The Convenience (and Cords) of an Electric Pressure Washer
But the cords! When using a pressure washer, you've already got two lines connecting to the machine: the fresh water supply and the washer hose. Adding the electrical cord means hauling around three heavy lines. This tends to inhibit movement.
It's an acceptable trade-off if you know what you're getting into. I bought it for one use only: to clean the siding of my house before painting.
Clean Force 1400's Specifics
The power cord is 35 feet long and the washer hose is 19 feet.
An on-board detergent tank automatically mixes the detergent with the water. You turn the detergent flow on or off by sliding the end of the sprayer wand in or out.
The sprayer wand adjusts from a fine needle-point to a wide spray.
How Well Does the Clean Force 1400 Work?
But it's slow. With a more powerful machine, you would be able to knock out 20 feet of concrete entry cleaning in five or ten minutes. But with this lower-power pressure washer, expect to spend an hour on the same task. That's because only the most concentrated stream with blast away embedded dirt, and this stream covers only about four square inches. It's a painfully slow process.
What I really hated about the Clean Force Pressure Washer was how it never stayed upright. It's a vertical machine with two wheels at the bottom--it looks almost like a house vacuum. And like a vacuum, it always tips over. Even though the cords attach at the bottom of the machine (theoretically minimizing the chance of pulling the machine down), the machine still tips because of the vibrations caused by blasting the washer on and off. Eventually, I left the washer on its side when using only fresh water.
This presented a problem when I wanted to use the detergent/water mixture. The detergent tank needs to be upright because it draws detergent with a siphon tube. So, I had to brace the machine against the house to ensure that it would not tip over.
I do like the Clean Force's tiny size, which takes up no more than a couple of square feet of floor space. Also the nozzle, wand, hose, and electric cord store fairly neatly on the machine.