How to Use Greenworks Pressure Washer
Greenworks pressure washers are known for their portability and ease. These power washers are mostly targeted at homeowners with their pressure ranging from 1500 PSI to 2000 PSI.
These washers also gather demand because of their low price point. Interestingly, these washers are easy to operate and maintain. So, how to use Greenworks Pressure Washer.
This article will discuss the process to assemble, use, maintain, and storing these washers. The scope of this article includes 2000 PSI / 1.2 GPM Electric Pressure Washer GPW.
Purpose of Greenworks Pressure Washer
Greenworks offers a range of electric pressure washers for home use. These washers give different pressures. The particular model under consideration offers the highest pressure offered by Greenworks for household use. Other options include 1500 PSI and 1600 PSI pressure washers.
These washers are used to wash facades, machinery, and vehicles. Mostly, homeowners use it for outdoor pressure washing on surfaces including driveways, decks, fencing, and floors.
What’s Included in the Package
Upon arrival, the package of this power washer includes
- High-pressure hose,
- Spray tips,
- Spray wand,
- Trigger gun, and
- Instructional manual.
Note that this pressure washer can be dangerous if it’s not used while considering precautionary measures. Because of the high level of risk involved with the use of this washer, it shouldn’t be used by children unsupervised.
Here are a few safety measures you should consider while using this washer.
Highlights of Safety Measures
Before we begin on how to use Greenworks Pressure Washer, you must know that this machine should be used with complete presence of mind. If you cannot understand the instructions given in the manual, your best bet is not to use the washer. In other words, if you have taken medicines that have impaired cognitive function or if you are feeling tired, you shouldn’t use it.
- You should have a thorough understanding of the washer to commence operations. Familiarize yourself with all the parts outlined in the manual.
- Do not use the washer in proximity to other people and animals. Do not point its jet towards living beings including yourself. Plus, make sure that your work area does not have flammables. Never point its jet towards flammables. When you are not spraying the spray wand, keep the lock engaged. Never leave the running machine unattended.
- Maintain your position and don’t overreach. When pulling the trigger, always hold the trigger gun with both hands.
- Don’t use inflammable in the soap tank.
- Before using, check for faults in the cord. In case, the power cord is damaged, replace it before using the washer. Only use the cord that is compatible with the voltage and amperage requirements of the washer. Don’t abuse the cord. If its power switch is defective, get it replaced before using the washer.
- Wear safety gear and don’t wear loose clothes. Plus, you should avoid wearing jewelry that may get in the way of your work at the pressure washer.
- The washer should only be used outdoors. Always work in an area with proper ventilation. If it’s raining or the area is not well-lit, postpone working with the washer.
- This washer only uses cold water. Do not use hot water with it.
- In the end, you should make sure to save the manual for future reference.
The product comes equipped with a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) plug. This plug safeguards the circuit against overloads, short-circuits, and shocks.
The washer doesn’t come ready to use. Upon arrival, you have to assemble its parts to start using it. If some parts of the washer arrive assembled, you shouldn’t use it and contact customer support of the manufacturer.
Here are the assembly instructions for 2000 PSI / 1.2 GPM Electric Pressure Washer GPW.
Assembling Wheels and Handle
The first part you would assemble in this washer is its wheels. You assemble the wheels using the axle. First, you insert these axles into the wheel and through the frame. Then, you slide the washer past the pinhole. In the end, you have to insert the pins through the pinhole fastening the wheels.
Before assembling the handle, you should assemble the gun holder on it. Do this by matching the screw sleeves with the holes screwing them. You can assemble the handle by sliding the upper handle into its place while holding the push-pin button on it down.
Assembling Wand and Gun
Now you have to connect the spray wand with the trigger handle. Simply, push the wand’s end into the handle and rotate to tighten. Check for the tightness by pulling the wand.
To connect the hose with the trigger handle, push the hose into its position and tighten its lock clockwise. You may want to apply dish soap to the rubber seal of the hose to make this installation easy.
Similarly, connect the other end of the high-pressure hose to the water outlet connector.
Note the condition of the pressure hose. It shouldn’t be kinked.
Connect the garden hose to the water inlet by rotating its screw. Before you make this connection, clean the water supply off debris and dirt by letting it flow for half a minute. Also, the screen in the water inlet should be clean and free of damage.
Note that the water supply should be a hose connected to a faucet. You shouldn’t supply water for the pressure washer from a bucket.
Also, take note of the local regulations. Some localities prohibit connecting pressure washers with drinking water sources as doing so can lead to harmful chemicals getting mixed with the water.
Now you have connected all its parts, the next step is to connect it with the power outlet, turn on the water supply, and start using it to wash the surface.
Let’s learn the detailed process.
Starting the Washer
Before you start pumping water from the pump, you have to get rid of all the air and debris caught within its high-pressure hose. You can release this air by turning the water supply on and without tuning on the pump, you have to pull the trigger until the water flow is steady.
Connecting Power Supply
With the on/off switch turned off, connect the cord with the power outlet. Push the reset button on the plug and turn the on/off switch to the on position.
After removing the cap from the soap tank, it’s easy to and the detergent and detergent solution. Follow the instructions given on the bottle of detergent to make a solution if you got a concentrated product. And only use those products which are suitable for pressure washers.
You can apply the detergent using the low-pressure nozzle of the pressure washer aka the soap nozzle. Use the black spray tip at the widest angle to spray the detergent on the desired surface.
Once you have applied the soap to the surface, let it react with the stains. But make sure to not let it dry to prevent streaking.
After you have applied the detergent, it is imperative that you let the remaining solution flow out of the spray want. You can do this by squeezing the trigger after pointing the gun in a safe direction.
Get clean water running through the soap tank after you have used it. You can do this by filling the tank with clean water and spraying it in a safe direction. If the soap flows out from the tank on the first go, you can stop the process. Don’t shy away from filling the tank a second time with clean water to clean the tank if soap remains in it afterward.
Selecting and Changing the Nozzle
A black nozzle is used to apply detergent. But once you have done with the detergent, you have to select a nozzle with a narrower angle and higher pressure. Use turbo nozzle if you want to do intense cleaning. If otherwise, you can choose between white and green nozzles. the white nozzle is wider giving a 40-degree angle for spray and is used for light cleaning. For more intense washing and rinsing steps, people use the green nozzle that has a 25-degree angle.
To change the nozzle you have to first turn off the washer from the power outlet. Make sure that you have released pressure from the wand before pulling the quick-connect collar to release the spray tip. Now, place your hand over the spray and pull the collar. The nozzle should release in your hand.
Now get the nozzle you want to use in the next washing step. Keep the trigger handle locked with the help of the safety lock. Pull the quick-connect collar back and push the desired nozzle in its place before pushing the collar back into its place.
Once you have changed the spray tip – otherwise known as the nozzle – you can proceed to rinse the surface. If you are unsure about the spray tip to use, start experimenting with a low-pressure nozzle and more towards narrower tips.
Rinse the surface from top to bottom in overlapping strokes to thoroughly cover the whole area.
Moving the Washer
During the washing cycle, you may face the need to move the washer across the surface. If such a need arises, the first step is always turning the power supply off. Then, pull the handle towards yourself until the washer balances on its wheels. Now, you can roll it to the desired position.
After you have completed the task, you should release the water pressure from the spray wand and high-pressure hose. Also, get rid of all the detergent in the soap tank. This makes an essential part of readying the washer for storage. You shouldn’t leave fluid in it.
After letting all the fluid out of the hoses, switch off the water pump and plug out the power cable from the power outlet. When not in use, keep the safety lock engaged.
Storage and Maintenance
Take care of the cord and hoses when you prepare the unit for storage. These items should be wrapped carefully to avoid damage and bending.
- Never store the washer in the outdoor area even if the storage period is short. Keep it in a covered area and away from weathering effects. Also, take note of the temperature of the place in which you will store it. The pressure washer shouldn’t remain at a place with freezing temperatures. Only those places where the temperature is higher than 32° should be considered for storage.
- The area should also be free of frost. Keep it away from the furnace to prevent the pump seal from drying out.
- Only get help from technicians skilled for maintenance works. Never try to service the unit without unplugging it from the power outlet. If in doubt, contact the service center of Greenworks.
- If a cord or hose is damaged, source only an identical replacement part for it. The use of different spare parts can be dangerous.
- Never use commercial solvents, brake fluids, and penetrating oil to clean the washer’s plastic parts. These solvents can damage these parts making the washer dangerous to use.
- If you want to clean the nozzle, you do it by taking it off. Unclog the spray tip with the provided tip cleaning tool. Now, run clean water over it backward. Pour water on its outside so it can go inside.
A pressure washer can make cleaning a lot easier for you. It can speed up the washing process for most outdoor surfaces. Plus, we get help from it in getting rid of the toughest stains. Still, the machine comes with some risks. And if you are not careful enough, it can cause serious harm to your health or property.
To reduce these risks, it’s important for the users to practice due diligence while operating it. One step to mitigate this risk is to understand the washer and know how to shut it off when necessary. Using safety gear and right footing also increases the likelihood of its safe use.
Q: Can you use hot water with a Greenworks pressure washer?
A: Greenworks pressure washers are designed specifically to be used with cold water. If you intend to use hot water for pressure washing, you should get a power washer that is safe to use water of this temperature.
Q: What soaps should you use with the Greenworks pressure washer?
A: Any soap or detergent that is suitable for use in a pressure washer will work with these machines. Check the label of a potential detergent to check if it is suitable for power washers or not.
The manufacturer of Greenworks pressure washers maintains that the users shouldn’t use those substances which have bleach in them. Also, you should avoid using flammables, acids, alkalines, and industrial-grade solutions in this washer.
Q: Why would Greenworks pressure washer not give high pressure?
A: There can be several reasons behind the poor pressure of this washer. First, you can be facing low pressure at the inlet. Changing the water source or using a new garden hose with a wider passage should help you circumvent this issue.
The problem can be a result of poor installation of the spray tip. Try re-installing the tip to deal with the issue.
A clogged water inlet filter can also prompt this issue. You can get past this issue by taking out the filter and rinsing it with water.
Q: Can you use an extension cord with a Greenworks pressure washer?
A: It’s recommended not to use an extension cord with the pressure washer but if extending the cord is a necessity, you should only use that cord that matches with the power cord in amperage and voltage.