Karcher K1700/ K1710 Electric
Pressure Washer User Manual

Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer User Manual

Machine Parts List

  1. Water Inlet
  2. High Pressure Outlet
  3. Hose Connector
  4. ON/Off Pedal
  5. Power Cord Cleat
  6. Nozzles
  7. Turbo Nozzle
  8. High Pressure Hose
  9. Spray Wand
  10. Spray Gun
  11. Handle
  12. Plug Storage
  13. Wheel
  14. Detergent Tank
  15. Power Cord

Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Machine Parts List

K1700 Pressure Washer

Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Please read

Please read and comply with these original instructions prior to the initial operation of your appliance and store them for later use or subsequent owners.

Specifications

Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Specifications

Hazard Levels

Warning

DANGER
Indicates “an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.”

Warning

WARNING
Indicates “a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or injury.”

Warning

CAUTION
Indicates “a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury or in property damage incidents.”

Safety Instructions

Warning

WARNING
When using this product basic precautions should always be followed, including the following:

  • Read all the instructions before using the product.
  • To reduce the risk of injury, close supervision is necessary when a product is used near children.
  • Know how to stop the product and bleed pressures quickly. Be thoroughly familiar with the controls.
  • Stay alert – watch what you are doing.
  • Do not operate the product when fatigued or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Keep operating area clear of all persons.
  • Do not overreach or stand on unstable support. Keep good footing and balance at all times.
  • Follow the maintenance instructions specified in the manual.
  • This product is provided with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter built into the power cord plug. If replacement of the plug or cord is needed, use only identical replacement parts.

Warning

WARNING
Risk of Injection or Injury – Do Not Direct Discharge Stream At Persons.

  • High-pressure jets can be dangerous if misused. The jet must not be directed at persons, animals, electrical devices, or the unit itself.
  • Wear safety goggles and ear protection.

Warning

WARNING
Risk Of Fire/Explosion – Do not spray flammable liquids.

  • Do not use acids, alkaline, solvents, or any flammable material in this product. These products can cause physical injuries to the operator and irreversible damage to the machine.

Warning

WARNING
Risk of Electrocution

  • Inspect cord before using – Do not use if cord is damaged.
  • Keep all connections dry and off the ground.
  • Do not touch plug with wet hands.
  • Do not use extension cord with this product.
  • Connect to individual branch circuit only.

Warning

CAUTION
This unit has been designed for use with cleaning detergents recommended by the manufacturer. The use of other cleaning detergents may affect the operation of the machine and void the warranty.

WarningCAUTION
Gun kicks back – Hold with both hands.

  • The trigger gun safety lock prevents the trigger from accidentally being engaged. This safety feature must be engaged when replacing nozzles or not in use.
  • This safety feature DOES NOT lock spray in the ON position.

Warning

WARNING

  • Do not spray electrical connections, electrical outlets or fixtures.
  • Do not use with flammable liquids and toxic chemicals.
  • High-pressure. Keep clear of nozzle.
  • Injection hazard: Equipment can cause serious injury if the spray penetrates the skin. Do not point the gun at anyone or any part of the body. In case of penetration seek medical aid immediately.
  • This system is capable of producing 1700 psi. To avoid rupture and injury, do not operate this pump with components rated less than 1700 psi working pressure (including but not limited to spray guns, hose and hose connections).
  • Before servicing, cleaning or removing any parts, shut off power and relieve pressure.
  • If connection is made to a potable water system, the system shall be protected against back flow.

Water Supply (Cold Water Only)

Warning

CAUTION
When connecting the water inlet to the water supply mains, local regulations of your water company must be observed. In some areas the unit must not be connected directly to the public drinking water supply. This is to ensure that there is no feedback of chemicals into the water supply. Direct connection via a receiver tank or backflow preventer, for example, is permitted.

Use a water filter to avoid potential damage from dirt in the water supply

  • Garden hose must be at least 5/8 inch (16 mm) in diameter.
  • Flow rate of water supply must not fall below 2 GPM/gallons per minute (7.6 L/min).
  • Flow rate can be determined by running the water for one minute into an empty 5-gallon (18.9 liter) container.
  • The water supply temperature must not exceed 104°F/40°C.
  • Never use the pressure washer to draw in water contaminated with solvents, e.g. paint thinners, gasoline, oil, etc.
  • Always prevent debris from being drawn into the unit by using a clean water source.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Protection

This pressure washer is provided with a ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) built into the plug of the power- supply cord. This device provides additional protection from the risk of electric shock. Should replacement of the plug or cord become necessary, use only identical replacement parts that include GFCI protection.

Assembly Instructions

  1. Insert wheels into the body of the machine. Secure with axle pin. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Insert wheels into the body
  2. Push the handle into place. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Push the handle into place
  3. Install the hose connector to the water inlet. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Install the hose connector
  4. Attach nozzles to handle. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Attach nozzles to handle

Operating Instructions

  1. Thread one end of the high pressure hose tightly onto the high pressure outlet on the unit. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Thread one end of the high pressure
  2. Thread the other end of the high pressure hose onto the spray gun inlet. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Thread the other end of the high pressure hose
  3. Insert the spray wand into the spray gun. Press it against the spring tension and twist into the locked position. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Insert the spray wand
  4. Thread the garden hose onto the water inlet connector and hand tighten. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Thread the garden hose
  5. Connect the garden hose to the cold water source and turn the water completely on. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Connect the garden hose to the cold water
  6. Plug the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) into a working outlet. We recommend that you test the GFCI as part of the start up procedure each time you use the machine. To learn how to perform this test, visit Karcher-help.com/ and search for GFCI. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Plug the Ground Fault CircuitWarningWARNING
    Do not use if GFCI fails test.
    NOTE: The actual appearance of the GFCI may be different from this illustration.
  7. Unlock the Spray Gun safety lock. Trigger the gun to eliminate trapped air. Wait for a steady flow of water to emerge from the spray nozzle. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Unlock the Spray Gun safety lock
  8. Turn on the machine by stepping down on the foot pedal.
    The motor starts when the trigger of the gun is pulled and shuts off when the trigger is released. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - The motor starts when the trigger of the gun is pulled

Using the Accessories

Warning

WARNING
To avoid serious injury, never point spray nozzle at yourself, other persons or animals.

Warning

CAUTION
Always test an inconspicuous area before cleaning with high pressure.

Using the Nozzles

Each of the nozzles has a different spray pattern. Before starting any cleaning job, determine the best nozzle for the job.

Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - The Turbo Nozzle

The Turbo Nozzle rotates in a zero degree spray pattern in a circular motion to break down tough dirt and grime. The spray pattern can cover an area of 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm), depending on the distance between the tip and the surface being cleaned.

Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - The 15° Nozzle

The 15° Nozzle is optimized for concentrated cleaning power and time. Use to remove paint, stains, mildew, oil, compacted dirt and grime from decks, siding, driveways and patios.

Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - The Soap Nozzle

The Soap Nozzle is used to apply cleaning solution to any surface. Use to provide a thorough cleaning to all surfaces.

Working with Detergents

For best results see Cleaning Tips for specific information on how to clean different surfaces.

Always Use Kärcher Detergent for Best Results. Kärcher biodegradable detergents are specially formulated to protect the environment and your pressure washer. The special formula won’t clog the suction tube and will protect the internal parts of the pressure washer for a longer life.

For Kärcher detergents, check your retailer or visit our website: www.Karcher.com/us

Warning

CAUTION
Never Use:

  • Bleach, chlorine products and other corrosive chemicals
  • Liquids containing solvents (i.e., paint thinners, gasoline, oils)
  • Tri-sodium phosphate products
  • Ammonia products
  • Acid-based products

These chemicals will harm the unit and will damage the surface being cleaned.

Use of these items will void the warranty.

Detergents can only be applied at low pressure.

  1. Install the soap nozzle to the quick connect on the end of the wand. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Install the soap nozzle
  2. Fill the soap tank with Kärcher detergent. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Fill the soap tank with Kärcher
  3. Turn on the pressure washer by step-ping on the foot pedal. Pull trigger to operate unit. Liquid detergent is drawn into the unit and mixed with water. Apply detergent to work area. Do not allow detergent to dry on surface.
  4. To rinse, replace the soap nozzle with the 15° nozzle and pull trigger to operate.
  5. Cleaning Up: Always run fresh water through the detergent tank when done to flush any remaining detergents from the injection system.

Taking a Break five minutes or more

  1. Release trigger and engage gun safety lock.
  2. Turn pressure washer OFF by stepping on the foot pedal.

Shutting Down & Cleaning Up

  1. Turn the machine off by stepping on the foot pedal and unplug the cord from the outlet. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Turn the machine off
  2. Turn off the water source.
  3. Press trigger to release water pressure. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Press trigger to release water
  4. Release trigger and engage the gun safety lock. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Release trigger and engage the gun
  5. Disconnect the garden hose from the water inlet on the machine. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Disconnect the garden hose
  6. Unthread and disconnect the high pressure hose from the machine. Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Unthread and disconnect the high pressure hose

Winterizing & Long Term Storage

  1. Disconnect all water connections.
  2. Turn on the machine for a few seconds, until the water which had remained in the pump exits, turn off immediately.
  3. Do not allow high-pressure hose to become kinked.
  4. Store the machine and accessories in a room which does not reach freezing temperatures. DO NOT store near furnace or other sources of heat as it may dry out the pump seals.

Warning

CAUTION
Failure to follow the above directions will result in damage to the pump assembly and accessories and will void the warranty.

Kärcher also recommends the regular practice of using a pump protector like “Kärcher Pump Guard” to prevent cold weather damage during storage in the winter months.

Maintenance Instructions

Cleaning the Water Inlet Filter
  1. Disconnect the connector from the water inlet.
  2. Rinse out the water inlet filter in warm water.
  3. Thread the connector into the water inlet.

Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Cleaning the Water Inlet Filter

Maintenance

This unit is maintenance free

Cleaning Tips

Warning

CAUTION

  • Before cleaning any surface an inconspicuous area should be cleaned to test spray pattern and distance for maximum cleaning results.
  • If painted surfaces are peeling or chipping, use extreme caution as pressure washer may remove the loose paint from the surface.
  • When using on surfaces which might come in contact with food, flush surfaces with plenty of drinking water.
  • For additional cleaning tips, visit our website: www.Karcher.com/us/
Deck Cleaning

(With or without detergent).
Pre-rinse deck and surrounding area with fresh water. If using detergent, apply to surface at low pressure. For best results, limit your work area to smaller sections of approximately 25 sq. ft (2.3 m²). Allow detergent to remain on surface 1-3 minutes. Do not allow detergent to dry on surface. Rinse at high-pressure in a long sweeping motion keeping the spray
nozzle approximately 3-6 in. (7.5-15 cm) from the cleaning surface. Always clean from top to bottom and from left
to right. When moving on to a new section of the cleaning surface, be sure to overlap the previous section to eliminate stop marks and ensure a more even cleaning result.

House Siding

(With or without detergent).
Pre-rinse cleaning surface with fresh water. If using detergent, apply to surface at low pressure. For best results, limit your work area to smaller sections of approximately 6sq. ft. (1.8 m). Always apply detergent from bottom to top. Allow detergent to remain on surface 1-3 minutes. Do not allow detergent to dry on surface, if surface appears to be drying, simply wet down surface with fresh water. If needed, use special wash brush attachment (not included) to remove stubborn dirt. Rinse at high-pressure from top to bottom in an even sweeping motion keeping the spray nozzle approximately 6 ft. (1.8 m) from the cleaning surface.

Cement Patios, Brick and Stone

(With or without detergent).
Pre-rinse cleaning surface with fresh water. If using detergent or degreaser, apply to surface at low pressure. For best results, limit your work area to smaller sections of approximately 25 sq. ft. (2.3 m²). Allow detergent or degreaser to remain on surface 1-3 minutes. Do not allow detergent to dry on surface. Rinse at high pressure in a sweeping motion keeping the spray nozzle approximately 3-6 in. (7.5-15 cm) from the cleaning surface. For best results clean from top to bottom and from left to right. For removing extremely stubborn stains, use the Turbo Nozzle.

Cars, Boats and Motorcycles

(With or without detergent).
Pre-rinse vehicle with fresh water. If using detergent, apply to surface at low pressure. For best results, clean one side of vehicle at a time and always apply detergent from bottom to top, do not allow detergent to dry on surface. If needed, use special wash brush attachment (not included) to remove stubborn dirt. Rinse at high-pressure in a sweeping motion keeping the spray nozzle approximately 6-8 in. (15-20 cm) from the cleaning surface (distance should increase when rinsing pin-striping or other sensitive surfaces). For best results clean from top to bottom and from left to right. For best results, wipe surface dry with a chamois or soft dry cloth.

Barbecue Grills, Outdoor Power Equipment and Gardening Tools

(With or without detergent).
Pre-rinse cleaning surface with fresh water. If using detergent or Degreaser, apply detergent at low pressure. Allow detergent to remain on surface 1-3 minutes. Do not allow detergent to dry on surface. Rinse at high-pressure keeping the spray nozzle
approximately 3-6 in. (7.5-15 cm) from the cleaning surface. For removing extremely stubborn dirt, it may be necessary to move the spray nozzle even closer to the surface for greater dirt cutting action.

Patio and Lawn Furniture

(With or without detergent).
Pre-rinse furniture and surrounding area with fresh water. If using detergent, apply to surface at low pressure. Allow detergent to remain on surface 1-3 minutes. Do not allow detergent to dry on surface. If needed use special Wash Brush Attachment (not included) to remove stubborn dirt. Rinse at high-pressure in a sweeping motion keeping the spray nozzle
approximately 3-6 in. (7.5-15 cm) from the cleaning surface. For best results, clean from top to bottom and from left to right.

Optional Accessories

Optional accessories are available to further enhance your cleaning capabilities. These accessories are accurate as of the printing date of this manual. Please check our website for pricing and up-to-date information.

Pump Guard

Specially formulated to protect your pressure washer from freezing, corrosion and premature wear. The Pump Guard also adds lubrication to valves and seals to prevent sticking. Highly recommended for all Kärcher pressure washers!

Part Number 9.558-998.0

Troubleshooting

Warning

WARNING
Disconnect the unit from the power source before making any repairs.

Karcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - TroubleshootingKarcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - TroubleshootingKarcher K1700, K1710 Electric Pressure Washer - Troubleshooting

If the symptom you are experiencing is not listed above, or if the provided solutions do not solve your issue, please visit our extensive online troubleshooting database at:
USA/Canada:
www.karcher-help.com
Mexico:
www.karcher.com.mx
Or Call:
1-800-537-4129


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