1200 Watt Portable Generator
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Oct 28 2010 update. Ive had this for some months now...still works great. the only thing that happened to it is that the little screw that holds the power receptical in fell out. I put it back in and used a little loc-tite. you might want to keep some handy if you buy it. I must say also that this is an efficient little generator. With minumum loads...like just watching movies pulling 100 watts, you should get a good 6 or 7 hours out of it at least. 600 watts, like powertools and the like, 3 to 4 hours of continuouse use...thats pretty good. I hope that helps.
I would purchase another if this one fails. It's been two years.
I have since switched to an ACDelco 41-800 Platinum plug and am now using fuel at 40:1 gas:oil ratio, the instructions recommend 50:1 but I think this is just too lean for an engine that will pull a heavy load *therefore high temperatures* for hours on end. Engine performance with the platinum plug is amazing, it runs smooth and there is almost no spark knock anymore. Switching to premium fuel further improved performance and smoothness.
I'm at the end of my Royal Purple TCW-III and all I had available before the storm was Lucas Semi-Synthetic two stroke oil and it runs well. I'll be doing a head-to-head comparison here soon to see what this engine likes better.
EDIT FOR JULY 2012!!!
In the aftermath of the Derecho, I decided to see if this would run my frige, it runs my smaller refrigerator (5.0 Amp running) comfortably, but I had to turn the idle up to where the volt meter reads about 125V and back down on the governor tension (phillips screw above pull start recessed about 1/3" into the case) slightly.
Just play with the settings until you get it right and this generator will start pretty much anything.
Remember, I purchased this in MAY 2010... it's been AWESOME. I wish I could give it 10 stars, it's been a life saver.
I purchased this item just for a small amount of portable power, rarely over 250W. The item arrived on time, but the box was incredibly beat up. When I opened the package, the air cleaner was smashed to bits. However the engine ran and the generator worked fine.Read more ›
It really is small, and relatively quiet (for a generator in this price category) sounds like a weed-wacker at idle and a 2 cycle moped under load.
I haven't put much load on it yet but it ran a shop vac without any issues. I bought it as an emergency backup to run a few lights and sump pump during an outage but I expect that I'll also occasionally toss it in the trunk of the car when I need some power while away from an outlet. I plan on testing to see if it will run my chest freezer, I don't expect that it would run a full size refrigerator.
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We received the generator very quickly after we ordered it. The generator arrived in good condition. Read morePublished 24 months ago by amg
Unit arrived earlier then expected, that was great! Instruction said to use 30 to 1 mix of oil and gas for new engine. Read morePublished on December 27, 2013 by Xcrudeguy
Wonderful. It is a great thing I like it so thanks for your support and timely service. Great job and continue doing Highly recommended good jobPublished on November 22, 2013 by leroy rose
This little generate works great for me right out of the box . It power my workshop just fine. Runs my tv, vcr, cable in my shop aas good as commercial power. Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by robert chester
It does what I need it for and as far as I can tell it will.
It has met my expectations so far.
The paint is pealing off the top & is showing rust. This is the third time I used it. I have used less than a gallon of gas.Published on July 13, 2013 by toney
Wow, piece of junk. I ordered one of these in October 2012. I started it up then and it ran good. Since that time, it's been stored in a shed out of the weather. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Andrew C. Box
I bought one of these a year ago and when it run's it does work (fairly). However when the company painted the red lid they did not cover the hold for the fuel tank. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Rick Quayle
I STILL HAVEN'T UTILIZED THE GENERATOR FOR THE PURPOSE I PURCHASED IT. IT SEEMS TO BE WELL CONSTRUCTED AND I'M SURE THAT IT WILL PERFORM UP TO EXPECTATIONS...... Read morePublished on January 10, 2013 by William E. Clark