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Generac XC3300W Spec Review

The Generac XC3300W #8870 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 3300 PSI and flow of 3 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Description

Generac XC Series pressure washers are designed for the rigors of commercial pressure washer use. Built with a 3-wheel design that saves time by moving with you around the jobsite to prevent downtime. The XC Series also holds more, with an integrated 5 gallon bucket holder that can hold cleaning detergent or additional onboard storage for other tools or accessories. (source: Generac (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Generac XC3300W

The Generac XC3300W is a heavy duty, commercial pressure washer, that provides its users with an all-around versatile cleaning experience, and enables:

  • spot cleaning of hard, paint-free surfaces and out-of-reach areas
  • thorough cleaning of hard, paint-free surfaces
  • cleaning of painted and fragile surfaces
  • applying detergent and cleaning solutions

Its power characteristics and design, its main features and all its additional features are presented ahead.

Power

Powered by an impressive 212 cc engine, its aluminum triplex pump can deliver a pressure of 3300 PSI (around 55 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 3 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). Combined, these values mean that the Generac XC3300W has a cleaning power of 9900 Cleaning Units.

The Generac G-Force (opens in a new tab) engine of this gas-powered pressure washer relies on an old-school pull-start mechanism to get started.

The fuel is stored in a steel tank, which can hold up to 0.8 gallon of gasoline.

Design & Handling

The wheelbarrow design of the Generac XC3300W grants mobility and stability to the unit. The robust welded steel frame guarantees longevity of the assembly. The folding handle enhances its mobility, while allowing for a convenient storage.

The unit's weight of 104 lbs renders its carrying and transportation challenging, as it is far from lightweight. The major reasons for its heavy weight are its 212 cc Generac G-Force engine, the triplex pump and welded steel frame. However, the unit is manipulated smoothly thanks to its three 10" never-flat wheels, which play a key role in its maneuvrability.

Main Features

The Generac XC3300W'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: The XC3300W does not feature a traditional soap tank. Instead, the detergent is supplied by a siphon hose. For this purpose, it has an integrated 5 gallon bucket holder that can hold cleaning detergent or serve as an additional onboard storage for tools and accessories. This bucket holder can be folded to save storage space. Whenever a soap nozzle is connected, the detergent is automatically added to the water.
  • Pressure hose: This washer comes with an easy-to-connect 25 ft ⌀5/16" high-pressure hose (4000 PSI rating). But, there is no proper storage solution designed for it (no reel, strap or hook).
  • Spray gun and wand: A side hook allows for an easy storage of the included classic ergonomic spray gun and its stainless steel wand. 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

  • Onboard storage: The Generac XC3300W's handy storage area lets you store nozzles and accessories, and thus, you’ll be always prepared and have everything necessary for the job at hand.
  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation), a low oil protection and a thermal relief valve (which helps to prevent internal pump damage).
  • Accessories: The Generac XC3300W 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, soap hose, spray gun and wand.
  • Emissions: The Generac XC3300W is NOT CARB-compliant and so you cannot buy it nor sell it in California.

The Generac XC3300W's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Generac XC3300W compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Generac XC3300W with its 3300 PSI achieves a lower pressure value, compared to other gas-powered pressure washers in the $800-900 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 DeWalt DXPW4440 that can reach up to 4400 PSI.
  • When compared to devices in the above-mentioned price range, this washer and its 3 GPM (gallons per minute), is on the lower end of the achievable water flow. If rinsing away debris most efficiently is your priority, one of the devices with the highest GPM in this price range is the Generac 6565, which can reach up to 4 GPM.
  • With 9900 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), the XC3300W is on the low end when compared to other similarly priced gas-powered devices. If the highest overall cleaning power is your top priority, the DeWalt DXPW4440, which can reach up to 17600 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 gas-powered washers between 9500 and 10000 Cleaning Units, the Generac XC3300W 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:
  • Triplex pump
  • G-Force engine
  • Designed to be stable
  • Good range of nozzles included
  • Foldable bucket holder
  • Onboard storage
  • Several security features
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • No pressure hose storage
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

Do you own the Generac XC3300W and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelGas-Powered
HandlingWheelbarrow
WaterCold (100°F max.)
PSI3300
GPM3
Cleaning Units9900
Engine212 cc Generac G-Force OHV 4-stroke
PumpAnnovi Reverberi Triplex
Pump materialAluminum
SeriesXC
Other model numbers8870
Features
FrameWelded steel
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Nozzles0°, 15°, 25°, 40°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose25 ft, ⌀5/16
Hose storageNone
Misc
Dimensions
(L x W x H)
Approx. 51.5 x 23.3 x 32.5 in
Weight104 lbs
Pressure controlValve
Wheels3 wheels, ⌀10", never flat
Included accessoriesStainless steel wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, soap hose, 5 nozzles
SecurityLow oil, trigger lock and thermal relief valve
EmissionsN/A
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 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 XC3300W 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 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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