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RIDGID 3000 PSI 2.6 GPM Pressure Washer Review

Subaru Powered Model RD80944

Ridgid Pressure_Washer

The Ridgid 3000-PSI Pressure Washer is capable cleaning commercially or at home. Powered by a Subaru 169 cc OHC Engine and a professional-grade CAT pump, the Ridgid pressure washer delivers 3000-PSI at 2.6 GPM (Gallons Per Minute) of cleaning power. One of the best features of this Ridgid pressure washer is the idle down technology that allows the unit to idle when started and also when not producing pressure.  This feature saves fuel, reduces noise and prevents wear and tear on the engine and pump without sacrificing performance. While this unit is on the edge of commercial use, it comes with a commercial grade trigger handle with 360° handle rotation.  Five quick connect nozzles (0°, 15°, 25°, 40°, Soap) are supplied and stored on board the pressure washer. The low profile frame design makes the unit easy to store and travel with.  The included flat free tires are a huge bonus because small pneumatic tires never seem to hold air for very long. Ridgid gives this unit a 3 year warranty, even for commercial use.


  • 3000 PSI/ 2.6 GPM
  • Subaru 169 cc OHC 4-Cycle engine
  • IdleDown Technology automatically adjusts the power output to help save fuel and prevent wear and tear on the engine and pump
  • Triplex CAT Pump for performance and reliability
  • 5  quick-connect nozzles (0°, 15°, 25°, 40°, Soap)
  • Trigger handle with a soft-touch grip and 360-degree assist handle
  • 3 year Commercial Warranty

Idle Down Technology


One of the largest improvements that have been made to this unit over time is the idle down technology.  This allows the unit to start at an idle and automatically ramp up to full throttle when water pressure is needed.  I really apprciate this feature because I am not a fan of starting a cold engine and having it go to full throttle immediately.  I also find myself washing something and stopping for a minute or two to move an items or brush off something.  With an average pressure washer, one would have to turn it off and restart it when needed to avoid over heating the pump.  Needless to say, the idle down is also quieter when not in use, saves fuel and also wear and tear on the engine and pump.

CAT Triplex Pump

Ridgid_Cat_PumpCAT pressure washer pumps are well known and also well built.  This pump features their triplex plunger design that provides smooth flow for liquids at 2.6 gallons per minute. The design also helps cut down on cavitation which is extremely harmful to any type of pump. They also feature an internal regulating system that assists in pressure control and helps protect the pump. Also, when the pressure washer is not in use, the pump is sitting idle and has no cooling.  These CAT pumps include thermal protection that will open a valve to allow the hot water out of the pump and replace it with cool water from the attached water hose.  That is a great safety feature that is not included in lower end pressure washers.  This pump also has an oil bath to keep it lubricated and allows you to change oil in the pump when needed.  A sight glass lets you know how much oil you have in the pump.  The CAT pump brings a lot of value and reliability to the Ridgid unit.


Ridgid_3000_PSI_Pressure_WasherThis is the first pressure washer that I have ever owned with a horizontal shaft motor and pump.  Due to the horizontal shaft motor, the frame of the pressure washer is a bit lower to the ground, but it does allow for easier hook up of the water hose and pressure hose.  I found this unit fairly easy to pick up and put in the truck, even at 65 pounds.  The handle and wand are very nice and allowed me to wash my two story home with ease.

The extra features that Ridgid added to this machine are what really make it a nice unit.  The flat free tires will save money over time because they will never need to be replaced.  The idle down technology and pump safeties ensure your pressure washer will have a long life, even in commercial use.  Everything including the pressure hose supplied is commercial quality.


Out of all the pressure washers I have owned, this one is by far the highest quality one.  The motor consistently starts with one or two pulls.  The pressure and amount of water being pushed through the gun is a perfect combination for light commercial use or high end home owner use.  After spending hours with this unit, I would be happy to recommend it to people.

This item is available at the Home Depot: Ridgid 3000-PSI 2.6-GPM Subaru Engine Gas Pressure Washer with Cat Pump and Idle Down


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2 Responses to “RIDGID 3000 PSI 2.6 GPM Pressure Washer Review”

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  2. Gustavo Morales #

    buenos dias

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    atte Gustavo Morales

    March 16, 2019 at 7:04 pm Reply

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