Rated 4.2 out of 5Â by 189
Rated 5 out of 5Â by mbinny Works well
I ordered this when it was the deal of the day, just before Hurricane Sandy was announced. Delivered in 4 days, just before the storm for which I was glad as I have been without power for 5 days now. It works very well. I don't know how to determine load, but I have been getting about 6.5 hours per tank running the refrigerator, tv,computer, and alternating the freezer and pellet stove. I love the propane as you can't get gasoline in this area and propane doesn't give the gas fumes and is safer to transport than gas. It is easy to operate and change oil. I do wish it came with wheels but I put it on a flat bed dolly and it moved easily.
November 3, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Shemp Great generator
This generator came with low expectations. I bought it on sale at a ridiculously low price. However, it has turned out to be a gem. I use at my off grid cabin in the San Luis Valley. It starts every time. It's not a loud generator. It goes through practically no oil. It's not as pretty as a Honda or other high price generators, but it runs like a charms and powers everything I put to it: all power tools, including a massive hammer drill, microwave, etc. Finally, it runs forever on a single tank of propane. I used it building the cabin for probably three hours a day over two weeks. This is a great generator.
August 19, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by DonP What I expected
Have only started it twice, after adding oil and checking screws and bolts for tightness. Took only six moderate pulls to start the first time, and two or three after that. Runs quieter than many others I've been around, and the exhaust fumes are not as pungent as a gasoline powered generator. In a power outage, I'll be glad I have it.
January 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Matt OUTSTANDING CHOICE
I bought this unit to power a hot dog truck. Running the propane generator vs the gas generator was one third the cost. While propane may be different prices in different places, there's no doubt that this unit is much less expensive to run than one that uses gas. I ran this unit for twelve months at least six hours a day and I can say this with confidence: There is NO BETTER VALUE! The unit runs for approximately 15 hours on a twenty pound propane tank. I have read many reviews that reported less hours of running time on a tank and my only response could be that you got ripped off when buying your propane. People should be aware that if they do a tank exchange they will only get fifteen pounds, OR LESS, in the tank (thus resulting in less run time). Take your tank to a reputable dealer and have them fill the tank on a scale or with a meter and you will get a full tank. As for ease of use, what could be simpler? The unit provides all the power anyone could need in a power down situation, off the grid, or dry camping. I have used this generator during multiple power outages and it has never let me down. It will run a refrigerator, a freezer, an air conditioner, TV, DVD player and computer at the same time. I know this because I have done it. If you need to use a microwave or hot plate simply unplug something else. I have not needed to connect my oil burner yet because I haven't needed to, but will if I get a power outage in cold weather. Adding up the watts on each unit will tell you how much you can plug in. Now I have an extreme number of hours on my unit, much more than any homeowner would ever use in a lifetime, and with routine maintenance, the unit lasts and runs well. On the down side I can report that the pull start is made poorly. Plastic parts fail. I have replaced mine twice. I ran it so much that some of the metal parts failed, cracked, and broke off from the constant vibration (but I have run this so many hours I didn't mind fixing these problems). Additionally, maintaining this unit requires regular oil changes, an occasional spark plug, clean the filter and a valve adjustment. Adjusting the valves is as easy as removing the cover and you have access to the adjustment nuts. takes five minutes. Also, remember to "exercise" the generator at least monthly to maintain the magnetism in the generator. On the Up Side, I live in an area that had no gas during two storms, and when the power went out I had no problem with my propane. I have three twenty pound tanks. Running the generator for five hours a day, I have a nine day supply. During one storm we had three feet of snow, no power, and no worries. I am so impressed with this unit I am saving up for the 7000W unit they make and will have a transfer switch installed. There will always be someone who gets a bad unit, or a faulty one (that is to be expected). However, I have three friends who were so impressed with my unit that they purchased the same unit and have all enjoyed it and have had no complaints. Additionally, if you buy it through Home Depot, you can return it for a full refund. If there is anyone out there that wants to throw theirs away, let me know and I'll take it quick, fast and in a hurry. But I don't see too many reviews saying they're gonna throw them out. It has a Chinese clone engine, so parts are available. Anyone who can read a parts diagram can get parts. If your lawnmower shop cant fix it, FIRE THEM and find a good one. With respect to clean power? Probably not, but I haven't hurt any electronic devices using mine (including my plasma TV, cell phones, computers) I will warn you, and the owners manual clearly states this, do NOT HAVE ANYTHING PLUGGED INTO THE GENERATOR DURING START UP OR SHUT DOWN. I think everyone would agree that the frequency and voltage will vary during these times. If you have a fuel gauge on your propane tank you will know when the tank is empty and can unplug more sensitive items before the tank runs out. As with ANY portable generator, it should not be run unsupervised. That is, don't go to bed and leave it running till the fuel runs out. Do NOT run this unit indoors. It is not made to run in foul weather, but a simple cover can be made from inexpensive plywood or other materials. I have run this in the rain, snow, wind... you name it, I ran it. Just shield it from the elements and you will be happy. Also, please ground your unit. You can do this by simply attaching a wire to a water pipe and to the grounding nut on the generator (safety first). As far as mobility, a simple dolly bolted to the bottom will solve that issue, they are under ten dollars if you shop. Is it noisy? Its a 7HP motor. Its gonna be as loud as a lawn mower, but will that bother you while your watching TV eating hot food in a comfortable environment? I think not. and I would assume the only people who would think poorly of the volume would be people looking at your well lit house from a dark house. They would just be jealous. In conclusion, It isn't made like a tank, but will last a long time if properly cared for. It is heavy but doable. It supplies most of a households needs in an emergency situation. Customer service is adequate, but if you call during a hurricane your gonna have a problem (did you really thing that there's that many people working there to answer the phone?) I could not be happier with my purchase, my friends are happy, and I think you would be happy. Thank you for your time
August 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by gduckd I did not know what to expect.
I own a a 32 travel trailer and my biggest concern was running the a/c with this unit. Not only did it run the a/c, it ran everything that was progressively turned on. I did trip the 20 amp breaker when the water heater kicked in on electric. No problem, I switched the HWH to propane and the generator ran flawlessly running everything in the rig. Clean, quiet, no gasoline to deal with. Absolutely a best buy for my family.
June 25, 2013