Author Topic: Karcher K2 Compact & CYC Snowfoam issue  (Read 171 times)

Offline TwoSheds

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Karcher K2 Compact & CYC Snowfoam issue
« on: 11 January 2017, 09:35 »
Both these have been working fine for the first few months but I cannot now release the Snowfoam unit from the Karcher pistol grip fitting (to use the Karcher lance.)

The CYC Snowfoamer, fitted with Karcher adapter, has and does work well but I would like to use the power washer itself again.

Has anybody had this problem ?

I've tried everything I can think of to release it without physically breaking it.


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Re: Karcher K2 Compact & CYC Snowfoam issue
« Reply #1 on: 11 January 2017, 12:22 »
Both these have been working fine for the first few months but I cannot now release the Snowfoam unit from the Karcher pistol grip fitting (to use the Karcher lance.)

The CYC Snowfoamer, fitted with Karcher adapter, has and does work well but I would like to use the power washer itself again.

Has anybody had this problem ?

I've tried everything I can think of to release it without physically breaking it.



Not with my K2 unit, but have had terrible problems recently getting my PA snow foam lance both attached and then detached from the K4 Karcher I am using (my K2 has been loaned to someone).  It's definitely the Karcher handle that's the problem and is just incredibly stiff and requires brute force to push the lance connector in and twist it to lock in.  Trouble is in the process of trying to get it attached and detached, part of the lance mechanism starts to unscrew, scuppering the whole effort. Last time I cleaned the car, I spent nearly 3/4 hour trying to get the damned thing on.  Managed eventually by a combination of wearing grippy gloves, a bit of bike grease and bracing the lance against a wall and summoning up as much strength as possible.  Getting it off was not quite so bad but required a lot of effort. 

Have you tried lubricating it where it connects with a bit of grease?
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Re: Karcher K2 Compact & CYC Snowfoam issue
« Reply #2 on: 11 January 2017, 13:32 »
Yes thanks I've tried Silicon spray - no joy.
Then Spray Grease - no joy.

Tried pulling power using Wally cloths - no joy.
Even mounted it in a vice wrapped in old cloths but will not release still does the part rotation .

Left it in a bucket of warm water hoping one part might expand to release it - no joy.

Looks like I'll need to get a spare Karcher pistol grip to use the lance again with the original grip now a permanent foam tool.

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Re: Karcher K2 Compact & CYC Snowfoam issue
« Reply #3 on: 11 January 2017, 21:00 »
That's why I bought a Nilfisk.
Karcher, the lower end models at least, are sh!te and have been for years :sad:
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Re: Karcher K2 Compact & CYC Snowfoam issue
« Reply #4 on: 11 January 2017, 21:56 »
That's why I bought a Nilfisk.
Karcher, the lower end models at least, are sh!te and have been for years :sad:

Already have a Nilfisk-Alto at my other property but the K2 is compact, cheap and easily moved for the use its getting here.

Have ordered a new spare pistol grip for £14.50 so problem solved.