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WEN PW2800 Spec Review

The WEN PW2800 is a gas-powered pressure washer offering a maximum water pressure of 2800 PSI and flow of 2.3 GPM. (Read full specs)

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WEN PW2800 2800PSI Gas Pressure Washer
WEN PW2800 2800PSI Gas Pressure Washer
WEN PW2800 2800PSI Gas Pressure Washer
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Description

Remember when your driveway wasn’t covered with a layer of dirt and grime? The WEN 2800 PSI Pressure Washer blasts away unwanted filth to bring back the clean and pristine surface hiding underneath. (source: WEN (opens in a new tab))

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The WEN PW2800, a medium to heavy duty pressure washer, gives its user an all-around versatile cleaning experience, topped off by the following features:

  • spot cleaning of hard, unpainted surfaces or high reach areas
  • cleaning of painted and frail surfaces
  • use of detergent and cleaning solutions

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

Power

Powered by a 173 cc engine, its axial cam pump can deliver a pressure of 2800 PSI (around 47 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 WEN PW2800 has a cleaning power of 6440 Cleaning Units.

The engine of this gas-powered pressure washer gets started by a classic pull-start mechanism.

Gasoline is stored in a fuel tank with a maximum capacity of 0.3 gallon.

Design & Handling

With its hand truck design and approximate dimensions of D26 x W19.5 x H39.5 in, the WEN PW2800 provides great mobility. The robust and sturdy steel frame offers longevity to the assembly. The rubber-padded fixed handle adds to the PW2800 convenience of transport, while offering a comfortable grip.

Weighing 61 lbs, the unit is easy to maneuver by most people. Its 173 cc engine and steel frame all add up to a substantial part of that weight. But, as the PW2800 does have a set of two 12" never-flat wheels, it can be easily maneuvered and manipulated.

Main Features

Along with the WEN PW2800 itself, the package also includes a spray gun, a wand, a pressure hose, 4 nozzles and a detergent injection feature, which are discussed in further detail below.

  • Soap injection: Detergent storage is ensured by a 0.25 gal tank. However, since the WEN PW2800 does not feature a soap dilution mechanism, you'll have to make sure your detergent is correctly diluted before use. The detergent is automatically added to the water when a soap nozzle is connected.
  • Pressure hose: Using a set of convenient hooks, the included 25 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 stainless steel wand can be easily stored in a side hook.
  • Nozzles: The 4 included nozzles, and the respective surfaces they’re appropriate for, are listed in the table below.
 



25°

40°

Soap
Concrete, brick, masonryUse with cautionSuitableSuitableSuitable
Siding, gutters, houseNot recommendedUse with cautionSuitableSuitable
Fencing, deck, patioNot recommendedUse with cautionSuitableSuitable
Lawn equipment, boat, RVNot recommendedUse 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

  • Onboard storage: With the WEN PW2800'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 WEN PW2800 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 nozzle cleaner, wand, spray gun and pressure hose.
  • Emissions: The WEN PW2800 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.

The WEN PW2800's performance versus other pressure washers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea of how the key specs of the WEN PW2800 compare to similarly priced pressure washers.

  • Reaching a 2800 PSI max pressure output, the WEN PW2800 has an expected pressure value, compared to the other gas-powered units in the $200 to $250 price range. If the highest possible power of the water stream is your priority, one of the champions in this price range is the Ryobi RY80544 with 3100 PSI.
  • Considering the above-mentioned price range, this washer's maximum water flow of 2.3 GPM (gallons per minute) is higher than the average. If being able to rinse away debris as efficiently as possible is your priority, one of the products with the highest GPM in this price range is the Ryobi RY80544, with 2.5 GPM.
  • Reaching up to 6440 Cleaning Units (PSI x GPM), the PW2800 is one of the more efficient amongst its similarly priced peers. If you are after the highest overall cleaning power, the Ryobi RY80544 with its 7750 Cleaning Units is one of the products that can achieve the highest cleaning efficiency in this price range.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas-powered washers between 6000 and 6500 Cleaning Units, the WEN PW2800 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
  • Onboard storage
  • Several security features
  • CARB-compliant
  • High GPM for the price
  • High CU for the price
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent PSI for the price
WEAKNESSES:
  • No electric start
  • No detergent dilution mechanism

Do you own the WEN PW2800 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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Features and Specifications

General
FuelGas-Powered
HandlingHand Truck
WaterCold (104°F max.)
PSI2800
GPM2.3
Cleaning Units6440
Engine173 cc 4-stroke OHV
PumpGeneral Pump Axial Cam
Features
FrameSteel
Soap injectionYes
Soap tank0.25 gal
Soap dilutionNo
Nozzles0°, 25°, 40°, Soap
Quick connect nozzlesYes
Onboard storageYes
Hose25 ft, ⌀1/4
Hose storageHooks
Misc
Dimensions
(D x W x H)
Approx. 26 x 19.5 x 39.5 in
Weight61 lbs
Wheels2 wheels, ⌀12", never flat
Included accessoriesNozzle cleaner, stainless steel wand, spray gun, high pressure hose, 4 nozzles
SecurityTrigger lock and thermal relief valve
EmissionsCARB, EPA
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.

About WEN

Founded in 1951 by Nick Anton, WEN has been producing power tools for decades. Their long line of products includes bench grinders, drill presses, nailers, saws, and sanders. They also produce outdoor power equipment such as chainsaws, pressure washers, and generators. WEN helped to pioneer random orbital technology found in sanders and polishing tools. The company is headquartered outside of Chicago in Elgin, Illinois. While their products are manufactured in China, parts and stock warehouses are located in Illinois and California. Their stated goal is to assist woodworkers and artisans worldwide to achieve their wildest dreams.

Warranty Information

The WEN PW2800 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 WEN pressure washers, please consult WEN's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-847-429-9263.

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