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DuroMax Elite 4,500 Watt 7 HP 4-Cycle Generator.
This is a DuroMax Elite 4,500 Watt 7 HP 4-Cycle Generator.
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.
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
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
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.)
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
This is a WEN 56352 3500-watt HP 4-Cycle Gas Generator.
Digital readout helps manage oil changes and maintenance schedule
WEN 56352 3500-Watt Gas-Powered Portable Generator
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.
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 Only Mode
NOTE: IF YOU ARE USING ONLY 120 VOLTS, KEEP SWITCH IN THE 12O POSITION, EVEN THOUGH IT WILL WORK IN EITHER POSITION. THIS MIGHT HELP KEEP YOU FROM OVERWORKING THE UNIT UNNECCESSARILY AND PROVIDE MAXIMUM USAGE OF AVAILABLE CURRENT.
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
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
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.
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
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’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.
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
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
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.
It has been 4 days without power now and this generator has powered the following (at different times):
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.
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!!
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.
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”.
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.
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
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!