Jeffg3 wrote:This is Not a good price as you can get a larger generator for less price.
WEN 56475, 3750 Running Watts/4750 Starting Watts, Gas Powered Portable Generator, CARB Compliant
I can't remember if it's 699 or 599 but this 3500watt genset (inverter) was on sale at HarborFreight. I have one of the smaller 2kw units as a backup (I have a 10kw troybilt also). I've had it for about 3 years, start them up and run them under load(s) for 15-30 minutes, once a month is great, every other month is ok too. Then refuel then put them away. One thing about these smaller engines, if you let them sit for weeks or months, then go to start them, and you find yourself taking Advil later. I keep a can of starting fluid, sparkplug wrench and screwdriver in a bag attached to mine. I let it go for 3 months back in the winter, took a while to get it started, and only after I put some stater fluid in it. I plug a 1500watt heat gun up to it and let it roll for for a while. I do turn off the heat gun from time to time just to make the genset idle up and down. But they are very quiet.
As stated, anyone with a genset need to keep a few things on hand. Most important, Fuel, sparkplugs, oil. And you run the thing not just for the carb but the copper bindings in the "electrical producing" part of the generator. They will corrode if not "exercised".
The ONE thing I did to my big genset is the fuel conversion. I can run natural gas, LPG or 87-93 Octane. When we had the big 4 day power outage in my area years ago. NG was the only trusty source of "gas" as it flowed regardless. When I test my generator, I run NG first, then finish with about 15 on gas. My tank is 8gallons and I keep 15 on hand which I rotate every 3 months. 4 LPG tanks, 2 tanks stored off site, with-in wagon pulling distance if it came to that.
And something many people don't think about is, if you have a unit that hooks to your home, and you have computer or other sensitive electronic equipment plugged into a UPS, make sure the UPS is generator compliant or can be adjusted for "dirty power" or it will drive you crazy while you fry your UPS.
And DITTO on the fuel stabilizer.