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Rugged generator, a lot for the money
on March 10, 2012
I bought this generator on sale four years ago, it has been used occasionally for field power, never for emergency power, the main reason I bought it. A few comments I would like to pass on to prospective owners. It is extremely noisy, intolerable within ten feet. I am looking into making a special noise trap housing. My 2 Kw Honda generator is quiet by comparison, but costs twice as much as the Powermate and puts out less than half the power. My owner's manual calls out 10-30 motor oil--another review said that information is missing.
Here is the most important issue--The first few years I started it often enough so starts were fast and predictable. DO READ THE OWNERS MANUAL ON PROPER STARTING TECHNIQUE! Then it got buried in the tool shed for over six months, and I forgot to run the float bowl dry at shut-down, so the fuel became a bunch of gunk and the carb was plugged. I removed the lower float bowl, and degunked the carb with solvent, jet needle and compressed air, and it runs again. SO HERE ARE MY RULES FOR HAVING IT ALWAYS READY TO USE. ALWAYS SHUT DOWN BY TURNING OFF THE FUEL VALVE, allow the engine to quit, then turn off the OFF-ON switch. Replace all the fuel with fresh fuel annually in cold climates, and every six months in hot climates, unless the genny is used a lot. I do try to run it with a load every month if possible.