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Briggs & Stratton 20683 Spec Review

The Briggs & Stratton 20683 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 2800 PSI and flow of 2.1 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Briggs & Stratton 20683 2800PSI Gas Pressure Washer
Briggs & Stratton 20683 2800PSI Gas Pressure Washer
Briggs & Stratton 20683 2800PSI Gas Pressure Washer
Briggs & Stratton 20683 2800PSI Gas Pressure Washer
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Description

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Zoom on the Briggs & Stratton 20683

In summary, the Briggs & Stratton 20683 is a medium to heavy duty pressure washer, which provides:

  • spot cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces or high reach areas
  • intense cleaning of tough, paintless surfaces
  • cleaning of painted or delicate surfaces
  • use of detergent and cleaning solutions

Ahead are presented its power characteristics and design, its main features and any other additional features.

Power

Its axial cam pump, which utilizes a 163 cc engine, may deliver a pressure of up to 2800 PSI (almost 47 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 2.1 GPM. These values correspond to a cleaning power of 5880 Cleaning Units.

A classic pull-start mechanism is responsible for starting the gas-powered pressure washer’s Briggs & Stratton 725EXi engine.

Gasoline storage is facilitated by a fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 0.27 gallon.

Design & Handling

Thanks to its hand truck design and approximate dimensions of D24 x W17 x H23 in, the Briggs & Stratton 20683 offers great mobility. The robust steel frame guarantees longevity of the assembly. The folding handle enhances its mobility, while allowing for a convenient storage.

Weighing 59 lbs, the unit is easy to maneuver by most people. A major component of its weight are its 163 cc Briggs & Stratton 725EXi engine and steel frame. However, the two 10" wheels allow the 20683 to be easily manipulated and maneuvered.

Main Features

Along with the Briggs & Stratton 20683 itself, the package also includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 4 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, which are discussed in further detail below.

  • Soap injection: While the device doesn't feature a soap tank, detergent supply is ensured by a siphon hose. The detergent is automatically added to the water when a soap nozzle is connected.
  • Pressure hose: The included 25 ft ⌀1/4" high-pressure hose can be neatly stored on the unit when idle thanks to a set of convenient hooks.
  • Spray gun and wand: Both the classic ergonomic spray gun and its wand may be conveniently stored in a side hook.
  • Nozzles: The table below shows you the 4 included nozzles, as well as the surfaces they're the most appropriate for.
 



15°

40°

Soap
Concrete, brick, masonryUse with cautionSuitableSuitableSuitable
Siding, gutters, houseNot recommendedUse with cautionSuitableSuitable
Fencing, deck, patioNot recommendedUse with cautionSuitableSuitable
Lawn equipment, boat, RVNot recommendedUse with cautionUse with cautionSuitable

Note: The shape of the nozzles above is for illustration purposes only and may differ.
Red cross: Not recommended. Green check: Suitable. Orange check: Use with caution.

Other Features

  • Onboard storage: Stay prepared for any job with Briggs & Stratton 20683's handy storage area, which allows you to neatly store any nozzles and accessories which you may need for the job.
  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a thermal relief valve (which helps to prevent internal pump damage) and a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: The Briggs & Stratton 20683 comes with an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and some basic documentation to get you quickly started. On top of that, you also get soap hose, pressure hose, wand, spray gun and oil.
  • Emissions: The Briggs & Stratton 20683 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. This means that this pressure washer can be bought and sold in each of the 50 states, including California.

The Briggs & Stratton 20683's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Briggs & Stratton 20683 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Briggs & Stratton 20683, which can achieve a PSI of up to 2800, falls behind the other gas-powered pressure washers in the $300 to $400 price range. If you're going after the highest possible power of the water stream, one of the best in this price range is the Stanley SXPW3425 that can reach up to 3400 PSI.
  • The achievable water flow of this washer, which reaches 2.1 GPM (gallons per minute) can be described as low, compared to other devices in its price range. If rinsing away debris most efficiently is your priority, one of the devices with the highest GPM in this price range is the Lifan LFQ3370, which can reach up to 3 GPM.
  • The 20683 ranks as below average in terms of Cleaning Units, compared to gas-powered devices in its price range, reaching only a value of 5880 CU (PSI x GPM). When it comes to the highest overall cleaning power in the current price range, one of the products at the very top currently is the Lifan LFQ3370 and its 9900 Cleaning Units.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas-powered washers between 5200 and 6300 Cleaning Units, the Briggs & Stratton 20683 is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this pressure washer nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of cleaning power.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Good range of nozzles included
  • Onboard storage
  • Several security features
  • CARB-compliant
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • No soap tank
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

Do you own the Briggs & Stratton 20683 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
FuelGas-Powered
HandlingHand Truck
WaterCold (100°F max.)
PSI2800
GPM2.1
Cleaning Units5880
Engine163 cc Briggs & Stratton 725EXi 4-stroke OHV
PumpAxial Cam
Features
FrameSteel
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Nozzles0°, 15°, 40°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose25 ft, ⌀1/4
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Approx. 24 x 17 x 23 in
Weight59 lbs
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀10"
Included accessoriesOil, wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, soap hose, 4 nozzles
SecurityTrigger lock and thermal relief valve
EmissionsCARB, EPA
Warranty2 years

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue.

About Briggs & Stratton

Founded in 1908 with an informal agreement between inventor Stephen F. Briggs and investor Harold F. Stratton, this company has become one of the most recognized names in the small engine manufacturing world. Headquartered in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA, the company has manufacturing facilities in five continents. Beginning in the early 2000's, Briggs & Stratton began to acquire other companies such as Generac Portable Power Systems and Simplicity, thereby expanding into the ownership of manufacturing not just engines, but portable outdoor power equipment such as generators, pressure washers, and other home products.

Warranty Information

The Briggs & Stratton 20683 is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the unit.
For more information about the warranty of Briggs & Stratton pressure washers, please consult Briggs & Stratton's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-743-4115.

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