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01-21-2015 10:14 PM  3 years agoPost 1
Heli_Splatter

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Anybody using the Ryobi 2200/1800 watt generator... seems quiet enough(which I was looking for). Found one at Home Despot for $411 regular $599+tax It looks a lot like several other small generators and is light enough to sling in and out of the jeep.

1year warranty.

I know it is not the Honda, but is it worth it?

Thanks

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01-21-2015 10:18 PM  3 years agoPost 2
soberflierross

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Like mine used for 2 seasons no problems

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01-21-2015 10:45 PM  3 years agoPost 3
RGorham

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Good info to know I'm glad you brought this up. I have been looking at that one myself.

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01-21-2015 11:01 PM  3 years agoPost 4
michael88997

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I've had it for about a year and a friend at my field bought one as well and both run great. I really like the wheels for easy transport. I added a 5 buck hour meter and use seafoam in the fuel to keep the carb clean...

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01-22-2015 01:30 AM  3 years agoPost 5
VANHELI

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There is 3 of them being used ( including mine ) here and they have been working great! The telescoping handle works ok, it is a little flimsy. I paid 550 and would highly recommend it to anyone.

Dave V.

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01-22-2015 01:32 AM  3 years agoPost 6
Slowpoke

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I have 2 seasons on mine and it's still working great.

$411 is a great price, I'd go for it.

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01-22-2015 01:43 AM  3 years agoPost 7
jschenck

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I bought mine almost 2 years ago now - ~150 hrs on it. Put the $600 back in my pocket and I'd buy it again.

https://rc.runryder.com/t731981p1/

A couple of items to note:

1. Order a $10 hour meter from Amazon (or wherever) from day one. I found it useful to know how much I've ran it. I got the green one
http://www.amazon.com/Inductive-Met...f/dp/B00A43PKNU

2. Change the oil after the FIRST gallon of fuel. Oil was very dirty. It's been much better since the first couple of oil changes.

3. I installed a fuel cut off valve - also $7
http://www.amazon.com/Briggs-Stratt...d/dp/B0038U3JKM
so I can run it dry when it's going into storage.

4. Spark plug may need to be changed if it starts running rough - I haven't seen that but Dave's did and I think one of the others in our club

5. Another couple guys in our club has the champions and a few Hondas - all great - all WAY better than an open frame job site gen.

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01-22-2015 02:02 AM  3 years agoPost 8
jschenck

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fyi - 3 yr warranty. Mine is "old" and still under warranty. It's the one of the best features.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-2-...I2200/203617901
3 Year Limited Warranty
Also there is a grey one now if green doesn't work for you -

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01-22-2015 03:08 PM  3 years agoPost 9
bjacks

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Ft. Worth, Tex.

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Ryobi
Had one for two years and still running like a swiss watch, would buy another one if mine quits. Bobby

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01-22-2015 05:16 PM  3 years agoPost 10
Tyler

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FYI, I also installed inductive hour meters on my Honda generators and a few other small engines. Some meters allow you to program in service intervals to trigger a service warning so that you know when to change oil, etc. Most of these inexpensive hour meters don't allow this option. WARNING: many are advertised as resettable but this is trickery because the hour meters will roll over their count after they reach 9,999 hours. Interpretation of resettable can be manipulated to swing higher sales. However, I have found some $12 units that do allow you to reset the count any time you choose. These same units also can show engine rpm, although there is a delay in the tach feature so it cannot be used as a reliable real time engine tach.

I ran into a problem when installing the cheaper units into my large two stroke 90/65 Mercury outboard motor. The sensor was confused by pulses from other nearby ignition components so the count was excessively high. After about 25 hours of actual run time the meter was showing well over 8,000 hours. I could not reset the counter.

I just bought a new unit that can be reset.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...0?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The new unit arrived in 2 days even without using Prime Shipping service.

Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.

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01-22-2015 06:18 PM  3 years agoPost 11
Ace Dude

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I'm using the TinyTach on my generator:

http://www.tinytach.com/

  

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01-22-2015 06:24 PM  3 years agoPost 12
Heli_Splatter

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I did buy the generator... filed w/gas this morning... seems to be running fine with a 10amp DC load on it. Did not break a sweat. Pretty quiet too.

Thank you everyone for giving me the low down on these. I have some other Ryobi tools and don't consider them the greatest, but not bad either.

Got my fingers crossed for a good long life. I will change the oil soon per your recommendation.

Does anyone hook the chargers directly to the DC output? What kind of results are you getting? I can go with a power supply if necessary.

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01-22-2015 06:41 PM  3 years agoPost 13
Ace Dude

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If the DC output is anything like the Honda/Yamaha units you should never use it to to power any electronic devices. It's unregulated and meant for charging Pb batteries only. Used a power supply connected to the AC output on the generator.

  

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01-22-2015 06:45 PM  3 years agoPost 14
Tyler

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DV voltage can easily go past 30v, as the engine rpm dictates the dc output. As Ace stated, the voltage on DC is not regulated.

I only allow the generator to run at idle when charging lead acid batteries.

The nice thing about charging lead acid directly from the generator is that a very low battery voltage will prevent a typical home battery charger to kick in. The generator doesn't care, it puts out DV voltage no matter what. Great way to recover a deeply discharged lead acid.

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01-22-2015 10:45 PM  3 years agoPost 15
Heli_Splatter

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Hmmm... glad I asked. It just does not seem right to have a 12v DC (big+/-) and not be able to use it. I thought that was the main reason for inverter etc. etc.

I will follow the advice, but I am going to put a meter on the DC output to see what mine is doing.

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01-22-2015 11:02 PM  3 years agoPost 16
Ace Dude

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Check the owners manual too...it may have a warning about what to use it for as well.

  

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01-22-2015 11:06 PM  3 years agoPost 17
G-Limo

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You can use the DC output of a generator (regulated/unregulated - smoothed/unsmoothed) for your model charger providing you use a smallish lead acid battery across the Generator DC output at the same time.

This lead acid battery will act to smooth and stabilise the noisy DC out from the generator.

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01-22-2015 11:07 PM  3 years agoPost 18
Heli_Splatter

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Thanks guys, I feel a lot better about this purchase already.

You know how you question when you think you are getting too good of a deal? What's wrong?

Well this might just be a good deal..

You other guys, this was a purchase/return generator. I thought they did not accept returns, but it looks almost brand new. So don't go thinking they have them on sale for that price.

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01-23-2015 03:21 AM  3 years agoPost 19
Ace Dude

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The DC output is limited to 7.5A. At 12V that's 90W. After figuring in charger efficiency that means charging a 6s pack at 3A or a little over 0.5C for a common 6s 5000mAh pack.

IMHO it doesn't seem very practical to lug 60+lb 2,200W generator and a lead acid battery to the field to charge a 6s pack at just over 0.5C. The main reason I purchased a my generator was so I wouldn't have to deal with lead acid batteries.

  

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01-23-2015 04:33 AM  3 years agoPost 20
rctrooper1

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I bought a Ryobi gen at a local pawn shop in like new condition. Runs great my buddy has a honda EU 2000 and he said he regrets spending close to 1k for his gen. I paid 375.00 out the door. Love my Ryobi gen! I do make sure to drain the carb if I'm not going to use it for more than a week.

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