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DuroMax Elite MX1500 1,500 Watt 3 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Durable 3.0 HP, Air-Cooled Engine
  • Output: 1500 Watts Max / 1000 Watts Rated
  • 4.5 Hour Run Time At 1/2 Load
  • 2 - 120v AC 20A 3-Prong Outlets
  • Non-CARB Compliant/Not For Sale In California
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 62 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is available for shipping in the U.S. except for California and to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B002SB052M
  • Item model number: MX1500
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,777 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

DuroMax Elite series generators are the top of the line. The MX1500 features a recoil start 3 HP DuroMax motor that cranks out 1500 Peak and 1000 Constant Watts of Power. This Generator is great for Camping, RVs, Home Back-Up Power, Job Sites and wherever power is needed. The DuroMax Motor is air cooled and also has a low oil shutoff sensor to prevent motor burn out. The 1 gallon gas tank provides a runtime of 4.5 hours at a 50% load. These units are EPA approved with a rating of 69 dBA for quiet operation and are also safe to use in U.S. National Parks thanks to the super quiet exhaust with spark arrestor. The main face of the 1500 Elite Series Generator is the fully loaded Power Panel which features the main controls of the generator from the Start switch, volt meter, and circuit breaker. Also on the Power Panel is the (2) 120 Volt 9 Amp 3 Prong Outlets NEMA Certified outlets. This Generators lightweight and easy maneuverability make it easy to carry and use anywhere. Can not ship to California. DuroMax Elite Series Generators all carry a 1 Year Factory Warranty so if for any reason your generator gives you problems simply let us know and we will do our best to make it right. As always all MaxTool offers it 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee standard on every item we sell.

Product Description

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.

MX1500 main
Great for sporting events, outdoor parties, camping, and powering small tools (view larger).

 

MX1500 panel
Two 120-volt, 9-amp, 3-prong outlets on the power panel (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 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.

What's in the Box

DuroMax generator; tool kit; operating instructions


Compare the DuroMax Elite Portable Generators
Model # MX1500 MX4500 MX4500E
CARB compliant No No No
Running watts 1000 3500 3500
Starting watts 1500 4500 4500
Engine horsepower 3.0 hp 7.0 hp 7.0 hp
Starting method Manual Manual Electric
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
Handle style -- Flip-up Flip-up
Wheel type -- Knobby, never-flat Knobby, never-flat
Warranty 1-year, limited 1-year, limited 1-year, limited

 

Your Generator Needs

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.

ITEM RUNNING WATTS SURGE WATTS
Furnace Fan (gas or oil only) 1/8 HP 300 500
1/6 HP 500 750
1/4 HP 600 1000
1/3 HP 700 1400
1/2 HP 875 2100
Refrigerator 700 2200
Microwave Oven 625 800
Coffee Maker 1750
0
Toaster 1050-1600 0
Electric Range/Oven 12,500 0
Well Pump 1/3 HP 750 1400
  1/2 HP 1000 2350
Sump Pump 1/3 HP 800 1300
  1/2 HP 1050 2150
ITEM RUNNING WATTS SURGE WATTS
Lights On Bulb

Television 300 0
Garage Door Opener 1/4 HP 550 1100
  1/3 HP 750 1400
Portable Heater 100-1500 0
Hair Dryer 1100-1600 0
Iron 1200 0
Water Heaters Gas 500 1500
  Electric 7000-7500 0
Computers Desktop 600-800 0
  Notebook 200-250 0
  Monitor 200-250 0
Printer 400-600 0
Fax Machine 600-800 0
Cordless Telephone 100 0

Note: These are only estimated wattages. Please check your particular appliance for actual wattage.



Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

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Very easy to start.
C. Remaley
Therefor, I have in the interim given it 3 stars (a 1 for the product condition and a 5 for the customer service - so far).
Signs from Above
With only 1000-1500watts I was only able to power the two refrigerators and recharge some peripherals but it was enough.
D. E. Mulligan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

77 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Greg Granville on December 12, 2010
The 1000/1500 watt rating is accurate. Some other companies are selling this same generator with different cosmetic features and higher load ratings (such as 1200/1600 or even 1400/2000). I've seen a few of them and the motor and genset are identical. Under ideal conditions (below freezing temperatures - very low humidity) mine will just barely pull a 1500 watt heater. On a warmer day with higher humidity the same 1500 watt heater will bog the motor down immediately and eventually trip off if you don't reduce the load. I believe to get the best life from this unit, you should not exceed a 1000 watt continuous load.
The AVR works well, the voltage output stayed within one volt of 115VAC regardless of load. The governor works as expected, it will overshoot slightly up and down once when a large load change occurs. Pretty much typical of all fan type governors. All of these Chinese generators (from dozens of different companies) are clones of Honda models sold several years ago. I won't claim this generator (or any of the other clones) are as good as a Honda, but they are much closer than most Honda owners would probably admit. Noise levels are pretty darn close to Honda as well. If anything, they seem to have more mechanical noise, but the exhaust noise is well muffled.
Fuel consumption is also very Honda-like. That is to say - very good. Overall, I'd say you are getting about 80% of the quality of a Honda, and 100% of the engineering design features. The prices for these things vs. a real Honda can be 1/5 as much or lower (80% LESS)- depending on where you buy it. I got my MX-1500 for $159 and free shipping. Some other places are selling the same basic generator with different ratings and brand name stamped on then for almost double that price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe Friday on October 23, 2011
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instructions could be a better and oil fill could be a little easier to do but really it's compact and does what it has to do. starts easily and runs great right out of the box.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Lippencott on October 22, 2011
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Very happy with this purchase. Generator started on the third pull very first time I attempted to use it. Choke lever position is mislabeled (reversed) on both the unit and in the manual. I noticed the choke butterfly was in the wrong position when I pulled the cover to the air filter to check it before running. Tried to contact the seller about this issue, but got an obvious form response "If you are having problems with your new .......,etc." Not thrilled about their ignorance and potential future responses in case of trouble. I thought they may want to include an errata sheet or something, but they were not paying much attention.
Otherwise, I ran it for two hours while monitoring the output with a 600 W worklight and a P4400 Kill A Watt. Ran fine, steady, and relatively quiet at 63Hz freq. Didn't seem to put a dent into the gas supply in the tank. Did not get a chance to use it for a real emergency yet - I got it for the recent hurricane on the East coast, but never lost city power. Be aware that it's rated at only 1000 W continuous duty, though. I got it mainly for the sump pump which is about all it could handle, anyway. Made in China. Big surprise there!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris on July 5, 2012
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It does what it is supposed to do - delivers up to 1000 watts of power. I have used it for about 20 hours so far to run a small chest freezer and portable A/C during a power outage without trouble. A couple thoughts:
Only a voltage meter on the generator: this doesn't tell you the power draw, so if operating near the limit you will probably want something more informative. I've been using a Kill A Watt to confirm that I'm under 1000 watts. Even though an ammeter is more expensive than a voltage meter, something to monitor power draw would be good.
"Super quiet exhaust": If this is super quiet, I'd hate to hear loud. The muffler is more of a spark arrestor than a noise reducer. I don't have any reason to doubt the rated volume, though (69 dBA).
Fuel tank: the Amazon description says 1 gallon, but mine definitely has a 2 gallon tank (confirmed in the manual). According to the manual, it is rated to 8 hours of runtime on a tank, and that seems about right.
Overall, so far it has been a good buy for the price. I know that there are nicer generators available, but if you need something small and inexpensive, this may be a good choice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KSRTEXAS on May 1, 2012
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ONE YEAR UPDATE....the unit has been used several times. It is still as good as the day we got it. It has had NO issues and I still highly recommend it.

Here's the update. It passed the test! Camping with two lights running and a cpap machine. The run time was about 5 hours on one tank of gas. Tank refilled and ran again smoothly till it was out of gas. So as far as I'm concerned this product does what it promises and you can count on it!

New out the box with good design and easy instructions. Added gas and oil and 4 pulls later it's running like a champ. I ran it for an hour and plugged in some lights into the 120v plugs with no problems. DC volt meter showed a good stable current available. The real test will be in a couple of days when it goes primitive camping. Weight is not bad at all and the frame serves as handles. It has small rubber feet so the vibration is reduced and the unit was stable. It is quieter than most portable generators but still you won't want it right next to your tent or sleeping quarters. We use 100' extension cords. So far I really like this thing!
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