Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 4
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Marc Came Ready to Use. Add Oil, Add Gas and GO!
This is my first Generator. Price and features were important. I plan on using it for small tasks at the Cabin. Run an occasional Small A/C Unit, hand tools and a Compressor. I will use it at home for power outages to run essential items like Refrigerator & lights. This unit should last many years with the planned uses.
Out of the box the assembly was straight forward. All the parts were there. Even oil. Very easy instructions! Put the feet on, fold down handles & wheels on and then installed the provided battery. Read Starting Instructions. Add Oil and Gas. Turn on gas, pull the rope a few times to get fuel into the carb. Pull the choke, hit the key and VAROOM!. Started right up.
I let the machine run for 30 minutes. Checked for fuel & oil leaks. Found no leaks. Checked the 110 outlets and they all are working fine. The hour meter / volt and power meter works as it should. All the power is within the limits. NICE! Even comes with a plug in 12 volt lead with clips for charging batteries while its running. This will be nice for charging Game Feeder Batteries. Has Low Oil Shut Off and Light.
For the money this is a great value. 2 year warrantee included. You have to pay for that at the discount stores on their generators. 90 days is all they provide with the purchase.
September 14, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Flyingvan Only 4800 watts max
The online write-up clearly states 30 amp outlets--my unit arrived with 20 amp outlets. All 4 circuit breakers are wired in series and go through two 20 amp breakers--it is impossible to get more than 4800 watts out of the unit without tripping the breakers. Online help told me if I bought the wrong unit, return it and buy the right one....Factory help admitted they had to change the breakers because the 30 amp were too big (which is true. 25 would be perfect) but they are sending me the 30 amp breakers no charge to change out myself and assure me the wiring will handle it and won't void warranty.
Very good unit but if I'm paying for a 6500 peak generator I think it's reasonable to expect more than 4800 watts without major surgery on the unit
September 24, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mark A practical way to get electricity
This is not the most refined looking or built generator but I like the green color. It was difficult to attach the propane gas line. You may have to unscrew the manifold bracket and pull it out in order to get a wrench on the gas line nut.
Other than that the thing fired right up.
October 29, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DocZ Good product so far
- it works. I hooked it to my recently installed transfer switch and put some heavy loads across the 2 120v legs (a 1800 watt oven on one leg and a +1000 watt microwave + refrigerator which was running, but did not start, on the other leg) and the generator handled it easily as it should. The connection was made with about 80' of 4-#10 extension cord. I have 3-40 LB propane tanks which should give me a lot of time. It costs about $33/tank for fills in the San Francisco area.
I only have about 50 minutes on the generator. I plan to cycle it for 20 minutes/month. It is using a far bit of oil, but it is probably due to not being broke in yet.
- The 12v charging cord that comes with the generator is nice and the battery starts the engine even after 1 month. I did a cord start on a cold engine to make sure it works - second pull and it was running. I also have a trickle charger I can use to keep the battery topped if if necessary.
- It is easy to wheel around for a 100' or less on solid ground.
- I cannot speak to oil changes and maintenance - yet.
It's a very good product except for noise - see below.
- It's noisy, more so than I thought it was going to be. I am running with propane and even when it is running in a composite, horizontal shed with double walls, it's noisy. The manufacturers could have done a better job with the muffler. You do not want to get close to the generator when it is running for more than a moment without ear protection.
- There are no bolt points to mount my own exhaust tubing and muffler. The muffler is necessary given my suburban setting. I would not want to subject my neighbors to the noise. I bought a small muffler with very little flow resistance and some stainless steel flex tubing to run the exhaust through an opening in the shed wall I have to cut. My home made exhaust is not cheap at around $200 by the time it is finished (exhaust tubing, muffler, gasket material, exhaust wrap, stainless no-hub sleeves, water heater fitting on shed wall). Fingers cross this cuts down noise without excessive back pressure.
- The exhaust pipe is also necessary if I want to exhaust some of the engine heat to outside the shed. The horizontal shed interior turns into a toaster even if I open the doors and crack the top to let out exhaust and heat. I suspect exhausting outside the shed will help a lot, but if it is still too hot, I will have to add some vents to keep it cool. I would rather not open the top and doors, especially in rainy weather.
- Connecting the propane line to the generator is awkward because of its location (that is why I am not giving it a 100% on ease of use). I connected it and plan to never unscrew the generator-side connection - ever - only the tank side. I do not plan to use gasoline - propane only. This is really not an issue after the hassle of the one-time tubing installation.
- Pay attention to the weigh. This is not a feather weight, but it's easy to move around (see above) on the supplied wheels with the supplied handles.
- The ground and neutral are not bonded at the generator (from a phone call to the distributor). You need to know this if you hook it up to a transfer switch box leading into one of your house panels. The ground-neutral bond will occur in your home wiring at the service panel (if your home is wired correctly).
- It stinks - really. The generator has a powerful smell when not running. When I received it I stored it in the garage for a few weeks and I had to open the garage door when working there because of the powerful, somewhat nauseating smell. I suspect this is a newness smell that will dissipate over time as it seems to be less intense a few months and 50 minutes of run time later.
- I bought a Reliance outdoor 14-30 inlet which I bolted to the side of the house. Through conduit I ran 4-#8 to a Reliance switch box with two watt meters to monitor the two 120v legs. This will help me keep a reasonable balance on the generator, or suggest a re-wiring in my sub-panel if necessary to get a good balance. I used #8 from the inlet to the switch box just in case my #10 extension cord does not handle loads and I decide to upgrade to a #8 cord. My line drop look ups indicate, however, the #10 over 80' should work fine with a less than 3% voltage drop.
October 15, 2013