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Great for camping, RVs, sporting events, home back-up power, job sites, and more, the top-of-the-line DuroMax Elite MX1500 gas-powered generator has a 3.0-horsepower air-cooled overhead valve engine with a recoil start that cranks out 1,000 constant running watts of power (and a peak of 1,500 watts; learn more about wattage needs below). This generator is EPA approved with a rating of 69 dBA for quiet operation, 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 power panel features the main controls, including start switch, volt meter, and circuit breakers (120- and 12-volt). It offers two 120-volt, 9-amp, 3-prong outlets (NEMA Certified). The MX1500 has a 4.5-hour run time at 1/2 load, and it has a 1-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, and it's equipped with rubber feet to reduce vibration. Backed by a 1-year limited warranty.
DuroMax generator; tool kit; operating instructions
|Engine horsepower||3.0 hp||7.0 hp||7.0 hp|
|Low oil shutdown||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Fuel tank size (gallons)||1.0||4.0 (steel)||4.0 (steel)|
|Run time @ 50% load||4.5 hours||8 hours||8 hours|
|Outlets||(2) 120-volt, 9-amp, 3-prong||(2) 120-volt, 20-amp, 3-prong; |
(1) 120/240-volt, 30-amp twist-lock
|(2) 120-volt, 20-amp, 3-prong; |
(1) 120/240-volt, 30-amp twist-lock
|Wheel type||--||Knobby, never-flat||Knobby, never-flat|
|Warranty||1-year, limited||1-year, limited||1-year, limited|
To determine whether a generator is appropriate for your needs, you need to first add up the wattage of tools, appliances, and motors you want to run at the same time. Then select a generator with the running wattage rating to match or exceed the total load.
Keep in mind that tools and appliances with electric motors require additional surge wattage at startup that can be double or triple the normal running wattage requirement. Look at the surge watts required and make sure you choose a generator with enough additional wattage to start them. (And remember that you're typically not starting more than half of the items at the same time.)
Here's a sampling of power ratings for common household appliances.
Note: These are only estimated wattages. Please check your particular appliance for actual wattage.
I have used this geni every day since feb 2012 somethimes I've run it 24 to 30 hours continus with an external gas tank of my own and I use the best quality oil and gas I can... Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by biggmike932
So I bought this generator last year and so far I am very impressed. I wanted something light enough to use for camping and to strap to the back of my four wheeler for use around... Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by farmerj2000
This was a gift for my husband. In our old home we had the power go out several times and in our new home we don't have to worry anymore.Published on January 6, 2013 by Nancy C. Gorgol
Bought this generator when Hurricane Sandy was forecasted to hit my area. The price was great and the shipping through Prime was amazingly quick. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by North Jersey Mamma
I never thought that I would get my moneys worth on this, its even better than my Briggs and Stratton 5500 Storm Responder!!! Read morePublished on December 17, 2012 by Gabe S.
this is a handy little generator if you dont have a long enough extention cord take it to the cord but use it outsidePublished on December 11, 2012 by fred pierce
Bought this little gem right before hurricane Sandy hit. Instructions were straight forward. It didn't come with oil so be sure you have a quart on hand. Read morePublished on November 27, 2012 by David Fabricant
Ordered this on Thursday and received on Saturday before the storm. Power went out about 7 pm Monday and came back about 7 pm Sunday (6 days). Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I live in NJ and was desperately trying to get a generator before Hurricane Sandy bore down on us. It was due to land on Sunday and I was trying everywhere to get a generator on... Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by joe