Muc-Off has just announced what it’s calling the world’s first bike specific pressure washer.
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If you say pressure washer to a bike mechanic, you will see them visibly cringe at the thought of removing dirt and grime from a bike with a high powered stream of water, potentially blowing the grease right out of your bearings in the process. Muc-Off says that shouldn’t be a problem with its unit though.
With a 1,200w carbon brush motor, Muc-Off’s washer has a max flow rate of 6.5 litres per minute and a max pressure of 100bar or 1450.38 PSI. This brings the unit into the same range as what would be labelled as a ‘light-duty’ pressure washer at your local hardware store — meaning you can probably use it to wash your driveway or BBQ grill too.
The points of difference, however, are the three ‘lances’ included with the unit, which Muc-Off says it developed to ensure the stream of water won’t peel off low-friction coatings and paint or force water past bearing and suspension seals.
There is a low power head for bikes, a slightly higher pressure head for motorcycles, and an adjustable pressure lance for “heavy grime on your tires that needs cleaning with a bit more pressure” — probably a good option for your car and patio furniture too.
Each part of the gun and lance is finished in a ‘soft-touch’ matte black finish, and the high-pressure house uses metal contact points for the best possible durability while the housing for the pump is made using what the brand calls a “tough, impact resistant, modified copolymer.”
Muc-Off is also offering a low pressure “snow foam lance” that allows for a bottle of bike cleaner to be attached inline to give your bike a veritable bubble bath, and a dry-bag carry case that’s designed to keep everything together and, well… dry
The new bike-specific pressure washer is available in limited quantities via the brand’s website, and at launch will only be available in 220-240V~50/60Hz and UK plugs. EU and North American models will be available later in the year, but there’s no word on an Australian version at launch.
The basic kit, which includes the washer and three lances, will retail for £79.99, making it price competitive with similar power units.