Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 219
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 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 HandyMan Initial impression - very pleased.
The unit was easy to assemble. I love the electric start and the auto idle. When it doesn't have an electrical load it idles down which saves on gasoline, wear and tear, and is quieter. I've been using it to run a table saw, chop saw and an air compressor. I also bought it to be backup power for the house.
I've only used it for a few hours, but it seems to be of very high quality.
It is a very heavy unit, but it is well balanced and easy to roll around with the handle. My biggest challenge is how to load/unload from my truck.
March 25, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ChrisL Good, Powerful, Reliable Generator at a good price.
I bought this unit in 2005, and as of 2015 it is still performing well. I've used it for several multi-day outages here in the Northeast US. It runs most of my house when power's out through the 30A output, including a 220v/20A well pump (I shut off the electric dryer and water heater ). The only time I've ever had an issue starting it was in -5 degree F weather - it did start after about 10-15 pulls though. The handle makes it pretty easy to roll around as well.
Overall, very happy with this generator. It's noisier than most of the higher priced alternatives, but I can deal with that in an emergency.
Pros: Power, price, reliability, portability
February 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kelly great generator
-I bought this unit to run my well pumps for PSI testing and water on my lot while we build our new home this year. It runs both pumps and the LCD readout feature is nice to monitor the output and power limits.
-The unit is big and at 221lbs its a heavy beast too.
-In low idle its reasonably quiet and at full RPM its loud but that's to be expected from a 6800w gen.
-As others stated the zero gravity handle helps you move it like a hand truck which is great for us taller people. With the nice sized tires it pulls through most any terrain nicely.
-My only complaint thus far is the Homedepot.com shipping. The unit was late and would not ship to store on the original dates given so I went to the distribution center to pick it up myself. It was either that or wait 3 more days with an open 450 ft trench and backhoe scheduled around this generators ETA. I then waited 3 hours for the guys to find it at the distribution center.
February 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 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
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by NHHomeowner IMPRESSIVE
After a power outage was predicted to last up to five days (actually lasted three), I purchased this on-line for store pickup. It is heavy so you'll need help loading and unloading it. However, once I got it home and put the wheels on it moves very easily. Very little assembly needed (wheels, feet, hook up battery, and fill with oil (provided)). After filling with gas, hit the start button and it came to life within two seconds. Ran it for the next two days, stopping it only to fill with gas. It ran flawlessly and supplied my entire house (well pump, furnace, refrigerator, etc.) with electricity without a strain. Gas consumption rate was as advertised; used 6.5 gals of 7.5 gal capacity during 12 hour runs. This is second Rigid product I've bought (other product being cordless drill) and I have been impressed with both.
December 17, 2014