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ECHO PW-3600 Spec Review

The ECHO PW-3600 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 3600 PSI and flow of 2.5 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Description

Save time and energy when using a pressure washer to clean away stubborn debris. ECHO's PW-3600 powers through harmful grime while leaving a fresh, clean surface behind. (source: ECHO (opens in a new tab))

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The ECHO PW-3600, a heavy duty, commercial pressure washer, gives its user an all-around versatile cleaning experience, topped off by the following features:

  • spot cleaning of hard, paint-free surfaces and out-of-reach areas
  • intense cleaning of tough, paintless surfaces
  • cleaning of painted and frail surfaces
  • application of detergent and cleaning solutions

The following sections will present you in detail its power characteristics and design, its main features and all the additional features it has to offer.

Power

With a powerful 212 cc engine, its triplex pump delivers a pressure of 3600 PSI (roughly 60 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 2.5 GPM (values as per PW101-2010), resulting in the ECHO PW-3600's cleaning power of 9000 Cleaning Units.

The engine of this gas-powered pressure washer relies on an old-school pull-start mechanism to get started.

The fuel is stored in a tank, which can hold up to 0.95 gallon of gasoline.

Design & Handling

The wheelbarrow design of the ECHO PW-3600 grants mobility and stability to the unit. The robust and sturdy steel frame offers longevity to the assembly. The reversible handle offers further versatility, as its different positions make the unit less bulky when stored.

Most users can maneuver this model easily, as it weighs just 72 lbs. Its 212 cc engine, the triplex pump and steel frame account for a good chunk of that weight. Since the PW-3600 has a set of two never-flat wheels, it is still easily maneuvered and manipulated.

Main Features

The ECHO PW-3600's package includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 5 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, with a more detailed description below.

  • Soap injection: Detergent is fed in through a siphon hose, since the device lacks a soap tank. The ECHO PW-3600 includes an automatic soap dilution mechanism, which will dilute the detergent using a 20:1 ratio. When a soap nozzle is connected, the detergent will be added automatically to the water.
  • Pressure hose: A neat storage for the included 35 ft high-pressure hose is facilitated by a set of easy-to-use straps.
  • Spray gun and wand: Both the classic ergonomic spray gun and its wand may be conveniently stored in a side hook. A rotating auxiliary side handle further improves both left-handed and right-handed users' comfort.
  • Nozzles: The table below shows you the 5 included nozzles, as well as the surfaces they're the most appropriate for.
 


15°

25°

40°

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

The specs of the ECHO PW-3600

The ECHO PW-3600

  • Onboard storage: Stay prepared for any job with ECHO PW-3600'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: On top of an owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and the usual documentation to get you swiftly started, the ECHO PW-3600 also comes with spray gun, tool kit, oil, funnel, wand, pressure hose and soap hose.
  • Emissions: The ECHO PW-3600 is CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

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The ECHO PW-3600's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the ECHO PW-3600 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The ECHO PW-3600 and its 3600 PSI, ranks amongst gas-powered pressure washers with a comparably low pressure output, considering the units that cost between $800 and $900. In case you are looking for a device with the highest possible power of its water stream, one of the top achievers in this price range is the Generac 6565 with a PSI of 4200.
  • In comparison to other devices in the above-mentioned price range, this washer and its 2.5 GPM (gallons per minute), has one of the lower GPM values. If maximum rinsing efficiency is your top priority, one of the devices with the highest water flow in the same price range is the Generac 6565, with a GPM of 4.
  • Amongst similarly priced gas-powered devices, the 9000 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM) of the PW-3600 rank as low. If you consider the highest overall cleaning power as a really important factor, the Generac 6565 and its 16800 Cleaning Units has one of the highest cleaning efficiency of all the similarly priced units.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas-powered washers between 9000 and 9500 Cleaning Units, the ECHO PW-3600 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
  • Triplex pump
  • Designed to be stable
  • Good range of nozzles included
  • Automatic detergent dilution
  • Onboard storage
  • Several security features
  • CARB-compliant
WEAKNESSES:
  • No soap tank
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

Do you own the ECHO PW-3600 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
FuelGas-Powered
HandlingWheelbarrow
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI3600
GPM2.5
Cleaning Units9000
Engine212 cc OHV 4-stroke
PumpTriplex
Features
FrameSteel
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Soap dilution20:1
Nozzles0°, 15°, 25°, 40°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose35 ft
Hose storageStraps
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Unknown
Weight72 lbs
Pressure controlValve
Wheels2 wheels, never flat
Included accessoriesOil, funnel, tool kit, wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, soap hose, 5 nozzles
SecurityTrigger lock and thermal relief valve
EmissionsCARB
Warranty3 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.

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About ECHO

As the largest subsidiary of the Yamabiko Corporation of Japan, ECHO Incorporated has its headquarters located in Lake Zurich, IL, USA. Originally it was established in 1972 as the Kioritz Corporation of America, but the name was changed to its current form six years later. ECHO boasts a wide range of outdoor power products, including pressure washers, blowers, chainsaws, and trimmers. Most of these are manufactured in the US using parts from both domestic and foreign suppliers. The company uses a pro-environmental approach in its business, incorporating technology, conservation, and sustainability.

Warranty Information

The ECHO PW-3600 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 ECHO pressure washers, please consult ECHO's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-432-ECHO (3246).

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