Rated 3.9 out of 5Â by 41
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by LC55 Good Generator- Manual Needs Work
I bought this as a backup for my home electrical system. I liked the idea of having the dual power so that I didn't have to rely on one type of fuel. The generator works great, but the directions need work. For example, the white negative battery cable is not connected to the battery when shipped and the it's hard to see that it's not connected because of where the battery and wires are located, but the instructions make no mention that the cable needs to be connected. It took me a while to figure out that it wasn't because that the battery was dead that the electric start wasn't working. The directions also show a picture of a regulator that you would normally see on a gas grill. I spent some time looking for the regulator and thought that they didn't include it, until I saw that the regulator was built-in to the generator. Once you get past the deficiencies with the directions, it's a very nice machine. Starts up right away and it is relatively quiet. The electric start and wheel kit are very good features. No problem running my gas burner, water heater, frig, freezer and tv, with some lights on at the same time.
December 10, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by G12L13 Not perfect, but a nice little fuel efficient generator. Good value, portable, convenient, and reliable (so far).
I bought this because it is dual fuel and seems to be one of the better generators in terms of run time per gallon/lb of fuel. So far I am not disappointed. Had it for going on a year now and find it is very handy. It gets used to power an electric chain saw during the summer, and is backup power for the house the rest of the time. I am wiring a transfer panel for the house in a few days, so haven't had a chance to try a full load, but don't doubt it can deliver the specified watts.
A partially half full 20# propane tank (BBQ size) has lasted for a few hours of use and still has significant fuel leftover. This fall It powered a couple of portable heaters (each on half power) during an overnight power outage. After around 10-hours of using a full 40# tank I can tell that some fuel is missing (compared to a spare full tank) but I think more than half remains.
I have mostly run on propane, but the one time I ran on gasoline the governor seemed to have trouble keeping the engine at a steady rate. With propane it runs smoothly with appropriate responses to loading, but with gasoline it seems to have a cadence alternating between racing and normal (RRRRrrrrRRRRrrrr...). It powered okay, but I suspect the voltage wasn't so steady. Since I intend gasoline only as a last resort backup fuel, this hopefully won't be a major issue. I will try again to see if it happens again. Maybe it didn't like the fuel?
Operation is a little noisy (as are most generators), but not excessively so. I plan to build a little sound barrier to park the generator behind. It is much quieter than the log splitter I used this summer, and certainly quieter than a gas lawn mower. Most of the noise comes from the engine rather than the exhaust, so a better muffler would not help much. I think some basic sound deadening material near the sides it would be enough improvement. We can hear it from the house, but mostly in the room nearest the generator. Everywhere else it was just a muffled background noise from outside.
The fold down handles would be better if a little longer and as a single loop handle. The solid tires work as advertised. It is nice not to worry about airing them up. The electric start is very nice, no pulling the rope. So far starting has been 100% reliable. Read the instructions for choking, as it is not needed for propane unless doing a warm start (even at that I don't think it is needed). Choking is necessary for gasoline.
Changing oil is mostly painless. There is room for a smallish shallow pan under the unit. The drain plug is on the side of the engine near the filler/dip stick. It drains onto the frame a little, but not all over, so a little wiping is all that will be needed. Putting an inch or two of spacer under the far tire speeds up drain time. Filling with oil requires a long funnel. There is no clock to log hours of run time, so one must be aware of run time so the mandatory 50-hour oil change can take place on schedule. I think it is good with any kind of 10-40 automotive oil. I am using Castrol synthetic blend. Also, these things burn a bit of oil, so be sure to check it every 10-hours or so.
December 8, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by JJBB Buyer beware
Product had multiple issues upon opening the shipping box.
October 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Matt Generator
Came complete with all parts and was easy to put together. Fired up on first try on unleaded and ran for a hour with small load. Then tested on propane with no issue. Just recently lost power for 30hrs or so ran it for about 15hrs powering fridge, freezer, tv and a few lights with no issues. Went through one BBQ tank cylinder. Happy with purchase and would buy again.
October 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by Sophia LOVE IT!!
Had it shipped to Home Depot, picked it up in good condition. Just started it for the first time today. Everything went according to plan - battery worked, started the generator after I messed with a choke a few times. Directions said start on open choke - I closed it down a bit in order to start. Love how it works with Propane - very clean and I'm very happy with it so far. I decided to leave it under cover on my patio near the transfer switch outlet, so it's easy to hook up to my BBQ propane tank when needed.
September 16, 2014