Rated 4 out of 5Â by 195
Rated 5 out of 5Â by HeyOldMan RIDGID Genset Standing Hurricane Alert
Starts first time - every time (rope or battery), instructions (package) clear and accurate, 'Idle-down' keeps noise level comfortable, controls simple and convenient to operate, carries 6-7K with no problem (will handle anything I have to put on it), compact - weight well balanced - easy to move around, convenient to service.. . . and good looking, too. I'm running it wired direct to home main frame (30 amp) and using it for public utiities back-up (hurricanes). As a test (unintentionally), I ran the RIDGID Genset four hours (local power was actually off) washing two motor vehicles, which required use of a 1hp-220 pump as well as an electric power washer (+ 3 refrigerators, a freezer, and misc fans, lights, etc.), without a problem.
August 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by john nice genrator
i brought this generator home i couldnt get it started, a mechanic friend of mine said to just give it a couple of good bounces up and down, sometimes the float in carburetor gets stuck, because parts come prelubricated and cause the float to get stuck to bottom of carburetor, i did it and it worked, machines starts on first time every time now, i just wanted to post this quick fix so you can try it as a quick fix if you ever have same problem.
August 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by diy25 Good quality generator
Easy to assemble. I hooked it up to my whole house transfer switch and it had no problems powering loads up to the capacity of the unit. Not that loud at full throttle. After a two hour test run, I did not experience the stalling problem that other reviewers mentioned. Two minor annoyances: 1. The oil packaged with the unit is labeled 10W-30. It is more like a straight 30 weight (or greater), which is not recommended by the manufacturer. It poured out like honey. In place of this, I used a real 10W-30 that I bought elsewhere. 2. To drain the fuel tank, the manual instructs you to push out the fuel shutoff valve, remove the fuel line, and connect your drain line. There is not enough slack in the lines to allow this to happen. Other than these two issues, I like the unit and would recommend it to others.
March 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Krlmrl Great product
Easy to set up, easy to use. Great for running our house when the power goes out. Hooked it to the panel and we are able to run the fridge, lights, the heat (if needed), runs the well, and most anything else we need to use. Love it!
May 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by RostyVyg Worth Its Weight in Gold!
It was an impulse buy before hurricane Irene and now I am so glad I got it!. It was powering my home 4 days during and after Irene, 11 days during and after Sandy (Long Island, NY), half a day here and there during minor power outages and it is, actually, purring outside now - major outage in the area - a truck hit an electrical pole and took down power in the whole neighborhood last night. I have an older model without electrical start - same Yamaha engine and AVG generator. I had a manual transfer switch installed at my power panel and connect generator to it with 30 Amp 220V wire when necessary. When not needed it sleeps in my garage tucked in the corner. Starts always on a second pull regardless of temperature. Works in any weather - from scorching heat to a blizzard. Voltage and frequency of the output power is strict up to standards - I check that with a multimeter every time I run it. It powers: lights in the whole house, two refrigerators, microwave, electric oven, coffee maker, in-sink garbage disposer, trash compactor, two sum pumps of the French drain, boiler burner, two TV's, WI-FI router, a computer, two monitors, one in-wall AC unit. The only things that are not hooked up to it are central AC and electrical dryer (although now I think that electrical drier would work too - with some smart power management). I always add 2 oz of Stabil per tank when fueling and have two 5 gallon containers of fuel with Stabil added in reserve. After I use the generator I run it idle, then switch off fuel supply and wait until the carburetor runs dry before storing it till next time. If I don't use it for a year I replace fuel in the tank. I also only use synthetic oil Mobil 1 5-30 for oil changes - extra few bucks here guarantee long and happy life :-)
September 25, 2014