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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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  • $949.04 - July 15, 2021
  • $949.01 - July 13, 2021
  • $961.75 - July 9, 2021
  • $949.01 - July 6, 2021
  • $952.24 - June 15, 2021
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Since: June 12, 2021
  • Highest Price: $961.75 - July 9, 2021
  • Lowest Price: $949.01 - July 6, 2021

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

The Generac XC3600W, 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, unpainted surfaces and high-reach cleaning
  • thorough cleaning of hard, paint-free surfaces
  • cleaning of painted or delicate surfaces
  • use 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

Powered by a powerful 212 cc engine, its aluminum triplex pump can deliver a pressure of 3600 PSI (around 60 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 2.6 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). Combined, these values mean that the Generac XC3600W has a cleaning power of 9360 Cleaning Units.

A classic pull-start mechanism is responsible for starting the gas-powered pressure washer’s Generac G-Force (opens in a new tab) engine.

Gasoline storage is facilitated by a steel fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 0.8 gallon.

Design & Handling

The wheelbarrow design of the Generac XC3600W grants mobility and stability to the unit. The strong welded steel frame assures assembly longevity. The folding handle enhances its mobility, while allowing for a convenient storage.

The device weighs 104 lbs and thus, is far from lightweight. Transporting and manually lifting it may therefore pose a challenge. Its 212 cc Generac G-Force engine, the triplex pump and welded steel frame add up to a large chunk of the device's weight. However, its three 10" never-flat wheels play an important part in its maneuvrability, as they allow for a smooth manipulation on the job.

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: An easy-to-connect 25 ft ⌀5/16" high-pressure hose (4000 PSI rating) 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 included classic ergonomic spray gun and its stainless steel wand can be easily stored in a side hook. The gun features a rotating auxiliary side handle to further improve the comfort of both left and right-handed users.
  • 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 features a handy storage area, which allows you to neatly store nozzles and accessories and be always prepared by having everything needed at hand.
  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a thermal relief valve (which helps to prevent internal pump damage), a low oil protection and a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: On top of an owner's manual and the usual documentation to get you swiftly started, the Generac XC3600W also comes with pressure hose, wand, soap hose and spray gun.
  • Emissions: The Generac XC3600W is NOT CARB-compliant. Thus, it cannot be purchased or sold in California.

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.

  • The Generac XC3600W with its 3600 PSI achieves a lower pressure value, compared to other gas-powered pressure washers in the $875-1025 price range. If the highest possible power of the water stream is your priority, one of the champions in this price range is the Predator 4400 with 4400 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 maximum rinsing efficiency is your top priority, one of the devices with the highest water flow in the same price range is the Predator 4400, with a GPM of 4.2.
  • Amongst similarly priced gas-powered devices, the 9360 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM) of the XC3600W rank as low. If the highest overall cleaning power is your top priority, the Predator 4400, which can reach up to 18480 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 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 pressure hose storage
  • Not CARB-compliant
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

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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, 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 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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