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Generac 8874 - 2900 PSI 2.4 GPM 196cc Gas Pressure Washer

The Generac 8874 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 2900 PSI and flow of 2.4 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

FuelGas-Powered
HandlingHand Truck
WaterCold (100°F max.)
PSI2900
GPM2.4
Cleaning Units6960
Engine196cc Generac OHV 4-stroke
PumpAxial Cam
Pump materialAluminum
FrameSteel
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Nozzles0°, 25°, 40°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose25 ft, ⌀1/4
Hose storageHooks
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Approx. 24.4 x 18.9 x 35.5 in
Weight57 lbs
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀10", never flat
Included accessoriesWand, spray gun, high pressure hose, soap hose, 4 nozzles
SecurityTrigger lock and thermal relief valve
EmissionsCARB
Warranty2 years
UPC696471079517

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Description

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The Generac 8874 is a heavy duty pressure washer, that provides its users with an all-around versatile cleaning experience, and enables:

  • spot cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces, reaching high areas, and removing stubborn stains
  • delicate surface cleaning, andbroad area cleaning with reduced pressure
  • applying detergent and cleaning solutions, and rinsing surfaces

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

Power

The Generac 8874 in use

The Generac 8874

The Generac 8874's aluminum axial cam pump, powered by a 196cc engine, can provide a pressure of up to 2900 PSI (approximately 48 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 2.4 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). Thus, the Generac 8874 achieves a cleaning power of 6960 Cleaning Units.

The Generac engine of this gas pressure washer is activated by pulling a starter cord, following a traditional approach.

The pressure washer's tank has a maximum capacity of 0.8 gallon for storing gasoline..

Design & Handling

The hand truck design of the Generac 8874 ensures effortless movement and transportation. The robust steel frame guarantees longevity of the assembly, providing stability and protection for internal components, even under demanding working conditions. The rubber-padded fixed handle adds to the 8874 convenience of transport, while offering a comfortable grip.

With its 57 lbs weight, this unit offers a manageable size that allows for easy handling by most individuals, enhancing user convenience during operation. Its 196cc Generac engine and steel frame account for a good chunk of that weight. Even so, the 8874's two 10" never-flat wheels maintain easy maneuverability.

Main Features

The Generac 8874 in use

The Generac 8874

The Generac 8874 comes with a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 4 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, which are detailed below.

  • Soap injection: While the device doesn't feature a soap tank, detergent supply is ensured by a siphon hose. The detergent is automatically mixed with the water flow by the pressure washer when a soap nozzle is connected.
  • Pressure hose: When not in use, the unit allows for tidy storage of the included 25 ft ⌀1/4" high-pressure hose (3100 PSI rating) using a set of convenient hooks, ensuring convenient organization.
  • Spray gun and wand: A side hook allows for an easy storage of the included classic ergonomic spray gun and its wand.
  • Nozzles: The table below shows you the 4 included nozzles and the surfaces they're the most appropriate for.


25°

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: The Generac 8874 allows you to be always fully prepared, as it features a handy storage area, where nozzles and accessories can be stored.
  • 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: Included with the Generac 8874 are also the owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and some basic documentation to get you promptly started, along with several accessories, such as spray gun, wand, soap hose and pressure hose.

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The Generac 8874's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Generac 8874 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

Note: Even though we couldn’t list its price on this page, our research indicates that some retailers sell this unit around $380.

  • The Generac 8874 with its 2900 PSI achieves a lower pressure value, compared to other gas-powered pressure washers in the $325-400 price range. As for the device with the most powerful water stream, in this price range, one of the top products is the WEN PW3400 with 3400 PSI.
  • In comparison to other devices in the above-mentioned price range, this washer and its 2.4 GPM (gallons per minute), has one of the lower GPM values. If you're looking for optimal debris removal capabilities, consider the Lifan LFQ3370 as one of the top choices in this price range, with a flow rate of 3 GPM.
  • Boasting 6960 Cleaning Units (PSI X GPM), the 8874 places on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of cleaning power compared to other gas-powered devices in this price range. If the highest overall cleaning power is your top priority, the Lifan LFQ3370, which can reach up to 9900 Cleaning Units, is one of the most efficient of the devices in the current price range.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Generac 8874 vs Ryobi RY803001.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas-powered washers between 6500 and 7000 Cleaning Units, the Generac 8874 is on the expensive side of the price range.

While certainly not the cheapest of its cleaning power range, purchasing it could most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Good range of nozzles included
  • Onboard storage
  • Several security features
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No soap tank
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

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About Generac

Founded in a garage in Wales, Wisconsin by Robert Kern and five employees, Generac has been a leader in power generation systems since 1959. In the early 1960s, Generac began producing electric generators for Sears and Roebuck Company. During the 1970s the company began to manufacture other outdoor power equipment such as electric chainsaws, pressure washers, and welders. Generac, now a subsidiary of CCMP Capital, continues to be headquartered in Waukesha, with manufacturing facilities in four other cities in Wisconsin USA.

Warranty Information

The Generac 8874 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 Generac pressure washers, please consult Generac's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-888-GENERAC (888-436-3722).

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