Rated 4.2 out of 5Â by 179
Rated 5 out of 5Â by kscoggin Great for Tailgating - As Quiet As They Say
In researching generators for tailgating, the one consistent note of feedback I received was "Get a Honda or else." Honda generators were the gold standard as far as one of the major features, i.e. noise level.
I just purchased this generator with the hopes that I wouldn't be disappointed. While I knew the Hondas were the most quiet, I just couldn't justify the $1,000+ investment for a maximum six time per year use with tailgating.
I am absolutely thrilled with the Ryobi. We pulled the generator less than 100 feet away from our tailgating tent and heard absolutely NO noise. It was easy to start, and the pull handle made it very easy to transport.
September 2, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Oldbiker1 Seems to meed my needs
I was looking for an alternative to paying over $1000 for a new lighter & quiet generator to use with our travel trailer to take instead of the 40 year old workhorse contractor generator I have been using. Based on reviews, both the good and the bad, I decided to give this one a try. I have found that Honda and Yamaha have their share of problems also, so I am of the mind that good prep of the generator before starting will help things along.
I read that several people had issues with oil leaks and hard starting, so let me address those. Some of the boxes appeared that they had been dropped, so I picked on that was unmarked. Being dropped could crack the crankcase and cause an oil leak, so be careful there.
I have my own method for starting a new small engine, which includes removing the spark plug, putting an ounce or so of oil into the cylinder and turn the engine over a few times without the spark plug in. On taking out the plug, I checked the gap and it was .21. The book calls for .30. If this was the case on other machines, this would account for hard starting and rough running. I have had neither problem since using the generator, and I suspect that it will run better when I replace the stock plug with an NGK or Autolite. The stock plug looks cheap, in my opinion, and cheap Chinese plugs tend to have an iron core than a copper core. Yes, I do know that NGK and Autolite have their names on plugs made in China, but they have copper cores. It makes a huge difference in spark quality.
Next, get rid of the oil that comes with it, and go get a good synthetic oil in the proper weight to use in it. Only God knows where the oil in the box came from. I will also put a little two stroke oil in with the fuel for the first couple of tanks, but a small engine run for the first time can have the cylinder walls scored until the oil gets up there to lubricate. This helps, in my opinion. Reminder that the book says never to mix oil in the gas. I'm just an old guy that does things based on experience. As far as draining and refilling with oil, it's not any more difficult than other generators I have used or not any harder than changing the oil on your typical lawnmower.
Another tip, when you are not going to use it for a while, meaning a couple of months or more, DRAIN THE FUEL AND RUN IT DRY! If you know it's going to be your last tank for a while, run it with some fuel stabilizer, but don't count on stabilizer to keep the fuel fresh for too long. I don't know how many times I have had people come to me and complain that they used a good fuel stabilizer in their stored engine. Maybe for a month or so, but with the quality of fuel we have to put up with these days, don't count on it. If you have bought the generator for an emergency, then store your fuel in a well sealed steel OSHA approved container and change that out every three months or so. It doesn't take that long to put fuel in the generator if you need it for emergency power.
After using it now for a couple of trips, I find that it meets our needs and runs everything we need it to run. It will not run the roof - top air conditioner, but then again, we didn't buy it for that. Battery charging, microwaves, coffee pots, cooking appliances of all kinds if that's your thing, all good. I put a meter on the power output and it's clean and consistent at all power levels. It starts on the second or third pull when cold, first pull when warm, just remember to turn off the auto-idle function. Otherwise, it will take you several pulls to start it. You can re-engage it after it starts, however if you are going to use a high draw appliance, such as a microwave, it's better to turn off the auto - idle function before you do. I find that it is somewhat louder than a Honda and about the same as the Yamaha of the same output for similar loads, but it's much quieter than the non-inverter style of generators with similar loads. Walk a few feet away from it and you are unaware of it.
I gave it only a 3 star rating, because with a generator with a name brand on it, you shouldn't have to re-gap the plug to get it to start and run well and have to buy a good quality oil to put in it. It would probably help to have an NGK plug from the factory. It would cost an extra buck?? I realize this is made in China for Ryobi, but if you have any pride in your name, you should show it a little better.
September 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MeatSlayer Great generator gonna buy another
Runs quiet, Uses very little gas. I went camping for 5 days and ran it almost 24/7 and used only 7 gal of gas the whole trip. My friend bought 2 with the switch to hook them both together and it ran his AC and Microwave no problem. I'm going to buy another.
August 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by sequoia great product
It is very easy to use. Starts up on one or two pulls. The best feature is how quiet it runs. I have had it for almost a year and have had no problems at all. It will rum all my power tools including mitre and table saws but they have to be run individually. I would buy another.
September 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by wilbur4321 This thing has been very quiet and handled my loads great
I've been using this while replacing my electrical panel and running quite a few new wires, including having to cut old metal conduit with a sawzall and cutting big holes in my wall for new conduit. It's handled it great, with miniscule gas usage.
September 16, 2014