Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 66
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bert everything I expected and more
I did extensive study before buying this generator and so far it meets all my expectations. I have not had the opportunity to use it in an emergency but I have tried it out by shutting off utility power. It handled all of my home's needs without any complications -- this includes simultaneous running of two propane furnaces, two refrigerators, an in-ground well water pump and a 50" plasma tv. I had my electrician run a separate line to power a trouble light near my service box so when I crank up the generator, I have immediate light where I need to make the switch from utility to generator service. I am a very happy camper at home.
November 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Good Value-Easy to Set Up
Just had this delivered and was pleasantly surprised how quick and easy it was to set up, put on wheels and handles. Putting the propane hose on requires a little effort. There isn't a lot of room to turn the wrench, but even with that it only took a minute. Great that it comes with a battery and oil which other similarly priced units don't come with. I hope it works as good as it was easy to put together. Had a quick question and called customer support.
They were terrific.
March 6, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Red71 So far so good!
So far I am VERY impressed! Easy to assemble. A few people commented on how hard it was to hook up the hose for Propane, I happened to have one of the faucet wrench's. Made that simple! Everything worked as it should. Hopefully I wont need to use it.
January 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Excellent Dual-Fuel Generator!
I purchased this generator approximately 1 year ago to power my 30'X40' barn/shop that I built to support my 40 acre farm. I was able to pick this up for $750 on one of the sales that Home Depot had, and that made this an exceptional buy.
I bought this specific model because of the dual-fuel option, and the ability to store propane for long periods of time. Gas (especially with 10% ethanol) goes bad within a couple of months, and it can cause huge issues with gumming up your carburetor, damaging your engine, etc. I also love the propane option because it's no mess! No worries about spilled fuel or gas smell. I bought two 100 lb propane tanks tanks, and this generator runs like a champ on the propane.
Set-up of the generator was pretty easy. It took me less than 30 minutes to have it up and running. Mine came with a battery, connector to keep your battery plugged into a 12 volt wall socket, oil, the wheel kit, a propane hose with regulator, and electric start. I didn't realize when I first bought this that it was electric start, and I am VERY happy with this feature. Mine starts at the first turn of the key and within 3-4 seconds, no matter how hot or cold it is outside. I keep the generator inside and under cover when not in use, and I change the oil every 40 hours (which is about once a week). I use Mobile 1 synthetic oil, but you can fun whatever oil you prefer. I prefer Mobile 1 because the generator has no filter, and I just feel safer using the synthetic oil over other brands.
Start-up is easy. For me, with the propane, I just hook up the supplied hose to the propane tank, pull out the choke, turn the key for 3-4 seconds, and the generator starts. I push in the choke right after it starts and it runs like a champ.
It also is very fuel efficient on the propane. During the summer, I run my generator most of the day to keep my 12'X30' shop air conditioned and cool. The generator barely even blinks when I run the air, even with all of the interior, exterior and flood lights. I have run power tools and other electronics (including my microwave) with the air on and it still doesn't bog down. I am VERY, VERY happy with the performance of this engine. I am running the generator about 40 hours a week, and I can get 2-3 weeks out of a 100 lb tank of propane on average (about 16-18 hours per 20 lb tank if you want the conversion for the smaller tanks). Obviously, if I am using heavy load it will be less than that, and I have gotten better than that in the winter time with no AC to run.
Changing the oil is pretty easy. There is an oil drain plug at the bottom of the engine, and I just loosen the plug, start the engine and warm it up for a minute or 2, remove the plug all the way, drain all the oil out (while warm) into a drain pan, tilt it slightly towards the drain plug and let it sit for 15 minutes to make sure everything is out, replace and lightly tighten the plug, and then refill with a fresh quart of Mobil 1. Again, there is no oil filter with this type of generator. It is VERY important you change the oil every 40 hours to make sure you get any wearing material, shavings, and sludge out of the engine.
As I said, I have had this for 1 year now and have run it in every type of weather, including snow, rain, 90+ degree heat, etc. I have had ZERO issues with this generator. It starts every time, it has never shut off or over-heated, and it runs everything I need it to run to support my barn/shop.
I would buy this generator again, and I am actually thinking of purchasing a 2nd one as a back-up generator for my home. I highly recommend this generator if you want the dual-fuel option, want something easy to maintain, and a generator that will handle most anything you throw at it.
January 22, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FLY1216 Good quality, Good price
Picked up at store and two guys lifted it into my truck. Was able to unpack and get set up in about 15-20 minutes. A bottle of oil was included with just the right amount to fill the engine - was able to fill crankcase without spilling a drop. I also topped off the battery with a charger, BEFORE connecting the battery terminals (per instructions). After connecting to the LP tank, the unit started cold WITHOUT choking (per LP starting instructions). I connected to the Generac Transfer Switch with a 30 amp cord having L14-30 plugs and flipped on circuits to the refrigerator, freezer and furnace. Everything worked flawlessly. Even if this unit is never used in the next 10 years, it is worth the peace of mind knowing I can keep warm, keep food from spoiling and even cook it in the microwave if we do have an extended outage. The LP option also avoids the problem of keeping a supply of fresh gasoline on-hand. In our last major outage, I had to drive 5 miles to find a station that had power and it was a 30 minute wait to get to the pumps.
January 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Ease Assembly-Great Customer Service
I was amazed at how easily and quickly I was able to assemble the wheel kit and handles, I also had a few questions from Smarter Tools technical support. E-mailed them and got a quick response.
The only thing that took a couple of minutes was securing the propane hose. It was not as difficult as some reviews stated, but you need to make quite a few small turns with the wrench as it is a bit tight around the fitting. I am going to keep the hose attached to the unit with a wire as it might be difficult in bad weather or the dark to attach it. I asked tech. support if I should change the oil after a one hour break-in period as I read some people did. They said no. The oil provided is in their terms "break-in oil" and that I should leave it in for the first 20 hours.
March 13, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JJones328 Great generator!
Was very easy to setup, took about 10 min to attach wheels and handle. Started right up using propane. Haven't used it with gas yet because I don't want it to set with gasoline in the carb. I bought this for instances when we loose power in the house. It is capable of powering my fridge, deep freezer, and portable heater all at the same time with some power to spare. I love the fact that it is dual fuel. Propane burns so much cleaner and if I run out then switch over to gasoline. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars because I wish it had some sort of throttling function so that it would throttle down as the load decreases which would increase the run time. Noise level isn't that bad either for a generator of this size. It comes with everything you need to get started except power cord and fuel. Even comes with a 110v power cord to charge the supplied battery. It is heavy though, around 200 pounds. So keep that in mind when you go to pick it up.
February 21, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by joe69 nice product
great features. a little louder than I thought it would be
November 18, 2014