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Craftsman CMEPW1700 - Spec Breakdown

The Craftsman CMEPW1700 is an electric pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 1700 PSI and flow of 1.2 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold
PSI1700
GPM1.2
Cleaning Units2040
Motor13 amp, universal
PumpAxial Cam
Features
FramePlastic
Soap injectionVia foam cannon
Nozzles40°, Turbo
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose20 ft, ⌀1/4
Hose storageNone
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Unknown
Weight22 lbs
WheelsNo
Included accessoriesWand, spray gun, high pressure hose, foam cannon, 35 ft GFCI power cord, 2 nozzles
SecurityTrigger lock
Warranty3 years

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Description

The 1,700 MAX PSI Electric Cold Water Pressure Washer is compact for storage, but powerful enough for your outdoor cleaning tasks. With a soap applicator and two nozzles, including a turbo nozzle, you have the accessories you need to wash your car or clean your back patio. (source: Craftsman (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Craftsman CMEPW1700

In a nutshell, the Craftsman CMEPW1700 is a light duty pressure washer that allows:

  • cleaning of painted or delicate surfaces
  • application of detergent and cleaning solutions
  • intense cleaning of hard surfaces

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

Power

The Craftsman CMEPW1700 in use

The Craftsman CMEPW1700

Using a 13 amp universal motor, its axial cam pump delivers a pressure of up to 1700 PSI (roughly 28 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.2 GPM (CETA-certified values). Together, the values result in a cleaning power of 2040 Cleaning Units.

As it is an electric pressure washer, the motor of the CMEPW1700 gets easily started by a simple ON/OFF switch. The unit is ready-to-use with peace of mind, thanks to the included 35 ft GFCI cord.

Design & Handling

With its portable design, the Craftsman CMEPW1700 makes mobility one of its core strengths. The handle adds to the CMEPW1700 convenience of transport. The handle’s design prevents it from falling apart, since it is molded in the frame.

With a weight of only 22 lbs, the unit is definitely easy to carry around. Among other factors, the plastic frame plays a role in this light weight. This light weight compensates for the fact that the CMEPW1700 doesn't have any wheels, as it's not something necessary.

Main Features

The Craftsman CMEPW1700 in use

The Craftsman CMEPW1700

The Craftsman CMEPW1700 comes with a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 2 nozzles and a detergent addition feature, which are detailed below.

  • Soap addition: Detergent is added to the water at the exit, by attaching the included foam cannon to the end of the gun.
  • Pressure hose: An easy-to-connect 20 ft ⌀1/4" high-pressure hose is included with the unit. However, it doesn't feature any proper storage solution for it (no reel, strap or hook).
  • Spray gun and wand: This unit includes a classic ergonomic spray gun and a wand.
  • Nozzles: The table below shows you the 2 included nozzles, as well as the surfaces they're the most appropriate for.
 

40°

Turbo
Concrete, brick, masonrySuitableUse with caution
Siding, gutters, houseSuitableNot recommended
Fencing, deck, patioSuitableNot recommended
Lawn equipment, boat, RVUse with cautionNot recommended

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

Some of the accessories of the Craftsman CMEPW1700

Some of the included accessories

  • Onboard storage: Stay prepared for any job with Craftsman CMEPW1700'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 trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: On top of an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and the usual documentation to get you swiftly started, the Craftsman CMEPW1700 also comes with spray gun, power cord, foam cannon (to add cleaning solutions to the water), wand and pressure hose.

Product Videos

The Craftsman CMEPW1700's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Craftsman CMEPW1700 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • With a maximum pressure output of 1700 PSI, the Craftsman CMEPW1700 finds itself in the expected pressure range among electric units that cost between $80 and $110. If your priority is the highest possible power of the water stream, in this price range, we suggest checking out the WEN PW22, which reaches up to 2100 PSI.
  • The achievable water flow of this washer, which reaches 1.2 GPM (gallons per minute) can be described as low, compared to other devices in its price range. If being able to rinse away debris as efficiently as possible is your priority, one of the products with the highest GPM in this price range is the Sun Joe SPX2688-MAX, with 1.8 GPM.
  • The 2040 Cleaning Units (PSI X GPM), of the CMEPW1700 sit at an average, in reference to other electric units of similar price. If the highest overall cleaning power is your top priority, the WEN PW19, which can reach up to 3200 Cleaning Units, is one of the most efficient of the devices in the current price range.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other electric washers between 2000 and 2500 Cleaning Units, the Craftsman CMEPW1700 is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget pressure washer.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Portable
  • Onboard storage
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent PSI for the price
  • Decent CU for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • Could include more nozzles
  • No pressure hose storage
  • Low GPM for the price

Do you own the Craftsman CMEPW1700 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Warranty Information

The Craftsman CMEPW1700 is covered under a warranty for up to 3 years. This warranty may be limited and may not cover all parts of the unit.
For more information about the warranty of Craftsman pressure washers, please consult Craftsman's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-888-331-4569.

Craftsman CMEPW1700
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    Only one nozzle for a full spray – needed tight spray to reach upper level of house. They could have added more nozzles. Wasted my day – bad sales person returning

    + PROS: Fine fir cleaning a car or driveway I guess
    - CONS: Needed a tight spray 4 the house to remove cobwebsOnly came with one nozzle - wasted my time
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