Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 126
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ronsy Great Generator, Great Value
Bought 2 of these for my kids homes. When I saw the price HD had on these it was a no Brainer. They didn't need anything too big because they are on Municipal water so 3000 watts was more than enough. At first I was leery because of the no brand name engine but that was quickly forgotten when I saw the construction, started on first pull, not a puff of smoke, idle steadiness & quietness! Just put a splash of fuel in because I didn't want to have fuel left in after testing but it ran for an hour with that splash with a light load. The pull start is very easy, not like them older generators that ripped your arm out.
Tested voltages & a nice steady 118v on both legs even when turning loads on & off. Even though I have a bigger unit for my home since I have a deep well I should have bought one for myself since this will run a long time on little fuel. Comes with everything you need except Fuel & Oil. I guess they don't provide the Oil since you have to use the correct weight for your climate but 20 oz. of 10W30 will work in most climates in the USA.
Comes with funnel & hose for easy oil installation & tools to remove the shipping brace from the engine to the frame. Has no wheels but it's not to heavy. I put one of them on a small cheap dolly for my daughter, worked great. Has rubber feet which absorb lots of the vibration & they don't vibrate or shake much at all. Also has an Automotive type 12volt accessory socket for car chargers for phones & such!
This is great generator even at the normal price but the price HD had on it was a great deal.
August 26, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ekim Quieter than expected, nice smooth running.
I had a decent idea of the size and sound level of this generator,but when i received it, it was actually a tad smaller than i thought, and definately quiter than i expected.
After adding oil and gas,i set the choke and gave the rope a pull and it immediately sputtered to life,on the first pull!, cleared up in about 45 seconds and ran very nice and smooth.
i ran it for 5 minutes and then applied a 1500 watt heater to it, it ran nice and crisp sounding,i measures voltage at 122 Volts and frequency at 59.6Hz.
So far i am really pleased with this purchase.
December 18, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CorR Bought this based on other reviewers and am very satisfied
Started up in about 4 pulls. I think this may have been because how we put the oil in. But once it started it took about 3 minutes and it was purring perfectly. Didn't fill the gas gauge so I can't say whether or not it displays the correct amount, because I read some other people said that there gauge was showing different from what they had put in. Applied half a load with a 1500 watt heater and the generator didn't hardly budge. Very happy for the price. Seems like it's built well too.
January 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Druidfew Happy so far!!
We had a monster of a generator, needed to go smaller so us gals could handle it...well this was a great purchase, two "girls" put it together easily. AND it fired right up, first pull, nice and quiet to...haven't had a snow storm to try it running the fridge and freezer but what we did try it ran without a hiccup.
January 21, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sohail Awesome Buy!!
Easy to get it assembled.
Very quite compare to other generators of its class.
Great price for great machine.
July 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Stan1946 So far, so good.
After 35 years of really limited power outages we were hit hard twice last year. We had a 4.5 day outage after the east coast derecho and a 22 hour outage after Sandy. We borrowed a 2,000 watt Honda generator during the first outage. That was enough to power our refrigerator, a light and a fan. When I saw this 3,000 watt generator as a Black Friday deal I figured how can I go wrong. It's not much of an investment even if I never have to use it.
After it arrived I put in gas and oil. It started on the first pull. The noise level was low enough that when I went in the house and closed the door I could barely hear it. I checked the voltage and it was around 125v, which seemed a bit high. I called the information number in the manual and they told me that was right in the range that it should be to allow for some voltage drop when operating at full capacity. I plugged in a 60 watt bulb (.5 amp), a 2.5 amp fan and an 11 amp pancake air compressor. All worked well and did not seem to stress the generator. Time will tell whether this was worth the money for emergency backup. Based on my testing of the generator out of the box, I am satisfied with both the performance and quality.
One last note. It is heavy and not very portable without wheels. I wound up purchasing a furniture dolly (click on thumbnail photo on right) from Home Depot. It fit on it perfectly and I can easily wheel it from garage to my driveway for use.
January 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Adam Best value of the small generators
You can watch my video review & set-up for this generator at the link below. I got this just for a backup in the event my home power went out. It won't run my house, but it will let the fridge recharge and I can microwave food and use a portable heater if I want. You don't need to run a generator all day to keep your fridge cold. Refrigerators will keep food cold much longer than you think if you keep the door shut. So its best to only open it in the morning and at night. Then recharge the fridge in the morning and at night. That way you are saving a lot of gasoline if there is an emergency. If you have watched any natural disaster news reports, you know gas is always at a premium. It's not very loud, as far as generators go.
I had a few questions and the phone number provided in the manual was a big help. They picked up right away and the guy on the phone was super helpful. So the company is there if you need them. These do go on sale from time to time so if you are not ready to buy, just keep an eye out. But at the same time, don't put it off too long, because you never know when you will need it!
March 22, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RonJ The generator is a little noisy but does do the job
I read the reviews from this web site and decided to make the purchase of the 3000 watt portable generator. On a recent camping trip I ran the generator off and on periodically for 3 days without any problems. When you walked around the camp site you could hear a noticeable difference in the sound quality between trailers being powered by a Honda generator and ours. But for the difference in price and how many times a year that we might run a temporary generator this unit worked extremely well when we needed it.
August 12, 2014