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Posted by Neon John on July 10, 2008, 5:00 am

Their GX line is indeed their commercial grade engine.  The GC is the
dispose-a-motor.  That is not to say that it is a low quality engine.  I have
well in excess of 1000 hours on my CBC


And it still doesn't use a drop of Mobil-1 oil.  I used to know the life specs
for both lines but I'd be afraid to quote anything from memory now.

From a maintenance perspective, the major difference is, once the GC wears
out, you throw it away.  Since the whole engine is probably cheaper than a
rebuild kit for a GX of the same HP, no big deal.

The GC has several features of its own.  Major among them are weight and
noise.  The engine is very light weight compared to the GX counterpart.  The
overhead cam with the timing belt drive is very quiet compared to the
cam-in-case design of the GX that uses pushrods.  Noise, or lack thereof, was
a major consideration, as I originally designed this CBC for use in charging
my RV's batteries.  Noise in a camp ground isn't very welcome.

The GC is good enough for anything a homeowner, small farmer or even casual
businessman (second job, that kind of stuff) will do.  It'll probably out-last
whatever it's driving.

John De Armond
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http://www.johndearmond.com  <-- best little blog on the net!
Tellico Plains, Occupied TN
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Posted by ransley on July 4, 2008, 12:31 am

The Gen ground post , one on the unit you wire to a ground?  is to
protect you incase its raining or it malfunctions and you go to shut
it off, I move mine while the unit runs, if it doesnt work it is
another issue, like defect.

Posted by Mark on July 4, 2008, 12:38 am
 ransley wrote:

right, I mean the green covered "bolt" with the marking text "Grounding Post"
and I've
understood reading the manual that I should always use a heavy gauge copper wire
14 gauge) and connect it to my 8-ft copper spike buried in the ground (2 ft
above, 6
ft buried)

the other "end" of the wire had apparently come off the 2-ft top section and I
could not discharge the powerhead properly while running (I am speculating as I
know what else may have caused it to shut down while running)

sorry, don't quite understand what you write above.  It was raining and the unit
not moved while it was running.

Posted by ransley on July 4, 2008, 12:54 am
You ran the unit in the rain! I hope it had a roof over it and did not
get wet. I mean that chassis ground is to protect you, not the gen,
units go bad or if its wet the operator can be killed if its not
grounded when the operator touches the generator. I just have my wire
attached to a piece of metal I throw on the ground, and i move it
while the unit runs.

Posted by Mark on July 4, 2008, 1:05 am
 ransley wrote:

yes, the top of the unit has a kind of lid that protects all parts in such a way
no water hits any electric parts and the powerhead is located under plastic fuel
so also protected from rain

ok, so the grounding wire is simply to protect me and unit would continue to run
without proper ground wire, got it

not sure then why it decided to turn off this time as I had no new load starting
this occurred, both fridge and ac were running steadily, not turning off and on
it decided to flicker lights and shut off.

is there a simple way to diagnose what it will do under load to simulate the
without actually connecting to house load?

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