Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 235
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Disappointed YAMAHA MZ360 engine has governor gear breakdown issues
The Yamaha MZ360 engine has a plastic governor gear that will break after 50 - 100 hours of use causing the engine to over-rev and ultimately seize up as happened to my Ridgid Generator after 59 hours of use. When looking online after the fact, I discovered that this is a big issue with this Yamaha motor, but because there is no recall on the part (yet), and the 59 hours on the engine were outside of the warranty period, you obviously only run the generator when needed, neither Ridgid nor Yamaha wanted anything to do with the replacement of the engine. You will be stuck with a major repair bill for the engine replacement.
I thought buying a Yamaha engine was a smart move, but found out that it was a foolish thing to do. I will not buy another Yamaha engine ever.
November 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 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 4.0 out of 5.0 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 5.0 out of 5.0 by TWD913 My First Generator
After 32 years in my house, I got tired of the high number of power outages and poor service by the utility company, in recent years, so I bought this generator. It was very easy to assemble and the electric start works great. The controls are straight forward and it's easy to maneuver after the wheels are on. I still need to test it for supplying power after I have a transfer switch connected. If I encounter any problems, in testing the power supply and/or during power outages, I will update this review/ and ratings accordingly.
September 26, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JLink First Impression: So far so good!
My complaint so far is the oil. Instructions say "add entire bottle of oil" but it pours out the fill hole before the bottle is empty. It took half an hour of tilting the generator to drain excess oil until i felt comfortable with the oil level. The angle of fill hole and dip stick also makes it a bit difficult to see what the oil level is. I think that as long as you let it drain out the fill hole until it doesn't drain anymore, thats probably an okay level, but I'm no expert.
The battery was charged enough to start the generator but i decided to put it on a battery charger to top it off anyway.
The inline fuse was hanging loose, so i zip tied it to the frame. I couldn't figure out where it was supposed to be, but no big deal anyway.
I will be adding a tri-fuel conversion kit from motorsnorkel.com to run on natural gas and propane, as well as gasoline, so I'll update when that happens and when I've had a chance to actually use the generator.
Overall, I spent over a year contemplating on which generator to buy and if I really need one. (I'm a lineman for the local power company, so if my lights go out i just go to work and put them back on). But with the features of this generator, the capability, and the fact that I've recently become a big fan of Ridgid products, made this a decision I feel good about.
November 12, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by GarryDYI Good quality but needs refinement
This review is for the model RD906812B, date of manufacture 07-23-13.
After reading all positive reviews I had a feeling that I am making the right choice by spending $999 + tax at Home Depot. I still think that it was a right choice but keep reading to learn about little things about this genset that can ruin your day.
Unboxed, assembled without any issues. Satisfied 100% with product quality and clarity of instructions manual.
Added 1 and ¼ gallon of 93 octane fresh fuel (manual says 86 or higher) figuring that it will be enough for the few hours to break in engine.
Generator did not start after several attempts. In-line spark tester that I had in my tool box showed good ignition, so it must be restricted fuel supply. Looked at the fuel line, it looked kind of weird how fuel line is routed and snakes around governor of the engine. It goes slightly down from the fuel tank connection then goes up above governor and then goes down again to the carburetor. Rollercoaster for the gravity feed fuel system cannot be a good thing. Disconnected line right after filter, saw gasoline coming out, reconnected. Engine started immediately on the first try. Air bubble in the line? Could be, keep reading. Engine ran for 10 min and died, sounded like starving for fuel. Checked and double checked internet knowing about “vapor lock” issue with these gensets. Unit seemed to be with corrected vapor hose connection and red fuel filter installed. Anyway tried to start and run with fuel cap off. It starts, runs and dies after 10 of 15 min. It must be a fuel supply problem. Remember that I had only 1/8 of the tank capacity filled? So, I took off that fancy plastic cover on the side and routed fuel line around starter motor and recoil started making nice arch from fuel line making sure that it always lower than fuel tank lowest point. Genset ran non-stop for 4 straight hours to the last drop of fuel (with fuel cap tighten :-)).
Am I the only one with this problem? Seem like huge oversight in such simple issue.
November 12, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mjdl worth the simple fix !!!!!
i had to post this since there isnt any "comment" feature. the fix for this generator is a very simple one !!! i understand that spending $1000.00 on an item you would expect it to work correctly right "outta the box", but my home depot in new jersey was fixing these on-site and im assuming the ones on the floor now have already had the fuel ventilation kit installed. i looked at many other generators including generac and yamaha (which are outrageously priced) and the quality of them is not even close to this ridgid. if you find one of these gens make sure the kit was installed or have them install it,once that is done this gen works flawlessly ,great quality, great generator !!
January 21, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Wally Rigid generator w/Yamaha motor
Plenty of power to run several appliances in the home in an emergency. Digital display, to monitor the wattage used, is nice. Handle and wheels makes it convenient to move the generator around. Only con I have, the generator is louder than what was advertised. The specs read 72 decibels at idol and I measured it just over 95 at idol. Full throttle it's over 120 decibels.
October 7, 2015