Rated 3.8 out of 5Â by 13
Rated 3 out of 5Â by wideawake easy to use
overall satisfied with this generator. One problem is it is very loud. a lawn mower without a muffler is more quiet.
Good for a construction site but for backup home use keep your windows closed and your T.V. turned up, your neighbors won't like it.
October 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Skydvrz So far so good
The generator works fine, both for home emergency power and doing construction projects around my property. It easily handles my cutoff saw and air compressor at the same time. I can run pretty much the entire house, minus the central AC. I have 2 fridges, 2 freezers, septic pump and water well, plus several computers, lights, central (gas) heat, Etc. No problems so far. The detachable front panel was a disappointment - the load meter only measures the power on the 120V outlets. It does not measure the 220V outlet, so you can't check loading when it is connected to the house via a transfer box. Very heavy, but the wheels and push-bar work great for hauling it around. Easy to assemble. Buy it.
September 13, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5Â by jwkokkelink OK but noisy
The output power is in accord with stated specs. The noise is relatively high (85dBa @ 2m, half load), it has a large tank, will run during the day without refill (half load). I wonder why it has an electric start, pull the cord 10" and it's running, even my wife has no problem starting with the recoil starter.
Switching between 15% and 75% load doesn't make the lights dim, good voltage regulation.
Some shortcomings: the removable panel can start the generator but if the engine is cold it won't start without a choke, which is on the generator itself, so you have to go outside to set the choke, Oh wait.... the panel with the electric start and ON switch is inside, go inside again (someone didn't think this through, and it wasn't me).
All in all it seems to do the job (20 running hours) and the impression is that no corners were cut in the materials and components, except for the noise, highly recommended.
September 2, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5Â by stthomas Liked it until it quite making power!
We purchased 2 of these generators at Home depot 3 years ago. We had about 50 hours on one generator when the power output quit working. It runs but won't generate any power. We don't have air conditioner and replaced all of our appliances recently so only run ceiling fans, Refrigerator and water pump. Can't remember it bearing down under too much of a load. Sourced the replacement part and was quoted $500.00 for the part and $250.00- $350.00 for labor. Really disappointed. Hope the other one doesn't quit at 50 hours.
July 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Noonecares Heavy Machine, but a power house!
I just purchased this generator, and I have to say it is quite the machine. During the latest storms here in the Pacific Northwest we were out of power for about a week. I have been looking at this generator for a while for home back up power running through a manual transfer switch, plus I could use it around the property. The storm pushed me into purchasing it sooner rather than later. Anyway, once I got the generator home there is some small items I noticed that RIDGID was paying attention to detail. I am an engineer by trade so I look at these things, all the hardware on the generator has nylock nuts, and it is a very simple and effective layout. All the components are very high quality; but if you are looking for a generator that is light that you can throw into the back of your truck without any assistance, this is not one you should consider. But RIDGID designed in a ZERO gravity balance system, so even though the generator weights about 300lbs you can wheel it and move it around with little effort. This generator powers my entire house, though not everything at once. I usually power up my refrigerator, deep freezer, one lighting circuit and a TV, the generator handles that just fine. I have read a lot of complaints about the noise that this generator produces. Yes it is loud, most generators are. Honda is probably one of the quietest generators on the market, but you pay for it. The price of a 10,000kw starting, 8000kw continuous Honda will most likely be twice that of the RIDGID or more. I ran my generator outside the garage, the garage is connected to the house but it is on the far side of the house. By having a manual transfer switch and a 30amp plug wired in from the outside, I donât have to run extension cords through doors or windows. With the generator running and the family being in the house the noise is barely noticeable. Not that I really care about the noise when the power is out, as long as I can protect my food and family and maybe provide some entertainment to the kids when you have played Monopoly too many times and a move might just be better.
January 22, 2012