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Predator 20 hr oil change interval? #5343305 02/07/20 04:08 AM
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Why does the Predator require a 20-hour oil change interval? When I'm busy, That's every other day.

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Re: Predator 20 hr oil change interval? [Re: brainpause] #5343312 02/07/20 04:41 AM
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Fairly small sump, Chinese made chonda clone, probably trying to minimize any warranty repairs. I've been running T5 HDEO (10W30) in mine, it generally drains clean without any visible metal, I would guess around 35 hours or so per change.


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Re: Predator 20 hr oil change interval? [Re: brainpause] #5343328 02/07/20 05:18 AM
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Originally Posted by brainpause
Why does the Predator require a 20-hour oil change interval? When I'm busy, That's every other day.
Which Predator? My Predator generator with 212cc engine calls for a 100 hour OCI.

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I'd be using a modern detergent Monograde 30 and replacing it weekly at most. I see no point changing that often on a machine that's worked for hours on end.

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Re: Predator 20 hr oil change interval? [Re: brainpause] #5343383 02/07/20 07:00 AM
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Are you sure it is 20hrs?
I would have expected 20hrs for the first oil change, then 50 - 100hrs after that.


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Originally Posted by Ride_Red
Are you sure it is 20hrs?
I would have expected 20hrs for the first oil change, then 50 - 100hrs after that.


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^yep

Re: Predator 20 hr oil change interval? [Re: brainpause] #5343484 02/07/20 09:07 AM
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https://manuals.harborfreight.com/manuals/69000-69999/69730.pdf

says every 20 hours.. it just them trying to avoid any warranty replacements.


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Re: Predator 20 hr oil change interval? [Re: brainpause] #5343507 02/07/20 09:31 AM
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Wow - I guess its because it .5qt capacity.....what a pain....I would pick a premium EP oil and do every 50hours just for my own sanity.

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Originally Posted by Rand
https://manuals.harborfreight.com/manuals/69000-69999/69730.pdf

says every 20 hours.. it just them trying to avoid any warranty replacements.
I think that's a mistake in the manual. I have the exact same engine in my Predator 3500 Inverter Generator and it calls for a 100 hour OCI. See https://manuals.harborfreight.com/manuals/63000-63999/63584.pdf

Note how the standalone engine manual recommends both 20 and 100 hour OCI. They can't both be correct.


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If it bothers you, it's still motor oil... capable of having an analysis done to adjust OCI...

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Re: Predator 20 hr oil change interval? [Re: Dave9] #5343829 02/07/20 03:30 PM
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I thought about analysis. I occasionally do it for my driveables.

I wish I could find the source but I thought I found something several months ago that said there is a plastic cam gear or some such. Said needs fresh oil all the time.

The oil change is pretty easy with one of those oil suckers. And since there's no filter. I don't have to fool with that either.

I just wondered if there was some GOOD reason for the very short OCI.

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Oh, and I have the 420cc engine in my 6750 watt genny. I wonder if that makes any difference from the 212.

https://manuals.harborfreight.com/manuals/63000-63999/63083.pdf

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If you use it for business I'd get something with a Honda GX/equivalent. Fooling with cheap throwaway equipment will only cost you time and money.


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Sort of for business but mostly personal. Not critical.

I have an 8 by 20 Trailer that I have outfitted with air conditioning and electricity So that I can work on things. It is parked in a big parking lot. . And it stays there.

I have 12 volt lighting inside. So until the battery dies, I at least have lighting. I mainly use it for air conditioning and heat but occasionally power tools. I don't have to use it very often to repair things for work.

I have had good luck with this predator. So far. For me, it was either buy a predator or some other Chinese knockoff or don't get a generator at all.


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