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Craftsman CMEPW1700 - 1700 PSI 1.2 GPM Electric Pressure Washer

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

FuelElectric
HandlingPortable
WaterCold
PSI1700
GPM1.2
Cleaning Units2040
Motor13 amp, universal
PumpAxial Cam
FramePlastic
Soap injectionVia foam cannon
Nozzles40°, Turbo
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose20 ft, ⌀1/4
Hose storageNone
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Unknown
Weight17.6 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 summary, the Craftsman CMEPW1700 is a light duty pressure washer, which provides:

  • cleaning of painted and fragile 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

Its axial cam pump, which utilizes a 13 amp universal motor, may deliver a pressure of up to 1700 PSI (almost 28 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 1.2 GPM. These values correspond to a cleaning power of 2040 Cleaning Units.

Since it is an electric pressure washer, the motor of the CMEPW1700 is started simply by an 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 is molded in the frame to ensure that it will never fall apart.

The unit can be very easily carried around, as it weighs just 17.6 lbs. Its plastic frame certainly plays a key role in this light weight. Because the CMEPW1700 is so lightweight, it doesn’t utilize wheels.

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. But, there is no proper storage solution designed for it (no reel, strap or hook).
  • Spray gun and wand: The device comes with a classic ergonomic spray gun and a wand.
  • Nozzles: The 2 included nozzles, and the respective surfaces they’re appropriate for, are listed in the table below.

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: The Craftsman CMEPW1700 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 pressure hose, wand, spray gun, power cord and foam cannon (to add cleaning solutions to the water).

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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.

  • The Craftsman CMEPW1700 with its 1700 PSI achieves a lower pressure value, compared to other electric pressure washers in the $70-100 price range. If the highest possible power of the water stream is your priority, one of the champions in this price range is the Westinghouse ePX3100 with 2300 PSI.
  • In comparison to other devices in the above-mentioned price range, this washer and its 1.2 GPM (gallons per minute), has one of the lower GPM values. If rinsing away debris most efficiently is your priority, one of the devices with the highest GPM in this price range is the Westinghouse ePX3100, which can reach up to 1.76 GPM.
  • With a rather impressive value of 2040 Cleaning Units (PSI X GPM), the CMEPW1700 has a higher cleaning efficiency compared to similarly priced devices. If the highest overall cleaning power is your top priority, the Westinghouse ePX3100, which can reach up to 2356 Cleaning Units, is one of the most efficient of the devices in the current price range.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, 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
  • High CU for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • Could include more nozzles
  • No pressure hose storage
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM for the price

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

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About Craftsman

Craftsman is a well-known American brand of tools and hardware products, founded in 1927. The brand's products are manufactured primarily in the United States and are designed to meet the needs of DIY enthusiasts, homeowners, and professional tradespeople. Over the years, Craftsman has become synonymous with durability, quality, and innovation, delivering products that are built to last and designed to make household and workshop tasks easier and more efficient. The brand's focus on delivering reliable and affordable tools has made it a popular choice among consumers and has established Craftsman as a trusted name in the industry.

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
3 Total Score
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Ease Of Use
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  1. 1.4
    Ease Of Use
    20
    Value
    50
    Quality
    20
    Performance
    20

    Essentially impossible to remove the want extension once connected. No tutorial printed or online to do so. Hard to rebox for returns.

    + PROS: Lightweight, affordable
    - CONS: Hard to untighten hoses and wand once installed. Not very powerful. Have to point tip right at dirt to get a good cleaning.
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  2. 1.65
    Ease Of Use
    30
    Value
    30
    Quality
    40
    Performance
    30

    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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