Spring is always a busy time of year, there are so many chores on the to do list. Some of these chores are enjoyable, some are not. Maintaining the fence and deck are definitely not on the fun list – and this year we have to stain both. The stuff that’s on the not-so-fun list tends to get put off again and again, and I am an excellent procrastinator!
But I was actually motivated and excited to prep the fence and deck for staining, because I got a shiny new toy…
One of the perks of being a member of the Troy-Bilt Saturday6 is that I get to test out their products, and I even get to keep a couple. Troy-Bilt gave me a PSI Pressure Washer to review, and I get to tell you all about it.
This pressure washer could not have come at a better time, and has made the job of cleaning the fence and deck a breeze. I even got a few other long overdue chores done.
Oh Yes, I Put This Pressure Washer To The TEST!
In addition to cleaning the fence and deck, we used the pressure washer to knock down some old wasp nests (Eek!), and it did the job no problem. I also used it to wash the siding on the house (which is a job I’m ashamed to admit we have never done). Wow, I couldn’t believe the gunk that came out of the crevices at the bottom of the siding when I washed around the door – yuck! I also used it to wash the garage doors and windows. Whew!
Troy-Bilt Pressure Washer Review
The Troy-Bilt pressure washer comes with several spray tips, which adjust the flow of water through the nozzle. Each spray tip can be used for different jobs. One thing we liked right away is the accessory tray that attaches to the pressure washer to hold the spray nozzles (the color-coded spray nozzles! Fancy.). Each one is marked to tell you what its purpose is. The spray tips snap in there nice and tight, so they won’t fall out and get lost.
We had fun trying out each one. They are super easy to change out.
Both the input and output hoses attach on the bottom/front of the pressure washer. It was a bit awkward to figure out how to move the pressure washer around at first, we were worried it would take two people to maneuver it. But once we figured out that it’s easiest to straighten out the hoses first, then pull the machine backwards, it was much easier for one person to move around (and by the end of all of our projects, we were total pros at it!).
This pressure washer has a reservoir for pressure washer soap, which is a really nice feature. I put a little bit of soap in there to test it out, but I didn’t want to fill it up until after we finished pressure washing the fence and deck. I couldn’t find a way to turn the soap off, and I didn’t want to use it before staining.
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One thing that I don’t like is the location of the trigger release button on the handle. The red button on the side of the handle is the trigger release (see it there, way up and just to the left of the Troy-Bilt logo), and you have to push that before you can pull the trigger. As you can see, my hand is not big enough to reach the trigger release and pull the trigger at the same time. So, I have to use two hands to release and pull the trigger. My husband’s hands are larger, but he had the same issue. It would be nice if the release button was on top of the handle, where my thumb is in this picture.
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My Conclusion (does she love it?)…
I’ve never used a pressure washer before, and I was a little intimidated by the Troy-Bilt Pressure Washer at first. But this it turns out that it’s easy to use. It only took a few minutes for me to assemble it once I removed it from the box. The directions that came with it aren’t that great, so I needed a little help figuring out where to attach the everything. But once I had it all put together and ready to use, it was easy to start and get right to work on those not-so-fun (but now kinda fun, maybe) chores. Plus, it takes regular gasoline, so no mixing with oil, which is very nice.
Here’s a quick video of me using the pressure washer on the fence, so you can see it in action… Troy Bilt Pressure Washer in action
All in all, this pressure washer is excellent. It did a great job, and it’s very powerful. The verdict? I love it!
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