Greenworks Hybrid Pressure Washer Steps in When Power or Water Sources Aren’t Convenient
When I’m not testing the latest power tools, I love to spend my time in the areas around Tampa Bay fishing the mangroves, flats, and channels. One of the biggest challenges I run into is how to clean my boat and rinse all the saltwater off before it has a chance to dry on the way home. I’ve been looking forward to giving the Greenworks 60V Pro 1800 PSI Hybrid Pressure Washer a shot to ease that pain point.
- No pressurized water source required
- Capable of running on battery or AC power
- Lightweight makes for easier portability
- More cleaning power than cordless power rinsers
- Power level drops when using batteries
- Somewhat low water flow for rinsing duties
Greenworks 60V Pro Hybrid Battery Pressure Washer Performance
Using AC power, you can get a maximum of 1800 PSI and 1.1 gallons per minute of water flow. That changes when you switch to battery power and drops the pressure to 1550 PSI. With either power level, that’s a rating we would use for spot cleaning or hitting larger areas such as screens or patio furniture that don’t require high pressure to effectively clean.
Cleaning The Boat
My mission was to see if this would be a good solution for cleaning the boat before leaving the ramp at the end of a fishing trip. There are two things I tested: cleaning and rinsing. The reality of fishing is that you get fish slime, mud, seagrass, and other gunk on the deck. When you’re fishing in saltwater, you need to get the salt off of metal surfaces as quickly as you can.
Some ramps have a water source, so you can just attach a hose, wash the boat, flush the engine and call it a day. Most don’t. The fact that the Greenworks 60V Pro Hybrid Battery Pressure Washer can work on battery power and doesn’t need a pressurized water source is a big deal for our needs.
Before we left the house, we filled a 30-gallon container from the hose. On the cleaning side, the pressure washer did a great job. The slime, dirt, and mud hadn’t been on the deck long enough to really dry, so 1550 PSI was plenty to get it off without needing to add a detergent to the soap container. In the event that we can’t clean it right away, some Simple Green is what we use to encourage the gunk to get moving.
Our normal rinsing procedure involves using a high volume of water from a hose nozzle, so we had to adjust our thinking. Installing the soap nozzle to get that 1.1 gallons per minute flow rate, we had to be more methodical as we worked around the boat, trailer, rods, reels, and other gear.
It was definitely slower, but we were able to leave the ramp with a clean, rinsed boat, and that was the goal. What we weren’t able to do is flush the engine. While we still had to do that back at the house, we were able to just let the hose deal with it while we unloaded the rest of the gear.
Using a pair of 2.0Ah batteries, you should get a little north of 20 minutes of runtime from the pressure washer. I brought along a couple of 4.0Ah packs to see what I could get. First of all, you do need two batteries to run the unit—it won’t operate with just one. Using these higher-capacity batteries, you can expect better than 40 minutes of consecutive minutes, and that was more than enough to take care of my boat.
Greenworks 60V Pro Hybrid Battery Pressure Washer Design Notes
Power Source Selection
When you’re ready to pressure wash, make sure you turn the power knob to what one you’re using. If you have batteries in the unit and you plug it in, it’s going to use the power source you select. In case you’re wondering, the batteries will not charge while the pressure washer is plugged in.
Before You Run the Siphon
When you open the package, there’s what looks like an extra brass fitting. This is for using the pressure washer with the siphon hose and it’s very important you attach it to the output to be able to run without a pressurized water source.
When you’re using the siphon hose instead of a pressurized water source, keep an eye on how high the hose is in the tank. The end kept wanting to sit high in our tank, leading to a pressure drop when air got in the line. Eventually, we sat a weight on hose to help it hold the end lower in the barrel.
- 25°, 40°, turbo, and soap nozzles included
- 35-foot GFCI-protected power cord
Greenworks 60V Pro Hybrid Battery Pressure Washer Price
This Greenworks pressure washer runs $219.99 as a bare tool at The Home Depot, and it’s been hard to find in stock recently. Keep your eyes open for more to show up, though.
The Bottom Line
The fact that Greenworks has a cordless pressure washer is a big deal—there aren’t many out there. Keep in mind that it’s for light-duty and spot cleaning jobs and you can find a lot of uses for it. There’s room for Greenworks to have a portable rinser that has higher volume and lower pressure. However, it’s the higher pressure that gives this unit more legitimate cleaning versatility and that’s what sets it apart from the low PSI power rinsers out there.
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Greenworks Hybrid Pressure Washer Specs
- Model: Greenworks 5109402
- Motor: Brushed
- Pressure Rating: 1800 psi (AC power); 1550 psi (using two 60V batteries)
- Flow Rate: 1.1 gallons per minute
- Wheel Size: 8 in.
- Hose Length: 20 ft.
- Cord Length: 35 ft.
- Motor Type: Universal
- Pump Type: Axial Cam
- Spray Pattern Nozzles: 40º, 25º, Soap, and Turbo
- Certifications: PWMA
- Warranty: 3 Year
- Price: $199.99