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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-09-2019, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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How often should I run my generator?

Hi, I usually run my generator monthly for 10-20mins, but with being in a wheelchair it takes quite a while for me to setup and stuff even though I have it 90% already setup, so how long can I let it sit for without running it.

I think it is a Honda clone 2800watt and so far it has started first touch of the key monthly everytime and appears to to run well, but I have heard these clone engines can take some starting if you let them sit longer then a month ? The only good thing the generator has going for it, is that I keep the petrol with stablizer in, but the machine is outside in all weathers with a waterproof heavy duty cover on, so its easy for me to use and get going.

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The answer to that question depends on the generator (quality) as much as how you take care of it between start ups. Also, how cold does it get where you live?

If you run the fuel out of the carbs and drain the last drops, plus the stablizer in the fuel tank, you can get away with every few months. Obviously after a certain amount of time, you will want to use up ALL the gas and exchange it for fresh gas, so your 10-20 minutes a month (or now, every other month) may not be sufficient for that.

Depending on your generator, you can do what I did and perform propane surgery on it.
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Well with it not being a true honda I guess the quality wont be as good, but I try to look after it as best that I can. I did try switching off the petrol tap and letting it run till the carburetor was empty, but it jumped and spluttered, so I haven't done that again since, but it still started first touch the next time even tho the carburetor was empty.

In the next week or so I am going to get my mate to help me change the oil ready for the winter as the oil that I have been using isn't great for low temps(bog standard SAE30 oil 4c-30c temps) and I have notice it takes longer to start as the temps drop. So Im going to change it for 10w40 oil, then that should be good all year round and might improve the starting when its cold aswel? The temps dont rarely drop much below -10c during the winter in the United Kingdom

I can get a conversion kit to make the generator run from both petrol and propane, but I havent properly used the generator yet, and I dont want to spend money on it, if its not fit for the job. I bought it for emergency power for when I have powercuts, but since buying the generator in feb-april time of this year, I havent had any powercuts. Typical!!!

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I would recommend you obtain Stabil 360 Blue Marine Fuel Stabilizer.

You can safely leave fuel in your generator for up to 2 years with that in the fuel. No need to drain or dry the carburetor.

It breaks up moisture in the fuel and suspends it but most importantly, coats all the internal passages with a unique coating that resists corrosion and pitting. It also contains an ethanol conditioner that helps keep the ethanol from becoming gummy.

It is truly amazing stuff and works. it costs about $16 to treat 300 gallons. Some people use the Red Stabil but it does not contain the coating protection or the ethanol stabilizer and it costs quite a bit more.



To clarify - I'm not a Predator, but one of my Generators IS
HarborFreight Predator 3500 Inverter

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IMHO if you were storing your genset in a garage, etc. I'd consider extending your starting/test intervals. As it's stored outside under a waterproof heavy duty cover stay with the monthly interval. My rational is that storing under a tarp, etc. causes condensation which can play havoc with electrical switches, contacts, etc. Also, the generator head is an electrical item which doesn't like moisture/condensation, hopefully your "runs" include putting some type of electrical load on it. e.g. plug in a shop light.

I concur with using Stabil, whatever color you choose is much, much better than just trying to use the mystery gas we are forced to buy today. Every time I empty a fuel can I add Stabil so I don't have to think about adding it later. I also periodically put an ounce or two of SeaFoam in all small engine gas tanks which keeps the fuel system clean and happy.
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I put about 200-300watts of load on the generator when I run it and use this stuff in the petrol.......


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