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Generator break in iGen2200 Westinghouse #4762649 05/20/18 05:27 AM
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New Westinghouse iGen 2200 on the way what’s everyone’s view on break in procedure load no load vering loads. Will be filling with Amsoil Small engine oil and VPracing SEF during break in and storage. Will be used majority time camping and possible power outage but them are few and rare lately.

Re: Generator break in iGen2200 Westinghouse [Re: dave123] #4762661 05/20/18 05:38 AM
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I myself would break it in with semi synthetic and dump the oil at 15 mins of run time and after 2 hours run time. You have the most damage done during this time when the rings are knocking off the high peaks of the cross-hatching. Then put Amsoil in at 4 hrs. Run a load with a space heater, run a light load with a lamp the first 15 minutes. If it has a filter just pull it and drain it on these oil changes. Also if you want all the oil out of it use 2 ball point pens to open the anti- drain back valve on the bottom and top and the oil will pour right out.

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Re: Generator break in iGen2200 Westinghouse [Re: dave123] #4762700 05/20/18 06:35 AM
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Hair dryers make good loads as they have fan-only, low- and high heat settings. I'd use eco-mode then have it up to "full" demand at 5 min. An 1875 watt hair dryer is close enough to "full" on a 2200 rated machine.

Re: Generator break in iGen2200 Westinghouse [Re: dave123] #4762769 05/20/18 07:52 AM
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I ran my WEN 2kW inv gen per the manual. I might have changed the initial fill of German Castrol 0W-30 a little early, out of convenience. Came out looking better than expected. No shiny particles. No oil consumption so far.

I broke it in using an 1500W ceramic heater. The low setting is 1200W.


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Re: Generator break in iGen2200 Westinghouse [Re: eljefino] #4762818 05/20/18 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted By: eljefino
Hair dryers make good loads as they have fan-only, low- and high heat settings. I'd use eco-mode then have it up to "full" demand at 5 min. An 1875 watt hair dryer is close enough to "full" on a 2200 rated machine.



This, or a space heater with a low and high speed setting.

I run them through 1 tank on dino-varying the load - then dump the sump and switch to synthetic.

One poster had a yamaha 2K that took hundreds of hours to break in properly - very unusual, as I know other that did not have that problem - but I guess he got there eventually and is now happy.

Get a magnetic drain plug in there if you can - its all the filtration you've got and it will have gunk on it.

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Re: Generator break in iGen2200 Westinghouse [Re: dave123] #4762855 05/20/18 09:25 AM
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I never use synthetic in any generator.

Always just plain ol' 15W-40 tractor oil.


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Re: Generator break in iGen2200 Westinghouse [Re: dave123] #4762994 05/20/18 12:10 PM
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I'd run the dog out of it under load for a couple hours and change the oil. Easy day.


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Re: Generator break in iGen2200 Westinghouse [Re: Linctex] #4764823 05/22/18 10:03 AM
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
I never use synthetic in any generator.

Always just plain ol' 15W-40 tractor oil.


I used GC, because I had a stash of it from a previous car. I was kind of amazed at how clean it looked after a running for a while. Being “cheap” and splash-lubed, I was expecting some sparklies or something showing some break-in. Drained IF into white container and it looked pretty good.

That’s not to say that the RT5 I’m using now wouldn’t have produced the same results. Who knows.


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Re: Generator break in iGen2200 Westinghouse [Re: WANG] #4764877 05/22/18 11:00 AM
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Originally Posted By: WANG
I'd run the dog out of it under load for a couple hours and change the oil. Easy day.
I was leaning this way from the beginning thanks all for responding

Re: Generator break in iGen2200 Westinghouse [Re: Linctex] #4765059 05/22/18 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted By: Linctex
I never use synthetic in any generator.

Always just plain ol' 15W-40 tractor oil.


That's what I do as well. I change it often enough (every 50 hours) and always keep it topped up. Hard to beat 15W40, its good stuff.


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Re: Generator break in iGen2200 Westinghouse [Re: bubbatime] #4765135 05/22/18 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted By: bubbatime
Originally Posted By: Linctex
I never use synthetic in any generator.

Always just plain ol' 15W-40 tractor oil.


That's what I do as well. I change it often enough (every 50 hours) and always keep it topped up. Hard to beat 15W40, its good stuff.
problem may be it may have to start and run in 0F weather so betting I’ll be using 0w40 in the fall same as the snowblower uses.

Re: Generator break in iGen2200 Westinghouse [Re: dave123] #4767234 05/24/18 05:52 PM
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I just serviced mine after 4 days of str8 use.Drained and refilled with left over Rotella t6.Runs like a champ.


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Re: Generator break in iGen2200 Westinghouse [Re: dave123] #4767246 05/24/18 06:01 PM
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Makes me cringe to think of not changing any type of oil on a small engine after the first hour. Always full of glitter. If you can't see the glitter it's still there, just too small of particles.

One of the most important things is varying the load. Don't just set a constant load and walk away for an hour.

Re: Generator break in iGen2200 Westinghouse [Re: dave123] #4767423 05/24/18 08:54 PM
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Filled generator with provide oil sent along from mfg filled with VPracing SEF 2 pulls wow right to eco mode really quiet. 1400 watt heat gun on and off for 30min loaded it hard never tripped. Drained oil glitter everywhere fill with Amsoil Small engine oil will give few hrs and drain only 12oz sump.
Really happy with this unit and would purchase again I believe built fairly well and half the cost of a Honda time will tell.

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"and half the cost of a Honda time will tell."

That would be correct. Time will tell.

I initially bought a brand new Chinese built Hyundai 2000is Inverter at less than half the cost of an equivalent Honda or Yamaha and was thoroughly impressed with everything about it except it's weight.

All was great for the first few hours of use. It was quiet, fuel efficient and provided good clean power. When it blew the inverter at around 85 hours, I was less impressed. Replaced the inverter with a new one under warranty then the magnets in the generator disintegrated at 175 hours, pretty much destroying the machine.
Needless to say I was considerably less impressed.

I ended up buying a Yamaha EF2000is inverter and it's going on 1500 hours so far. Initially it had issues with oil consumption that I closely monitored, measured and recorded. I kept a daily log of hours used, fuel & oil consumed. It took 900 hours of run time to finally reduce oil consumption to acceptable levels.

Initially, I'd need to add apprx. 2 oz. (60 ml) of oil every 25 to 30 hours of use. Now I can get a full 100 hour run with around the same amount of oil consumption if not less. More than happy with it now. It's quieter, lighter and more fuel efficient than the Hyundai machine and obviously much more durable.

It would be encouraging to hear of Chinese built brands that have the same quality and reliability of the Honda & Yamaha inverters.

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