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Ryobi RY803001 Spec Review

The Ryobi RY803001 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 3000 PSI and flow of 2.3 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Description

The RYOBI 3000-PSI Pressure Washer is engineered to handle even your toughest jobs. With a powerful Honda GCV160 gasoline engine, this RYOBI Pressure Washer delivers 3000-PSI of force for quick cleaning of driveways, decks, windows and other areas around the house. Featuring a durable, compact frame design and large 12 in. flat-free wheels this pressure washer is designed for easy transport. The 35 ft. non-marring high pressure hose provides 40% longer reach for access to even the toughest areas. The on-board detergent tank offers hassle-free cleaning by eliminating the need to drag a bucket and hose behind you. For added convenience, the RYOBI 3000-PSI Pressure Washer is equipped with a 5-in-1 quick-change-over nozzle for versatile cleaning. (source: Ryobi (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Ryobi RY803001

The Ryobi RY803001, a heavy duty pressure washer, gives its user an all-around versatile cleaning experience, topped off by the following features:

  • spot cleaning of hard, paintless surfaces and reaching far-away areas
  • cleaning of painted or delicate surfaces
  • applying 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

The Ryobi RY803001 in use

The Ryobi RY803001

Using a 160 cc (4.4 hp) engine, its aluminum axial cam pump delivers a pressure of up to 3000 PSI (roughly 50 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 2.3 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). Together, the values result in a cleaning power of 6900 Cleaning Units.

The Honda GCV160 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 0.25 gallon is used to store gasoline, which provides an approximate runtime of 45 minutes.

Design & Handling

The Ryobi RY803001 offers superb mobility, with a hand truck design. The robust and sturdy steel tubing frame offers longevity to the assembly. The foam-padded fixed handle adds to the RY803001 convenience of transport, while offering a comfortable grip.

Weighing 62 lbs, the unit is easy to maneuver by most people. Its 160 cc Honda GCV160 engine and steel tubing frame account for a good chunk of that weight. Since the RY803001 has a set of two 12" never-flat wheels, it is still easily maneuvered and manipulated.

Main Features

Along with the Ryobi RY803001 itself, the package also includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, a 5-in-1 nozzle and a detergent injection feature, which are discussed in further detail below.

  • Soap injection: Detergent storage is ensured by a 1 gal tank. The Ryobi RY803001 includes an automatic soap dilution mechanism, which will dilute the detergent using a 20:1 ratio. Detergent is automatically added to the water when "soap" is selected on the 5-in-1 nozzle.
  • Pressure hose: Using a set of easy-to-use straps, the included 35 ft ⌀1/4" high-pressure hose can be easily stored on the unit when it is not running.
  • Spray gun and wand: The included classic ergonomic spray gun and its steel wand can be easily stored in a side hook.
  • Nozzle: a 5-in-1 nozzle is included.

    Ryobi's 5-in-1 nozzle Ryobi's 5-in-1 nozzle offers five spray pattern settings (0°, 25°, 40°, short-range soap, long-range soap). Selection of a specific spray pattern is made by simply rotating the spray selector to the desired setting.

Other Features

Some of the accessories of the Ryobi RY803001

Some of the included accessories

  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation) and a thermal relief valve (which helps to prevent internal pump damage).
  • Accessories: Besides the usual owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and documentation to get you promptly started, the Ryobi RY803001 comes with funnel, spray gun, wand, oil and pressure hose.
  • Emissions: The Ryobi RY803001 is EPA-approved and CARB-compliant. And so, this pressure washer is available for sale and purchase in any of the 50 states, including California.

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The Ryobi RY803001's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Ryobi RY803001 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • With its 3000 PSI max pressure output, the Ryobi RY803001 is in the expected pressure range, for gas-powered units in the $250-300 price range. If the highest possible power of the water stream is your priority, one of the champions in this price range is the Simpson MS60920-S with 3200 PSI.
  • The achievable water flow of this washer, which reaches 2.3 GPM (gallons per minute) can be described as low, compared to other devices in its 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 Powermate 7131, that can deliver up to 2.5 GPM.
  • With 6900 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), the RY803001 is on the low end when compared to other similarly priced gas-powered devices. If you consider the highest overall cleaning power as a really important factor, the Simpson MS60920-S and its 8000 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 6500 and 7000 Cleaning Units, the Ryobi RY803001 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
  • Honda engine
  • Automatic detergent dilution
  • Several security features
  • CARB-compliant
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent PSI for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • No onboard storage
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

Do you own the Ryobi RY803001 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

Let us know and write your own review.

Features and Specifications

General
FuelGas-Powered
HandlingHand Truck
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI3000
GPM2.3
Cleaning Units6900
Engine160 cc 4.4 HP Honda GCV160 4-stroke OHC
PumpRyobi Axial Cam
Pump materialAluminum
Features
FrameSteel tubing
Soap injectionYes
Soap tank1 gal
Soap dilution20:1
Nozzles5-in-1
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageNo
Hose35 ft, ⌀1/4
Hose storageStraps
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Unknown
Weight62 lbs
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀12", never flat
Included accessoriesOil, funnel, steel wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, 5-in-1 nozzle
SecurityTrigger lock and thermal relief valve
EmissionsCARB, EPA
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 Ryobi

Ryobi Seisakusho Co. (now simply Ryobi) is a Japanese company founded in 1943, with power tool manufacturing beginning in 1968. In January 2018, the power tools division was sold to the Kyocera Corporation, though still retaining the Ryobi brand name. It continues to be a popular brand of cordless battery-powered, corded electric, and gas-powered outdoor equipment. One of its 12 international manufacturing facilities is in Shelbyville, Indiana USA. In the US and Canada, Ryobi tools and outdoor power equipment are distributed primarily through Home Depot stores.

Warranty Information

The Ryobi RY803001 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 Ryobi pressure washers, please consult Ryobi's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-860-4050.

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    Charlie Rudge July 17, 2020 at 6:59 pm
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    Great performance and value….an excellent choice.

    I looked at many unit and landed on this one. No disappointments.

    Meets or exceeds my expectations.

    + PROS: Ease of use. Performance Price
    - CONS: none observed to date
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