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great so far - check back in ten years
on January 31, 2011
i normally don't do reviews, but they helped me, and i hope this helps you.
on the electric start, it starts up great. coldest day so far was about 10 degrees, and it takes about 4 spins to hit, and a few more turns to sustain. a big puff of black smoke and some loping, and then you are off to the races. the starter whirs without engaging sometimes, but catches the next time.
the frame and chassis are adequate. too often they skimp on wheels, etc. this bitch is heavy and needs the rugged frame.
it seeems to sip diesel fuel, as advertised. i don't let it get close to running out, but i've gone 6-7 hours without refueling. the fuel cap is well positioned and easy to access (can't say the same for the oil).
i haven't challenged the electrical side but i think the outlets work as advertised and don't overload prematurely. i'm running a well pump on it, 50 hours continuous at 230v 15 amp no problem.
so far, biggest complaint is how unfriendly it is to drain and refill the oil. the drain spills oil all over the frame and filling gets it all over the tires. i think a turkey baster might solve the filling problem next time.
it seems awful noisy to me, but i'm not used to being around these things.
i tried to man up and start it with the rope the first day, since i didn't have a battery on hand. i could not get it to start, and it had me worried. it still wouldn't start with a battery, so i pulled the fuel lines and bled the air out, and it started. i haven't tried the pull rope since. i pulled all the lines, but i think you only need to pull the rubber line which is not hard to do.
the factory settings were too low for engine rpm and the voltage wasn't high enough. my pump man said i needed 215 v. minimum. we reset the idle speed and got 230v right off the bat. no issues since.
i did the math and decided the payback point was only about 200 hours for the fuel consumption and the extra [...] bucks to get the diesel version. i would already have hated to haul as much gasoline as i've used so far but i have a diesel tank, and that helps.
at one point before he became a failed presidential lecher candidate, john edwards asked: what have we ever got from china, besides lead in our toys, blah blah. i thought then, we all have toys like this (and cordless drills, and on and on) that we never would have had a generation ago. not saying it's a good thing, but there it is..