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Stihl RB 200 Spec Review

The Stihl RB 200 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 2500 PSI and flow of 2.3 GPM. (Read full specs)

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Description

When you need to do a heavy cleaning on your deck, house or equipment, the STIHL RB 200 pressure washer does it all without fuss. Its powerful 173 cc (5 hp) engine delivers 2,500 psi of water pressure – powerful enough to tackle tough cleaning jobs on sidewalks, driveways, decks and more. This power washer also features an easy start pump system, so no hard pulls or difficult starts. It also comes standard with a detergent injector system, so you can easily add detergents to the washer for efficient cleaning. (source: Stihl (opens in a new tab))

Zoom on the Stihl RB 200

The Stihl RB 200 is a medium duty pressure washer, that provides its users with an all-around versatile cleaning experience, and enables:

  • thorough cleaning of hard, paint-free surfaces
  • applying detergent and cleaning solutions

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

Power

The Stihl RB 200 in use

The Stihl RB 200

Powered by a 173 cc (5 hp) engine, its axial pump can deliver a pressure of 2500 PSI (around 42 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 2.3 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). Combined, these values mean that the Stihl RB 200 has a cleaning power of 5750 Cleaning Units.

A classic pull-start mechanism is responsible for starting the gas-powered pressure washer’s Kohler 173XT engine.

Gasoline is stored in a fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 0.38 gallon.

Design & Handling

The Stihl RB 200 offers superb mobility, with a hand truck design and approximate dimensions of D27.3 x W18.1 x H37.3 in. The robust steel tubing frame guarantees longevity of the assembly. The folding handle enhances its mobility, while allowing for a convenient storage.

Weighing 62.5 lbs, the unit is easy to maneuver by most people. A major component of its weight are its 173 cc Kohler 173XT engine and steel tubing frame. Since the RB 200 has a set of two 12" wheels, it is still easily maneuvered and manipulated.

Main Features

The Stihl RB 200 in use

The Stihl RB 200

The Stihl RB 200's package includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 3 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, with a more detailed description below.

  • Soap injection: Detergent is fed in through a siphon hose, since the device lacks a soap tank. However, since the Stihl RB 200 does not feature a soap dilution mechanism, you'll have to make sure your detergent is correctly diluted before use. Whenever a soap nozzle is connected, the detergent is automatically added to the water.
  • Pressure hose: Using a set of convenient hooks, the included 25 ft high-pressure hose can be easily stored on the unit when it is not running.
  • Spray gun and wand: Both the classic ergonomic spray gun and its wand may be conveniently stored in a side hook.
  • Nozzles: The following table illustrates the 3 included nozzles, along with the surfaces which they are the most suitable for.
 

15°

25°

Soap
Concrete, brick, masonrySuitableSuitableSuitable
Siding, gutters, houseUse with cautionUse with cautionSuitable
Fencing, deck, patioUse with cautionUse with cautionSuitable
Lawn equipment, boat, RVUse 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

The specs of the Stihl RB 200

The Stihl RB 200

  • Onboard storage: The Stihl RB 200'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) and a thermal relief valve (which helps to prevent internal pump damage).
  • Accessories: The Stihl RB 200 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 oil, pressure hose, wand, spray gun and soap hose.

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The Stihl RB 200's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the Stihl RB 200 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • The Stihl RB 200 and its 2500 PSI, ranks amongst gas-powered pressure washers with a comparably low pressure output, considering the units that cost between $400 and $500. If the highest possible power of the water stream is your priority, one of the champions in this price range is the DeWalt DXPW3425 with 3400 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 rinsing away debris most efficiently is your priority, one of the devices with the highest GPM in this price range is the Lifan LFQ3370, which can reach up to 3 GPM.
  • With 5750 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), the RB 200 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 Lifan LFQ3370, which can reach up to 9900 Cleaning Units, is one of the most efficient of the devices in the current price range.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Stihl RB 200 vs Stihl RB 400.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas-powered washers between 5200 and 6300 Cleaning Units, the Stihl RB 200 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:
  • Onboard storage
  • Several security features
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • Could include more nozzles
  • No soap tank
  • No detergent dilution mechanism
  • Low PSI for the price
  • Low GPM for the price
  • Low CU for the price

Do you own the Stihl RB 200 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 (125°F max.)
PSI2500
GPM2.3
Cleaning Units5750
Engine173 cc 5 HP Kohler 173XT 4-stroke OHV
PumpAxial
Features
FrameSteel tubing
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Soap dilutionNo
Nozzles15°, 25°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose25 ft
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Approx. 27.3 x 18.1 x 37.3 in
Weight62.5 lbs
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀12"
Included accessoriesOil, wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, soap hose, 3 nozzles
SecurityTrigger lock and thermal relief valve
EmissionsUnknown
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 Stihl

Since revolutionizing the forestry industry in 1926 with the invention of the first two-person electric chainsaw, STIHL has become one of the top-selling brands of outdoor power equipment in the US and around the world. Their ever-growing product line includes gas-powered, corded-electric and battery products. Made in the USA and in China by over 2,000 dedicated employees at their state-of-the-art, dedicated, manufacturing facilities in Virginia Beach, VA, and in Qingdao, STIHL products are sold by local, authorized dealers in over 80 countries.

Warranty Information

The Stihl RB 200 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 Stihl pressure washers, please consult Stihl's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-467-8445.

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