Yard Force Gas Pressure Washer (YF3100ES-R): Product Review

Do you have a concrete walkway, driveway or patio? How about wood, brick, vinyl, or aluminum siding on your house? A fence or deck? A tool shed? Or what about a concrete slab in your garage? Gutters full of leaves? A car? All of these things get filthy and need regular cleaning. A garden hose doesn’t have the power to make them sparkle, and, if you’re like me, the very thought of scrubbing them by hand keeps you from ever getting around to even starting the job.

If you have most of the things I listed above that need to be cleaned at your house (like I do at mine), the Yard Force Gas Pressure Washer (YF3100ES-R) might be the perfect pressure washer for you.

The Yard Force YF3100ES-R gas pressure washer is a powerful beast of a unit, using the latest Briggs & Stratton 875EXi SeriesTM engine and featuring the only wireless remote start in the pressure washer world. Beyond that, it carries the Yard Force name, a company that has become synonymous with one-stop product solutions for electric and gas outdoor power equipment using advanced technology and designs at competitive prices.

Based on the performance testing I’ve done with this unit over the last month, it will now join my permanent stable of must-have tools.

  • Engine: Briggs & Stratton 875EXi SeriesTM single cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled, OHV (Overhead Valve) engine with 190cc displacement comprising Only Assess & AddTM oil reservoir (never alter oil, simply check and add as desired ), ReadyStart® (no priming), and S2 Starting Guarantee assuring the device begins on the first two pulls.
  • Fuel capacity: 1.06 quarts
  • Oil capacity: 16-20 oz. It’s possible to buy extra hoses up to 100′ in length.
  • Wand: Metal wand with quick-connect suggestion
  • Nozzles: 00, 150, 400, and soap nozzle
  • Detergent tank capacity: 1 gallon
  • Wheels: Two 12″ hard plastic back wheels
  • Storage: Constructed in storage for nozzles and high-pressure hose
  • Extra/Bonus Features: 1st wireless beginning pressure washer in the marketplace, powered by 20V lithium ion battery (battery and charger included) that supplies 75 starts a cost; keyless remote beginning fob using a 125′ range



Packaging

 Packaging Cardboard box with all the contents securely stuck indoors. Color graphics explained what to expect inside the box, and after a quick test, I found everything to  be in order.



Assembly

Even as a storm kicked up outside, I could not wait to put the Yard Force pressure washer collectively. So I cut open the box (per the directions ) within my family room and put out the contents.

Here’s what you will find inside:

  • Yard Force pressure washer unit 95% built (wheels, engine, foundation, etc.)
  • Pressure washer hose
  • Stress washer (in two parts)
  • Sparkplug wrench
  • 16 ounce.

The assembly procedure is clearly spelled out in the operator manual, but here is a quick overview of what to expect.

First, I plugged into the battery charger and slid the battery to the charger unit. If you’ve ever possessed a corded tool, you know this procedure

After the battery is fully charged, the indicator light will proceed from Flashing green to a green. You can press the convenient battery charge level indicator on the battery to demonstrate how much battery charge you have staying during use.

NextI constructed the handle. Handle posts together with the corresponding slots on the rear of the frame. Insert each side of the deal while depressing the metal locks. Push down until either side lock into place. Publish the metal locks. You’re done.

The tool includes a 25′ foot hose using identical threaded female receptacles.

One end attaches to the bottom of the device (in the pump outlet) and The other end threads on the wand. Line up the male ends to the female receptacles then screw both ends tight.

To prolong the Life Span of the black rubber gaskets on the strain Coupler, add a dab of petroleum jelly each time you attach the nozzle. You can do the same when minding your garden hose to the water heater to supply you with a better seal.

Engine and Starter Prep

The Briggs & Stratton engine runs on any unleaded gas. Personally, I favor using gasoline without ethanol. Ethanol can cause gumming from the carburetor of small motors, and in certain instances the usage of an ethanol-mixed gas can void a product warranty. In addition, I use a fuel stabilizer in my gas can, including the recommended amount to treat 5 gallons at one time. A stabilizer further fights gumming and is recommended to increase the gas tank when saving for more than 30 days. Since I never know if I’m done with a tool for the season, I simply add it as a preventive measure.

Yard Force contains a 16 oz. Bottle of oil that’s added through the Dipstick opening in addition to the unit. Even though the crankcase can consume around 20 ounce, the maker recommends adding 16 oz. Only if you will be running the motor in hot weather in which the oil will enlarge. Since the engine features the Only Assess & AddTM oil reservoir, then you can’t need to drain the oil. Instead, incorporate any SAE 30 motor oil for 4-cycle engines as needed.

By now, the 20V lithium-ion battery should be fully charged. Eliminate it in the charger, and then slip it in the battery compartment on the side of the pressure washer.

Wireless Beginning Ability

 It is time for the one-of-a-kind feature exclusive for this Yard Force Pressure washer version: the wireless beginning! Once the battery is inserted, press the button on the bottom right of the battery compartment. It will flash green immediately. Then, remove the wireless key fob out of its storage slot on the batter handle and place it alongside the green light whilst pressing the STOP button on the fob for 3 seconds. Release. Now the key fob is paired with newcomer.

  In case you’re wondering”Why would I ever want wireless beginning capability on a pressure   washer? ” allow me to tell you why I enjoy it:

  • I never needed to pull on a string to start the engine, although I did just to check the S2 Beginning Guarantee from Briggs & Stratton that promised the engine will engage with a couple of pulls (it does).
  • The wireless start expands runtime and reduces gas waste. Instead of running the engine nonstop while moving a hose or a ladder to a different place, I could easily shut off and turn on the motor so it burns fuel only when I am ready to return to perform
  • Many times while I worked, my wife came out to talk to me while I stood on a ladder cleanup some hard-to-reach places. All I saw was her mouth going. Using the fob, I did not have to get off the ladder even change positions. I shut the engine off remotely. When she was done talking, I got back to work without skipping a beat.
  • While I never had to use the remote start/stop for this intention, I liked the idea of being able to halt the engine whilst far away in this machine. For instance, if a little child went close to the hot engine, I could shut it down fast. This could be especially handy if I stood 95′ away using a 100′ hose. Most other garden tools are”attached” to the users’ hands. When using a lawn mower, blower, chainsaw, hedger, or trimmer, you can shut off them immediately when needed. I enjoyed the idea that I could do the exact same thing with the pressure washer if needed.

Start Your Engine!

If you would like more detailed information about the armed Briggs & Stratton engine, you are able to learn more on their site .

Once I got the unit assembled and the motor prepped, I could not wait to put the Yard Force pressure washer through its paces.

Safety First

Let me suggest that you don’t skip over reading the operator guide. I am generally the first person to break this principle, but in this circumstance, I found the guide helpful. Also, steps need to be followed in a special order to conduct the pressure washer correctly.

Safety measures to guard you and whatever you might want to wash. Without getting technical, the water comes out of the nozzle tip from the hose powered with the pump at a high enough rate and quantity it may dent your car whilst shooting off the paint! Read the directions. Do not point the nozzle in anything except to your intended goal. Wear gloves and think about wearing close-toed shoes if you are spraying near your feet, such as on a walkway.

Putting it On

To initiate the pressure washer, make sure the motor has been switched to the ON position.

Then tighten the garden hose at the threaded end of the pump.

If you have not yet attached the pressure washer hose to the water Output and the batter (remember to use petroleum jelly to lubricate the rubber gaskets), do this now.

Turn the faucet out of the backyard hose to the washer. Squeeze the trigger on the wand until water flows out the tip. When the water flows out of the tip, lift the plastic trigger lock into the LOCK position.

Choosing the Right Nozzle

Insert the best nozzle tip according to your project. The nozzles are Attached handily in designated slots around the mounted handle.

With the trigger from the LOCK position, pull in the barbell at the end of The batter tip and then insert the nozzle tip to the groove. Release the barbell, and the lip will slip across the nozzle to maintain it securely. You can now release the trigger LOCK. At any time, you can switch out nozzle tips utilizing the same procedure. I found myself shifting nozzles frequently to get the right amount of pressure for the task at hand.

Here’s a general guide for utilizing the colored nozzle tips:

Color     Degree  Purpose

Black     — To be used with detergent only. Attaching the black nozzle pulls from the detergent and combines using a 20:1 water to soap ratio.

Yellow     150 General purpose. Perfect for siding, fences, brick patios, wood decks, driveways, sidewalks, garage floors, etc..

Crimson     00 Tough surface cleaning for cement, metal, brick, etc.. Caution: the 00 nozzle tip should not be used on plastic, wood, textiles, or vehicles because it is going to gouge and damage these surfaces.

Before starting the engine, squeeze the handle on the trigger to Clear out any air, soap, or debris which may be from the hose out of previous use. Clear water should flow from the end of the nozzle.

Together with the faucet opened along with the hose removed, select the very best nozzle tip to your job (see above).

2 Ways to Begin the Engine

You can now begin the engine. Starter cord, or (2) use the key fob. Guess that I used most?!

Both options offer a simple beginning with no priming. I do not think I’ve ever tested a tool similar to this pressure washer which started on the very first pull. I tested the pull cord on five events, and the motor caught on the very first pull every time. The S2 Beginning Guarantee didn’t disappoint.

But since the tool Comes with the radio key fob begin, I Quickly fell in love with this alternative. The engine comes to life. I tested the fob out to 100 feet.

With the engine running, squeeze the trigger to participate the strain washer. You may hear the pump cycle as it forces the hose. In the beginning, I was somewhat surprised at the amount of”kick” in the batter when I depressed the cause. I’m not saying that it kicked like a 12 gauge shotgun, but I was glad that I didn’t try to squeeze the cause for the very first time when I was aboard a ladder. It may have blown off me!

Testing the Pressure Washer

I tested this unit over a four week period in temperatures ranging from 800F–950F.

Washer to accomplish as much as I just looked around my home. I discovered a 20-year old failed redwood playground , a heavily-trafficked walkway into my property, a deeply-stained concrete terrace, an outbuilding, a weathered section of fencing, and a couple of dirty cars that was cleaned.

Battery Life

I never experienced a problem with the unit beginning with a charged Battery or using the pull cable. When the battery emptied, the engine didn’t turn over. A quick recharge of the battery and that issue has been solved. The battery lasted for approximately 70 start/stop cycles until I recharged. I lost exact count, but I know it caused it to at least 65 starts. Based on the actions I used the pressure washer to achievethe battery charge lasted from 3 days to a week. Obviously, the more you stop and begin the unit through the remote, the faster the battery drains.

Cleaning Wood Surfaces

Attaching the 150 nozzle, I took smooth, steady passes at The redwood playground set. Years of mold, mildew, and pollen disappeared quickly. The key to working a pressure washer wood is to keep the nozzle tip in a safe space (usually 12-16 inches) and to move fast enough in order to not rip into the wood surface, which is particularly important once the wood gets softer from thick soaking.

On a Few sections of stained timber, I added TSP (trisodium phosphate) into the pressure washer dispensing tank and switched into the BLACK nozzle. ) After spraying on the cleaner, then I switched off the unit for 10 minutes while the TSP did its work. Then I switched to the 400 nozzle, then squeezed the trigger while pointing out from any nearby objects to clean the hose out, then rinsed off the TSP. The timber came clean.

As I gained experience with which nozzle idea to utilize and the sum of kick from the pressure washer running in full flow, I tried working out of a ladder to clean hard-to-reach places.

The pressure washer had no difficulty eliminating built-up pollen out of my drop and fences, either.

As far as cleaning timber, this tool made old things appear fresh.

Cleaning Hard Plastic

Out of curiosity, I turned the pressure washer to the hard plastic slide that had years of filth etched into its pores.

Next, I wondered if the pressure washer could clean off the soft plastic sheeting material that functions as a roof for the playhouse.

Finally, I took a few streams of water in the basin of 2 plastic Bird baths which are algae prone. In seconds, the bowls were like they just came out of the box. Ahead of this, it might take me 10 minutes to wash each bird bath by means of a scrub brush, hot water, and soap. The concentrated force of the water did this at the blink of an eye.

By fighting the temptation to get the nozzle close enough to shred These surfaces I wanted to clean, the powerful engine and pump did all the work.

Washing Cars

Obviously, you don’t need as much electricity when cleaning a car I added auto wash soap to the detergent dispenser, attached the black soap nozzle, also gave the two of my cars a good soaking, starting at the base and working my way up.

Dirt and dirt. After clearing out the soap from the hose by pointing and spraying the batter onto the drive until the water came out sans bubbles, I rinsed the soap off the cars from the very top down. With the exception of a couple drops of pitch that have been around my truck for weeks, the automobiles shined. Granted, my aim when washing my cars isn’t to make them look fresh, but I did achieve my objective of making them clean and shiny with minimal work. So…mission accomplished.

Cleaning Concrete and Brick

Some porous materials, such as concrete, are inclined to soak up tannins more Given the high humidity and heat, countless falling, rotting leaves, and frequent heavy rains, natural materials break down quickly here in North Carolina. That quickly turns concrete surfaces and the brick on the lower part of houses into an unsightly, dark jumble.

Brick is a distinctive animal; you want to wash the brick without loosening the mortar holding the bricks together. Utilizing the 150 Nozzle at approximately 14 inches, a relatively slow left to right movement of the wand while squeezing the trigger restored brick into appearing like new while cleaning–and not eliminating –the mortar.

Concrete surfaces such as driveways, patios, and walkways are another challenge mainly because they’re HUGE.

Ergonomic Layout

While this is the most state-of-the-art pressure washer available on the market Today, if you use it for a couple of days in a row, then you’re going to get a cramp in your hands! The trigger is ergonomic and fits naturally in your hand. But using any instrument in a repetitive position for hours on end is going to leave a mark.

After about 10 hours of use, my hands felt like a claw. Using the Washer vertical wood surfaces required relatively fast, precise, stable motions of the hand and arm. Switching to flat concrete surfaces onto the sidewalk and terrace allowed my arm to point at a normal, downward angle, but the slower speed required made me to take breaks every hour or so to get blood flowing back into my arm and hand.

Unless you Intend to utilize this tool commercially, You Aren’t going to So it is doubtful that you will feel the exact same distress I did in my testing. We do rigorous testing at GPR, putting it through more extreme tests than most but the very serious anglers. Finding any breaking point, weak place, or just a nature-of-the-beast trend of a tool does not necessarily occur in a one hour test. We log hours on tools before we write an overview.

In the case of this Yard Force pressure washer, I logged more than 30 Hours of runtime on the engine during testing. The tool started reliably every time, and also the dipstick never transferred from FULL to LOW in those hours of usage.

Did the Yard Force Gas Pressure Washer Work Well?

Short answer: Hell yes.

I’m of the generation that has much more personal satisfaction from Prolonging the life span of the things that I have while making them seem like new than I do from buying new things. I loved that I could take older, decrepit-looking surfaces and transform them into something like new. The pressure washer functioned just like a giant eraser, taking years off every surface I cleaned. If not for security concerns, I would almost need to check this in my body to see if it could make me seem like I’m 20 years old .

  • Effortless to use. The device is light enough and has large enough back wheels to carry it everywhere. I had no difficulty lifting it out of my drop without using a ramp. The 25′ hose allowed me to move to the surface I wanted to clean without having to reposition the whole unit. The wide-mouth gas tank prevented spills when filling up, and oversized soap dispenser enabled me to soap down large areas without having to refill. The wand fits obviously in my hand (moderate to large-sized hands), and the trigger/nozzle tip alignment made it feel to be an extension of my hands when pointing it. It also has handy nozzle storage, a hose attachment strap, and a built-in wand holder using molded distant fob holder.
  • Sophisticated . And of course, I loved the wireless remote beginner fob in addition to the molded storage space for it so that it never gets misplaced.
  • Strong . The hottest Briggs & Stratton 875EXi SeriesTM is one cylinder, 4-stroke, air-cooled, OHV (Overhead Valve) engine using 190cc displacement and is a huge improvement over previous iterations. It creates 3100 PSI! Enough said.
  • Replacement components . Yard Force provides replacement parts (hoses, gaskets, etc.) and Briggs & Stratton provides replacement air filters, spark plugs, etc., when the time comes to replace components. If you decide to use a 100′ pressure washer hose, then you gain even greater range from the faucet into the worksite.

  So Far as criticisms or suggestions, I’ll offer only one:

  • Long-term storage. You need to see to the pump with Pump Saver for long term storage if the unit will be subjected to freezing temperatures. Forgetting to add Pump Saver over the winter. I’d really like to visit a pressure washer pump that can be drained easily for winter storage. I can remember to install gasoline stabilizer or to run the tank empty. Since pressure washers are the only instrument I own with a pump, I really wish I could protect the pump simply by draining it via a switch or plug.

Warranty

Yard Force stands behind its own Yard Force Gas Pressure Washer (YF3100ES-R) using a 2-year guarantee on the engine and pump. It also covers 90-days on all accessories.

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