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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
EmissionsUnknown
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

In summary, the Stihl RB 200 is a medium duty pressure washer, that offers an all-around versatile cleaning experience, and also:

  • thorough cleaning of hard, paint-free surfaces
  • application 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

The Stihl RB 200 in use

The Stihl RB 200

The Stihl RB 200's axial pump, powered by a 173cc (5 hp) engine, can provide a pressure of up to 2500 PSI (approximately 42 times more than a standard garden hose) and a flow of up to 2.3 GPM (values claimed by the manufacturer). The Stihl RB 200 thus has a cleaning power of 5750 Cleaning Units.

This gas-powered pressure washer’s Kohler 173XT engine is started by a traditional pull-start mechanism.

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.

The device can be maneuvered with ease by most, since it only weighs 62.5 lbs. Its 173cc Kohler 173XT engine and steel tubing frame all add up to a substantial part of that weight. Nethertheless, thanks to its two 12" wheels, the RB 200 remains very easy to manipulate and maneuver.

Main Features

The Stihl RB 200 in use

The Stihl RB 200

Along with the Stihl RB 200 itself, the package also includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 3 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, which are discussed in further detail below.

  • Soap injection: Detergent is fed in through a siphon hose, since the device lacks a soap tank. The Stihl RB 200 is not equipped with a soap dilution mechanism, and thus, it is up to the user to ensure the detergent’s correct dilution ratio when using it. If a soap nozzle is attached, the device will proceed to add the detergent to the water automatically.
  • Pressure hose: A neat storage for the included 25 ft high-pressure hose is facilitated by a set of convenient hooks.
  • Spray gun and wand: A side hook enables you to easily store the included classic ergonomic spray gun and its wand.
  • 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: 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 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, wand, spray gun, soap hose and pressure hose.

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, a device which can produce up to 2500 PSI, is on the lower end of the pressure spectrum, among the gas-powered pressure washers in the $600-700 price range. In case you are looking for a device with the highest possible power of its water stream, one of the top achievers in this price range is the DeWalt DXPW4035 with a PSI of 4000.
  • When compared to devices in the above-mentioned price range, this washer and its 2.3 GPM (gallons per minute), is on the lower end of the achievable water flow. If maximum rinsing efficiency is your top priority, one of the devices with the highest water flow in the same price range is the DeWalt DXPW4035, with a GPM of 3.5.
  • The RB 200's Cleaning Units, 5750 CU (PSI X GPM), fall into the lower end when compared to gas-powered devices of similar price. If you are after the highest overall cleaning power, the DeWalt DXPW4035 with its 14000 Cleaning Units is one of the products that can achieve the highest cleaning efficiency in this 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 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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