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Kärcher G3200XK Spec Review

The Kärcher G3200XK is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 3200 PSI and flow of 2.4 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Description

The G3200XK was developed to offer strong cleaning performance that is both easy to use and store. Powered by the reliable KOHLER® RH 265 with Easy-Pull™ ergonomic handle making starting consistently easy. It was designed with the user in mind with features like one-half gallon removable detgent tank, four spray nozzles, oversized 12" wheels, onboard accessory storage, and easy access to all hose connections. (source: Kärcher (opens in a new tab))

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In summary, the Kärcher G3200XK is a heavy duty, commercial pressure washer, that offers an all-around versatile cleaning experience, and also:

  • intense cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces
  • cleaning of painted and frail 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

Its axial pump, which utilizes a 196 cc (6.5 hp) engine, may deliver a pressure of up to 3200 PSI (almost 53 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 2.4 GPM. These values correspond to a cleaning power of 7680 Cleaning Units.

The Kohler RH265 engine of this gas-powered pressure washer relies on an old-school pull-start mechanism to get started.

A fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 0.5 gallon is used to store gasoline.

Design & Handling

The Kärcher G3200XK is very mobile, due to its hand truck design and approximate dimensions of D25.1 x W19 x H37 in. The strong steel frame assures assembly longevity. The folding handle enhances its mobility, while allowing for a convenient storage.

The device can be maneuvered with ease by most, since it only weighs 64 lbs. A major component of its weight are its 196 cc Kohler RH265 engine and steel frame. But, as the G3200XK does have a set of two 12" never-flat wheels, it can be easily maneuvered and manipulated.

Main Features

The Kärcher G3200XK's package includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 4 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, with a more detailed description below.

  • Soap injection: Detergent storage is ensured by a removable 0.5 gal tank. However, since the Kärcher G3200XK does not feature a soap dilution mechanism, you'll have to make sure your detergent is correctly diluted before use. If a soap nozzle is attached, the device will proceed to add the detergent to the water automatically.
  • Pressure hose: The 25 ft ⌀1/4" high-pressure hose, which is included with the device, can be stored neatly on the unit itself when idle, using a set of easy-to-use straps.
  • Spray gun and wand: A side hook allows for an easy storage of the included VersaGRIP spray gun and its zinc-coated wand.
  • Nozzles: The table below shows you the 4 included nozzles, as well as the surfaces they're the most appropriate for.
 

15°

25

40°

Soap
Concrete, brick, masonrySuitableSuitableSuitableSuitable
Siding, gutters, houseUse with cautionUse with cautionSuitableSuitable
Fencing, deck, patioUse with cautionUse with cautionSuitableSuitable
Lawn equipment, boat, RVUse 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.

VersaGRIP Gun

The VersaGRIP trigger gun has dual action triggers, which allow you to effectively use it at any angle. A shoulder stock lets you utilize your very own body as an anchor, creates a secure holding position and reduces any strain exerted on your fingers, hand and wrists during the cleaning. The VersaGRIP is compatible with many brands and models of gas pressure washers, as it can be easily attached to industry-standard standardized high pressure hoses and spray wands.

Other Features

  • Onboard storage: The Kärcher G3200XK 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 trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: Included with the Kärcher G3200XK 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 pressure hose, spray gun and wand.
  • Emissions: The Kärcher G3200XK is CARB-compliant. Therefore, its sale and purchase are permitted in all of the 50 states, including California.

The Kärcher G3200XK's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Kärcher G3200XK compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Karcher G3200XK, which can reach up to 3200 PSI, has one of the higher pressure outputs of the gas-powered units that cost between $300 and $400. If your priority is the highest possible power of the water stream, in this price range, we suggest checking out the Stanley SXPW3425, which reaches up to 3400 PSI.
  • As this washer can produce a flow of water of 2.4 GPM (gallons per minute), it is average in terms of water volume for the above-mentioned price range. If you’re after the highest rinsing efficiency, one of the units with the highest water flow in the current price range is the Lifan LFQ3370, that can deliver up to 3 GPM.
  • As the G3200XK has a total of 7680 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), it finds itself in the average cleaning efficiency range for similarly priced gas-powered units. If you consider the highest overall cleaning power as a really important factor, the Lifan LFQ3370 and its 9900 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 7500 and 8000 Cleaning Units, the Karcher G3200XK 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
  • Good range of nozzles included
  • VersaGRIP gun
  • Onboard storage
  • CARB-compliant
  • High PSI for the price
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent GPM for the price
  • Decent CU for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • No detergent dilution mechanism

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelGas-Powered
HandlingHand Truck
WaterCold (122°F max.)
PSI3200
GPM2.4
Cleaning Units7680
Engine196 cc 6.5 HP Kohler RH265 4-stroke OHV
PumpAxial
Other model numbers1.107-388.0
Features
FrameSteel
Soap injectionYes
Soap tank0.5 gal, removable
Soap dilutionNo
Nozzles15°, 25°, 40°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose25 ft, ⌀1/4
Hose storageStraps
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Approx. 25.1 x 19 x 37 in
Weight64 lbs
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀12", never flat
Included accessoriesZinc-coated wand, VersaGRIP spray gun, high pressure hose, 4 nozzles
SecurityTrigger lock
EmissionsCARB
Warranty2 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 Kärcher

Founded in 1935 by Alfred Kärcher, this family-owned business is headquartered in Winnenden, Germany. Credited with developing Europe's first hot water high-pressure washer in 1950, the company continues to pride itself on ingenuity and innovative thinking for new solutions in the cleaning industry. Kärcher also insists on being a socially- and ecologically-sustainable company. The popularity of the brand can be seen by the fact that the name Kärcher has in some European countries become a colloquial term used synonymously with pressure washers.

Warranty Information

The Kärcher G3200XK 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 Kärcher pressure washers, please contact the Kärcher Customer Support: 1-800-537-4129.

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