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Posted by news on February 5, 2009, 5:42 pm

I second good maintenance on *any* engine - even the cheap ones.  As
in the 7 year old Craftsman lawnmower that starts on the first or
second pull or the 18 year old Nisan truck I sold when my wife refused
to ride in it anymore - and the buyer was happy with a vehicle that
ran well and was expected to be long-term reliable.

Amazng what fresh oil and clean filters can do ;-)


Posted by Ralph Mowery on February 5, 2009, 6:26 pm

Good maintance is the key.  I have a 5 KW generator that I have needed about
3 times in the last 10 years.  It would not start either time.  First time I
had it about a year and put gas and oil in it for the first time.  The
owners manual did not mention the on/off switch I failed to find in the
dark. The book showed the old time spring thing for the spark plug . Started
fine the next day when I looked over the engine in the sunlight and found
the switch.   Second time the gas was old and gummed up the works from not
looking at it for a year or two.  Ceaned it and it started on the second
pull.  Same thing about 2 years after that.  I now use that Sta-bal in the
gas and start it at least twice a month.  The generator still has not been
connected to the house to power anything.  I do load it with an electric
heater to make sure it is still putting out the power.

That is the only gas engine I have ever had any starting problems with.
However I now use the Sta-bal in the engines I do not start and use  for one
month or more.  Started putting it in the tiller and mower the last couple
of times I use them in the fall.

Posted by news on February 5, 2009, 7:39 pm
 On Thu, 5 Feb 2009 13:26:22 -0500, "Ralph Mowery"

I put StaBil in the 5 gallon "yard equipment" gas can each time it's
refilled.  Then the gas in all the equipment (mowers, tiller, edger)
will be treated - and I only have to remember one thing ;-)


Posted by ransley on February 4, 2009, 3:58 am
 On Feb 2, 8:02pm, thebrow...@earthlink.net wrote:

How many hours of use do you want to get, how much power do you need.
running hard for 3 months 24x7 can ruin alot of units. Hours needed
will determine type

Posted by Daniel Who Wants to Know on February 5, 2009, 4:31 am
How about a listeroid CS diesel with an ST gen head.  Not exactly cheap,
portable, or light but I would like to see someone try to make it grow legs
and run away when the power is out and you are the only one with lights on.
They are normally hand crank start but kits to attach an automotive starter
are available.

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