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jakesmith

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130 months

Wednesday 4th March
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Had such a cool idea. I don't love washing the cars but it is a necessary evil as all 3 are black, one is an R8 which I don't want to take anywhere, one is a newish A5 which is in 'as new' condition. I dabble with a bit of washing of cars here and there but the bigget ball ache is getting out, untangling and returning the pressure washer. What if I kept it connected and plugged in permanently but used this to take the line outside? So I can just pick it up & get washing without the hassle. Karcher/BSP adapters are widely available. Would this work? Looks like an air line but if the bar rating is OK surely it's OK?

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swisstoni

9,776 posts

238 months

Wednesday 4th March
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Why not just ditch the pressure washer?
Not essential for washing a car.

jakesmith

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Wednesday 4th March
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swisstoni said:
Why not just ditch the pressure washer?
Not essential for washing a car.
3 cars to do, it's good at the initial blast, I've tried with & without over the years & prefer with, plus I like using snowfoam

swisstoni

9,776 posts

238 months

Wednesday 4th March
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jakesmith said:
swisstoni said:
Why not just ditch the pressure washer?
Not essential for washing a car.
3 cars to do, it's good at the initial blast, I've tried with & without over the years & prefer with, plus I like using snowfoam
Ah. Now we have the truth! hehe

Andeh1

6,114 posts

165 months

Wednesday 4th March
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I have always wanted a long reel/hose for my pressure washer. Leave pressure washer in a corner semi-perm, and just power on/off and just the reel to pull out & put away.

Works very well for the hose pipe!

I'll watch with interest.

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790 posts

45 months

Wednesday 4th March
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Andeh1 said:
I'll watch with interest.
Watch from a distance ... don't pressure washers run at well over 100bar?

Haltamer

1,519 posts

39 months

Wednesday 4th March
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https://youtu.be/ThspeX19j7w

You can just wall mount a large pressure hose. Why have a pressure washer to move in and out when you can just grab the squirtysquirter, switch on and get going? biggrin

jakesmith

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Wednesday 4th March
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Haltamer said:
https://youtu.be/ThspeX19j7w

You can just wall mount a large pressure hose. Why have a pressure washer to move in and out when you can just grab the squirtysquirter, switch on and get going? biggrin
That's my point but the one I linked to above is cheaper and has an auto-rewind function too
My one is £100
the one in your video is £100 just for the reel without the hose

Caddyshack

2,598 posts

165 months

Wednesday 4th March
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I paid about £400 for a Karcher industrial retract reel, it is over 10 meters and is brilliant. I have a steam cleaner in a purpose built shed behind the garage with hot and cold water (cold is softened)

I have the new quick lock on the lance so can swap from snow foam to pressure lance with a quick twist. It is excellent.

jakesmith

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Caddyshack said:
I paid about £400 for a Karcher industrial retract reel, it is over 10 meters and is brilliant. I have a steam cleaner in a purpose built shed behind the garage with hot and cold water (cold is softened)

I have the new quick lock on the lance so can swap from snow foam to pressure lance with a quick twist. It is excellent.
I’ve got Karcher K4 with quick Lock it’s awesome

Do you wind with softened water you can leave the car wet and it dries without leaving marks?

donkmeister

3,024 posts

59 months

Wednesday 4th March
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Either Karcher or Nilfisk do (or used to do) a wall-mount where you hung the pressure washer on the mount and there was a separate high-pressure hosereel. I can't find it with a quick google now but it was quite a neat solution as it also took the pressure washer off the floor.

swisstoni

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238 months

Thursday 5th March
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Seems everyone’s at it on YouTube.

Caddyshack

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165 months

Thursday 5th March
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jakesmith said:
Caddyshack said:
I paid about £400 for a Karcher industrial retract reel, it is over 10 meters and is brilliant. I have a steam cleaner in a purpose built shed behind the garage with hot and cold water (cold is softened)

I have the new quick lock on the lance so can swap from snow foam to pressure lance with a quick twist. It is excellent.
I’ve got Karcher K4 with quick Lock it’s awesome

Do you wind with softened water you can leave the car wet and it dries without leaving marks?
It is certainly better but I do normally fully dry the car. I recently bought the big boi blow dryer so the car is pretty dry with air and then a quick towel off.

count duckula

1,323 posts

233 months

Thursday 5th March
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I recently went through the same thought process, I ended up with a heavy duty one and attached it to a kranzle pressure washer under the workbench in the garage.
It only takes a few seconds to get it out or put away.

pressure washer reel



wjwren

3,441 posts

94 months

Thursday 12th March
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Been thinking of the same. It's a right faff and the extension cable tangles with the hose. I purchased a 30m hose from a UK company and it doesnt tangle. I can keep the Karcher permantly round the side of the house in a small shed. Id like to buy some type of hose reel to keep it all tidy. Will take a look at those mentioned above.

wjwren

3,441 posts

94 months

Thursday 12th March
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jakesmith said:
That's my point but the one I linked to above is cheaper and has an auto-rewind function too
My one is £100
the one in your video is £100 just for the reel without the hose
Isnt that hose just for air products?

jakesmith

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130 months

Thursday 12th March
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I’ve done it! Just bought a small wooden shed to go out the front- will possible install a slatted treated timber base to stop it rotting from splashes. Have bought a lock, and a pressure washer reel and cable. Will also have the hoover in there plugged in with the edging piece attached to achieve the same objective of quick and easy valeting.

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wjwren

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94 months

Thursday 12th March
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Jake - thats the hose reel i was thinking of getting, they do it in a 60m Please update when you can as Id be interested to know if this kinks or not. I find the jetwash you get at the garages have a very soft rubber that doesnt kink.

Im thinking of putting a boiler jacket on mine as ive had issues before of the frost breaking it.

On a sidenote my karcher k7 has broken again and I sent it back for a free repair, I disconnected the hose and lance etc as this was fine. Its come back today and they have replaced it all with new parts, the new karcher hoses are a lot better though I still use my 30m one from directhoses.


Andeh1

6,114 posts

165 months

Thursday 12th March
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jakesmith said:
I’ve done it! Just bought a small wooden shed to go out the front- will possible install a slatted treated timber base to stop it rotting from splashes. Have bought a lock, and a pressure washer reel and cable. Will also have the hoover in there plugged in with the edging piece attached to achieve the same objective of quick and easy valeting.]
Please report back, very keen to hear your experience! smile

jakesmith

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Thursday 12th March
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Will do chaps, shed comes next weds, will report after that with pics & info