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09-05-2013 05:27 AM  5 years agoPost 1
cmdiduca

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I just bought a new yamaha ef2000is generator. I would like to see what kind of oil you are using in yours. Also what part of the country are u in.

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09-06-2013 12:50 AM  5 years agoPost 2
jschenck

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I bought the Ryobi but would do the same for any generator

1. change the oil after the first gallon of fuel!
2. Use the oil the maker recommends. Ryobi it is automotive 10W30
3. Purchase an hour meter. mine was less than $10 from amazon. Do it now before you get much run time

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09-06-2013 02:42 AM  5 years agoPost 3
cmdiduca

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Hour Meter is on the way. I had to get over the initial shock of the cost of the genny.
Chris

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09-06-2013 02:45 AM  5 years agoPost 4
jschenck

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It's the only way I can stand to fly big E heli. Otherwise it would be nitro and gas only.

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10-04-2013 01:11 AM  5 years agoPost 5
ADHD

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YamaLube all the way.. Quart will last you 6 months easy.

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10-04-2013 01:27 AM  5 years agoPost 6
Ace Dude

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Amsoil.

  

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10-04-2013 01:46 AM  5 years agoPost 7
jschenck

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Neither - this is a 4 stroke engine. He's asking about the crank case oil.

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10-04-2013 02:00 AM  5 years agoPost 8
Ace Dude

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Not sure if you're replying to me, but Amsoil makes many 4-stroke oils. It's the only thing I use in my cars & 4-stroke power equipment.

  

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10-04-2013 02:36 AM  5 years agoPost 9
u8mydog

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Don't do synthetic.

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10-04-2013 09:17 AM  5 years agoPost 10
flyfish

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Why not synthetic oil???? I put in Mobil 1 after the first oil change!

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10-05-2013 02:32 AM  5 years agoPost 11
u8mydog

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Generators often don't run for extended periods of time. Synthetic oil will not stick on the components as long as normal 10w30.

Synthetic can be used if the generator isn't sitting unused for weeks on end.

But, one other thing to keep in mind is that many people have had problems with synth oil. The molecules are smaller allowing the oil past the rings and causes it to burn.

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10-05-2013 03:05 AM  5 years agoPost 12
Ace Dude

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Been using synthetic oil for 25 years and have never had a problem.

  

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10-16-2013 03:28 PM  5 years agoPost 13
meowguy

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Generators often don't run for extended periods of time. Synthetic oil will not stick on the components as long as normal 10w30.
I've never heard of that before, but I don't use synthetic is small engines because they simply don't run enough to get any advantage from paying more for it. I've used Castrol GTX, 10W30 in the generators, 5W20 in the Snowblower.

Much more important is the frequency of how often you change the oil. I would say 24 hours of generator operation is the limit before an oil change. That's why it's important to have an hour meter.

Second in importance is how long the generator sits unused? If it's a generator just used in the summer for camping or charging flight batteries, it should be decommissioned before seasonal storage. That would mean running it to get it hot, drain the oil and fuel. Replace the oil, choke it and run until all gas is out of the carburetor, remove the plug(s) put some oil directly into the cylinders, pull the crank a few times to coat the rings and cylinder walls, put plugs back in loose. etc. Some people swear by Marvel Mystery Oil for coating the cylinders, as I do, but the same oil you put in the crankcase is fine as well.

If it's a backup generator, you can't decommission it. So you run it once a month for 15 minutes to keep it in reliable standby mode.

If the generator has an on-board starting battery, some provision should be made for keeping it charged when not in use. Honda makes an excellent motorcycle battery maintainer for this purpose.

In all of your small engines you should use a good quality fuel stabilizer in the tank. I usually put this in the fuel cans at the pump so it's ready to fill and go.

Hope this helps.

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10-16-2013 04:20 PM  5 years agoPost 14
Ace Dude

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An oil change after every 24 hours of run-time seems excessive. I ran my generator 24hr/day for 8 days during Sandy. I couldn't imagine changing the oil everyday. IMHO the extra cost for syn oil for small engines is insignificant over the life of the equipment. I use syn oil exclusively in my vehicles and power equipment.

  

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10-16-2013 05:42 PM  5 years agoPost 15
meowguy

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An oil change after every 24 hours of run-time is ridiculous.
I would say Sandy was a sever emergency and 24 hours would be very impractical. For the casual standby generator user 24 hours is obtained four or five hours at a time over a few days of operation in a year or more.

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10-16-2013 05:54 PM  5 years agoPost 16
Ace Dude

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My generator manufacturer (Honda) recommends every 100 hours or 1 year, whichever comes first. Seems reasonable and practical.

  

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10-16-2013 06:05 PM  5 years agoPost 17
meowguy

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I can agree with that. I am usually at the one year way before the 24 or 100 hours.

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