Rated 4.4 out of 5Â by 9
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Matt Nice little generator
I like this generator. It's tri-fuel, so can be used with gasoline, NG or LP. So far, I've used it with NG only. Starting with the starter works well. Also, contrary to other reviews, I was able to pull start it just fine. It took three tries, but it started. I'm able to start my snow blower and lawnmower in one or two pulls, but they are smaller motors.
The engine runs pretty smoothly. It is able to power almost my whole house, but I switch off the central A/C first. I had an electrician install a 30A power inlet and a mechanical interlock on my new 200A panel and it all works well.
I'm able to store the generator under the stairs in my garage. I didn't think it would fit there, but it did. It's not as big as I thought it would be.
The manual is pretty badly written, it doesn't even have instructions for installing the wheels. But, the manufacturer's web site has lots of very useful videos and answers to questions, so the bad manual isn't that big of a deal.
One thing that I wish the generator had was a pair of ammeters to monitor the current usage and balance between the poles. I guess I'll have to add those myself. It does include a volt meter, but that isn't of much use.
August 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by PowerMonger As good as it gets...
Especially for the price, this generator is a great value. Mine will never see gasoline. A couple of things to keep in mind if you are hooking this up to your home's natural gas.
1. check on your pressure. Call your NG provider, either low .5 lbs (7 inches water column) or high 1.5 lbs (14" water column). you will need to get the right regulator for the unit. They used to come from Home Depot with the high pressure regulator, not sure now. Contact the manufacturer, speak to Lafayette, he is very knowledgeable and will get you the right regulator if you need it. Poweland sent me the low pressure one, no charge. I swapped it out and returned the other one with a pre paid label..
2. 3/4" ID hose feed. There is a guy on Ebay who makes these up and sells them. If you call him he can set you up with the length you need plus all the right fittings as well. I understand that these will work with 1/2" lines, but that is only hear/say for me.
If you want to hook it up to your house and do these two things, the unit will start and run flawlessly on NG. Oh Yea, if you are using propane make sure your regulator is 10-15lbs. Home Depot sells one that is 10lbs fixed, I bought that one and it works fine.
February 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by BudU Good value for the price.
After some simple assembly I was ready to test the unit. I purchased the preset propane regulator from the manufacturer. The unit started on propane on the first try with electric start.It switched easily from propane to gasoline.
It is important to follow manufactuer's suggested steps. The grammar in the directions manual needs some revision to eliminate confusion.
I tested the unit with a load and it performed better on gasoline than on propane. The manual does mention this.
I feel prepared for the next outtage.
May 17, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by dafyomiyid does the job well, difficult to start with natural gas
I wanted a portable natural gas powered generator, and this was the only brand I could find. I wanted the benefits of a permanent house generator â using the house natural gas instead of continuously supplying gasoline, and hooking into the house electric system via a transfer switch instead of using extension cords â without the expense of a permanent generator, and giving up part of my property for it. It cost less to just install ports for natural gas out and electrical supply in on my house and buy the generator, which I store in my garage when not in use, and roll it out to the side of my house when needed.
The natural gas inlet is only 3/8 inch, which took my plumber by surprise; he thought it would be larger given the power output. The manual doesnât show the size. Main downside is it takes many tries with both the electric start and the hand cord to get it to start. And I have to hold down the denser button for closer to 15 seconds to clear the air out of the supply line, not just the 1-2 seconds mentioned in the manual. The choke must be open. After about 5 minutes of fiddling it finally starts.
Once running, it runs well, powers my whole house just fine since we are not huge electricity consumers. When running on natural gas, the choke can never be closed or it will shut down. The auto-throttle oscillates the engine speed too low and then revs it up violently, not useful. I suspect that it may function differently when running on gasoline.
I have run it twice so far, for about 30 minutes each time, no issues. My plan is to use it with natural gas if/when I need it, but itâs nice to know I can use gasoline too if need be.
The house natural gas port has a quick connect on it, and I leave the other end of the gas hose permanently attached to the generator, taking care to not damage it when I move it. The electric transfer switch I had installed is manual, as thereâs no point in a more expensive automatic one with a portable generator that I have to manually start anyway.
This generator was the cornerstone of my generator strategy to avoid standing on gas lines like the ones I saw during Hurricane Sandy, using the natural gas line of my house and avoiding the need to use extension cords. So far so good. If/when we have the next major outage, I will probably update this review to let people know how it worked. But I plan to test the generator every 3 months to make sure it works when I need it.
March 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by outrun great generator for the price
After not having a generator for sandy wanted to be prepared for any other storms that might come along.so after looking at home depot came across this one.tried to run it on the tree fuels. Works great so far.would recommend this Unit
July 17, 2013