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#2795154 - 11/06/12 10:08 PM Re: Generator failures [Re: Donald]
ron917 Offline


Registered: 01/20/05
Posts: 177
Loc: New Jersey
Make sure that you can actually siphon gas from your vehicles before you really need to. My Outback and Montana have things that block a hose from reaching the gas tank through the filler neck. The hose goes in pretty far, a couple of feet, but something blocks it. I don't know if they are anti-theft devices, emission control stuff or just the way they are built. I haven't tried siphoning from either of the Hondas yet.


Edited by ron917 (11/06/12 10:09 PM)
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#2795930 - 11/07/12 07:03 PM Re: Generator failures [Re: Donald]
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Registered: 04/11/09
Posts: 267
Loc: New Jersey
My Briggs and Stratton Storm Responder from Home Depot lasted 2 tanks of gas. The engine ran fine the brushes went so it did not make any electricity. I just got it back today My town has been out of power for 8 days.
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#2796722 - 11/08/12 02:10 PM Re: Generator failures [Re: gd9704]
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Registered: 05/12/08
Posts: 6247
Loc: Easton, PA
Originally Posted By: gd9704
My beloved Honda EU6500is is currently on loan to a friend who's been without power for 5 days. I'm only a little uneasy about that. I feel better knowing it got a fresh crankcase of Mobil 1 0w-40 before I dropped it off to them. I'm keeping track of the hours it's run since then (running since 7pm last night).....the manual calls for 100 hour oil changes. If we get that close I'll run to their house to change it--they are mechanically clueless.




They call for 10W-30??
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#2796918 - 11/08/12 05:31 PM Re: Generator failures [Re: lexus114]
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Registered: 07/17/03
Posts: 848
Loc: New York
Tachmeter/Hour Meter is your best friend. That was the 1st thing I installed on my new Gennys - before I even put in oil

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#2797550 - 11/09/12 10:36 AM Re: Generator failures [Re: Donald]
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Registered: 08/24/11
Posts: 9550
Loc: Boston, MA
If you're clever you can use the fuel pump in your car to pump gas into a can for the generator. I will say no more, though, because you really DO have to know what you are doing.


Edited by HerrStig (11/09/12 10:37 AM)

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#2798110 - 11/09/12 08:49 PM Re: Generator failures [Re: ron917]
cjcride Offline


Registered: 11/06/09
Posts: 1601
Loc: Ontario Canada
Originally Posted By: ron917
Make sure that you can actually siphon gas from your vehicles before you really need to. My Outback and Montana have things that block a hose from reaching the gas tank through the filler neck. The hose goes in pretty far, a couple of feet, but something blocks it. I don't know if they are anti-theft devices, emission control stuff or just the way they are built. I haven't tried siphoning from either of the Hondas yet.
Same for our 2003 Toyota Echo. A mechanic pal said it is probably a rollover valve designed to stop the fuel from flowing out the filler neck if the car flips.

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#2798998 - 11/11/12 07:42 AM Re: Generator failures [Re: Donald]
repairman54 Offline


Registered: 07/16/05
Posts: 13
Loc: Montague, NJ
10 days straight on my 10hp briggs powered 5.6k craftsman gen set for Sandy.
Only off to fuel & check oil in those 10 days.
10-30w ST synth. oil since it's birth. It used aprox. 2 oz. in that 10 day run.
Ran 5 straight days last year for Irene with no adding oil.
Oil changed, marine fuel stabilizer in the gas and sleeping in the garage ready for the next outage. Tank is fully fueled BTW and gets changed out yearly if not run.
Unit is 5 yr old now.
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#2800112 - 11/12/12 10:53 AM Re: Generator failures [Re: Donald]
ChrisJH Offline


Registered: 11/19/06
Posts: 162
Loc: CT
Ridgid 8000W generator, only seen Pennzoil Plat 5W-30 since day 1.

Changed every 25 hours (manual says first change is at 25, then every 50 after that but I dont mind doing it every 25). The remote control panel with LCD readout kicks butt because there is an hour meter on it.

Started it up the Thurs before Sandy just to make sure it works. Fired right up, ran fine.

We didnt lose power until the Friday AFTER the storm, they had to cut power to work on lines in our area. Generator got us through a cold Friday night, power was back the next day.

Subaru EX 40 engine....once the unit is out of warranty Ill get a tri-fuel kit for it. No NG hookup available for me, but Ill use propane if I have to.


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#2800114 - 11/12/12 10:54 AM Re: Generator failures [Re: repairman54]
lexus114 Offline


Registered: 05/12/08
Posts: 6247
Loc: Easton, PA
Originally Posted By: repairman54
10 days straight on my 10hp briggs powered 5.6k craftsman gen set for Sandy.
Only off to fuel & check oil in those 10 days.
10-30w ST synth. oil since it's birth. It used aprox. 2 oz. in that 10 day run.
Ran 5 straight days last year for Irene with no adding oil.
Oil changed, marine fuel stabilizer in the gas and sleeping in the garage ready for the next outage. Tank is fully fueled BTW and gets changed out yearly if not run.
Unit is 5 yr old now.



I remember when I was a kid and my Dad and I belonged to this group of Deer hunters. We had a cabin up in Long Pond,PA. Anyway, the one member had a 8hp B&S Generator so we could watch TV. I remember going outside for something, and all I saw was this Red glowing muffler on that thing. Looked pretty cool in the total darkness. tongue2
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