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Harbor Freight 2 Stroke Generator

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by gfreek, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. gfreek

    gfreek Minister of Fire

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    Went to harbor freight the other day to use my coupon for 900 watt generator, $99.00. Talked them into giving me it for $88.00, black Friday special, but had to join insider club for $19.00. Also got a 10.00 gift card. So I think I came out pretty close to even.. saving 11.00 on genny and 10.00 gift card. Just going to use this until I replace the one I left for my son in Rockaway... Looking at 2kw Honda, Yamaha, or Champion . Fired it up, put a load on it, not bad. Not a big HF fan but for now this will doo...

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  2. maverick06

    maverick06 Minister of Fire

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    I have looked at that generator for years ( I have a 2000watt inverter generator so havent gotten it). But this HF generator gets great reviews. You will be very happy with it. There are some discussions about changing out the spark plug improves performance, but it really seems to be a solid genset.
  3. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    I have one. I think it has a cult following. I now have a Honda eu2000i, but still have a soft spot for the 2 stroker.
  4. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I have two of the things and love'em. Stop by the parts store and get an Autolite 64 spark plug for it. Makes starting it easier.
  5. TMonter

    TMonter Minister of Fire

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    Is the unit a standard 50:1 premix for fuel?
  6. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Yep.
  7. TMonter

    TMonter Minister of Fire

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    I might have to pick up one as a spare here. Been seriously considering a Honeywell stationary NG/Propane unit for our house since we do get the occasional ice storms here.
  8. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    When the occasional hurricane or snow storm is coming I fire the 2 stroke just as the stuff is starting since we lose power when a squirrel farts and just hook it up to lights. Then when the power goes down I can go mess with lighting off one of the bigger units. Most of the time one ends up in the garden tractor trailer running the leaf blower or string trimmer.
  9. woodgeek

    woodgeek Minister of Fire

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    I am a cult member. Follow the manual....clean the plug every 20 hours or so....use high octane fuel....and avoid Ethanol blends if you can.
  10. Fi-Q

    Fi-Q Feeling the Heat

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    I don't have one, I have 2 other portable one.... But champion now have a 1200 watt 4 stroke sometime on sale for 199$.... I think I would lean more towards the 4 stroke.... But true hose little 2 stroke have make bunvh of people happy.
  11. MasterMech

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    Awesome, that is the only complaint I have about mine is it's a 6-7 tug machine.

    I used it at a friends house during sandy to keep a 1/3 HP sump pump (pedestal type) running. Little gen did just fine with that and ran a long time on a tank too. Think I'm going to pick up a set of halogen work lights and use it to run them too since I get stuck doing things after dark around here way too often.
  12. nola mike

    nola mike Feeling the Heat

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    been looking at this for a while as well--only thing i want a generator for is to keep my food from spoiling. does it have enough juice to power a fridge?
  13. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    The defrost cycle on a frost free could maybe kick its butt. I haven tried it to find out. Most of them are 600 watts so it would probably handle it alright. Mine handles a nine hundred watt hot plate just fine.
  14. velvetfoot

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    Yes. I powered a fridge, tv, wood insert, and some lights.
    As I recall. :)
  15. woodgeek

    woodgeek Minister of Fire

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    I ran my 2005 vintage fridge no problem. IT popped the breaker a couple times (after running for hours) when I was running another 100-200W of load, so I took to just running the fridge during the day when I wasn't running lights. Logged >100 hours running a fridge, insert blower, sump pump, wifi and CFL floor lamps. Sump pump got priority (no other loads), then used the genny to keep my battery sump charged (with the other loads).

    And I always got a cold start on a second pull, and a warm start on the first pull.

    YMMV

    Weight was an issue for me with a bad back....the two-stroke has a high power to weight ratio.

    I guess you got the second one working again??
  16. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Went out for the monthly run the gennies drill the other day. Started the fleet and then said "What the hell." And started the newest one that wasn't putting out current. After it ran for a while I plugged in a load and it buckled down and got it done. May be something loose. Gonna look. But it pulled a 500 watt load for an hour.
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    nola mike Feeling the Heat

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    OK, I guess I'll venture to HF this afternoon. That generator's $88, and the IR thermo that I love is $20.
  18. MasterMech

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    Mine will power two 500 Watt Halogen worklights to infinity and beyond. I know that's more than she's rated to do but I'm not real worried about the $80 genny or the $20 worklights. :p

    Breaker on that unit is 10A, or 1200 watts. Just FWIW but I don't know if I'd venture that far. I know it will intermittently take a 1500 watt (electric heater) load for short bursts. My neighbor has a near identical unit, Speedway Series, rated for 1000 watts. His also has a 12V output which makes me jealous.
  19. nola mike

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    Picked it up for 88 less 20%, so $71. Not bad. Forgot the damn thermometer though.
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    Been there, done that!
  21. EatenByLimestone

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    I have had one for years. They are great for running things like sawzalls away from power. When Irene/Lee came through I used it to keep a bunch of neighbor's fridges cold. I just kept walking down the line hooking one up after another. I don't think I'd run anything computer controlled off of it, but it's good for quick and dirty stuff. Speaking of dirty, don't spend much time downwind if you can help it.

    Matt
  22. nola mike

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    Well, it broke within about 5 minutes of use. Started it, it ran for about 4 minutes before stalling (while making a bit of an unpleasant noise). Went to restart and the recoil starter wouldn't engage. Looks like a piece of plastic broke in the mechanism. Hope it isn't a sign of the longevity of this thing...
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    HF has a great return policy. Many have had no issues with years of using the thing. I wouldn't hesitate about exchanging it. They need to start beating the 5 year olds who made it so they will get better quality control.

    Matt
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    Well I I just ordered one, shipped to the house for $103. Thanks for all of the reviews. If BB says they're good that's all I need to know.
  25. BrotherBart

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    I lie. A lot. ;lol

    Had a little fun with one of mine today. Put it in the garden tractor trailer, plugged in the electric leaf blower and drove down and back up the 878 foot drive way with the leaf blower sitting on the right fender. Done. Next it gets used with my electric pole saw to trim limbs on said driveway. And then the electric string trimmer...

    Three tools. Only one stinking thing with a spark plug and carb.

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