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How to Start a Craftsman Pressure Washer Model 580752400

by Justin Cupler

Craftsman came about in 1927 when Sears' new head of the hardware department, Arthur Barrows, approached the Marion-Craftsman Tool Company about using the Craftsman name on Sears' line of tools. Sears officially purchased The Craftsman name in October of 1927 for $500. The Craftsman high-pressure washer model no. 580.752400 has a gasoline engine and can produce up to 2,800 psi of water pressure. Being a powered by gasoline engine means that a certain sequence must be followed to properly start the engine on the pressure washer.

Place the pressure washer on a level surface. Attach one end of a garden hose to an outside water source, such as a spigot.

Check the high-pressure hose that connects between the water pump and the spay handle with a combination wrench to ensure it is properly tightened. Tighten the hose if it feels loose.

Tighten the garden hose, by hand, onto the inlet on the pressure washer labeled "Water Inlet." Turn the outside water source on to start the flow of water into the washer.

Purge the air and debris from the pressure washer and lines by pressing and holding the trigger on the sprayer gun until water flows from its nozzle.

Screw the nozzle extension to the end of the spray gun, if not already attached, to only hand-tight.

Slide the nozzle extension outward to its low-pressure position.

Pull the trigger lock -- the small spring-loaded tab at the bottom of the trigger -- downward to lock the trigger in the off position.

Push the throttle lever, located on the right side of the engine, to its "Fast" setting.

Position the engine choke in the "Choke" position if the engine is cold. Position the choke in the "Run" position if the engine is warm.

Grab the rubber T-handle attached to the pull-string on top of engine firmly and pull it up until there is light resistance. Pull the T-handle upward quickly to turn the engine over and return the handle to the engine. Repeat this step until the engine starts. If the engine starts briefly but stalls, squeeze the trigger on the sprayer gun to relieve the water pressure.

Move the engine choke to the "Run" position as the engine begins warming up. If the engine slightly stumbles upon moving the choke to "Run" than return the choke knob to the "Choke" position and allow the engine to warm up longer. Repeat this step until the engine runs smoothly with the choke knob in the "Run" position.

Turn the choke knob to the "Run" position if the washer does not start after six pulls of the T-handle and repeat step 10 until the washer starts.

Tip

  • The pressure washer is designed to run with the throttle in the "Fast" position.

Warning

  • Never allow the T-handle and pull-string to snap back against the pressure washer. Always guide the handle back.

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About the Author

Justin Cupler is a professional writer who has been published on several websites including CarsDirect and Autos.com. Cupler has worked in the professional automotive repair field as a technician and a manager since 2000. He has a certificate in broadcast journalism from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Cupler is currently studying mechanical engineering at Saint Petersburg College.

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