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Generac XC3600W Spec Review

The Generac XC3600W #8871 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 3600 PSI and flow of 2.6 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Generac XC3600W 3600PSI Gas Pressure Washer
Generac XC3600W 3600PSI Gas Pressure Washer
Generac XC3600W 3600PSI Gas Pressure Washer
Generac XC3600W 3600PSI Gas Pressure Washer

Description

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 XC3600W

In a nutshell, the Generac XC3600W is a heavy duty, commercial pressure washer, which not only offers an all-around versatile cleaning experience, but that also allows:

  • spot cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces and high-reach cleaning
  • 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

The Generac XC3600W's aluminum triplex pump, powered by a powerful 212 cc engine, can provide a pressure of up to 3600 PSI (approximately 60 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 2.6 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). The Generac XC3600W thus has a cleaning power of 9360 Cleaning Units.

This gas-powered pressure washer’s Generac G-Force (opens in a new tab) engine is started by a traditional pull-start mechanism.

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 XC3600W 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.

This model weighs 104 lbs. For this reason, it cannot be called lightweight and thus, carrying and transporting it might be somewhat challenging. Its 212 cc Generac G-Force engine, the triplex pump and welded steel frame are mainly responsible for its heavy weight. However, the unit is manipulated smoothly thanks to its three 10" never-flat wheels, which play a key role in its maneuvrability.

Main Features

Along with the Generac XC3600W itself, the package also includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 5 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, which are discussed in further detail below.

  • Soap injection: The XC3600W 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: The unit comes with an easy-to-connect 25 ft ⌀5/16" high-pressure hose (4000 PSI rating). However, it doesn't feature any proper storage solution for it (no reel, strap or hook).
  • Spray gun and wand: A side hook enables you to easily store 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 XC3600W'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: Included with the Generac XC3600W are also the owner's manual and some basic documentation to get you promptly started, along with several accessories, such as wand, pressure hose and spray gun.
  • Emissions: The Generac XC3600W is NOT CARB-compliant. Therefore, it is not available in California for sale nor purchase.

The Generac XC3600W's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Generac XC3600W compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

Note: Even though we couldn’t list its price on this page, our research indicates that some brick-and-mortar retailers sell this unit around $1099.

  • The Generac XC3600W, a device which can produce up to 3600 PSI, is on the lower end of the pressure spectrum, among the gas-powered pressure washers in the $1000-1200 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 Simpson ALH4240 that can reach up to 4200 PSI.
  • In the aforementioned price range, this washer, with 2.6 GPM (gallons per minute), is placed on the lower end of the GPM scale. 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 Simpson ALH4240, with 4 GPM.
  • Amongst similarly priced gas-powered devices, the 9360 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM) of the XC3600W rank as low. When it comes to the highest overall cleaning power in the current price range, one of the products at the very top currently is the Simpson ALH4240 and its 16800 Cleaning 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 Generac XC3600W 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 electric start
  • 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 XC3600W and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelGas-Powered
HandlingWheelbarrow
WaterCold (100°F max.)
PSI3600
GPM2.6
Cleaning Units9360
Engine212 cc Generac G-Force OHV 4-stroke
PumpAnnovi Reverberi Triplex
Pump materialAluminum
SeriesXC
Other model numbers8871
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, 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 XC3600W 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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