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03-24-2015 12:46 PM  4 years ago
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rpat

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Generator...... finally
Cabelas had a sale and I finally made the jump. It was either this one or the Yamaha. The Yamaha was about $350 more than the Champion, but the champion had the same options that I was looking for in the Yamaha( fuel shut off). Got the oil in it last night and am just waiting for this friggin surprise snow storm to leave to try it out.

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03-24-2015 01:11 PM  4 years ago
pctomlin

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I think you will really like the generator, this is year number four for mine.
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03-24-2015 01:15 PM  4 years ago
rpat

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I hope that it works out for me. You say you have had yours for four years? Any trouble with yours?trex 700fbl cal30,minititan,, trx600fbl,trex250,logo 500,Velocity N2
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03-24-2015 03:04 PM  4 years ago
[X]Outlaw

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I've had mine for about a year...zero problems
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03-24-2015 03:15 PM  4 years ago
Ace Dude

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I run STA-BIL Marine in all my power equipment and have not had an issues with for fuel going bad even during extended periods of inactivity such as my snow blower.  
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03-24-2015 03:19 PM  4 years ago
psylence519

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You won't be disappointed. This will be year #3 for mine. Follow the maintenance schedule, get an hour meter installed right away so you don't lose track of hours on the motor for oil changes.
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03-24-2015 05:59 PM  4 years ago
Tyler

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Marine stabilz is great advice, has served me well, much better than the regular stabilz. Hour meters are cheap and beneficial, but you will be amazed at how few hours we run these little generators for our applications.

Outboard manufacturers don't typically provide hour meters because boaters believe they run their engines more than reality would reveal through a meter. Boaters average about 100-250 hours per year (high end users), yet marine engines are designed to last between 12,000 to 22,000 hours with no problem, some even more. 22,000 hours is over 2.5 years of running non stop 24/7. Running 12 hours per weekend would require 35+ years of never missing a weekend. Boaters would buy fewer new motors is they realized their engines were good for another 30 years by design.

These small generators are similar. They are designed to run hours on end. We simply don't use them this way. We can expect to enjoy them for many additional years as long as we don't gum them up from non-use.

During the off season I try to start all my engines and run them for a while, even without a load. Marine mechanics have told me on several occasions that a surprising number of their repairs come from too little use and extended storage without turning over the engines. Even turning over by hand without ignition during off seasons would reduce repairs.

Take note that many owner's manuals list a schedule to change oil by hours of use OR number of months if the running time is low. Track both the hours and the months. I face the months limit before the hours limit.

Best wishes to many, many, many charging sessions and emergency power outages.
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03-24-2015 10:18 PM  4 years ago
kris L

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Track both the hours and the months. I face the months limit before the hours limit.
Me too. I thought I put a lot of hours on my Yamaha but every year I don't put on as much as I think. I end up changing it once a year in the winter/spring before the season gets going here in the north east.

Kris
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03-25-2015 12:36 AM  4 years ago
rpat

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Ok where can I get an hour meter at, and where do you install it at?
I also bought some of the stabil marine today, but have always used the regular stabil(red). What is the difference between the two I wonder?
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03-25-2015 03:14 AM  4 years ago
pctomlin

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Something like this is what you are looking for, so many different options to choose from.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...5XJBH6CNR6QWRG1
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03-25-2015 11:55 AM  4 years ago
Heli_Splatter

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I would rather spend the money on oil. Like others have said... you just don't rack up many hours on these things. Put a sticker on it each time you change with the date... 6-12 months later, change the oil.
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03-25-2015 12:17 PM  4 years ago
Retired2011

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Yeah, I just change the oil when I feel like it, but at least once a year.
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03-25-2015 01:33 PM  4 years ago
Tyler

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The hour meter presented in the link above is rather large for a generator, but I do you that same unit on my 90hp marine outboard.

Consider a smaller version like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Inductive-Met...ords=hour+meter

I'll attempt to post photos of mine soon...
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03-25-2015 01:48 PM  4 years ago
Ace Dude

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I'd highly recommend using an hour meter. I'm using the Tiny-Tach. I do nearly all my charging at the field so my generator is running the whole time I'm at the field. The hours can add up.
  
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03-25-2015 02:25 PM  4 years ago
rpat

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ace,
That bracket looks like it was custom made for that application. Is that a Honda? Where did you pick up that hour meter?
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03-25-2015 02:38 PM  4 years ago
Ace Dude

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Someone on eBay makes those custom brackets (Tac-Brac) for the Honda.

I purchased the meter here:

http://www.tinytach.com

A little pricey, but it seems well made and I couldn't find too many meters that were both a tach and hour meter when I purchased it back in 2010.

On mine, I attached the meter to the bracket using double sided foam tape.
  
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03-25-2015 02:46 PM  4 years ago
old nitroman

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Congrats, I was a boat mechanic for 25 years and worked on hundreds of generators. Main killer of generators is lack of use, fuel turns to crap Marine sta-bil will help alot, but whats even better if you can get fuel without the ethanol. Here in florida they stopped selling fuel with ethanal at the marina"s created real problem of gummed up carbs, and injection systems. I watch guys fill there boat at a gas station and use ethanol, 6 months later the problems start. We now here have ethanol free gas at some stations, that what i use in all my lawn equipment and my DA60 and my generator, now if you are using ethanol gas before you store it run a tank of ethanol free gas threw it then try to start it at least every 3 months. Why some generator lose there magnetism from sitting to long. And its great to put a little load on it anything will help fan,light anything helps with the magnatism. If 2 stroke generator use good oil with the gas, keep plug clean and years of service, 4 stroke clean gas, clean oil,years of service. Try to keep engines clean really helps on air cooled engines, i use commpress air. Good luck with your new generator.
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03-25-2015 02:58 PM  4 years ago
Tyler

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Better rust and corrosion inhibitors and improved gumming prevention for longer off season storage is built into the marine formula of Stabilz.Enjoy things that money can buy IF you don't lose the things money can't buy.
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03-25-2015 03:03 PM  4 years ago
rpat

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I gotta run right now....work...will be back this evening.trex 700fbl cal30,minititan,, trx600fbl,trex250,logo 500,Velocity N2
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03-25-2015 03:06 PM  4 years ago
old nitroman

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Like i said it does help,problem is ethanol trys to seperate from the gas the marine stabil does help alot but with time it still seperates,its really bad on 2 strokes seperates the oil from the gas mix,i have seen it way to many times
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