Craftsman has a new V20 2x20V Max cordless pressure washer, model CMCPW1500N2.
The new Craftsman cordless pressure washer is part of their Brushless RP line of tools and equipment, and is compatible with their other V20 cordless power tools and outdoor power tools and batteries.
The new cold water pressure can deliver up to 1500 PSI and 1.2 GPM.
Craftsman says that the pressure washer is self-priming and compatible with any fresh water source. They add that no garden hose is needed.
The battery compartment fits (2) V20 Li-ion batteries, which are both required for operation.
Features include Weatherguard Technology, which helps to protect the tool (but not batteries or charger) from dust and moisture, a boost button that brings the application pressure to 1500 PSI, and onboard storage for all of the accessories.
The pressure washer comes with a wand, 4 spray tips, a high pressure hose, and a suction hose.
Wheels and an extending handle, as well as a compact size, help with portability.
Features & Specs
- 40V Max operation with 2x 20V Max batteries
- 1500 PSI max
- 1.2 GPM max
- 3 speeds
- Low: 800 PSI
- High: 1000 PSI
- Boost: 1500 PSI
- Onboard accessory storage
- Wheels for easy moving
- up to 60 minutes runtime on 2x 9Ah batteries
The maximum pressure and water flow are achieved when using the 15° nozzle on boost speed.
Craftsman says that the new pressure washer delivers up to 60 minutes of runtime with the 2x 9Ah batteries and turbo nozzle and low speed.
They add that the new cordless pressure washer delivers 4X runtime compared to their handheld cordless power cleaner, model CMCPW350.
At this time, the cordless pressure washer is only available as part of a kit (CMCPW1500N2), which comes with 2x CMCB209 9Ah batteries and 2 chargers.
Craftsman’s product images and description don’t really elaborate upon the “you don’t need a garden hose!” aspect.
It comes with two hoses, one that connects the cleaning wand to the pressure washer, and another that connects the pressure washer to a water source.
While the water source will usually be a garden hose or hose spigot, product images also show a ball float and what looks to be a removable filtered intake.
Craftsman says that “this unit has a self-priming feature allowing you to draw from any fresh water source” and that “no garden hose is needed.”
I suppose that this means a large bucket or a barrel can be used in remote locations or other situations where a garden hose might be inconvenient or inaccessible.
A reader brought up a great question about the usefulness of cordless pressure washers in general. We’ll talk about that soon.
For now, I’ll pipe in that products like this provide cordless convenience for users that want or need it. It gives you options. It’s not for everyone though; if you don’t need a cordless solution, there are plenty of electric/AC corded and gas engine pressure washers that might serve your needs better.
Cordless pressure washers can benefit users for whom AC and gas-powered models are not ideal. There’s also going to be some overlap between user groups, where a user can go in any direction.
So, what do you think about the new Craftsman cordless pressure washer?
In my opinion, it’s an interesting and positive step for the brand, and this looks like the perfect type of tool to leverage Craftsman’s V20 9Ah batteries.
Definitely interesting. I’m trying to decide if I’d like a wheeled unit better or worse than the lower pressure but more compact “handheld” versions from Ryobi and Dewalt.
While the Craftsman is obviously more capable, its size makes gas equipment a more obvious comparison. I realize some will prefer cordless to gas for the noise and hassle of dealing with that type of equipment, but they’re obviously a lot more powerful at that price point too.
Are there any gas powered PWs that can run off any water sources, most i know of require a hose connection with minimum water pressure.
Gas or cordless where the water intake could be from the lake would be good for boat washing
Good idea, but my Ryobi/honda requires some pressure from a garden hose. No pressure = nothing comes out.
I’m wondering if both batteries need to be the same. Thinking if Dewalt releases a similar version, if it would work since I only have a 4Ah and a 5aH and not two of each.
No, with 2x18v/20v tools you don’t have to have the same amp hours. However, it will typically only run as long as the smaller battery lasts (it won’t even it out between the two).
DeWalts dual-battery mower happily accepts dofferent battery sizes.
This is more of what I was hoping for from DeWalt. They have their little pressure washer gun, but it’s not that great at removing anything more than a few specks. If they could get the pressure up to at least 2,000 psi then it would definitely have more uses for boating, mudding, etc.
A 2x FlexVolt version at around 2000psi would make my list.
If there’s a dewalt version, I’d buy it for sure and I know that my brother would and one of my friend’s.
The handheld Dewalt has never made it to Europe for some reason (maybe because it didn’t get good reviews in the USA)
It’s frustrating that SBD develop these products and don’t release Dewalt versions.
There’s a really useful looking Craftsman upright vacuum cleaner.
I believe Stanley sold the handheld version under the FatMax V18 label in the UK, which was compatible with DeWalt batteries (but the new V20 is apparently not).
having bought the top of the line ryobi for 250, this looks in every way worse or the same for more money.
maybe if you wanted to pressure wash in a remote location? solar panels? but you’re still
going to need to scrub. maybe if you’re going to wash down fungus on a tree and don’t want to pull a cord?
at best i could see it as a cordless jetter, but it’s clearly not that.
The key to a good power washing experience is a long/flexible high pressure (HP) hose. Long HP hose does not affect performance, unlike vacuum cleaners. Most PWs come with short/cheap HP hose forcing the users to drag along the machine together with water hose, and power cord in-case of electrical PW. This mess of hoses/cord is what make people wishing for cordless. Best PWs for homeowners are decent electric PWs with auto stop (TSS) and can handle hot water from the tab. Set the machine in door, near your hot water tank, and run loooong hose to where you need. You can have hot PW anywhere in your city lot.
Any recommendations under $400?
Would love recommendations as well!
Unfortunately a decent (triplex pump) electrical PWs start around $600. Look for AR (not AR Blue Clean) or Mi-T-M brands. If you do not care about using hot water from the tab (that is water up to 140 F) then better Ryobi electrical PWs are good choice. They all have auto stop which surprisingly some expensive electric PWs do not have. Other than that, I would look out for used good/commercial/heavy duty electrical PWs on local market. The good ones are typically built with standardized components and there for can be replaced if needed.
Another caveat worth mentioning that I didn’t see in the write up, is that you can only run the boost mode – where maximum psi is achieved – for 8 minutes. And that is not its runtime in boost mode, the boost mode will deactivate after 8 minutes. After that it needs a cool down period, which is also around 8 minutes. Once the cool down period is done, you can run boost mode again.
You can also turn off boost mode at anytime, I’m not sure if it keeps that 8 minute timer going, or if it resets the clock so to speak.
I hadn’t seen that mentioned anywhere, and is interesting to know – thank you!
Many continuous-use tools, such as air compressors have duty cycles. It’s a little but not completely surprising for such to be the case here. I wonder if the limited duration boost is to better protect the tool or battery.
This PW is in a tough market, tough in that there are not many people that want to spend that kind of money for a 1500PSI PW (for 8 minutes?).
I am sure there are some that will have a need for something like this, but “some” is an incredibly small market.
I have see other PW’s that do not not pressurized water going in; IDRC which ones…may have been a model by Northern Industrial, but not sure. Anyway, that would be 1 check in its favor.
But otherwise, anyone that had access to an electrical outlet can pay 25% of this. Those that do not have an AC outlet, can go gas for half the price or less and get much more PSI.
There is really no need for this, unless if you are dead set against gas, no AC outlet and money to burn.