Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 28
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SCPirate This Generator will suit our needs very well.
We have four Parrots. Two Blue and Gold Macaws and two smaller Quakers. After a winter power outage, our bids got too cold. Out of fear for their health, we decided to get a portable generator. After some research and surviving Hugo on the coast of SC, I wanted a unit that could be powered by propane as it can be stored for long periods. Gasoline can not. In a large power outage, gasoline may not be available. This unit will nearly run out entire house. Use a good quality pipe dope to seal up the large reducer and cap if you are only going to power the unit with Gasoline or Propane. Pipe tape will leak. I had the unit assembled and running in about an hour. I used the choke and started it off Propane. It started after turning over about 4 times. I had a small issue during assembly and contacted Powerland by E-mail on a Sunday afternoon. I received a phone call from them on that Monday. We discussed the problem and a replacement part was shipped out. Ten minutes to replace the part and the unit is now 100%. Several plugs are included with the unit as well as a 12v plug suitable for charging batteries. We feel better now knowing that our birds will be kept warm in a winter power outage and our food will be kept safe in the event of a summer power outage. An added benefit, our local propane provider told me he would give me my replacement propane in the event of a major outage If I brought the Generator with me to power his equipment and get my tanks refilled and let him refill a few others for customers.
April 13, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Stacky3 Great Product, Accessories and Manual not dso Great
The generator works great. The manual did not describe the wheel installation well. The attachment of the ground cable was not clear. The 30 amp 240 VAC plug was inferior, as the one terminal screw stripped out with very little torque applied.
January 24, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by karl 10,000 peak watt tri fuel generator
I ordered the unit on HomeDepot online and it arrived for in store for pick up. This is convenient because I my not be home for a home delivery and I can pick up at my convenience. I took it home and assembled the unit. It was straight forward wheels and handles. The one thing you have to make sure to hook up correctly is the ground wire from the battery. I've read older posts where guys couldn't get the battery start to work for them and I think its because they didn't secure the ground cable to the bolt above the pull start on generator housing. They put a convenient red arrow sticker next to it so its easy to find. I added oil and set the proper switches for 120v output. Hit the starter button and it fired right up. I let it warm up a bit and started plugging in appliances for testing. All worked well. I then used the fuel saver feature where it kicks up or down the engine speed based on power demand.No demand and the idle drops to a low rpm almost to the point where it sounds like its going to cut out. I would suggest making sure the unit is warmed up before using this feature.
My goal with this unit is to run it off my natural gas main to the house if the power goes out. This will give me an endless supply of fuel for extended outages. I'm having a cert. plumber install a 3/4 quick disconnect fitting on the main feed into the house. I having an electrican add a quick disconnect 50 amp inlet box and tranfer switch to the house. If power goes out I flip transfer switch, plug in gas and electric let the unit warm up and the plug in the generator for whole house power. Total investment of around $2200 which is a lot cheaper that a whole house generator installed and that only gets use when the power goes out. I now have a 10,000 generator for power outages and for camping with my RV. I'll get my money back in camping use alone! Its also a good selling point for my house having it wired for back up power. The generator has lots of features for multiple uses 120V/240V etc. It claims to be computer safe < 5% distortion. I haven't tested that yet and am a little worried about that claim. To be safe my expensive stuff I will run through surge/backpower units until I can check out the output distortion. The unit is not excessively loud and gets even quieter in fuel saver mode. I have more testing to do with the unit but so far I'm happy with it and all the features.
According to the manufacture you can only run 12 hours straight and then have to cool down 2 hours. So keep that in mind for extended outages.
January 7, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by kbeerden Powerland tri fuel generator
I found this generator ran great on gas and propane, not so great at first on NG.Was using a 3/8 gas hose at first and the motor seem to starve for fuel. Change to 1/2 hose and it ran much better. Don't try to start on NG, you will kill the battery and want to pull you hair out. The best way is to start on gas, once the motor warms up turn the gas valve off, as the motor starts to starve slowly turn the NG valve on. Remember to have the choke completely open.
April 28, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JimW Tri Fuel
The first deficiency to overcome was adding the wheel kit which came without instructions. The next wrinkle was that there was no propane gas hose with the generator, so it could only run on gasoline as delivered. A propane hose for this unit was not available at HD or hardware stores. I found someone to make one for me.
When I started this unit up it seemed fuel starved and ran rough on propane, but it ran fine on gasoline. The propane /natural gas valve was in the right position for propane but wouldn't idle up until I moved the valve toward the natural gas setting. When I reached the natural gas setting it starved again. I moved it back toward the propane setting and half way there it idled up. I was prepared to leave it half way in between but moved it fully to propane when something must have cleared from the valve. Now it's fine.
Also check any hose clamps on the propane supplies as I found some loose.
March 5, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RCB23 Has NG restrictions otherwise nice unit
If Hooking up to natural gas, there are restrictions. Manufacturer says you need 12-14" of Water column or 1/2 to 1 psi. Will need to verify before purchasing. Otherwise Has all the features except: Remote Start and hr meter. Well built machine. Hope this helps you
February 16, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by markgyver this unit is a good all around power source during an emergency while maintaining portability.
I live in N.J. which was hit hard by hurricane Sandy. The majority of the state was without power. I had a smaller and hard to start undersized generator that we had to rely on. Getting gasoline was a major problem, since gas stations were without power also. We were without power for over a week. I decided then that I needed to expand my alternatives. I purchased this generator because of the multi-fuel option. Propane was redily available anywhere you could exchange gas grill tanks. Propane conversion kits are available for most generators. But for the price of a ordinary generator plus a couple hundred bucks for the conversion kit seemed pointless when you need to consider the time it takes to install it too. This generator has twice the power as my old one, and needs no modification right out of the box. Its a no brainier! I am very happy with my purchase. Have already used it a couple times. Runs like a champ. No more worrying about not being able to get gas. I have multiple options. This is a good purchase for money. More than enough power For most situations, but still portable enough to use anywhere. Not like a stationary stand-by generator. I would recommend this to anyone.
April 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Billp1956 Tri Fuel Generator
I have had a gasoline powered generator since the early 90's due to frequent power outages. During Hurricane Sandy hit NJ I had my hands full keeping my generator fueled with gasoline. Long lines at every gas station. I was so happy to receive delivery of my new tri-power unit. I ran the gas line and set it up. Started on the first shot! I have since exercised it several times. No problem ever. No more humping gas cans to and from the gas station!
February 26, 2013