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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for camping - limited emergency use, December 12, 2010
This review is from: DuroMax Elite MX1500 1,500 Watt 3 HP OHV 4-Cycle Gas Powered Portable Generator (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Lawn & Patio)
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.
The biggest drawback for these Chinese generators is finding parts and repair service. Many dealers will provide replacement parts when the units are still under warranty, but beyond the warranty period it can be difficult to impossible. Considering the ultra low price that these things go for, many will find that to be an acceptable trade-off. I'd rate it 5 stars plus for value, and 3 stars for quality. My overall rating is 4 stars.
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Initial post: Apr 9, 2011 7:08:33 AM PDT
savvyshopper says:
I'd be interested in using this as my sump-pump back up in case of a power outage, would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2011 3:15:57 PM PDT
Depends on the HP rating of your sump pump and the type of motor it has. If it uses a older split phase type motor, anything larger than 1/3 HP could have to much inrush current. The pump could fail to reach startup speed, the generator would bog and trip the breaker.
Some motors have lower inrush/startup current than others of the same HP rating. For example,an efficient 3/4HP PSC (Permanent Split Capacitor) type sump pump motor could actually start and run fine on this generator.
Check to see if your pump has a startup current rating stamped on it anywhere. If it's around 14 amps or less, you should be OK. Make sure you check the STARTUP current - not the RUN current. RUN current is always much lower.
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