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Stihl RB 200 - 2500 PSI 2.3 GPM 173cc Gas Pressure Washer

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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Features and Specifications

FuelGas-Powered
HandlingHand Truck
WaterCold (125°F max.)
PSI2500
GPM2.3
Cleaning Units5750
Engine173cc 5 HP Kohler 173XT 4-stroke OHV
PumpAxial
FrameSteel tubing
Soap injectionVia siphon hose
Soap dilutionNo
Nozzles15°, 25°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose25 ft
Hose storageHooks
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
EmissionsEPA
Warranty2 years
UPC886661293698

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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:

  • complete cleaning of hard surfaces, vehicle washing, and surface prep for painting
  • applying detergents or chemicals, and rinsing surfaces afterward

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 173cc (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). With these values combined, the Stihl RB 200 boasts a cleaning power of 5750 Cleaning Units.

To initiate the Kohler 173XT engine of this gas-powered pressure washer, a traditional pull-start mechanism is employed.

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

Design & Handling

With its hand truck design, the Stihl RB 200 provides excellent maneuverability. The steel tubing frame's robustness ensures the assembly's longevity, maintaining stability and protecting internal components, even in the harshest environments. The folding handle enhances its mobility, while allowing for a convenient storage.

At 62.5 lbs, this unit is light enough for easy handling, yet substantial enough to provide stability during operation. This substantial weight can be partially attributed to the incorporation of the 173cc Kohler 173XT engine and a resilient steel tubing frame. Nevertheless, the RB 200's two 12" wheels ensure it remains easy to maneuver.

Main Features

The Stihl RB 200 in use

The Stihl RB 200

The Stihl RB 200 comes with a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 3 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, which are detailed below.

  • Soap injection: Even without a built-in soap tank, the device relies on a siphon hose to provide detergent. As the Stihl RB 200 doesn’t include a soap dilution mechanism, the user must provide a correctly diluted detergent before proceeding to use it. The pressure washer automatically dispenses and mixes the detergent with the water when a soap nozzle is attached.
  • Pressure hose: Utilizing a set of convenient hooks, the unit offers a convenient solution for storing the included 25 ft high-pressure hose when it's not in use, keeping it neatly organized.
  • Spray gun and wand: A side hook allows for an easy storage of the included classic ergonomic spray gun and its wand.
  • Nozzles: Find details on the 3 included nozzles and their recommended surface applications in the table below.

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

Please note: The shapes of the nozzles depicted above are for illustration purposes and may vary. Symbols used include a red cross for 'Not recommended,' a green check for 'Suitable,' and an orange check for 'Use with caution.'

Other Features

The specs of the Stihl RB 200

The Stihl RB 200

  • Onboard storage: With the Stihl RB 200's handy storage area, you’ll always have all the necessary nozzles and accessories at hand and thus, you’ll be fully prepared for any job.
  • Safety: Safety of operation is enhanced by a thermal relief valve (which helps to prevent internal pump damage) and a trigger lock mechanism (which prevents accidental operation).
  • Accessories: Besides the usual owner's manual (opens in a new tab) and documentation to get you promptly started, the Stihl RB 200 comes with pressure hose, soap hose, wand, oil and spray gun.

Product Videos

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, which can achieve a PSI of up to 2500, falls behind the other gas-powered pressure washers in the $600 to $700 price range. For those prioritizing maximum water stream power, consider the Powerhorse 115178, boasting 3800 PSI, as a standout performer in this price range.
  • When measured against items within the price range mentioned earlier, this washer, with its 2.3 GPM, falls on the lower end of achievable water flow rates. When it comes to efficiently rinsing away debris, one standout option within this price range is the Powerhorse 115178, delivering an impressive 3.6 GPM.
  • The RB 200 has 5750 Cleaning Units (PSI X GPM), which can be considered low in comparison to other gas-powered devices of this price. When considering the importance of superior cleaning power, the Powerhorse 115178 stands out with its 13680 Cleaning Units, boasting one of the highest cleaning efficiencies among similarly priced units.
According to our stats, the following comparison is pretty popular: Stihl RB 200 vs Stihl RB 400.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, 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

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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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