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Powerstroke PS80519 & PS80979B Washer Review

A Heavy-Duty Versatile Pressure Washer with a Powerful Honda Engine

After years of setting aside money to buy my own home I was finally able to do it. I had been living in an apartment, but it was always my dream to have a house with a large backyard, a garage where I can work on my car and last but not least, a huge charcoal grill.

Of course, it wasn’t long before I realized that maintaining and cleaning all my stuff was taking up a lot of time and energy. So, I decided to buy some power tools to help me get things done quicker.
At the top my list was a pressure washer. Washing my car, cleaning out the gutters and siding, getting rid of oil stains on my garage floor, cleaning my grill and driveway (as well as a few jobs I haven’t thought of) meant a pressure washer was the only solution.

If you have a large backyard like I do, you are better off with a gas-powered pressure washer since there aren’t any cables to limit your movement. Plus, they are more powerful.

During my search, I came across the Powerstroke PS80979B and the Powerstroke PS80519 Gas Pressure Washer which come with a Honda Engine. Below is my take on them.

The Basics

The PS80979B is the more powerful of the two. In fact, it’s a very powerful because it delivers 2700 PSI which comes pretty close to some low-end commercial-grade pressure washers. Suffice to say, that kind of power is more than enough for all residential cleaning jobs.

I would even say it is too much. OK maybe not, but it never hurts to have too much power at your disposal. If you need something that packs a bit less heat the PS80519 is the ideal solution. It delivers 2200 PSI, so I would say this suits lighter cleaning jobs or people who don’t need to use a washer for heavy-duty jobs regularly.

At the core of the more powerful option is a Honda GVC160 engine that uses a belt drive to transfer all that power. Apart from delivering immense power it is light, fuel-efficient, and makes very little noise. The less powerful model on the other hand has a more compact 140cc engine which still delivers enough power, but keeps the unit light and portable.

The PS80979B comes with a 25-foot hose. The unit is mounted on huge 12-inch tread cap wheels which are also flat free, and ideal for just about any kind of terrain. Another thing that stands out is a 3-piston aluminum pump guaranteed to deliver a sturdy and reliable performance.

The PS80519 comes equipped with an aluminum axial cam pump. When looking at these numbers, it is easy to see the PS80979B is a heavy-duty machine, while the PS80519 is perfect for lighter cleaning jobs.

Design and Convenience

The PS80979B is shipped with 4 different nozzles that can be attached to the wand. You get a zero, 25, and 40-degree angle nozzle as well as a soap tip. This pressure washer also has a detergent tank which further enhances its cleaning capabilities.

I would recommend using the zero degree nozzle when tackling heavy-duty stubborn stains on your driveway or grill, while the angled ones are best for washing your car or house siding. The unit also has some onboard storage which means everything can be tucked away neatly once you are done using it.

The PS80519 comes with 25 and 40-degree high pressure nozzle tips, and a soap tip nozzle. All three of these attach to a chrome-plated wand which features a Quick Connect nozzle coupler for maximum convenience. This unit also has onboard storage which houses the hose, trigger gun, and the spray wand with all its nozzles.


Both the PS80979B and PS80519 are excellent pressure washers in their own right. The former is great if you are looking for a heavy-duty, sturdy and reliable washer that can be used for some hardcore cleaning even on rough terrain. Its engine is very powerful, and the fact it is made by Honda is enough to earn it a place on my site.

The PS80519 is less powerful but is lighter and easier to use. Those of you who are looking for something that will help with light residential cleaning should opt for this one. You can find both the PS80519 and the PS80979B on Amazon, somewhere I always manage to find great deals on price!

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