WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN – A leader in portable engine-driven products, Generac Power Systems, Inc, Waukesha, Wisconsin, has re-entered the power washer market with the introduction of a new line of power washers.
“Power washers are a perfect fit for Generac,” says Peter Chiello, senior product manager, Generac. “They represent a natural evolution for us, especially given our expertise in portable generator design and our previous work on power washers. We’re excited about our new line of power washers because we believe they really address what our customers are looking for – quality, value and ease of use.”
Generac conducted extensive research with users to learn what was needed from power washers and incorporated many new design elements to address those needs. These include a Generac overhead valve (OHV) horizontal-shaft engine on every power washer. Many competitive consumer-grade power washers use vertical-shaft engines. Generac horizontal-shaft engines make the pumps more accessible by positioning them well above the ground so users don’t have to kneel down to make hose connections.
Additionally, Generac OHV engines come standard with low-oil shutdown – a feature that is not available on many competitive engines — to protect and prolong the life of the engine. As for power, each engine is the largest available for power washers with these power ratings. Both the engine and pump are perfectly balanced over the axle and wheels for almost effortless maneuverability, regardless of terrain.
Generac also completely redesigned the spray gun to feature a soft grip that reduces fatigue, and an inverted fulcrum spray trigger that can be pulled and held with only a minimum of effort. Each spray gun also features Quick-Click™ nozzle tips that are easy to replace without turning the power washer off. On Generac’s commercial-grade units, the spray gun also comes with an adjustable auxiliary handle for additional comfort and control when cleaning.
Generac commercial-grade power washers feature a welded steel frame to protect the engine and pump from the rigors of professional use. Both the residential and commercial-grade units feature tool-free assembly, making it fast and easy to assemble and use the power washer out of the box.
Generac is introducing three residential-grade power washer models and three commercial-grade power washers:
2500 PSI @ 2.3 GPM 3000 PSI @ 2.8 GPM
2700 PSI @ 2.3 GPM 3300 PSI @ 3.2 GPM
3000 PSI @ 2.7 GPM 4000 PSI @ 4.0 GPM
Focused for more than 50 years on the design and manufacture of generators, Generac engineered and built its own air-cooled engines in the early 1990s, specifically for use on portable and residential generators. Soon after, the company applied its engines and portable product expertise to power washers, making them readily available to consumers for the first time at a price they could afford. This work earned Generac several patents for innovative product design that have since changed the industry, and allowed the company to capture about 50 percent of the US market for power washers.
In 1998, Generac sold its portable products business, which included power washers, to focus on developing home standby generators — a strategic decision that allowed the company to become the world’s largest provider of home standby generators. In 2008, upon expiration of a non-compete agreement related to the sale, Generac re-entered the portable generator market and is now re-introducing power washers.
The full line of Generac power washers will be available for sale in the spring of 2011.
For more information on Generac’s power washers, as well as its complete line of residential and commercial products, visit www.generac.com or call 888-GENERAC.