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Posted by You on April 26, 2010, 6:04 pm

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If he was talking about their Industrial Line of Gensets, he is about
Half Right. If he is talking about their Consumer Line (Costco,
Wallmart, Northern Tool, Home Depot) Gensets, he is talking out his
ASS... Just ask ANY Generator Guy... Not a Lawn Mower Repair Guy....
and there is a GIANT difference....

Posted by Curbie on April 25, 2010, 6:10 pm

On Sat, 24 Apr 2010 22:14:08 -0500, Phoenix wrote:

First off I'm sorry to hear about your experience although I'm not
sure the culprit is "Chinese" equipment but rather the salesman who
told you that parts and a service manual were available, and then
denied saying it, knowing the facts up front may have changed your
purchasing decision

I hate scammer and liars and some salesmen will say anything to close
a sale, unfortunately there are too many people who think that this
type of sales (theft) is just "good business". It's so important to
read the warrantees for things BEFORE you buy and hold sellers to the
letter of this legal agreement.

The net is also a great place to research complaints about companies
or the products they sell; people tend to be far more motivated to
post a complaint then a complement, so read the replies to these posts
for a more complete picture of the issue.

I saw an interesting reply to this thread whose solution was to
re-purpose a marine diesel generator and take advantage of the waste
heat it produces (co-generation), but this decision was made only
AFTER the research was done. If you don't like to tinker with stuff, I
would recommend a local purchase from a supplier that offers on-site

I'm happy with my Chinese purchase, but I did the research and like to
tinker with stuff, my purchase didn't come with a manual either which
I knew going in so I take a lot of notes and pictures and have
complied my own.

In my view, the larger the purchase the more research that needs to
done and I agree with your notion "buyer beware".

Good luck,


Posted by Ron Rosenfeld on April 26, 2010, 12:31 pm

On Sat, 24 Apr 2010 22:14:08 -0500, Phoenix wrote:

Where do you live?  What's your budget?

I've had no problems with two generators ordered from a company in Mass.
One was a new 12kW Kohler; the other a used (50hr) 15kW Winco.  Both run on
propane and are started (and exercised) automatically with a whole-house
transfer switch.  They service what they sell; hence they won't sell stuff
that requires excessive service!  I don't know how far afield they go, but
one of my installations is in eastern Maine, the other in NH.


Posted by vince on April 27, 2010, 12:52 pm

have had excellent success in purchasing from local private party using

this allows me and the seller to meet, discuss and investigate details, test run
ask any questions

I purchased a brand new honda eu7000isa inverter generator for $700 with full
warrantly, all manuals and I have sold several of my older generators to local
on/through craigslist.

since there is no markup or fee or middleman, it just works

Posted by Jim Wilkins on April 27, 2010, 1:34 pm

I keep checking there, going to look at a hamfest this weekend.

Most of the bargains I've found turned out to be defective somehow,
though they were generally easy to fix. The floor jack for instance
was "broken" because a $.75 snap ring had popped off.

The trick is catching the problem(s) on unfamiliar stuff with only a
quick evaluation. Usually there is only one serious one because then
they stop using it.


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