Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 9
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kyle So far so good
Got my generator all set up and ready for this winters power outages. Started up perfectly after I got the wheels, oil and fuel in it. Set up of the wheels were easy. I left the unit on the shipping pallet and used a floor jack to jack up one side at a time to install the wheels/feet. The included oil funnel worked perfectly, no oily mess like other reviews have stated. I also noticed that the oil drain has a fitting attached with a open/close valve with a length of tubing to drain the oil out and away from the machine without an oily mess, very nice.
All I have to do now is hook up a battery tender for it.
I'm hoping this generator gives me plenty of trouble free life.
November 9, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JimC64 A WORKHORSE
This Generator performed tremendously thru Storm Sandy.
November 6, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pops A real beast of a generator
During the latest East Coast storm and power outage, this generator ran without a problem for 80 straight hours stopping only to refuel. It powered a 3.5 ton central ac unit, a refrigerator, a stand-up freezer, 2 ceiling fans and a big screen tv with no problem whatsover in 100 degree heat. Only complaint is the 82 decibel noise level is loud but a small price to pay to be comfortable.
July 3, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Flatlander IMPRESSED! Purchased for back-up power supply.
I was a bit skeptical when ordering this product but upon receiving am impressed. Great value. Perfect for providing back-up power on our little farmstead.
December 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LightsStillOn Not made in China!
The engine is a 22 HP two cylinder industrial model made by Subaru/Robin with iron cylinder liners, overhead valves, and full pressure lubrication with a spin on filter. Two quarts of oil and an oil bottle hose extension are included. This is electric start only and the included battery is a gell cell which was charged! Oil pan drain has a petcock valve, tool free, and an attached hose extension. Oil change is 20 hrs. initially then 50 hrs, valve clearance checked at 500 hrs., way better than the Chinese engines at 50 to 100 hrs. !
The Meccalte S20F series alternator is manufactured in Italy and has copper winding. This same manufacturer's alternators are used on many other professional grade generators from Wen, Black and Decker, and others. The harmonic distortion is listed at under 5% so it should be safe for "sensitive electronics". It uses a capacitor voltage regulation system. I measured the output of both 120 VAC outlets at 124 VAC no load and 121 VAC with the house attached about 4000 Watts continuous. Frequency held at 63 Hz no load to 61 Hz loaded as measured with a Fluke 87 multimeter.
Assembly took about an hour. Engine oil cap is on top of the valve cover and under fuel tank so the included oil bottle extension hose made it slow and somewhat messy to fill. Gassed up and took a few cranks to fire up and run, no problem. This monster ran the whole house, well pump, ejector pump, lights, microwave, TV, all at once without breaking a sweat. Fuel consumption was acceptable for a 22 HP machine.
Note: the fuel shut off is hidden way under the tank. Assembly and running instructions are poor. Full engine and alternator service/parts manuals can be downloaded free from Robin Subaru and Meccalte web sites. I downloaded the engine service manual which has a two hour break in procedure which I followed and the engine then seemed to run smoother. It's no louder than my lawn tractor engine so like all power tools, wear ear plugs!
This replaces my 27 year old Coleman Powermate generator which has reliably run the whole house for many days and hundreds of hour during outages. Only several hours run time on this one but it looks like it should last even longer!
December 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Husker Quality product, Subaru engine, Assembled in USA!!
Subaru engines are just a good as Honda engines but much lower priced. This generator can run your whole house with no problems, has electric start and idle control so it will use less fuel and is quieter when there is no load on the generator. This generator is also low total harmonic distortion so you can run any sensitive electronics with no worries of damage. The best part is it is one of the last assembled in USA generators you can buy.
March 21, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Notageneratormechanic A machine like this needs to be in running condition when it leaves the store.
I got this generator for emergency back up. I got it home and put the wheels on it. Put gas and oil in it. The engine fired up and ran fine. However no voltage. I called the help line and went through some steps but still no power. I took it back to Home Depot. I asked to either fix this machine or get another. They ordered another.
January 1, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Richard Great generator, best features for money.
The generator has all the right features. The 60amp welder style plug can push the whole kW for powering whole house. Electric start works great, it has low oil shutdown. I disconnected 3600sqft house from grid, connected the generator, switched on one breaker at a time including 3ton geothermal unit and it ran it all. Plus I can move it around to use it for other jobs on my farm. Great unit in my opinion.
Cons - it is heavy to roll across grassy surfaces but manageable. It is a little loud but not bad for the HP motor. Some say the oil is difficult to pour in, but I had no issue with the included spout. It would be nice if it had a kW meter on it to monitor the amp draw loading on it, but I think I can add that if I decide to.
February 18, 2014