can download one under the Specs tab on our web page..

This unit has a 1 year Factory Warranty through the folks at Karcher. I didn't see where you bought the unit from us, so I'm sorry, I can't tell if it's still covered.

You may want to give Karcher a call at (800) 537-4129 to see if it's still eligible for the Rapid Exchange Program. Please have the serial number of your unit handy when you call them- they will ask for it.
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Kathryn S.
Cumming, GA
REVIEWED
SEP.
21
2015
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Very Disappointed
I ordered this from you. I was very excited because at my age I cannot start a gas moter any more. It worked great the first year but this year when I started to wash my porch water started to pour from the bottom.

Carried it in for repair and got it back and water still comes out the bottom. I went to a local store to get another one, they had only smaller PSI. Carried it home, but have not opened it iI wanted a stronger PSI. Now that I have read these reviews will be returning it and... more
Kathryn Does Not Recommend This Product
Mike, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
Kathryn,
Karcher guarantees their pressure washers for a year from the date of purchase. I searched our records back 2 years and wasn't able to find your purchase, so you will need to check your original receipt to see if you are still in the warranty period.

Water coming from the bottom of the unit usually means either the pump has overheated and vented itself, or it was left in the cold over the winter without using a Pump Guard product and frozen water has damaged the seals.

You may want to give the folks at Karcher a call about your warranty (toll free) at 800-537-4129.
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Howard A.
Omaha, NE
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 2/23/16
REVIEWED
MAR.
17
2016
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Wheels Do Not Turn
I received the washer and began to use after assembled. I had to drag the unit everywhere I had to go do to the wheels would not turn. This just will not work.
Howard Does Not Recommend This Product
Mike, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
Howard,
I am so sorry the wheels on your pressure washer aren't working properly! Please make sure the wheel assemblies have been pushed in far enough that you heard a 'click' as shown on Page 6 of the Owner's Manual.

If the wheels have clicked into place but still don't turn properly, please give the folks at Karcher a call, toll free, at (800) 537-4129 so they can send you a new set of wheels. Please also have the serial number of your unit handy when you call Karcher; they will ask for it.

We appreciate your business, and apologize for any inconvenience.
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Mike H.
Total Helpful Votes
26 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
26
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Very Disappointed
I am very disappointed- it is cheap plastic. The wheel fell off, the wand holder & cord holder broke, and it falls over when pulling hose out from the reel. The pressure Hose near the wand is ready to split.

I have owned Karcher products in the past and they were very well made & made to last. I thought the unit was made in Germany- not so, it's made in China. I will not waste my money on another one.

I have not used the unit a lot, I expected it to last longer. It's only a year... more
Cons: Low Quality, Durability
Mike Does Not Recommend This Product
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Robert
Total Helpful Votes
11 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
27
2012
1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5
Bad Pressure Washer
I purchased this from this company and at first I loved it. It was powerful, quiet, and worked extremely well. One day it started leaking from the bottom and it would no longer pump water. Keep in mind that I don't use this that often at all.

I took it apart and there is a leak in a pump seal near where it connects to the hose. I called the only company in my city who fixes such things, they said that Karcher was the cheapest and least reliable company on the market and they could make... more
Mike, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
Robert,
No need to waste the money- you have a 1 year Factory Warranty from Karcher. Please give them a call, toll free, at (800) 537-4129 for repair or replacement of your unit.
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Robert D.
Lima, NY
REVIEWED
DEC.
03
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
3rd Such Power Washer
All 3 malfunctioned less than 3 months after purchase. Call me a sucker! The last, has been under warranty repair since Sept 7 2013. Several parts were back ordered and one is still on back order (2 months to date).

The unit had some good qualities but overall I would recommend that you shop elsewhere for a unit for personal use.
Pros: Easy To Use, Quiet, Easy To Store
Cons: Unreliable, Durability, Warranty Parts On Back Order For 2 Mo
Robert Does Not Recommend This Product
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Steve V.
Fond Du Lac, WI
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 7/11/12
REVIEWED
AUG.
06
2012
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Karcher K5.68 Needs An Ac Cord Holder
We not only live in the woods with moss growing on our brick porch, but we also have an in the ground swimming pool. The Karcher is everything that I hoped for and more. It does a great job.

BUT, what are we supposed to do with the AC cord? Your instructions talk about the handy hose reel, but the pictures don't even show that there is an AC cord. When we wind it up and hang it over the handle either the cord falls off or it get stuck under the wheels.

Speaking of the wheels. When I... more
Mike, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
Steve,
One of our team members has this unit, and they coil up their electric cord and hang it over the handle of the spray gun when it's in the holster. They use a small bungee cord to hold the cord coils neatly together.
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Gary B.
Glocester, RI
Purchased from Pressure Washers Direct
Purchased 7/30/13
REVIEWED
JUN.
06
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product
For an around the house power washer it kicks butt. I have only had it for a year, and used it a few times, but the performance is great.

I am a little skeptical about the longevity of some of the hose connections, but time will tell. I think I made a wise purchase.
Pros: Easy To Store, Easy To Use, Price, I'd Buy It Again
Gary Recommends This Karcher Product
Mike, the Pressure Washer Expert
Product Expert
Gary,
Adding a garden hose quick connect set will help reduce wear & tear on the garden hose connection. You can usually find them at any hardware store for around $5 for plastic, under $10 for brass.
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