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Posted by Ecnerwal on April 25, 2010, 3:58 pm

You buy cheap chinese junk, you get cheap junk - no surprise there. Why
did it take you TWO before you figured that out?

If you "really need a generator you can count on", you would have done
better to buy a north-american made unit from the start - probably at
less cost than the two crappy chinese units you've wasted money on and
still don't have a reliable generator. Having done my research before
committing my money, I have a Northern Lights 1800 rpm marine diesel
(for ease of integration into my heating system as cogeneration - if you
simply want a packaged land unit, they have those too.) For fiddling
with, I have a gas Kohler that's older than I am.

If you "can't afford" to buy something that works, you really can't
afford to waste money on something that doesn't. Cheapness is expensive.

Cats, coffee, chocolate...vices to live by

Posted by vaughn on April 25, 2010, 4:11 pm


You get what you pay for; sometimes less.

Everything Chinese is not necessarily bad, but in general I would rather buy
used American iron than no-name/no-support Chinese stuff.  Both approaches will
require the buyer to be willing & able to do some trouble-shooting, adapting,
and wrench-turning.  Other than that, you really need to shop around the local
gen companies.  They may have a good used unit they are willing to install and
support.  If so, ask here first before you buy.  Even "name" brands can
sometimes be trouble.  Be especially cautious if you are offered any Generac


Posted by clare on April 25, 2010, 8:56 pm

On Sun, 25 Apr 2010 12:11:03 -0400, "vaughn"

If the Generac is over 10 years old and still running, it will be a
good generator.

As for cChinese ANYTHING, look at it as a parts kit that will require
extensive work to make a workable machine from it.
Think "silk purse" and "sow's ear"

Posted by Jim Wilkins on April 26, 2010, 2:05 pm

On Apr 25, 4:56pm, cl...@snyder.on.ca wrote:

Absotively, posilutely.

In my experience the major components are generally decent, it's the
little stuff that some mamasan made in her kitchen while watching the
kids that are junk.

I just improved a new 2000 Lb boat winch with better bearings and
cable guides. Generally the mods are very simple, the drum bearing is
a piece of hobby store brass tubing cut to length. I ran a drill bit
into the hole to remove welding flash and then just slid the tube in,
taking up the slop in the winch drum and making the gears engage
properly, unlike it's stripped predecessor. The factory hadn't even
greased it. The cable guide is scrap copper water pipe slid over the
handle shaft. Before I started doing this my winches and cable pullers
wore badly in a day, now they last for years.

These take the prize for high maintenance on a simple machine:
Nevertheless they can be very useful.


Posted by Jim Wilkins on April 26, 2010, 1:37 pm

The owner of the local small engine shop told me Generac is one of the
more reliable brands. He knows I would fix it myself and wasn't trying
to create more business.


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