Northern Tool – PowerHorse 3000 PSI Model# 1577110 Pressure Washer



A few times a year I get one of the greatest catalogs known to man, the Northern Tool Catalog. It is full of all kinds of goodies from sprayers to drills. You name it they have it. They also have a few in-house brands like NorthStar, Klutch, and Powerhorse. I own a few NorthStar products and have been quite happy with them. For 2013 they released a few new redesigned pressure washers like the 3000 PSI model powered by a Powerhorse engine. The unit has quite a few attractive features like low oil shut down, a metal gas tank and a forged brass manifold. These features are usually found on industrial pressure washers with premium engines at almost double the price. The 208cc OHV Honda GX style engine has a cast iron sleeve and is situated horizontally to provide longer service life. The unit puts out 3000PSI at 2.5 GPM through a 25 ft hose. The angled lance made it easier to get under things and into tight areas.

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The unit comes packaged nicely in a box and requires about 20 min to assemble. You will need to add motor oil and it is not included. It does however come with pump oil. Read the instructions especially on how to check the pump oil. You need to remove a breather tube before you can get an accurate reading. The frame is powder coated for long life and the tires are air filled 10″ industrial hand truck style tires. The unit is really stout and is designed to be abused. Engine controls are relatively simple. There is a fuel on and off, choke, throttle and an on/off switch. For times when you store your unit it is best to turn off the fuel and let it run out to make sure there is no gas left that can spoil in the carb

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One of the best features is the adjustable pressure knob. It allows you to dial in your pressure depending on the job at hand. You can also use different spray tips to control the stream. This unit only comes with 2 tips, a detergent tip and the green 25 degree tip which is good for general cleaning. I would like to have seen the extra 3 tips that go in the tip storage section at the top of the frame. Although it vibrates, the pressure washer stays planted when running and does not wander all over the place like some other pressure washer I have seen. For our tests it started first or second pull every time and ran strong. I was impressed by the power and cleaning ability of the unit. Maintenance is easy thanks to an easy to remove air filter and a hole in the frame under the oil drain. It has a 2 year residential and a 90 day commercial warranty. For the home owner and the commercial user the $350 3000 PSI 1577110 Pressure Washer is a great buy that will provide years of reliable service.

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  1. Great Review Dan, An interesting tool fight would be this and the Ryobi, this seems to be very well built for the price.

  2. I have been thinking. Having the brass manifold on the side of the engine (like this powerhorse) could be better then underneath. Every time I roll my pressure washer around I’m afraid the manifold is going to hit something. Like the curb or steps I go over.

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  5. Hi,
    Ipuchased my powerhorse from Northerntool in Naples, Fl.My question—
    when I am pressure washing,and I let go of the trigger I can not push
    trigger.I have to shut engine off and try to relieve the pressure.

    Can you help me?

    • Hmm Sounds like something is jammed up in your wand. I would check the plastic lock and make sure its not on the way or something is binding. Make sure the unit is off and not connected to water before you play around with the wand. It also has a 3 year warranty so you can contact Northern Tool and I am sure they will take care of you.


  6. I’m getting frustrated trying to start my Powerhorse washer. If I don’t use it for a few months, I can’t get it started without taking it to the shop and having the carburetor rebuilt. I don’t leave gas in it and I’m following all the procedures recommended. What’s my problem?

    • I would change my fuel filter and only use Ethanol free gas, as you should for ALL your gas powered equipment. It has drastically reduced equipment failures.

  7. What’s involved with installing the Electric Starter Motor Powerhouse 208CC 3000 PSI Pressure Washer 1577110? Or, is this “part” not what it sounds like?

  8. Mine runs great until I squeeze the trigger for water. As soon as I squeeze the trigger the engine bogs way down and almost dies. Actually did die twice. Can you give any advice?


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