Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 143
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sebastian 3 years 3 pulls.
My basement flooded 3 years ago. I bought this to run my sump pump when the power goes out. I try to run it once a year to make sure it is getting a little exercise and to make sure it works . We lost power a couple days ago. Keep in mind I never run it dry of gas. I put some newish gas in it the other night, started in 3 pulls. It is a little loud, unless you have a thousand dollars for a gas powered inverter i challenge you to try to find a quite generator. They dont exist. This was a cheap option for a lot of watts. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
April 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TT 7,000-Watt Gasoline Powered Electric Start Portable Generator
Assembled and secured wheel kit in only a few minutes. Poured oil to recommended level, poured in gas enough for engine to start and run for a few minutes. Generator started on 3rd pull and ran fine. I checked the voltage and tested a tool for proper operation.
August 30, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hootowl So far it seems good
So far everything seems good ,haven't ran it very long yet .
August 17, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RJH Electric Start - 12 Hr Run Time
Bought generator as backup for power outages. Have not yet had to use it. I am replacing a manual start generator. Old one also had a much smaller fuel tank.
April 22, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Huntin Good value purchase
The unit came in a box which was very heavy and took time to load in my truck. Putting the few parts that came in the box on to the generator was very easy but early on I found a number of small parts missing. A call to the 800 number left me wondering if I had made a mistake in this purchase. The operator didn't understand the parts I was missing and the tech she spoke to could not help me unless I sent pictures of the missing parts?. So I took the booklet to my local hardware and picked up what I needed. With all the parts installed. Once the wheels and handle were installed the generator moved very easy. Then filled it with gas and oil and I was ready. The generator started on the second pull on its first try and has started on the first try ever since. The unit has enough power to handle my need for backup power at my home or cabin.
February 10, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by rkintex Great generator easy start plenty of power
Generator is easy to pull start usually two to three pulls. Plenty of wattage to run all of my tools and or appliances. It runs noisy. Have to set it away from work area. .
February 10, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MrChristopher Great Value
Item sale price made it a great value. I followed others' advice and inspected the box contents before leaving the store. Everything that was shipped was in the box and in mint condition. Battery for electric start must be purchased separately as does the starter oil. Test run at home - cranked right up and ran without incident. Only disappointment is that I thought it was advertised as duel fuel option (gas and lp).
January 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FlatPossum If you are looking to STORE a generator until you need it - THIS IS IT!
If you are looking to STORE a generator until you need it – THIS IS IT!
This is not my first generator, I have owned several. One has lasted me for 25 years! It was rarely used, but always ready to go – until here lately... I figure after 25 years, it has an excuse to go see the friendly guy at my local lawn mower shop.
But I wanted something BIGGER! I wanted something easier to store! I wanted something my wife could just flip a switch (OK, its a big one out at the pole) and turn a key and voila! Power when we need it!
I wanted something larger than the little 3kw Briggs unit I have relied on for my freezers and refrigerators and stand by use. I needed something portable that we could handle. I needed something we could take with us camping.
We live on a little farmlet in the middle of nowhere. We lose power often, sometimes for long periods of time. Something can happen 10-20 miles from us and we lose power. It's just part of living in the middle of nowhere...
I went shopping for a new generator. Something I wouldn't have to add chemicals to the gasoline or diesel for long term storage. I wanted something LOW maintenance and something that was easy to work on if the need arose. I wanted a name brand engine I could get service and parts for in the far future. I wanted something I could put away with little fuss and yank it out in a hurry if and when I needed it. I wanted something so easy to use my wife would have no trouble when and if I wasn't around.
THIS GENERATOR HITS THE MARK ON ALL COUNTS!
First and foremost – it runs on PROPANE. It has an easy to hook up to fitting that you can hook up the hose rig for a bottle OR you can hook it up to an alternate propane source! Our local LP gas company installed a hose rig with a regulator so I can roll this over to our big monster tank that feeds all the buildings on the farm and just hook it up in a matter of seconds. OR I can toss it in the truck to take to the other farms and use it off a bottle. There are aftermarket hose/regulator rigs that will allow you to hook up MULTIPLE tanks – look for them at RV supply stores and have someone help you if you don't know what you are doing. High pressure propane is nothing to play around with...
Second – it is electric start. I put an old motorcycle battery on it and it started right up! I stuck an old computer UPS battery on it and it started right up! I then tried just sort of jump starting it off of a tractor with just jumper cables connected to the dangling battery terminal wires on the generator – it started right up! Obviously it doesn't take all that many amps to get the engine started! My wife can literally walk over and cut off the mains with a big switch on the pole we installed and then hit the key start on the generator and she has power for about 20 days if we don't use the propane heaters in the houses.
Third – right size! This unit is heavy, but not so heavy that you can't toss it in the back of the pickup truck with a helper. It really is a 2-man move no matter what! But it is light enough to be easily rolled around by just about anyone of adult stature – even through the lawn grass. I wanted something portable and store-able, this unit fit that need.
Fourth – Fuel efficient. This unit swallows less propane than my old 3kw gasoline rig per hour. That means that we have about 20 days worth of power on our existing tank on the farm. I can live with that! That also means we don't need to carry as many bottles with us for a weekend camp out somewhere.
Fifth – it can take a load! I own a small farm and several larger operations. I DEPEND on my equipment! One of the first things I did was load this unit up with about 50 amps worth of load. I wanted to see it stumble, if it was going to. It barely blinked an eye... Even when the big 220v water pump kicked in – it just changed RPM's slightly and kept right on...
Sixth – Multiple starting options. Everything breaks – I don't care who you are or how much money you spent on something, the truth is, everything requires maintenance and everything will eventually break. Even my old trusty 25 year old generator had to give up sometime, that's why I bought THIS one! This unit can be pull started or key started – batteries don't last forever in storage! You will be able to get parts for this engine for many years.
A bit of advice, if I may... If you are looking to buy this and it is going to be used at home - Have an electrician install a big manual cut-over switch for your generator – no matter what kind you buy. Automatic switches are NOT your friend in hurricane and storm conditions where the power may come and go – surges come with the territory. With the manual switch, YOU decide when to cut over, and then back again. You also don't want to electrocute some poor lineman trying to work on downed power lines when he THINKS he has a cold cable to work with! INSTALL A SWITCH! You need to be able to totally isolate your home from the main power lines. Do NOT depend on your main breaker panel to cut you off the mains!
Also, make a little “hut”. Just a simple little roofed structure with screens and vents rigged so rain doesn't easily get into it. Think BIG dog house! Mine has a couple of hose hangers – one for the electric hook up cable, one for the hose rig going to the big monster propane tank that feeds the farm. But it is small enough and light enough so that me and a helper can EASILY lift it move it, flip it over or what have you. This will protect the generator from enough rain and keep it dry enough to operate when you really need it to – in an emergency.... Just don't tell the meter reader that there isn't a dog in the dog house under the meter! That will be our little secret...
Also, whether it needs it or not, change the oil every spring – period. Even if you don't use it. And run it every once in a while – just to make it oil itself – go ahead play with it... It will need exercise too!
I know I will get quite a few years out of mine. It seems solidly built and with the proper care and maintenance, it will probably outlive my old 3kw gasoline generator who still hasn't managed to make it into my friendly mower shop repair man for repair.
25 years is a hard mark to achieve... We shall see...
November 6, 2012