Dewalt recently launched a new 20V Max cordless power cleaner kit, model DCPW550P1.
While not as powerful as a true pressure washer, the Dewalt DCPW550 power cleaner still delivers up to 10X the pressure of a typical garden hose. The cordless washer delivers a maximum pressure of 550 PSI and maximum flow rate of 1.0 GPM.
The Dewalt power cleaner comes with 4 different quick-connect nozzles, making it convenient for cleaning a wide variety of tools, equipment, tools, and buildings. Here, it’s shown being used to wash a truck.
With the appropriate nozzle, it can also be used to clean siding.
The following nozzles are included with the cleaner:
- 15 degrees
- 25 degrees
- 40 degrees
The wider the nozzle, the gentler the stream, and the narrower the nozzle angle, the more focused and greater the water pressure.
Dewalt designed the 20V Max power cleaner to work in areas where a garden hose or other water connection might not be available. It can draw water from any fresh water source and includes a suction hose such as for use with a 5-gallon bucket.
If you do need a water connection, the Dewalt power cleaner also has an adapter for use with typical garden hose connections.
A soap bottle with nozzle can be used to apply detergent.
2 speed selections allow users to choose between higher cleaning power or longer runtime.
Dewalt DCPW550 Features & Specs
- 550 PSI max
- 1.0 GPM max water volume
- 4 quick-connect nozzles
- 1/4″ quick connect nozzle
- Removable soap bottle with nozzle
- Draws water via suction hose or garden hose connection
- 2 speed selector
- Includes 20′ suction hose
The kit, DCPW550P1, comes with a 5.0Ah battery and charger.
Price: $199 for the kit
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A bare tool option is also available for $149.
Worx 20V 4Ah Hydroshot via Amazon
Worx 40V (2X20V) Hydroshot via Amazon
We’ve seen similar products to this before, such as with the Worx Hydroshot cordless cleaning tool, and it seems like a great idea.
Pressure washers are typically big, bulky, hard to move, and they require a water connection source, not to mention gas or electric power.
With this Dewalt cordless cleaner, it’s compact, lightweight, and you can work with different fresh water sources if needed.
If you find that a portable or fixed water container isn’t enough, the Dewalt DCPW550 cleaner also has a water hose connection.
The new Dewalt cordless cleaner has hit the market, but it’ll take some time for supplies to meet user demands. Dewalt gave us an early 2021 ETA and retailers are providing customers with March and April 2021 shipping ETAs.
My son and his fiancé pre-ordered it from Acme and surprised me with it for my birthday. I used it to wash my tractor yesterday.
Pros: A lot more power than a garden hose for sure, I’ve tried every high pressure nozzle out there and this beats it by a mile. The included tips store on the unit itself which is a great feature. It is well balanced and easy to use. Battery runtime was more than adequate, a 5ah battery provided more than enough juice for me to get acquainted with it, wash my tractor, etc. I still had all three bars left of power when I was done. It also has a sediment filter of some sort (at least that’s what I think it is) that must be used in order for the hose/remote draw adapter to attach properly so that seems well thought out as well to keep your investment free from debris.
Cons: the low setting is pretty wimpy. Barely better than the garden hose setting so not much use to me. The trigger safety switch is a pain, even after repeated use I still was fumbling around with it, not a huge biggie but unnecessary. Not sure why it has a safety to begin with but I’m sure there is a reason that I’m not aware of. The turbo nozzle that came with mine must be broken, shoots water at a 45 degree angle to the side so I need to get that sorted with DeWalt or find a replacement as it seems like it would be the best option for washing vehicles etc. The other tips are all standard pressure washer style tips that have varying spray degree patterns.
I like it so far with limited use/playing around. I would recommend it with the caveat that I haven’t put it thru any type of intense workload (washing my deck etc). I also haven’t tried the soap dispenser and I hooked up directly to a hose so I can’t speak for the remote water draw feature. I don’t know if I can say definitively that it would replace anyone’s gas powered pressure washer but this definitely has a place in my collection.
I’m happy to answer any questions about my experience with it so far.
Agree with everything Luke said. Will add that I tried using it out of buckets and it worked well until the included hose kinked. Had to do some finagling to straighten it back out and it ran fine afterwards.
Touche, Luke. Low is good for a spot free rinse with RO water if you have it, or a gallon of distilled water if you don’t. I’ve had mine over a month now and it has paid for itself in car washes. I bought it almost specifically for car washes. I’m going to get the Ryobi water broom and try that for getting the under carriage.
In the summer I think the suction hose will get a lot of use, I’ll be tossing it in the lake and hosing down the ATVs right off the trails.
A real pressure washer can easily cut through skin so perhaps this one needs a trigger safety because it could break skin. Test it on high against a hot dog.
“Honey! The neighbor is pressure washing a hot dog again.”
Some turbo nozzles are adjustable. Check if you can tighten or loosen it a bit by twisting. I had a similar issue with the turbo nozzle of my pressure washer and that’s how I discovered it was adjustable.
Clarification: after adjusting it started spinning without issues.
Please forgive the double post
I have a different DeWalt pressure washer that, when new, also had similar problems with erratic nozzle spray. I found that the washer was putting out small metal chips, presumably from the pump wearing in, that would get stuck in the nozzles and cause the spray to deflect. Eventually the metal chips stopped coming and flushing the nozzles backwards with a tap or compressed air removed the chips and allowed them to function properly.
Waiting on mine from Acme. The bare tool came with a free 5AH battery, so that is apretty nice deal.
Can’t wait to use it.
probably not bad for light duty work, washing cars and such. I’m not gonna go cleaning a swathe of concrete like in the promo images though….
I picked up the Ryobi version, model RY120350 during Home Depot’s Ryobi Days last year. It was $99 for 2 x 4ah batteries, charger and the power washer. It is a very unexpected, much loved tool of mine and that one is only rated at 320psi.
For me, its the perfect balance when I need something more aggressive than a garden hose but don’t want to lug out and fire up my gas engine pressure washer. There are a handful of mixed reviews on the Dewalt model already and there are mixed Reviews on the Ryobi version as well. I feel people are expecting too much out of this type of tool. It is not a complete pressure washer replacement , it is almost in a category by itself.
The battery life on my Ryobi version is amazing. A new and more recent use for it was to clean the harsh salt off the cars with all the snow we’ve had lately. Didn’t even need a garden hose which is nice since the water line to the spigots are turned off right now. It has the adapter to just siphon water straight from a bucket.
I’m in both Dewalt and Ryobi platforms and am curious to see how the Dewalt version compares to the Ryobi. I use Ryobi for the few one off tools I don’t need the pro versions of, or to get their tools that the major brands don’t make (like the glue gun). I thought this power washer was too home-owner-esque of a tool for a pro brand to try and market, but if it’s that much better I may need to switch!
Dave the tool
Your comments are so close to my thoughts we may be long lost brothers! I also am vested in the Dewalt 20v tools but started with Ryobi’s cordless glue gun and have been purchasing various Ryobi tools that fill a niche. Cordless fan, glue gun, etc. I use Ryobi’s Cordless LED spotlight daily for 3-4 hours and was so impressed I dumped my DeWalt Spotlight and purchased another Ryobi spotlight!
Regarding the cordless pressure washer, I also purchased the Ryobi one last fall knowing what to expect and it works great for the right projects. They do make a soap foam blaster for the Ryobi but Ryobi’s site transfers you to Home Depot for purchase and it’s been OOS since I purchased the Ryobi Pressure washer October 2020!
Yes, Dewalt comes with a little more pressure than the Ryobi and various nozzle tips but when I read through the reviews on the Dewalt they seem to mirror all these battery pressure units ie not enough power especially if you been using a electric or gas pressure washer. I do think the the sales and marketing of the manufacturers need to take some responsibility in over promising and under delivering to make the sale. I would not use my Ryobi to wash a car but it does come in handy for little projects when needed and I think the bare tool price reflects that. Dewalt I believe will be reducing their price when they start getting a lot of returns from dissatisfied customers expecting more for the money they paid.
I loved the Ryobi last year too. Then I used it yesterday on the deck due to the abnormally nice 61deg, and worked fine as usual. Went to go clean some salt build up in the garage, and the water just trickles out.
I know occasionally if there was an air bubble in the hose, it was cause sputtering, but this seems to may need servicing now. Maybe used it 3-4 battery cycles last year.
They are a complementary cleaning tool. Wouldn’t be my first pick, but very nice to have.
Dave the tool
Interesting. I haven’t had that issue with my Ryobi Cordless Washer yet because I purchased it in the Fall of 2020 and I haven’t used it but maybe a dozen times. Now that spring/summer is coming I will definitely use it more and I hope there isn’t some inherent defect in the tool.
Do you prefer the Ryobi or the Dewalt? Do you notice the extra 200 psi of the Dewalt and does it make a difference? Which brand has a longer battery life? I want something that can last 30 minutes or longer and I can’t seem to find a comparison of these two units on-line. Thanks, Chelle
I also forgot to mention in the Pros section of my review that the battery holder is enclosed with a door to make it waterproof/resistant. The Worx model appears to have the batteries exposed on the handle but I could be mistaken. The Dewalt promo image above that shows what is included must be an old picture before they added this feature.
Great point Big Richard! I (obviously!) hadn’t thought of that usage for the spot free rinse. I will now for sure!
I am thinking about setting up a car/vehicle wash station with a dedicated hose and Rubbermaid outdoor closet with this and any other accessories I may need…..now you have me googling the Ryobi water broom!
My local HDepot has the tool-only in stock.
I’m curious to know (from real world tests) what size battery is needed for, say, 15 minutes’ use washing a vehicle, or similar small jobs.
Prefer to save the $50, as I don’t need another charger, and hope to make do with a 2 or 3 Ah battery.
On the battery compartment they do recommend using a 4Ah or larger battery, but it certainly does work with a 2Ah. I’ve just never timed its runtime with one.
The ACME tools promotion that Clay mentioned above is a tool-only deal for $149 that includes a 5ah battery (no charger). Ships April 10th.
Not sure if HD is matching this deal but kind of hard to pass up if you are interested in buying it and don’t need a charger for the additional $50 for the whole kit.
That is nice! Tool + battery is almost always a win in my book as I have tons of chargers laying around.
SO I wasn’t aware this was actually already for sale and out in the public. Having not seen one first hand. Seems like a hell of an idea and I like the bucket option.
Is the low speed setting perhaps more for the soap dispenser?
also do we know if the motor is brushless – I don’t seen an XR branding mark. Makes me wonder if in 3 years they’l come out with the flexvolt advantage brushless washer that kicks 850 psi and 1.3 gpm or some such.
Either way I think I will be on the hunt for one.
Decent at washing cars, motorcycles, and bikes. The soap bottle is definitely not a foam cannon and is pretty much useless, a $13 foam canon from amazon smokes it by a mile.
I wouldn’t call this a pressure washer, it is power washer just like Dealt names it, and better than a garden hose and nozzle.
I picked this up at HD last and have been using it for the last month.
I really want one and a big stack of them arrived at my local Home Depot (the $149 bare tool kit that comes with everything but battery and charger). Tempting but I don’t want to pay full price, might wait for all my 11% Home Depot rebates to come in, if it’s still in stock. The Acme deal is tempting too.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see this in the fall for $99 with sales and such – might be worth the wait.
Yeah I’m thinking that too.
bet it comes down to 129. that seems to be a common pricepoint. Won’t be 99 for quite some time.
Seems like this would be great for use in a place where you would be using a bucket as your water source. Otherwise, an electric pressure washer seems more useful since you are already dealing with cords (garden hose).
I purchased the Ryobi 1600 psi electric washer last year for $60 (https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-1-600-PSI-1-2-GPM-Electric-Pressure-Washer-RY141612/301004462). Works great and easy to use. A lot more potential pressure than cordless and no worries about running out of power.
Is this the same one Dewalt launched late last year?
Interesting comments from everyone. I have used mine twice now. I am comparing it to a garden hose with the firehose nozzle I purchased on Amazon a couple of times. Gilmour 855032-1001 High-Pressure PRO Fireman’s Spray Nozzle with Large, Red/Black. When I washed out the bed of my pick-up, I found it easier and better to use the fire hose nozzle. It seemed to have the same pressure and covered a much wider berth. When washing the outside of the truck, it was pretty much the same thing. I will keep the pressure washer, but will need to find a better application.
I just ordered the Dewalt. Was on the fence until I realized how much I’d use it during the winter months doing a quick de-salt spray rinse every few days (live in the rust belt). I try to get to the car wash every week or two, but with two older Toyota trucks that will last forever (a 98 4runner and a 06 Tundra), having the ability to get them rinsed off every few days will make a huge difference in keeping the rust at bay.
As I shut down my hose spigot thru the winter months, it’s not really an option to bring out the hose, even if I had a passive boost nozzle on hand.
Probably wouldn’t have bought the Dewalt at $179 or even $149, but $149 with a 5.0 battery, hard to think why it wouldn’t be useful and I’ll sell off the new 5.0 batt for around $65 so I’m at around $100 all in.
Curious, what happens if you take a cordless tool transfer pump, and put it between the 5 gal bucket and the washer.
Yes, blah voids warranty, blah, could wear seals down early blah, could cause bodily harm blah blah.
Could a cordless tool transfer pump, in line push that up a couple hundred P.S.I.? Or another way is off grid gravity feed water tower that has a thousand gallons dropping 20 feet without a regulator. Like many ranches, farms and filling stations have?
Your typical hose bib on the side of your house has around 50psi, where as something like the M18 transfer pump only puts out around 35psi. So while it may perform a bit better than just drawing from a bucket, it still would not be as good as connected to your hose bib. Also, I don’t think there is much performance difference between drawing from a standing water source and the hose bib connection. Would be something fun to test out.
I forsee a bunch of these coming through as tool returns. I’ll pick one up for $50 in a few months from the local liquidation store.
I think I’ll wait long enough for some long term reviews. The long term reviews might point out some additional uses as well.
Late to the party… Seeing how this can siphon water from a bucket, is there any chance of using this as a makeshift tree sprayer?
We ended up getting a different bottle, the one that came with it sucks. No pressure from it, just puddles out.
Has anyone found a short extension wand that will fit…
I feel the soap dispenser needs to be addressed. It’s almost pointless. They should have done this part right the first time. I bought a foamer.. . But I like the fact the dewalt soap container is shorter. I will try to modify for a nozzle on the tip to foam more. Dewalt should address this and allow everyone to get one for free who bought the unit.