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DuroMax Elite 4,500 Watt 7 HP 4-Cycle Generator. DuroMax Elite 4,500 Watt 7 HP 4-Cycle Generator.

This is a DuroMax Elite 4,500 Watt 7 HP 4-Cycle Generator.

Product Description
Great for camping, RVs, sporting events, home back-up power, job sites, and more, the top-of-the-line DuroMax Elite MX4500 gas-powered generator has a 7.0-horsepower air-cooled, 4-stroke engine with a recoil start that cranks out 3,500 constant running watts of power (and a peak of 4,500 watts; learn more about wattage needs below). This generator is EPA approved with a rating of 69 dBA for quiet operation thanks to its super-quiet muffler, and it’s also safe to use in U.S. National Parks thanks to the super quiet exhaust with spark arrestor.
Note for California residents: This model is not CARB-compliant. Units sold to California must be CARB-compliant.
The MX4500 features a heavy duty steel frame roll cage with four-point fully isolated motor mounts for smooth and quiet operation. This generator is also easily portable thanks to the wheel kit with large, all-terrain knobby tires that will never deflate and a flip-up, stow-away handle. You’ll get up to 8 hours of run time (at 50 percent) from a 4-gallon tank of fuel.
The fully loaded power panel features the main controls, including RV switch, engine shutoff switch, volt meter, and circuit breaker. It offers two 120-volt, 20-amp, 3-prong outlets and one 120/240-volt, 30-amp twist-lock outlet (all NEMA Certified).
We installed this generator with a transfer switch on our house just days before the October 2011 snowstorm. We lost power for 3 days and ran the generator for about 15 hours each day. At 3,500 watts, it’s not enough to run our whole house. So, we just use it for 5 or 6 key circuits, including our fridge, heating, etc. For this purpose, it worked great. I was very impressed with how well it ran (started up on 2 – 3 pulls every time, and the engine was steady and quiet). It also was surprisingly efficient with gas. Bottom line, I highly recommend this generator.
We were without power for eight days July 2012 in central Ohio… almost a million people without power after 75 MPH winds. I bought this 3500 watt unit (4500 rating is only for surge for example when your refrigerator motor first starts it draws more power for a few seconds) to get by until AEP could get everyone restored. It ran about 10 hours on a tank of gas (3.9 gallons). I probably was drawing between 2500-3000 watts average. Surprisingly quiet too. If window closed I could barely hear it from in the house. Easy to have a conversation standing just a few feet away. Not near as noisy as my lawnmower.

Luckily we have a gas dryer and were easily able to keep laundry washed and dried as well as power all necessary (including large plasma TV) items in the house. Not enough for central air, but I’m sure it would handle a window unit. Also enough to keep the blower on a furnace working in winter… as long as you don’t have electric heat.

Started easily on the very first pull. Several days of continuous use was NO PROBLEM. I changed the oil after the first tank of gas and replaced with synthetic… do NOT break in any engine with synthetic, but after break in IMO synthetic oil will save a lot of wear in the engine.

We had temperatures over 100 degrees almost every day during the outage and this little air cooled generator was amazing… just ran and ran perfectly.

I like this unit so much I might buy a second similar unit to run just my central air conditioning…. just need to find out what size would do the job.
I ordered 3 of these through my prime account. 2 of them arrived on time and 1 of them was a day late( during the middle of a power outage of course ). I put the wheel kit on, handles, and added oil( it does not come with a bottle of oil, I had my own ). After putting the oil in and adding gas, it started on the FIRST PULL !!! This machine is much quieter than others I have saw and it works great. During a 6 day power outage it came in handy. As far as fuel consumption it holds 4 gallons of gas. I had the generator back serviced to my house for power. At night I ran a fridge, 4 ceiling fans, 2 box fans and after 8 hrs. of usage on a Full tank of gas there was still 1/2 tank of gas left. I says it will run on a 50% load for 8 hrs. on a tank, I believe it. Well again for the money I don’t think you can go wrong with this one. Family members got the other 2 I ordered, and everybody loves them !

Sportsman GEN4000LP 4000-Watt 7 HP Propane Powered Generator. Sportsman GEN4000LP 4000-Watt 7 HP Propane Powered Generator.

This is a Sportsman GEN4000LP 4000-Watt 7 HP OHV Propane Powered Portable Generator.

4000 Watt Surge/3250 watt continuous
• 10 hour run time on 50% load, propane fuel hose and regulator included
• Recoil start, circuit protection, auto fuel shut-off safety valve, Auto low oil shut down
• Two 120V AC outlet and one 12V DC outlet for battery charging
• EPA approved
• 4000 surge watts/3250 running watts, 7 HP, 4 stroke OHV, recoil start engine, delivers maximum performance
• Uses a standard gas grill style LPG tank, 5-foot Regulator hose is included in box , LPG propane tank is not included
•Air cooled, AVR automatic voltage regulation, recoil start, low oil shut off, spark arrestor, full power panel, engine shut off switch,
•Two 120 volt outlets and one 12 volt DC outlet for battery charging, Run time:10 hours at 50 percent load per 20-pounds of LPG fuel
•Overload protected outlets, Decibel rating: less than 68 decibels, EPA approved, Non-CARB compliant/Not for sale in California.
Product Description
The Sportsman Propane 4000 Watt Portable Generator can power common household appliances and power tools. It is equipped with two -120 volt outlets and a 12 volt DC outlet for battery charging. A generator of this size is ideal for small camping or tailgating parties or to have on hand in case you need some temporary power in an emergency situation. It has a 7HP 4-Stroke OHV Recoil Start engine. Its affordable but well thought out with full featured options such as Automatic Low Oil Shutdown and Automatic Voltage Regulator. It boasts an engine run time of 10 hours at 50% on a common 20Lb (gas grill type) cylinder (LPG cylinder not included). A 5 foot propane fuel hose with a regulator is included for your added convenience. The engine is surprisingly quiet; it runs at less than 68 Db. This is a great generator for anyone who needs affordable power. Propane has several distinct advantages over gas generators. Propane burns cleaner than gas engines. Carbon monoxide emissions run up to 40% lower. Propane will not degrade, so you can keep several propane tanks on hand for emergencies and store them for an unlimited amount of time. Since this generator runs on propane you never have to worry about the fuel going bad or having the carburetor getting fouled due to degenerated gas – a common problem with gas powered small engines. Unfortunately, this model cannot be converted to operate with natural gas. 4000 surge watts/3250 running watts Uses a standard gas grill style LPG tank The 7 HP, 4 stroke OHV, recoil start engine, delivers maximum performance The generator runs on clean, quiet and efficient liquid propane gas (LPG), so you never have to worry about bad gas fouling the engine 5 ft. Regulator hose is included in box LPG propane tank is not included Air cooled, AVR automatic voltage regulation, recoil start, low oil shut off, spark arrestor, full power panel, engine shut off switch, overload protected outlets Two 120 volt outlets and one 12 volt DC outlet for battery charging Run time:10 hours at 50 percent load per 20 lbs. of LPG fuel Decibel rating: less than 68 decibels EPA approved, Non-CARB compliant/Not for sale in California.
I ordered this generator a couple of days before Hurricane Irene hit and it arrived just in time. I took it out of the box, added the 20OZ of high-detergent 10-30 oil, gave it two pulls and it started right up. What surprised me was the power it has. We plugged in our basement sump pump, our neighbor’s sump pump (who’s basement already had 6 inched of water), our refrigerator, and a couple of lights and no problem! It went over 12 hours on one tank of propane. It’s a nice size that fit nicely into our shed, a little loud but not nearly as loud as others on the block. It’s been working non-stop for 36 hours and the power isn’t due to be restored for another few days. Who cares? I just keep filling up my 3 propane tanks (or swapping them at the gas station) and the generator keeps cranking away. It saved my basement from flooding, kept all the food in my refrigerator fresh and I have all my computer gear and Internat access tied into it so I can keep working from home. I LOVE AMAZON AND THIS AMAZING GENERATOR FOR UNDER $400!!! – Mark.
Received generator two days after I ordered. Very fast shipping! Unpacked it, put in the oil, hooked up the propane, choked the carburetor, and pulled three times before I remembered to turn the valve on the gas tank. Fired right off the first time after that. Subsequent starts were just as easy. One pull only. It ran my saws and drills with no problems. I hope it lasts, because the engine manufacturer is unknown to me, and I know nothing about the valves, bearings, etc. So far, though, it has been a really sweet little generator.

Yamaha 2,000 Watt 4-Stroke Gas Generator. Yamaha 2,000 Watt 4-Stroke Gas Generator.

This is a Yamaha 2,000 Watt 4-Stroke Gas Generator.

1600 watt rated AC output, 2000 watt maximum AC output, 13.3/16.7 amps @ 120V
• Super-quiet muffler with USFS-approved spark arrestor – 51.5 dBA at 1/4 load
• Smart Throttle varies engine speed based on load – improves fuel economy and reduces noise
• Inverter system with Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) control
• CARB Compliant.
Product Description
Powerful, portable, and efficient, the Yamaha EF2000iS Gas-Powered Portable Inverter delivers maximum electrical output without sacrificing portability. Thanks to its innovative inverter system, the generator is able to generate up to 2,000 watts of clean AC power. It can run up to 10.5 hours continuously without refueling and uses premium technologies to maximize fuel efficiency.
•Combines powerful output with portability
•Inverter system allows you to power delicate machinery
•Fuel-efficient; can run for 12 hours without refueling
•Lightweight and easy to carry
•Backed by a 2-year warranty
TwinTech technology allows you to hook up two units for added output. View larger.
Powerful Inverter System Delivers Cleaner Electricity
The EF2000iS is built around an innovative inverter system, which is able to deliver higher-quality, cleaner electricity than competing generators. It produces energy in the form of pure sine waves, which are cleaner and more reliable than most commercial power sources.
In simpler terms, this means that you’ll be able to confidently power delicate machinery without having to worry about the damage caused by unrefined energy. An electrical overload breaker is also included, to prevent generator damage in case of an unexpected overload.
Smart Technologies for Optimal Fuel Efficiency
The EF2000iS is exceptionally fuel efficient, able to run for up to 10.5 hours without refueling when in Economy mode. Its OHV engine runs reliably and dissipates heat efficiently, allowing for both a long life and optimal fuel consumption.
With its Smart Throttle Load feature, the generator is able to dynamically adjust engine speed depending on output, resulting in greater overall fuel efficiency. The generator also features an exclusive dual coil alternator stator, which lowers engine speed and reduces total fuel consumption.
Ergonomic, User-Friendly Design
Weighing 44 pounds, the generator is ultra-portable and features an easy-to-carry design. It has a convenient, centralized control panel, which allows you to easily access all of the generator’s features at the push of a button. It also starts up responsively due to its auto-decompression system, which reduces compression and makes start-up less difficult.
For added convenience, the EF2000iS is able to recharge batteries with its 8A12V DC output, making it ideal for RV, auto, and boat owners. You can even hook up two EF2000iS units for added output, thanks to TwinTech technology. And you won’t have to worry about engine damage due to low oil levels: an oil-watch warning system constantly monitors oil levels and lets you know when an oil change is needed.
Noise Reduction for Quiet Operation
The EF2000iS uses noise reduction technologies to ensure the quietest operation possible. Featuring a special sound-blocking design, the generator has noise-absorbing glass wool construction, which helps dampen noise even during heavy operation. Along with the EF2000iS’ super-quiet muffler and vibration-isolating feet, it helps keep noise to a minimum.
The EF2000iS is backed by a two-year warranty.
This is a very high quality unit, nicely designed. I chose it over the Honda Eu2000i because it has a fuel gage and is a hair lighter (2 pounds), and liked the styling better. Specs are so close it’s a tie… the Yamaha unit specs a bit quieter in “eco” throttle but the Honda specs a bit quieter at full power. Prior to this purchase I had bought a Honeywell inverter generator (a much less expensive Chinese-made knock-off) from Costco which I returned, because I was unimpressed with the Honeywell unit’s quality and noise level. While the price difference is major, you get what you pay for in this case. Anyone looking at the cheaper knock-offs should really consider that a 5db increase in noise level is a major difference, the way humans perceive it.

The most impressive thing about this unit is how quiet it is. Even at full engine speed you can stand about 6 feet away and have a normal conversation without raising your voice, or talk on a cell phone without undue distraction. It features an “eco” setting which tapers down the engine throttle and noise when full load isn’t required. At half-throttle or less, from about 6 feet away it is about half as loud and amazingly quiet. I used it to run a 50-amp 12v battery charger and at full charge level the charger only required the generator to operate at about half-speed, and when the charger tapered down the charge level to under 30-amps the generator became so quiet I literally forgot about it. It is MUCH quieter than my boat’s inboard diesel engine, and more efficient than running the main engine just to top off the batteries. I also used it to power a heavy duty 120v grinder and it had no problems supplying the needed power, even on electric motor start-up.

I got this mainly for charging our boat’s batteries at anchor but I also wanted the ability to run power tools. The lighter 1000-watt inverter generators could easily handle the charging application but not the more power-hungry tools. Having the extra power also means the eco-throttle will likely kick in earlier and the unit will operate quieter. The number-1 purchase criteria was “quiet” because I don’t want to be distracted by incessant noise or be a bad neighbor in anchorages. The Honeywell was not quiet enough in my opinion.

If generators are abused it will lead to regulations banning them, so an appeal to other boaters and to campers: Please don’t settle for “cheap”. Get a better quality inverter-generator unit that’s quieter so you minimize noise pollution in get-away places. (Leave your “contractors generator” at home!!!) Also, please be considerate of neighbors and limit running it to times/places you aren’t as likely to disturb others… and don’t leave your boat or campsite while it runs and runs. We all like our electric conveniences, but if you really need 120v power more or less constantly you should either stay home or get a dock/parking space where you can plug into “the grid”. It’s rude to disturb others who are trying to get away to find some peace and quiet.

Negative: The unit ships without engine oil, so you need to buy a quart of standard 4-stroke engine oil and fill it. You will also need a funnel, and a pan to catch excess oil. There is no dipstick; you need to fill to the level of the bottom of the filler hole until any more runs out. It uses less than 3/4 quart. I think they should have included the required amount of oil, and a plastic filler container with a spout, marked to show the proper amount of oil to use.

Update 7/21/2015: Still running well. I switched to TruFuel and it starts first or second pull even after it’s been sitting for months. The generator doesn’t use much so the cost is worth it for reliability. Just say “No” to ethanol (and fuel related problems).

Update 10/11/2014: I had my first problem with this unit. It stopped running while in use, after about 30 minutes under medium load. I assumed the problem was bad gas or phase separation, and went through changing the gas and cleaning the fuel system, changed the spark plug (had never changed it in 5 years since new) and checked the oil level. Finally took it into a repair shop and they diagnosed a faulty spark coil. I’m not surprised that an electrical issue developed as this unit is used every summer on a boat in a hostile humid saltwater environment, and actually sat in a few inches of saltwater once. However the spark control circuit (spark coil) is a sealed unit potted in epoxy. I would expect any failure to occur at components or connections that are exposed to air. Perhaps the problem was really at the spark coil connection wire and not within the sealed module itself? Will never know, I paid the bill and it’s purring like a kitten again.

Also, a note about tri-fuel conversion: Even though I have had no fuel problem with this unit, I’ve had fuel issues with outboard and snowthrower engines. I’m still drawn to the idea of doing a tri-fuel conversion for engines that aren’t used frequently… But they charge around $200 for the kit plus I’d need to spend around $175 on top of that for a fiberglass tank/hose/quick-connect. A tri-fuel conversion also adds expense and bulky extensions to a unit that is otherwise very sleek, compact and portable. I’ve decided to use Tru-Fuel instead, on my small engines. It’s expensive compared with gas from the pump plus fuel stabilizer, but you can buy a lot of it for the cost of a propane conversion kit, and it might help avoid aggravating downtime and costly repairs. When you need a generator — you need it to run! Tri-fuel conversion still makes more else if you need extended run-time and portability is secondary.

Update 2/3/2014: I was researching the idea of adding tri-fuel conversion and came across this video on YouTube. Here is the link to the video[…]. I learned in that video (at 1:53 into the video) that the Honda 2000 controls don’t allow a user to run the carb dry before shutting down the motor (but the Yamaha does). I think that’s a huge PLUS in favor of the Yamaha. I always run the carb dry in my small engines when I might be leaving them sit for more than a few days, to avoid gum formation in the carb. For extended storage I also use the drain screw at the bottom of the float bowl.

Update 2/22/2012: In general still very happy with the unit, but checking oil level is inconvenient (you need to open the case with several screws) and changing the oil is a messy operation involving rags and clean-up because there is no neat way to capture the waste oil or overflow directly into a container. I think the next generation of this product should improve on that design issue and provide a dip stick or oil level indicator that’s either externally accessible or located behind a quick-access panel. (Edit 8/21/15 Bill Esposito wrote down below in the comments that he “purchased a pair of these on 8/14/15 and they now come with a door for oil access….no more screws.” Nice! Decided to copy that here in the main body of this review so it’s more visible to readers.)

Update 8/29/11:
Having owned this for almost 2 years now I would add the following:
1) I have found that it has enough power to run the charger AND the hot water heater’s 120v heating element at the same time. It is near-max (running full speed) but doesn’t light the overload light when doing that and the charger is in bulk phase. Nice when you’re in an anchorage for a few days and haven’t run the engine. Why run a 57hp diesel just to heat water and charge the house bank?

2) If I shut off the fuel and let the carburetor run dry before putting it away, it does not smell of gas with the fuel vent and fuel valve both closed. The maker advocates storing in a well ventilated area or garage, but odor from fumes is not a problem.

3) It’s also useful at home during power outages. I have a larger much louder 5500w contractors generator that plugs into a 12-circuit transfer switch wired by an electrician, but as a courtesy to neighbors I shut that off overnight. I can use this Yamaha unit with an extension cord to keep just the refrigerator running overnight and it stays in ‘eco mode’ so it practically purrs. Also the fuel burn rate is extremely low so it uses a fraction of what the larger generator would use.
This little gem arrived to me in perfect condition. Kudos to Amazon for their quick delivery time. The genny itself is bigger than the pictures let on, but for 2000watts, this isn’t bad at all. THESE UNITS DO NOT COME WITH OIL IN THEM. Go buy some 4 stroke 10w30 oil at home depot or lowes. Follow the instructions to put the oil in, fill it gas, and turn it on. The pull cord is very easy. Just practice a couple of times. You will love this generator, I promise. I will use it for my travel trailer for camping/fishing during the colder months.

Edit: I’ve had two EFYamaha 2000is generators since the beginning of Sept, 2010 and have mainly used them for camping. The first workout for both of these units was tailgating. I also have a cord that connects the 2 of them to make 4000 watts, more than enough to power your camper A/C (13,000-15,000btu) and everything else in the RV. However, it was colder on this outing and I didn’t need to use both hooked together yet. I did bring both of them though and I’m glad I did- here’s why:

The guy next to me brought his 6000watt Champion generator, which is construction grade, and told me he was sorry, but would be running it in the mornings. We were about 15 feet away from him. I said no problem, it couldn’t be that loud. He then turned it on for me so I could see. WOW! That thing was LOUD. I told him I brought a spare Yamaha inverter and he was welcome to use mine because I told him it would be much quieter. He came over and heard mine running and couldn’t believe it. The next morning we were both sleeping soundly, both of us running these awesome Yamaha units.

Here are some tips for those considering this generator:
1) Get some fuel stabilizer. This is not needed, but is nice because it stabilizes stagnant fuel that sits around during the winter months- or just longer periods where the generator is not in use. I use Stabil, and its sold here on Amazon. Put some in your gas can(s).

2) If a generator has been sitting around awhile, you need to run it periodically ( I will run mine about once a month for at least 10 minutes) to ‘exercise’ the unit. This will ensure that when you REALLY need it, it will start no problem.

3) Tie these units down when in transport. They tip over easy and if they do, when you start them up you will be greeted with a mess of white smoke (oil burn) until it burns off. Buy some ratchet tie downs. Bungee cords won’t cut it.

4) Realize the limitations of a 2000 watt generator. I don’t know how this got started, but someone somewhere said his 2000 watt genny was powering everything they needed without being specific. Then folks just assumed that they would get the same results. You HAVE to do a power audit for YOUR specific needs. What will you be powering? What is the main purpose of the unit? If you have an RV with a 15k A/C, one 2000watt will NOT power it on. Remember, air conditioners, microwaves, etc take pull a lot of AMPS to cycle on. Once they are on, the AMPS are reduced during the rest of the run time. The trick is, what will power these appliances THROUGH the higher amperage cycle? Thats why I bought 2 of them.

5) Buy a cable lock! Generators tend to grow legs and walk away when they are not locked down. This is more true when you camp with them or tailgate. A lock is not totally foolproof, but will deter the ‘honest’ thief enough to make it not worth it.

Yep, they are pricey. I paid about 2K for both of them. Inverters are always going to cost more money for several critical reasons.
A) They are labor-intensively constructed. That is, they are built to insulate and are very tightly arranged in their cases. The insulation provides a lot of the lower decibels you will be hearing. Good things just take time to make, and part of the cost is wrapped up in that.

B) Portability: This goes back to the tightly constructed package they come in. The 2000is model weighs about 45 pounds minus the gas. Try going to a Home Depot and lifting a construction grade generator. Not fun.
I purchased the EF2000iS 2,000 watt inverter-generator for extended fishing trips for charging 12 volt marine batteries and for running corded power tools in remote areas. At first I wasn’t sure if the 2,000 watt model would be enough power to meet my needs, but I decieded to take a chance with it because of the price, and boy am I glad I did.

It easily powers drills, grinders, skill saws, table saws, sawzalls, and portable cement mixers – pretty much anything that draws under 16.7 Amps. Most power tools draw up to and under 15 Amps. My industrial right-angle concrete drill only draws 8 Amps, and that thing is rugged. It’s more than enough for my needs for working in the woods where I can’t just “Plug In.”

Another thing that’s slick about it is it also charges marine batteries and has its own special DC receptical and comes with the included cable. You just fire it up, hook up the terminals to your battery, then plug in the cord. It doesn’t have a charge meter built in, so I purchased a hand held battery tester and check the charge level once an hour. I think the battery tester was under $30 (a good investment).

With that in mind, I used it last Memorial Day weekend during our Men’s Family Fishing Trip out at Johnston Pond camp here in Maine, out in the woods roughing it with tents. The area is surrounded with small-ish ponds, so my dad and I brought our little skiff and trolling motor with us (too small ponds for our larger, 2-stroke boat). We brought two 12 volt marine batteries with us to make sure we could spend the whole day out each day, then that evening charge one or the other up so it was ready for the next day. It worked great, we didn’t have to worry about running our batteries low and having to paddle all the way back to the landing. Peace of mind is nice.

This unit really is really quiet. There were five of us on the fishing trip, two younin’s – my friend and I, and three old farts – my dad, uncle, and elderly cousin. They complain about everything (old people tend to do that, haha). I figured someone was going to say something about the generator being noisey and I’d catch hell for it or something, but actually, everyone did nothing but praise how quiet it was. After it’s been running for 15 minutes or so, you kind of forget that it’s even there. Unlike our neighbors at a site a ways away from us, who had an old style generator that they ran at night, we could hear them having to hollar at each other in order to talk.

On top of all that goodness, since it’s an Inverter as well, you can also safely power computers, charge cell phones and iPods, run a tv and DVD player, and plenty of other things, if that’s what you’re into while camping, or in an emergency situation.

It starts up really easy. Mine started first pull right out of the box (make sure to put oil in it first, it’s not included), and still does every time. If you run it on Eco Mode (tv’s, appliances, ect.) I’m not sure how long the tank will last you hour-wise, I haven’t used it for that application yet, but in full power mode, meaning you’re constantly getting the amped up rpms for more amperage, the one gallon tank lasts for about 6 hours or so. I’d figure that it’d almost double that in Eco mode, and it’s twice as quiet. You can stand right next to it and it’s like a little humm.

I give the Yamaha EF2000iS five stars hands down for the price and performance. I’m really happy I didn’t go ahead and go with a knock off lesser brand. It was well worth the extra money for something that’s going to be reliable and dependable. There’s no sense in paying $500 or less for something that’s just going to be junk in a few months.

If you need a medium duty Inverter-Generator, I highly recomend it. You will enjoy it. It’s also very light and compact. Transporting it isn’t a problem at all.

WEN 56352 3500-watt HP 4-Cycle Gas Generator. WEN 56352 3500-watt HP 4-Cycle Gas Generator.

This is a WEN 56352 3500-watt HP 4-Cycle Gas Generator.

Digital readout helps manage oil changes and maintenance schedule
• Low-oil shutdown and overload protection
• 11-hour runtime at half load
• Includes wheel kit and foldable handles for easy transport
• 212cc engine provides 3500 surge watts and 3000 rated watts.
Product Description
Remember when the power went out? Whether we’re providing your home with electricity during a crisis or charging your family’s cellphones at the campgrounds, WEN has been reliably lighting up lives since 1951. Durable enough for any job site and compact enough for easy transport, this EPAIII compliant 3500 Watt Generator includes two 120V receptacles (standard household 5-20R), one 120/240 V NEMA receptacle (L14-30) and one 12V 100W 8.3A DC car-charger-style-connector. The rugged 212cc OHV engine produces 3500 surge watts and 3000 running watts, giving you the capacity to run your lights, TV, refrigerator, sump pump, or other essentials with ease. Just fill up the 4-gallon tank with gas and you’re ready to go for up to 11 hours at half load.
Remember when you went on that camping trip? The WEN 3500 Watt Generator includes a spark arrestor; a necessary addition for anyone wanting to use their generator at a national park or forest. The automatic voltage regulator helps create clean power to protect your electronics. Low-oil shutdown along with overload protection also safeguard the unit from damage while the wheel kit and dual handles maximize transportability. And because it’s a WEN product, your purchase is backed by a 2-year warranty, support from WEN service technicians and a nationwide service network with over 1000 locations.
WEN 56352 3500-Watt Gas-Powered Portable Generator
All-purpose 3500-watt generator with wheel kit for smooth portability. view larger

WEN 56352 3500-Watt Gas-Powered Portable Generator
Panel includes 2 120-volt, 20 amp, 3-prong receptacles, a 120/240-volt, 30 amp, twist-lock outlet, and a cigarette-lighter-style 12V DC outlet. view larger

WEN 56352 3500-Watt Gas-Powered Portable Generator

If you are looking for an all-purpose portable electric generator, take a look at the WEN 3500 (model 56352) as the solution to your needs. The compact gas-powered generator features a rugged 212cc, 7HP air-cooled OHV engine that supplies the necessary muscle to turn the alternator at 3600RPM for 3000 rated watts of power. For the time you need extra power to start an appliance, the generator delivers 3500 watts. Look at the chart below for information on starting and running watts for the most common household and job site equipment.

The job site requires a generator that will power the equipment necessary to make building easier and stronger. This generator will power the saws, drills, and other equipment a worker needs. If an emergency arises and power is needed in and around the house, the WEN 3500-watt generator is there to supply electricity to the critical appliances. The generator can also be used at sporting and social events, as well as outdoor recreation activities. The generator is EPA approved and with its quiet muffler and spark arrestor, it is perfect for use in U.S. National Parks.

Power Outlets and Features

The WEN 3500 has a number of power receptacles. There are two 120-volt, 20 amp, three-prong receptacles and a 120/240-volt (L14-30), 30 amp, twist-lock outlet for use when either voltage is required. A selector switch lets the user go from one voltage to the other. The cigarette-lighter-style 12V DC outlet is for battery charging and powers any 12V DC piece of equipment with a cigarette-lighter-style plug.

The power indicator light, directly above the receptacles, informs the user of the status of the receptacle. If the light is on, the power is on. No need to look at a meter. A digital hour counter, which accumulates the run time hours, helps in deciding on required maintenance.

Starting the WEN 3500 generator is as easy as pulling a couple of times on the manual starter. In most cases one pull is all that is necessary. Once running, the generator stays stable on the ground thanks to the two rubber motor mounts, two wheels, and the solid 1-inch tubular frame. The 4-gallon fuel tank holds enough gas for 11 hours of run time at half load. The included mobility kit makes moving the generator a breeze. Should routine check of the lubricating oil level be missed, the low oil automatic shutdown feature prevents damage to the engine.
I’m going to break this review up into 2 parts, one reviewing the product and one for my Amazon experience related to it.
Amazon Experience:
I live in Alabama, which was recently hit extremely hard by tornadoes and severe weather. After the tornadoes hit all around where I live, the power infrastructure had major problems. As expected, generators were in extreme demand, none to be found in probably 100-200 miles. The storms hit Wednesday, on Thursday I had the bright idea to hit up Amazon since I had Amazon Prime. I purchased this generator and had it arrive the next day for only $4 shipping. So I have to give major credit to Amazon and their service. Instead of driving far away, battling insane crowds, and using up precious gasoline at times like these to go find a generator, I got one the next day delivered to my doorstep at a great price and barely any shipping costs!
The Generator:
It got me some basic power back up for my fridge/freezer, charge phones and things like that. I didn’t really stress it that much, the priority was my fridge/freezer. But this thing did a great job. It wasn’t as loud as I expected to be honest. I was highly pleased with the gas usage, it ran all night and I still had between 1/4 and 1/2 tank the next morning when I checked it. We were out of power for about 5 days, and this generator did it’s job nicely. Also it’s not all that heavy so it can be portable as needed. Not stout enough to power a ton of things at once, but can definitely get you by in an emergency situation.
UPDATE! APRIL 10TH,2013 the rope on the pull start recoil broke. i called wen and they sent a whole recoil assembly free of charge. it took 5 minutes to change. i put a new rope on the OLD recoil and i have a spare in case it happens after warranty expires… STILL RATE 5 STARS!

shipping took 6 days from ordering to delivery and it was free. ups delivered the box in great condition.

i’m impressed with this unit. simple to attach wheels and handles. it included all tools necessary to assemble. self locking fasteners that are provided is a plus, no need for locktite to keep it from vibrating apart. the oil plug is easy to get to. i use this measuring container that has a hong clear tube with twist on/off built in that was made for such applications. i checked over the generator quickly, looking for any obvious problems that may have developed from it’s long journey from china. i found none. i put in 4 gallons of fresh gasoline, 21 ounces of royal purple synthetic 5W30 oil. it calls for 20 but it needed 21 to get it to the second thread of the oil inlet as recommended in the manual. 20 would have been okay. the engine (nice looking honda clone)is labled 7 horsepower and 212cc, not 6.5 and 197cc as advertised at amazon.. i did notice the carb is made in japan,. it fired up on the first pull, stuttered a couple times and smoothed out nicely. i let it reach operating temerature and run 1/2 hour before putting a load on it. probably not something needed each time it’s used, i just did it for a quick break in. it’s alot quieter than i thought. i’ll not hear it run during outages if i have it inside my shed which is 75 feet away. it’s 2 year warrantyis a plus. the company wen is an older american company with a rich history of making and designing products that others have copied or reproduced for generations.

i purchased this small generator for our numerous, extended A.E.P. power outages and to supply power to my barn and out buildings as needed. i will only use the 120/240 switch to supply 240volts of power to my well and pressure tank as needed during those outages, probably only once or twice a day as my holding tank is over 80 gallons. i have taken the supplied L14-30 male nema twistlock plug and attached it to an 4 foot long piece of 12-2 guage nomex wire with a nema 6-20 P plug (3 wire)that i have set up to plug directly to my pump that i hooked to a nema 6-20 R recepticle to. this will prevent someone from inadvertently plugging a standard 120 plug into 240 volts. i have it set up to work ONLY when it is disconnected from my main breaker so as not to have feedack into the grid. an electrictian friend advised me that it is appropriate to wire the neutral and ground on the L14-30 plug as one as my well is connected to my homebreaker with a 12-2(3 wire, 2 hot and a ground) underground feeder. neutral wires are basically grounded wires in most all dwellings

please note: i took this info from a description of a honda generator and changed some figures and some wording to try to explain how i interpret how the wen 3500 was designed and how the 120/240 switch works. READ YOUR MANUAL PLEASE

the 120/240 switch is a great feature offered on some quality generators with 120/240V capability. The voltage selector switch allows you to choose between operating the generator at both 120V and 240V simultaneously, or at 120 only with full power.

some generators with 120/240V capabilities have two separate main windings( SUCH AS THE WEN 3500). Each winding is capable of the same output. In the 120V only position, power is maximized for 120V usage and 240V is not available. In the 120/240V position, power is maximized for 240V output but current is reduced by 50% for each 120V receptacle. How? The voltage selector switches the two main windings from a SERIES connection for the 120/240V position to a PARALLEL connection for 120V only.

If the generator is in the 120V only position, you can get the maximum power (25A) out of the 120V receptacles and 120 volts (25A) from the nema L14-30 twistlock outlet.

But in the 120/240V position, only half of the power, or 12.5A, is available on each side. It’s almost like taking it and making it into two 1,500 watt units. In the 120V/240V position, you cannot get the full power from the 120V 20A receptacleS. You can get a maximum of 12.5A only.

So in a nutshell, the voltage selector switch allows you to get maximum power from each of the 120V receptacles. it’s recommended that the voltage selector switch always be in the 120V position unless 240V is required.

The voltage selector switch is a great feature that is not available on many competitive generators.

Switch Positions and descriptions
120V/240V Mode
The voltage regulator switch is set at 120/240 volt. The two 1500 watt windings are connected in series. You can only get 12.5A from any 120V outlet. 240V IS available.

120V Only Mode
The voltage regulator switch is set at 120 volt only. The two 1500 watt windings are connected in parallel. You can get the maximum power from any 120V outlet, but 240V is NOT available.

I purchased this unit at, as Amazon was backordered. For <$300 shipped (on sale when I purchased on 11/28), and with all the positive reviews here on Amazon, I decided to take a chance. So far (haven't really used it much yet), I am very happy with my decision. Main use for me is emergency home power backup - fridge, space heater, microwave, lights, tv....just the basics to keep me happy & sane. Garage storage space is an issue for me...and the main reason I didn't go with a larger 5000w model. This one fit my space, budget and needs. Mine arrived double boxed, I'm guessing drop-shipped from Wen in IL., undamaged. Unpacking & setup were a breeze - the unit itself is just over 100lbs, so no problem for me to unpack it alone. Attaching the handles and wheels took all of 10 minutes (if that), and the instructions were simple to follow (note: in the 2012 manual, they wrongly mention cotter pins for the wheels - there aren't any; just use the locknuts and ignore the cotter pin blurb). Other than that, the manual was easy to follow...apart from the lack of explanation of how the 120/240 switch places the generator's coil windings in series or parallel (read donny's or wisconsin-knight's review for a good explanation). A nice plus is that Wen includes all the tools needed to set up & service the unit: wrenches, spark plug socket, screwdriver; even comes with 2 replacement carburator jets and O rings for high altitude DIY modification, and 2 plug ends (regular 3-prong 120v, and a 4-prong L14-30 for using with the 240/120v receptacle). While there is no voltage / frequency meter on this unit, it does have a digital hour meter which is nice to have (I can read voltage/ Hz on my Kill-a-Watt, multimeter or UPS, so not a big issue for me). The engine is in fact a 7HP, 212cc (Amazon must still using an older stock picture showing a 6.5HP). Engine is made by Rato. There is a sort of vent attachment on top of the fuel tank that I hadn't seen elsewhere, with a small hose leading directly to the carburator (near the choke plate): I'm assuming this is an evaporative vapor line, to meet current 2012 EPA standards (see my posted picture). Added 20oz of regular 10w30 oil (since I'm going to be dumping it after a few hours of break-in...I'll refill with synthetic at that time); added some fuel; and just like so many other users reported, this genny came to life with only 1 pull! Ran for 2 hours at varying low to mid loads (250w - 1750w) - voltage remained pretty constant 115v-118v and genny responded quickly to load changes. Frequency was very stable - 62Hz at low (250w) load, and 60Hz on the nose at 1750w...I'll try full load / 240v load after I break it in a bit more, but so far the AVR seems to be working fine (compared to a cheap 1500w HomeLite that I bought a couple years back...terrible voltage regulation if any). Noise level was better than I expected, I've heard much louder, plus it's not a whiny tone like my 1500w makes... Parts appear readily available from the Wen website, tech support was quick to answer my questions, solid user reviews by Irene / Sandy survivors, plus a 2 year warranty make this an all-around good choice for anybody who needs an affordable - but much more importantly reliable generator of this size. So far, I'm really happy with my purchase. Thanks, Wen!

Briggs & Stratton 6,000 Watt Gas Generator. Briggs & Stratton 6,000 Watt Gas Generator.

This is a Briggs & Stratton 6,000 Watt Gas Generator.

Clean and instant power to keep appliances and other important electronics running during a power outage
• Power Surge Alternator to run multiple large appliances at the same time
• 1650 Series OHV 342cc Engine that produces 16.5-foot-pounds of torque
• 5-gallon metal fuel tank for an impressive 10-hours of continuous operation at 50-percent load on a full tank
• 2-year limited warranty.
Product Description
Briggs and Stratton 30551 Portable CARB Generator, 5000-watt
Portable generators help protect your family, your valuable possessions and your household appliances during a power outage or natural disaster. They are also great for other locations where power might be needed, from garages and outdoor events to recreational activities and camping trips. Stop letting power outages ruin your life and safeguard your family with a Briggs & Stratton portable generator.
Engines by Briggs & Stratton deliver high performance and just the right amount of power to meet all of your needs. The 30551 Portable Generator uses a powerful 1650 Series OHV engine to produce instant power and keep your life running. Overhead Valve (OHV) engines have smoother operation, longer engine life and improved fuel economy.
The multi-featured control panel includes (4) household outlets and (1) locking outlet with a convenient angled design for easy visibility during a power outage. All outlets feature rubber outlet covers and circuit-breaker protection with quick reset buttons.
California Emissions Compliant and Designed for Ultimate Safety
This generator is California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliant for less evaporative emissions. One of the goals of CARB is maintaining healthy air quality and protecting the public from exposure to toxic air contaminants, making the Briggs & Stratton CARB compliant line of generators better for the environment and the overall health of your family. This generator is also rated in accordance with CSA and PGMA standards for ultimate safety and performance.
Briggs & Stratton 30551 5,000-Watt Gas Powered Portable Generator with 1650 Series OHV 342cc Engine
•5,000 running watts and 6,250 starting watts
•Power Surge Alternator produces up to 25-percent more surge wattage
•Run multiple large appliances or power tools at the same time
•1650 Series OHV 342cc Engine produces 16.5-foot-pounds of torque
•5-gallon metal fuel tank provides 10-hours of continuous operation at 50-percent load
•Fuel gauge for monitors gas levels
•Super Lo-Tone Muffler reduces operating sound
•Never go flat wheels make transportation easy
•Includes (4) 120-volt household outlets, (1) 120/240-volt 30-amp locking outlet and rubber outlet covers
•2-year consumer warranty
About Briggs & Stratton
For more than a century, Briggs & Stratton branded engines and power equipment have helped consumers get the job done. Known for hard-working, dependable, efficient products, Briggs & Stratton is the world’s largest producer of gasoline engines for outdoor power equipment. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in over 100 countries on all seven continents. Visit for more information on Briggs & Stratton and our extensive line of products.

Generac 5943 GP7500E 9,375 Watt Generator with Electric Start. Generac 5943 GP7500E 9,375 Watt Generator with Electric Start.

This is a Generac 5943 GP7500E 9,375 Watt Generator with Electric Start.

Generac’s OHV engine with splash lubrication provides a long engine life
• Electric start with battery and plug-in battery charger jack
• Low-oil level shutdown automatically safeguards engine from damage, and an hour meter to track maintenance intervals
• Large-capacity steel fuel tank with incorporated fuel gauge provides durability and extended run times
• Hardened steel-tube cradle for added durability and strength.
Product Description
Choose the affordable, reliable GP7500E (electric start) for recreational applications, job sites and emergency backup power.
Generac 5943 GP7500E 7,500 Watt 420cc OHV Portable Gas Powered Generator with Electric Start
Power the fun stuff or cover an emergency with a GP Series portable generator. Affordable reliability and features not usually found on basic portable models make these a favorite for home use, camping, job sites or outdoor events.
Reliability From the Start
Because of Generac’s focus on power generation, we know how to design an engine that can stand up to the long hours of continuous use generators can be required to run. Cast iron cylinders add longevity, not found on every portable generator engine.
Easily Accessible Controls
A portable generator needs to be ready for use at all times. Generac added maintenance reminders on the hour meter, so scheduled maintenance is easy to track, and the convenient fuel gauge provides at-a-glance fuel monitoring. Many portable models have controls located in inconvenient locations and are difficult to access quickly, especially in the dark. We gave control placement careful consideration, with comprehensive control sets conveniently located for easy access.
Framed for Durability
The hardened steel frame gives our portable generator cradles added strength and are a premium 1¼” thick, a full ¼” thicker in diameter than competitors’ models. The addition of integrated brackets and impact resistant corners on most models gives contractors rugged options ideal for job site use.
Purchased this generator locally here in CT in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

No power for 5 days, this genset is running 15 hours per day with no issue whatsoever.

I have it back-fed into my breaker panel, powering well pump, refridgerators, lights, microwave, garage door openers, dsl modem, wifi and complete home network.

I’ve been getting 14 hours of run time from a single tank of gas, call it 10 gallons. More than I thought possible. Last night, ran a bunch of appliances, trying to max the genset out, and after 5 hours, had used only 2.5 gallons of gas.

The genset is noisy, but I’ve got behind a pool shed, so it doesn’t bother us much at all.

Highly recommended. Make sure to buy the NEMA 30 Amp plug, part number NEMA 14L 30P when you order this so you can plug directly in to the 220v side of the generator.

Update. Today is 11/12/11. Here in CT, we’re just coming off of an 8 day power outage as a result of a large snowstorm. This time we really needed power in order to run the heat in our house, as it was 30 degrees for several days. Luckily we had this generator fueled up and ready to go after buying it for Irene.

It ran flawlessly 24 hours / day for 8 days. It consistently ran between 12 and 14 hours on a full fuel tank of 8 gallons. I’m happy to say we had enough extra juice to run a 250′ extension cord to our neighbors house for lights and a small heater. I now have 250 hours on the clock.

I run this generator in our small 10’x12′ pool shed, and have fabricated an exhaust pipe extension to run the exhaust out of the building.
Highly recommended for back-up power.

DuroMax XP10000E 10,000 Watt 4-Cycle Gas Powered Generator. DuroMax XP10000E 10,000 Watt 4-Cycle Gas Powered Generator.

This is a DuroMax XP10000E 10,000 Watt 16 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator With Wheel Kit And Electric Start.

10000 Watt Surge/8000 Watt Continuous
• 8.3 Gallon Gas Tank
• Electric Key Start/Includes Battery
• EPA And CARB Approved
• Automatic Low Oil Shut Off.
Product Description
Safeguard your family as well as provide portable power for work and play with the CARB compliant DuroMax XP10000E-CA gas-powered generator, which features a 16.0-horsepower air-cooled OHV engine that cranks out 8,000 constant running watts of power (and a peak of 10,000 watts; learn more about wattage needs below). It includes both a standard recoil start as well as an easy electric start.
XP10000E outdoors
Includes never-flat knobby tires and flip-up handle
XP10000E recoil
Recoil start as well as electric start.
This rugged workhorse is ideal for the jobsite where powering saws, drills, and other equipment is critical, but you can also depend on it for emergencies at home–insuring your essential appliances are running smoothly, reliably, and without interruption. It’s EPA approved, and is also safe to use in U.S. National Parks thanks to the super quiet exhaust with spark arrestor.
The XP10000E’s fully loaded power panel includes two 120-volt, 20-amp standard household outlets to supply power to all of your appliances as well as a powerful 120/240-volt, 30-amp twist lock outlet for high-powered tools. A 12-volt DC output with leads functions as a charger for batteries and other rechargeable devices. It also includes one 120-volt, 30-amp twist lock outlet and a 120/240-volt, 50-amp heavy duty outlet (NEMA 14-50 3-pole, 4-wire).
XP10000E panel
Fully loaded power panel.
The exclusive DuroMax RV Switch (voltage selector) allows you to get maximum power from each of the 120-volt receptacles as well as choose between operating the generator at both 120 and 240 volts simultaneously, or at 120 only with full power.
Overloads are never a problem with its dual 33-amp circuit breaker. A volt meter allows you to monitor your generator’s output range at all times, and the battery charge indicator light lets you know when the generator’s starter battery is charging.
With the electric start, it’s as simple to get this generator going as turning on your car. And if the battery isn’t fully charged, you can use the single-pull recoil cord to start the generator.
The XP10000E features a heavy duty steel frame roll cage with four-point fully isolated motor mounts for smooth and quiet operation. This generator is also easily portable thanks to the wheel kit with a flip-up, stow-away handle. The 10-1/2-inch all-terrain, never flat tires offer the flexibility and looks of a pneumatic tire without the rigidity of a solid tire–improving the mobility across both soft ground and hard surfaces.
You’ll get up to 10 hours of run time (at 50 percent) from a 8.3-gallon tank of fuel. Other features include a super-quiet muffler, an advanced automatic voltage regulator (AVR) system and a low oil protection system which automatically shuts the generator off to protect it from any damage should it run out of oil. It’s backed by a one-year limited warranty.
Was looking for a generator to help me power some circuits at the house since I work from home. I have a few circuits, including my office computer/network equipment, full size fridge and some misc., house circuits. This is probably more than needed for that, but I also have an electric water heater that runs on 220 @ 4500 watts. I will be replacing it soon with a hybrid electric water heater which should draw much less power on normal operation.

In any case, so far I have unpacked the generator and run it to make sure it works before the electrician comes and hooks up the transfer switch stuff. Assembly was minimal, just add the wheel and support kits, plus the handles. I think added the oil and fuel. The oil fill is under so you’ll need a long necked funnel and I would suggest a nice big syringe with a hose in case you overfill.

When I first ran the unit it would not hold it’s low idle speed, it would shut down pretty quickly. I decided to run it at the full speed for about 15 minutes to let it get acclimated and now it seems to run just fine.

I was able to buy the reliance power plug and box that my electrician recommended from Amazon as well (Reliance LL550C and PB50), the transfer switch I needed was not available on Amazon. I also ordered the cover, which fits nice. I’d call it more of a dust cover, was thinking it was going to be all weather but it will last for a while.

I struggled initially to find the right way to order this on Amazon. Everywhere I had seen this generator said it was California CARB compliant and I found the $999 version of this generator on Amazon and it was letting me order it, so it seemed like the right thing. However, when it came to shipping that one it said NO! I thought I would have to order outside of Amazon which I was trying to avoid, but the price was a lot higher. I then stumbled across this version, it’s a little bit more than the other but the reason is because it is OK to ship to CA. It has tags all over it saying it’s CARB inspected. The description on the $999 one is not clear enough I think to state it is not the CARB version and they should point you to this other one more easily.

UPDATE: All wired to the transfer box that I ordered and everything is functioning as planned. One note that I learned, we are powering the transfer panel through the big, main 50A plug on the generator. When you are plugged into this plug, it overrides the low idle circuit, so it will always run and the full speed. This is by design I suppose to make sure you don’t miss a surge in power I guess.

I have ordered a hour meter that I am going to plug into the DC connection so I can track the hours of usage over time. I will add my own pictures to this product so you can see the setup.
I had a transfer switch and inlet box installed by an electrician. After watching what was involved, I highly recommend that only a professional electrician perform this task. You’ll also need to have a humongous power cable and a Reliance Controls LL550C 50 Amp Generator Power Cord Connector. The electrician told me what to order and he assembled everything. By the way, I needed him to connect the generator’s battery to its starter, but I was able to start it with the pull chord before he did this.

I’ve had to use this twice since I purchased it two years ago. Once in the summer when the local power was out; I only ran it for an hour. Still, for a test, I turned everything in the house on – lights, hot tub, water pump (220), furnace, clothes dryer, etc. While one would not run all these at once in an emergency, the DuroMax XP10000E generator powered everything with no problems. The second time I used it was last night (1:30 AM) when we lost power and the temperature was -9! I wheeled the generator over to the garage door, connected it via the power cable to the inlet box, pulled the engine choke out, cranked it up, and it started immediately. It ran for 4 hours keeping the furnace and hot tub running the while. I would add at this point that the generator does make a lot of noise. I have no nearby neighbors and it runs where it can’t be heard from our bedroom, but it’s something to consider if you or the neighbors are light sleepers.
I bought my DuroMax 10k generator last year after Hurricane Irene. I use the 50 amp connector to an outside box and wired it into my panel. I use full synthetic oil and stabilize the fuel, using only premium gas. I run the unit once a month for 1/2 hour. When Sandy hit, I lost power the first night and was without for 8 days. I started the generator about 20 minutes after the power went down. I ran the generator for 16 hours straight every day for 8 days with no issues. I did shut it down at night, not out of necessity, but to conserve fuel during low demand time as the gas stations were not pumping fuel. I changed the oil once during the week, again using full synthetic oil. Total run time was 120 hours and it performed flawlesly. I recommend this unit as long as you use synthetic oil and premium gas that has been stabilized. Also-don’t short change yourself with one 5 gallon gas can. Prepare for a full week outage with enough fuel to keep the unit running. Good luck.
I purchased my DuroMax XP10000E Last year after we were hit first by Irene & then Lee. I used it once during a power outage in July 2012, but only needed it to run for about 4-5 hours. Well Monday we were hit by Sandy & once again lost power. Once the storm was over & it was safe to go outside, we started her up. I have a Generlink hook-up to my electrical box outside installed by my electric provider, so only needed to run the special cable from the generator to the electrical box where my meter is & use my circuit breakers to control what is being used. I ran the DuroMax for approximately 48 hours, only stopping to refill when needed. I was able to run everything I needed including my hot air heating system, well pump & hot water heater, just not all the “heavy duty” items at one time. I had a fully functional home the entire time power was out! I love the DuroMax and after trying it out, I bought my daughter one for Christmas last year also. The important thing is to read the manual & follow ALL safety precautions both with the generator & your electric panel so that you stay safe & no power from the generator goes into power lines which is extremely dangerous to utility workers. With proper use & maintainence, I expect my DuroMax to last many years to come.

All Power America 2,000 Watt 4-Stroke Gas Generator. All Power America 2,000 Watt 4-Stroke Gas Generator.

This is an All Power America 2,000 Watt 4-Stroke Gas Generator.

All Power America APG3014 2,000 Watt 4-Stroke Gas Powered Portable Generator by All Power America
• 2000 watts.
Product Description
2,000 Watts Surge/1,400 Watts Continuous, 3 HP 4-Stroke Engine, Runs 9.5 hours at 50% load, Low Noise at 68dB, Non-CARB Compliant/Not For Sale In California.
Model # APG3014 Internet # 202757603
The All Power 2000-Watt Gasoline Powered Portable Generator provides you with portable and max-performance help whenever needed. The 3 HP OHV engine runs nine hours at 1/2 load with an operating noise of 65 dB. The generator includes two AC 120-volt outlets, one 12-volt DC output and is EPA approved.
•3 HP OHV engine
•Peak 2000 watts; rated 1400 watts
•Runs nine hours at 1/2 load
•Operating noise 65 dB
•Two AC 120-volt outlets and one DC 12-volt output
•Lightweight, compact size
•EPA approved.
I purchased this generator for my mothers oxygen machine in case of power failure. Had it less than a week and it was needed we had storms power went out and kept her going for the 1.5 hours it was needed. Thanks for the great price and great unit.
This generator arrived undamaged unlike other horror stories I have heard. Once oil was put in, the proper amount, gas was added as well.
It started on the first try and ran reasonably quiet. I have yet to put a load on it to see how it handles it. It should be fine. With the weight at approx. 58 lbs, I thought it would be a cinch to move around, but it still has some bulk to it.
If you need to move a distance ask for a helping hand instead of moving it yourself.
Overall I think I made a good investment.
(hint) Small engines tend to run better on premium gas due to higher octane/ heat. This tends to keep any fouling and varnish from occuring.
This is a desent little generator for the money. Starts usually with one pull and good on gas. I see so many down rate these generators and typically they understood nothing about generators to start with. This is a 2000 watt generator with a continous of 1400 watt. Now depending on where you live will decide what you get. For every 1000 feet above 500 feet that you live you can subtract 3.5% from that continuios and above 85 deg subtract another 2%. You need to consider these things when buying this or any generator. The generator is very quiet and light easy to carry. I live at 2580 feet and on a 95 deg day mine will pull about 1200 watts no problem.
Unit came well packed, no damage. After adding fuel and oil fired up on second pull, fairly quiet, and ran well. The spark plug is a pain in the butt to change if needed. I bought it to primarily charge cordless tools and run a couple lights at our remote hunting camp. I was a bit disappointed when it would not run a small vacuum cleaner but it does do what I bought it for.
Right out of the BOX read the Manual bought the recommended OIL bought that Liquid GOLD caller gasoline
filled the oil as instructed added about 1/2 gallon of gasoline
fiddled around and FOUND (NOT MENTIONED) how to turn the gas flow on and in 2 pulls it was running! Went deep into the yard where power was not available plugged in my saw and cut down brush that had not been cut in 10 years. I worked about 6 hours and used all the fuel. Cleaned the power generator and stored it for the POWER OUTAGES that will come; with our change of climate.
I have run a test and it passed. i followed directions and it started on the second pull. i it ran for 2 1/2 hours on a quarter tank of gas. i turned it off, it would have gone longer. it ran my fridge/freezer, a box fan and a cd/radio. a total of approx. 1000 watts running. i read it should run for nine hours at half load. i have no doubt that will be the case. i tried to run my 30pint dehumidifier [didn’t have wattage on box, and will make inquiry, but think it’s greater than 800 watts] and it became unstable [the gen. and the dehumid.]. not too concerned about this because my main concern is two fridge./freezers, a radio and a fan. i will never have to worry about losing all that food again. it will have earned its’s keep in the first outtage. bring it on…lol.
I live in West Virginia and the power seems to go out here often. Althought I serched several different stores just before Sandy hit and all local stores where sold out of Generators with in my price range. So I orderd this one from Home Depot. I received it in a timely manner concidering Sandy was here. I filled it with oil and Gas and it started with the first pull. It runs my fridge and furnace (oil Heat) both at the same time. I am very happy with this product.And YES I would recomend this generator to any one!!
The last generator we purchased tanked and started smoking after only ten minutes of use – powering a box fan.
This generator won’t be getting its full test run for another month, but the trial run has proven successful – marks above the last experience!
It’s relatively quiet for the power it says it can give. Thirty feet away and it sounds like nothing more than a lawn mower.

DuroStar DS4000S 4,000 Watt Gas Powered Portable Generator. DuroStar DS4000S 4,000 Watt Gas Powered Portable Generator.

This is a DuroStar 4,000 Watt 7.0 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator.

Durable DuroStar 7.0 Hp, air cooled OHV engine w/low oil shutoff
• Heavy duty steel frame with four point fully isolated motor mounts for smooth and quiet operation
• Full power panel with oil warning light, volt meter, circuit breaker and power outlets
• Power Plug Configuration:(2)-120 Volt, 20 Amp, 60 Hz-NEMA 5-20R Outlets, (1)-120 Volt, 30 Amp, 60 Hz-NEMA L5-30 Outlet
• 8 Hour run time
• 4000 Watt Surge/3300 watt continuous
• 4 Gallon gas tank/8 hour run time
•EZ-Pull recoil start
•EPA Approved
•Automatic low oil shut off.
Product Description
Durable DuroMax 7.0 Hp, air cooled OHV engine with low oil shutoff . Heavy duty steel frame with four point fully isolated motor mounts for smooth and quiet operation. Full power panel with engine shutoff switch, volt meter, circuit breaker and power outlets. (2) Fully protected 120V outlets and (1) 120V twist-lock outlet. 8 Hour run time. All steel 4.0 gal. fuel tank with ez-read gauge. Low oil shut-off protects engine. Super quiet muffler reduces engine noise. Specifications: Max AC Output: 4000 watts / Rated AC Output: 3300 watts. Current: 120V, (2) 120v 20A 3-prong outlets (Standard Household plug), (1) 120v 30A twist lock. Low oil shutoff. EPA approved engines. Super quiet exhaust w/built-in spark arrestor. EZ-Pull Recoil start. 7.0 Hp air cooled OHV engine. Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.0 gal. Decibel: 69 dBA. Run-Time: at 50-Percent Maximum Output: 8.0 hrs. Includes: Spark plug wrench? Shipping Weight: 135.00-Pounds.
Great for camping, RVs, sporting events, home back-up power, job sites, and more, the DuroStar DS4000S gas-powered generator has a 7.0-horsepower air-cooled overhead valve engine with a recoil start that cranks out 3,300 constant running watts of power (and a peak of 4,000 watts; learn more about wattage needs below). This rugged workhorse is ideal for a wide variety of uses from getting you through a power outage to keeping you and your family supplied with all the necessary conveniences of home while being miles from nowhere.
Heavy duty steel frame with four-point fully isolated motor mounts (view larger).
Note for California residents: This model is not CARB-compliant. Units sold to California must be CARB-compliant.
The power panel features the main controls, including start switch, volt meter, and circuit breaker. It offers two 120-volt, 20-amp, 3-prong outlets (NEMA 5-20R) to supply power to all of your home appliances, plus one 120-volt, 30-amp outlet (NEMA L5-30) for high-powered tools.
The DS4000S has an 8-hour run time at 1/2 load, and it has a 4-gallon fuel tank that also includes an easily readable gauge. The heavy duty steel frame has four-point fully isolated motor mounts for smooth and quiet operation. Other features include a recoil start, super quiet muffler that reduces engine noise (69 dBA rating), and automatic low-oil shut off to protect the engine. An optional wheel kit is also available for the DS4000S, enabling easy portability. Backed by a 1-year limited warranty.
I bought this generator in preparation for hurricane Irene. Ordered it on Wen., it arrived on Fri., just in time to set it up before the storm (can’t beat Amazon Prime!). The generator was easy to set up and started in one pull. This generator provided power sufficient to run the refrigerator, a mini-split a/c unit, TV, and a couple of fluorescent lights for two days. Under this load, a full tank (4 gallons) lasted around 12-14 hours. This unit appears to be a Chinese import so I do have my doubts about long-term reliability, never the less, the DS4000 appears surprisingly well-constructed and capable for the price.
Easy to Operate
Relatively Quiet (compared to a 22″ lawn mower)
Easy to read fuel gauge
Recommended oil change interval of 20 hours (change the oil every other time you fill the gas tank?)
Oil drain obscured by frame below (as oil drains it runs along the frame and makes a mess)
No watt or amp meter (Has volt meter, but why?)
Earth grounding post and hardware (nuts and washers) are too small
Packaging is inadequate for UPS Ground Shipping (operating panel was dented on arrival)
Update 9/18/2012
It’s been a full year since I’ve used this generator. After Hurricane Irene, I drained the fuel tank and changed the oil. This evening the power went out, so I filled the tank and the generator started on the second pull. I love this thing!
Update 11/5/2012
Just got the power back after 7 days; this time it was Sandy The DS4000 proved itself as the little generator that could, running 16 hrs/day for seven days without a problem. I’ve been using synthetic oil (Royal Purple SAE 30) and extending the oil change interval to once every 2 days (32 hours of use). Doesn’t seem to use much oil, maybe down one or two ounces in this interval. I really do love this generator!
I ordered this generator after the last season of hurricanes and storms in Northeast USA. My house is in a flood prone area and I wasn’t going to go through another entire hurricane season with sleepless nights. My old generator stopped working last year so I knew I was in the market for a new one.

I paid $299 for this generator off of Amazon and another $39 for the wheel kit (DuroStar DS4000S-WK Wheel Kit for DS4000S). As of writing this review, the generator is down to $289.00. Either way, I would have paid $350 for this unit!

The packaging was great. There was no damage to the unit during shipping. My biggest complaint about packaging is that some oil seemed to seep out of the unit and onto the box so I had to be careful when opening it up. I ended up having to wipe the units frame down with a rag to dry it off. The unit does not ship with oil, but someone must have put oil in it at one point to test it out because there was a lot of oil in the box. One other note, be sure to remove the shipping mounting bracket! The easiest way to do this is to use the provided tool and loosen the nuts and bolts while the unit is sitting level.

We have not had to use this unit yet (thankfully) but I did get it running. I recommend purchasing an all purpose or transmission fluid funnel from your local automotive shop – this will help you to fill the oil tank without getting oil all over the place. The location of the oil fill is not very convenient, but with the proper funnel it isn’t much of a headache. I imagine in the middle of a storm though that this could prove to be a huge design flaw. Once oil was added, I threw in some Unleaded 87 octane gasoline and it started up on the second pull. I let it run for about 5 minutes. The unit is QUIET! Very quiet. I would even go as far as to say that my lawn mower is louder than this generator. I was able to put my head right next to the generator without issue, and I could not hear it running from inside of my house. Very impressed with the volume!

Attaching the wheel kit was a pain to say the least. The location of the bolts is a problem, and the bolts and nuts are different wrench sizes which is another problem. It makes installation a bit of a pain. I would say though that having this generator on wheels is very helpful. I would recommend the wheel kit to anyone interested in this generator.

Thanks – I hope this was helpful.

Hurricane Sandy hit us hard and we were estimated to be without power for 5 days. I prepared the generator the day before it hit, filled it with gas, checked oil level, and then started it up. It started right up! I then followed the instructions:
– Let generator run for a few minutes before plugging in any load
– Plug in all load starting with most intensive first
– Flip breaker to ON

It has been 4 days without power now and this generator has powered the following (at different times):
– (2) 1/2HP sump pumps
– (1) refridgerator/freezer and (1) microwave
– (1) refridgerator/freezer and (1) HVAC system for heat
– (1) refridgerator/freezer and (1) Verizon FiOS system
– Miscellaneous items [cell phone chargers, hair irons, radio, etc.)

The unit does not have a wattage meter to show you the current load but you should do your due diligence to know how much power various items draw. I can judge how must stress I put on the unit by keeping a note on how long 4 gallons of gas gets me. The unit says 4 gallons = 8 hours on full load. I am getting 4 gallons = 16 hours so I am only putting the unit through half load.

I changed the oil 20 hours into running per the manual. From what I understand this is very important! Don’t skip this step. I had a hard time removing the oil drain plug (10mm hex wrench) so I ended up removing the oil cap and tilting the unit to the side to drain the oil which removed almost all of it. Again, it started right up afterwards with no issues.

Lastly, compared to all of my neighbor’s generators, this one is the quietest by far!

Bottom line – if you treat this generator right and maintain it, it should return the favor and save your butt in times of need. We have a 1 yr old daughter and without this generator it would have been a difficult few days.

UPDATE AFTER STORAGE (Fall 2012 – Fall 2014)

I recently pulled the generator out of storage to turn it over and let it run for a bit. When I stored it in 2012 I changed the oil and emptied the gas tank, so all I had to do was put a bit of gasoline in and start it up. I’m happy to report that it started up on the first pull without issue. I let it run for about 5-10 minutes, then closed it down for storage again (drained gas tank). I am extremely satisfied with this purchase!!
I purchased this generator right after hurricane Irene. After hurricane Irene had damaged power lines in my neighborhood and being without power for 4 days I relied on my car battery to power lamps in my home using a power converter which included battery clamps. I decided to buy a generator as using a car battery during power outages can only go so far. Enter hurricane Sandy, I lost power again for 7 days where my new generator came into play to be used for the first time. I never operated or owned a generator before so I thought listing my experience here on Amazon in detail will help others like me.

This generator came with two open end wrenches, a screwdriver and a spark plug wrench. Once you open the box you will see that there is a block of wood inserted in the engine and tied down with a nylon strap. It also has a metal shipping brace attached to the bottom of the frame of the generator. These will have to be removed before you can use the generator. As per the manual you would have to turn the unit upside down on top of the foam pad that was shipped with this unit to remove the shipping brace. Removing the nuts and bolts from the shipping brace was impossible for me using the included cheap wrenches or even with my own pliers and open end wrench. The bolts connecting to the nuts were small and hard to turn. I had to use a large ratchet with a long handle using a 10 MM adapter which helped the bolts come off easily. Once everything was removed I then installed the wheel kit (DuroStar DS4000S-WK Wheel Kit for DS4000S) which I also purchased from Amazon. It helped me move my generator from my backyard to my garage when I was done using it at night. The generator is pretty heavy so moving it around without the wheel kit will be a challenge.

I purchased a funnel with an extension flexible clear hose with attached plug. The clear hose helped me know when the oil compartment was full. The attached plug on the end of the clear hose is convenient to use as well when you’re done filling your generator with oil. Simply close the end of the hose with the plug to avoid any continuous oil drips after using. Another great thing about the plug end is that in fits exactly into the oil drain/fill hole on my generator which minimized spilling oil while filling. You will have a small amount of oil leaking at some point (removing after its full) so place something (a plastic mat or sheet) under the work area to avoid a messy cleanup and stains. This funnel was bought on Amazon for $5 with free shipping which is an awesome deal. It’s listed as “Hopkins TF-1 Heavy Duty Transmission Funnel, 18″ Hose, Red”. This generator can only hold 20 ounces of 30W oil but when you have to add more oil after multiple hours of use the clear hose then becomes very helpful. My first oil change was done right after I went through one full tank of fuel. I chose to change the oil at that time as other reviewers indicated as to remove any metal debris that probably came loose during use to avoid damage to the new motor. Draining oil from this unit can be a pain since it drips directly onto the frame. What I did to avoid a mess was to lift the generator on the wheeled side before opening the oil drain cap and placed one of the legs under the generator on top of a brick. This helped keep the flow of oil from making any contact with the frame as it drained. Once I saw that the oil had slowed I would then tip it towards the opening of the oil drain hole to completely drain. I used a small metal bowl to catch the dripping oil to then discard the oil into an oil canister for transporting. I disposed of the oil at my local car mechanic shop. The oil drain cap has a built-in oil dip stick for checking how much oil has burned. Convenient little piece.
One thing to keep in mind is to make sure your generator is on a leveled surface while it is running. I accidentally left mine at an inclined angle (wheeled side higher than leg side) due to an elevated portion on the ground which caused oil to slowly spew through the air filter while it was running. I thought something broke but after further inspection I realized what I have done. I powered it down and wiped everything clean with a couple of paper towels. I washed the foam air filter in dishwashing liquid and warm water and replaced everything after it has dried. No oil has dripped since.

After a few days of using my generator I then noticed it was creating “clanging” noises while it was running. I turned it off and noticed that two nuts on the top corners had become loose. The top portion (yellow metal top) was creating this noise while the motor ran. I simply tighten them down (after powering down of course) which eliminated the noise and has not come loose as of yet. I assumed it became loose during shipping or just did so on its own since the motor is constantly running for hours. This generator vibrates quite a bit as I assume all portable generators do. After hours of use I suggest you inspect the nuts and bolts connecting the top panel to the frame to ensure nothing has loosened.

Below are the steps to get this generator running.

Remove all packaging from generator.

If wheel kit was purchased install now before adding any fluids (gas and oil).

Fill with 20 ounces of 10W-30 oil with funnel.

Add 4 gallons of fuel. I purchased a gas can on Amazon with an extension tip which has a built-in close/open push valve to avoid spilling while filling. (No-Spill 1450 5-Gallon Poly Gas Can (CARB Compliant))

Make sure you ground the unit using copper wire on the grounding wing nut for safety reasons. Copper wire or the ground stake is not included in this package.

Make sure Choke switch is set to “Off”.
Makes sure gas valve is set to “On”.
Make sure circuit breaker switch is set to “On”.
Make sure power switch is set to “On”.

Pull recoil starter cord firmly (might take 2 or 3 pulls) to start generator motor. Mine initially took two pulls when I first tried. It now takes just one pull to start her up.

*First time running when brand new*: As stated in the manual, when the starter cord is pulled and motor begins to run, leave in “closed choke” position for a minute then move lever half way to open for another 30 seconds before moving lever slowly again all the way to “open” position. Allow the motor to run for several minutes before attaching any power cords.

*Thereafter*: Once motor begins running, slowly move lever from “closed choke” position to the “open” position. Generator noise will increase once in open position as motor kicks into high gear.

Now you can plug in your extension cords into the outlets. 12/3 gauge is ideal since thin cords will get extremely hot and can drain power to your equipment. I purchased two 50 foot cords using one for each outlet and surge suppressors attached to each cord with multiple outlets. Search “US Wire 65100 12/3 50-Foot SJTW Orange Heavy Duty Extension Cord” on Amazon.

If you want two more 120v outlets then I suggest you convert the 3 prong outlet (L5-30P) into two 120v outlets (5-20R) by using a Y splitter cable adapter. The one I purchased on Amazon is called “Coleman Cable 01915 3-Foot Generator Power Cord Adapter, 10/3 Splitter Y Adapter, L5-30P to (2) Lighted 5-20R”. This will help distribute the load of power from the generator.

For storage, I also purchased a small cover for this generator on Amazon. Not sure how long it will last since I just bought it but it received good reviews. It’s water resistant and has an elastic hem with drawstring. It was difficult finding one that fit this generator but this one fit like it was custom made. The size of the cover is 26 x 18 x 20 which is the small size. The vendor name is “The-Cover-store” who sells it for $20 plus $5 shipping.

This generator came in handy when I needed it the most and has performed like a champ. I had a refrigerator, electric start stove, charged 3 smart phones, a battery charger charging 8 AA batteries, 4 lamps using energy efficient bulbs, 2 laptops, an LCD TV screen, Blu-ray player and brewed a cup of coffee running all at the same time and this generator didn’t struggle at all. It can handle more than what I used it for. My generator ran for 14+ hours before I needed to refuel. Obviously, the less power consuming equipment you use the longer it will run.

For $289.00 purchased in 2011, backed by Amazon’s return policy (only refunds as anything that has had fuel cannot be shipped back) and overall helpful reviews on Amazon I couldn’t go wrong. If I was to buy this generator at my local Home Improvement store right after a natural disaster it could easily sell out for $800+. If you don’t need to power NASA then this generator will help you when you need power. I’m very grateful for all of the reviews (good and bad) that were listed on Amazon to help me and my family make a wise and cost effective choice to help get through our power outages. I hope my review helps others as well. If I have other info to share (ex: fuel cup cleaning and spark plug changes) I will post my experience. I highly recommend this generator to run your basic needs.

Makita UC3530A Commercial Grade 14-Inch 15 amp Electric Chain Saw. Makita UC3530A Commercial Grade 14-Inch 15 amp Electric Chain Saw.

This is a Makita UC3530A Commercial Grade 14-Inch 15 amp Electric Chain Saw with Tool-Less Blade And Chain Adjustments.

Compact and light weight (9.5 lbs.) for easy operation
• Reliable and durable performer
• High speed action (5,500 FPM chain speed) for fast cutting
• Durable poly-carbonate housing
• Special sprocket inside the end of the chain bar for smooth chain action
• Large hand protector in front deflects flying chips
• Built-in overload protector
•UL listed and double insulated
•11-3/4″” Chain
•11-3/4″” Guide Bar
•Chain Cover
•Socket Wrench
•Philips Screwdriver
•Cord Hook
•Lightweight 11.5 Amp electric chain saw
•Features 5500 feet-per-minute chain speed for high-speed cutting
•Durable polycarbonate housing ensures long tool life
•Built-in overload protector; special sprocket inside the end of the chain bar for smooth chain action
•11 3/4-inch guide bar; weights 9-1/2 pounds; 1-year warranty.
Product Description
The Makita 11.5 Amp electric chain saw is compact and lightweight — just 9-1/2 pounds — for easy handling and quick cutting. A reliable and durable performer, this saw features a 11 3/4-inch guide bar and a 5,500 FPM chain speed for zipping through branches and other material. A durable polycarbonate housing means longer tool life. A sprocket is cleverly installed inside the end of the chain bar for smooth chain action. A large hand protector in front deflects flying chips, and a built-in overload protector protects the tool and operator from power surges. This saw is double insulated and built to last. It comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
The Makita 11.5 Amp electric chain saw is compact and lightweight — just 9-1/2 pounds — for easy handling and quick cutting. A reliable and durable performer, this saw features a 11 3/4-inch guide bar and a 5,500 FPM chain speed for zipping through branches and other material. A durable polycarbonate housing means longer tool life. A sprocket is cleverly installed inside the end of the chain bar for smooth chain action. A large hand protector in front deflects flying chips, and a built-in overload protector protects the tool and operator from power surges. This saw is double insulated and built to last. It comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
What’s in the Box
11.5 Amp electric chain saw, 11-3/4-inch chain, 11-3/4-inch guide bar, chain cover, socket wrench, Phillips screwdriver, file, and cord hook.
This saw is a wood cutting machine. The chain speed is over 60mph (5500fpm)! Twice the speed of the next fastest electric chainsaws on the market! (the other makita models) Most other manufacturers won’t even tell you their chain speed, because this one beats them so bad. I bought it to carve wood with, and find that it actually cuts hard wood faster then soft wood – the harder the better (it can bog down in soft wood)!

The first one I bought off of Amazon came to me with shipping damage, but when I notified them, I had another one in 2 days, no additional charge, and they even paid the shipping to return the damaged one! EXCELLENT SERVICE! This unit cuts wood far better than most of the gas powered chainsaws I have tried.

There are only 2 things that could be considered downside: the anti-kick back guard on the nose of the bar is a pain…I’m a big boy now, and know how to use a chainsaw, so I ordered a replacement bar without this guard. The other thing is, with that tremendous chain speed, the wood chips come off the bar at 60mph, too, so be prepared to have this sawdust fly everywhere! I completed my first carving with this unit in record time, and then when I looked around, found myself and the entire inside of my garage covered in sawdust and wood chips! This tool is excellent!
I bought this masterpiece a few weeks ago and i love it! Its a dream come true! Its cuts through the thickest materials really fast and is unbelievably smooth! I wouldnt recommend anything else.
This truly us one of the best saws that i have ever come across.
I have owned several of these saws for business, no other small saw perfoms so well. Quick, efficient cutting capability…moving at 5,500 feet per minute it is simply the fastest electric chainsaw on the market. Lightweight, easy to reach oiler…quiet (well, in comparison to my big saws!)
A great choice for the home or business.
I use to have a gas powered chain saw. But the infrequent activity means that priming and gas fouling in the plug make it a real hassle, especially when I just need to cut a handful of branches. The time it took to start the gas chain saw is 5 times the time it took to cut the wood. So I got this Makita electric saw. For the occasional branch cutting, this saw is great. There is enough torque and the high RPM makes cutting wood up to 8″ pretty easy. This is so much lower maintenance than the gas chain saw.