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FIRST RUN OF THE 1940s KOHLER GENERATOR
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Published on Dec 26, 2015

After a bit of tinkering the rescued Kohler is a runner. This set up is just temporary of course but it does prove that this unit will be a good candidate for the paralleling display.
 

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More Generator Fun Time
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Published on Oct 26, 2014
Here are two gens I picked up recently... I would like to find a home for the witte gen head, so if you have a witte dieselectric unit and need the generator let me know...
 

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10 KW Kohler Generator Cold Start
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Published on Jul 2, 2014
Cold Start. 1976 Kohler Generator. Wisconsin Engine. Magneto ignition. Premium fuel only. 10 kilowatt. Single phase. 120/240 volt. Old School. No electronic circuit boards or diodes. Looking to purchase a set of ac ammeters, 0-50 amp for this unit. 1976 model.
Note: A year and a half since posting and still no leads on functioning ammeters. I may wire it so that I can easily place a clamp-meter onto the mains.
 

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1959 Kohler Generator L600
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Uploaded on Aug 2, 2011
newest video, have replaced the electric fuel pump with a mechanical one like the origional. dads the one talking in this video
 

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"Rare" Onan Generator
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Uploaded on Oct 29, 2009
Model OFA-2 Generator Built for the Navy to power there radar. it gives 4000 watts(4.0kw) 110 only Volts AC, @ 1800 Operating RPMS 60 Hertz. It is powered by a Onan Flat (opposed) 4 Cylinder Gasoline Engine. Im currently having to rebuild the original Fuel Pump so i have it running off a 12 volt Pump. It is a very smooth running unit, I show this by putting a small nut from a toggle switch on the Distributor and balanced while the engine is running...very smooth unit! I will be painting it Onan green soon! stay tuned for that!
 

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1960 Onan Generator
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Uploaded on Aug 29, 2009
My Dad's 1960 Onan Generator. Powered by Waukeshaw 6 cylinder. Model # 6WAK It Generates 170,000 watts at the operating 1800 rpms. It Powered The WITN Transmitter here in North Carolina. It has a displacment of 1197 c.i.d. 6-1/4'' Bore and 6-1/2'' Stroke. It Runs off Gasoline but can run on LP or Natural gas. Under A Full Load It burns 500 Gallons of Gas in 24 hours. In 1960 It cost 12,500 dollars
 

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Onan generator djb 6.0 diesel cold startup
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Published on Nov 30, 2012
My onan djb diesel with new muffler.
 

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IHI Dynajet 2.6 micro gas turbine generator start up run and shut down
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Published on May 20, 2013
http://www.gasturbineworld.co.uk Micro gas turbine generator set developed by the Japanese company IHI. A portable minature gas turbine engine driving a direct drive alternator at 100,000 rpm. Power is 2.6Kw max at 110V 50/60Hz. A recuporated (exhaust heat exchanger) single shaft engine with electronic power conditioning. Fuel
 

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Turbine Marine 1MW Compact Series Generator
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Published on Aug 12, 2013
Introduction and field test of the Turbine Marine "Turbine powered" 1MW generator.
Simulated emergency.
 

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Caterpillar Generator Set Repair Part 1 (Introduction)
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Published on Apr 2, 2017
Nothing too amazing, just an overview and a bit more detail about the unit.
 

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Caterpillar Generator Set Repair Part 2 (Assessment)
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Published on Apr 9, 2017
In this video I start some light disassembly work to get an idea of what this unit will need to get up and running again.
 

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HOW TO USE AN ARMATURE GROWLER
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Published on Dec 28, 2014
In this video I check out an armature from a DC generator using a growler.
 

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ONAN GENERATOR RESTORATION (part 1) 15,000 KW
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Published on Apr 10, 2017
Me and Mike begin the restoration on a 1976 Onan Generator 15,000 Kilowatt
 

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Caterpillar Generator Set Repair Part 3 (Tear Down #1)
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Published on Apr 30, 2017
In this video I begin to disassemble the engine to determine the extent of the water damage. The engine seems to be in okay shape overall.
 

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yard sale generators will they run?
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Published on May 25, 2017
safety 3rd,
 

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ONAN GENERATOR RESTORATION (part 2) 15 KW
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Published on Jun 2, 2017
Me and Mike start work on the Onan Generator 15KW


 

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Caterpillar Generator Set Repair Part 4 (Tear Down #2)
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Published on Jun 4, 2017
Get comfortable, this is a long video. This was a busy day, pulled the rad, fan, pulley and timing cover to expose those rusty gears!
 

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TailGator generator 63024 vs 63025 comparison - Which Harbor Freight Generator to buy?
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Published on Jun 16, 2017
Harbor Freight has two item numbers for their TailGator 900 watt portable 2-cycle generator. There is a 63024 and a 63025. These different item numbers are manufactured at different facilities and have a few quality control and part differences as well as packaging differences.

I have previously covered the Harbor Freight StormCat 900 watt portable generator extensively. There is a playlist available that covers the testing and results of my experience with the StormCat:

Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

Based on my experience, it appears that the new TailGator #63024 is the equivalent of the older StormCat 69381, and that this would be the one to select when choosing a generator. That's not to say that you would have issues with the 63025, as it appears to have improved over the older 60338 quality, but still has lower quality finishing than the 63024.

In short,

StormCat 60338 = TailGator 63025
StormCat 69381 = TailGator 63024 (recommended)
 

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Got this one prolly 16+ or so years ago from farm and fleet. Briggs and Stratton 5550/8550 American made engine and powerhead.
It is a great genny and will run the whole house. I got a really fat power cord long enough so it can run out in the pole barn with the door shut.

It will run on load almost 24 hours on a 5 gallons of gas. I keep it full and keep 30 gallons of Sta-Bil 360 treated premium gas stored for it.
Every fall I run it for a while on load and dump the stored fuel in our cars then replace all of the stored fuel.
I also have a chunk of clear hose to siphon off the cars and truck if it goes on a really long time.

As long as I have been doing this the really bad storms go around us. But it's damn nice to know we can carry on like normal for a while just in case.

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Sportsman 800 / 1000 watt Inverter Generator GEN1000i - Feature Overview
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Published on Jun 25, 2017
The Sportsman 800 / 1,000 Watt Inverter Generator is a CARB Approved, small and light 4-stroke 1000 watt generator that is ideal for camping or tailgating. It is quiet and amazingly light weight. The generator also features an Inverter which allows it to provide a safe Sine Wave that creates a safe power source for mobile phones, computers, and other electronics.

The unit is super small and weighs around 20lbs out of the box.

More videos to come on this generator, including a first startup, running videos, and load and wave testing.

There will also be some upcoming comparison videos showing the Sportsman Inverter Generator vs Harbor Freight Tailgator and Stormcat generator.
 

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another yard sale generator. can we fix it?
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Published on Jun 26, 2017
turning wrenches,
 

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First start of the Sportsman 1000 / 800 watt Inverter Generator - GEN1000i
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Published on Jul 1, 2017
Setup and first start procedure for the Sportsman 1000 watt Portable Inverter Generator. Proper setup will lead to a long generator life and successful first run.

These generators ship without oil or gas. SAE 10w30 conventional oil and 87 octane non-ethanol gasoline with Seafoam added. Adding oil to this generator requires close monitoring as it quickly overfills. It holds only 10oz of oil. After adding oil and gas it only took 3 pulls to crank. It is amazingly quiet.

I run the Sportsman Inverter Generator with a load of 2 Halogen work lights and 3 Central Machinery blower fans. It handled the load without issue. At one point I ran all the items on high for over 15 mins without any load issues.

...More tests to come. I will also be comparing the Sportsman Inverter Generator to the Harbor Freight StormCat / Tailgator generators.
 

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Installing Hour Meter on Sportsman 800 / 1000 watt Inverter Generator
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Published on Jul 2, 2017
Installation of an inductive hour meter on the Sportsman portable inverter generator. Hour meters help keep track of the generators runtime and allow for precise maintenance intervals.

This is a low cost inductive hour meter purchased on eBay. Price is around $7.99 shipped. These install easily and do not require any splicing or technical skill. Simply wrap the induction wire around the spark plug cable and secure with a zip tie, then insert the other end into the channel on the hour meter. I chose to attach mine to the generator via double sided tape. The only tools required are snips to cut the zip tie.

This meter also works on lawn mowers, automobiles, or any other 2/4 cycle engine. A version of this hourly meter has been installed on my StormCat /Tailgator generator for over a year.
 

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Caterpillar Generator Set Repair Part 5 (Tear Down #3)
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Published on Jul 4, 2017
One piston is out, looks good. #3 piston is giving me trouble.
 

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20 hour Service & Oil Change - GEN1000i Sportsman 800 / 1000 watt Inverter Generator
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Published on Jul 8, 2017
Service procedure on the Sportsman 1000 watt Inverter Generator. The first oil change is the most important to maintain a long run life on the generator.

This service covers the recommended 20 hour oil change and a few inspection elements to ensure the generator is running properly and isn't showing any signs of malfunction.

This particular generator is running perfectly. The drained oil looked exactly as it should with no signs of large debris or internal engine trouble.

Sportsman 800 / 1000 watt Inverter Generator, 40cc 4 stroke engine, ac/dc outlets, small and light weight generator.
 

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How loud is the TailGator generator from Harbor Freight?
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Published on Jul 9, 2017
Is the Harbor Freight TailGator generator loud? How loud is it? Can you have a conversation standing beside it. Is it too loud to use for tailgating or camping?

The instruction specs show the generator to output 82 dB of sound, but fail to disclose the feet those dB were rated at. I used a digital sound meter to gauge the loudness (or how quiet) of the generator is and was pleasantly shocked to see the ratings in the instructions are VERY accurate
 

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How loud is the Sportsman GEN1000i 800 / 1000 watt Inverter Generator?
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Published on Jul 11, 2017
The Sportsman GEN1000i Inverter Generator is rated as being a very quiet generator. This video tests the decibel output vs the instruction manual specifications.

Like the Harbor Freight TailGator, the instruction's specifications were accurate. The Sportsman GEN1000i noise level was right at the 56 dB @ 23ft claimed in the instructions. That puts the Sportsman GEN1000i in the same arena as the Honda EU1000 series generators in regards to noise level. VERY IMPRESSIVE!
 

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Top 10 reasons a Sportsman Inverter Generator is better than a TailGator from Harbor Freight
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Published on Jul 21, 2017
The TailGator is great! I have multiple TailGator / StormCat generators and use them regularly. That being said, they are great for what they are - and that's a cheap generator with sometimes inconsistent quality.

Compare that with the Sportsman 1000 watt Inverter Generator. The Sportsman has many things going for it. Yes, it does cost more than the Harbor Freight TailGator, but the gains are well worth the price.

1- Extra wattage output. The Sportsman gives 100 more watts
2- It is VERY quiet. Like Honda EU1000i quiet
3- Very efficient 4-stroke engine - No mixing mess and hassle
4- No smoke and 2-stroke smell every time you use the generator
5- Inverter makes the generator safe for electronics
6- DC output for charging batteries
7- Overload protection that actually works and is consistent
8- Runs longer on less gasoline
9- Light weight. Less than 25lbs full of gasoline and oil
10- Sportsman provides lifetime support from techs that know the product and can provide detailed product information.

I'm a fan of the Sportsman, but I also really like the TailGator. They both have their place, and i'll have another video coming that covers cases where the TailGator may be a better choice. Overall, if the funds are available, and IMO, the Sportsman Inverter Generator is easily the better choice.

Don't worry 2-stroke fans. The Sportsman 2-cycle video coming soon!
 

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can we fix it ? small onan generator from a yard sale.
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Published on Jul 26, 2017
I picked this onan k450 up at a yard sale over the weekend, its been sitting a long time,
 

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Harbor Freight Predator 3500 Watt Generator Test
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Published on Jul 30, 2017
I just purchased this generator today. This is a thorough test of the performance and capabilities of this new, super quiet Honda EU3000i competitor. The results were interesting. Check it out for yourself.

Here a follow-up review to this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y43Zi...
 

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Predator 3000 3500 Watt Inverter Generator Test - Defective Replacement
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Published on Aug 1, 2017
This is a follow up video of the first review I did on the harbor freight predator 3500 W generator. I had to return the first generator as it was surging and hesitating. Take a look at my first video if you haven't seen it already. It involves a more thorough test of the generator. This is just a follow up video to show that the replacement generator functions just fine. There's also a warning in this video about your first oil change. Enjoy!

You can find my first review here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y43Zi...
 

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can we fix it ? small onan generator from a yard sale.
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Published on Jul 26, 2017
I picked this onan k450 up at a yard sale over the weekend, its been sitting a long time,
I love how excited that guy gets when something he tries works! . . :2 thumbs up:

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Predator 3500 Watt Super Quiet Inverter Generator from Harbor Freight - Feature Overview
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Published on Aug 4, 2017
The Predator 3500 is a new generator from Harbor Freight. It is designed to run super quiet and provides clean inverter energy that is safe for electronics and sensitive devices.

This generator weights 100lbs, but thanks to the design is quite portable. It is designed to work as an RV generator, camping generator, tailgating generator, or backup power source. It also features the ability to run a parallel connection kit that will connect two Predator 3500 generators together to provide 6000 running watts of power.

The initial impressions are very impressive. It is certainly a step forward for Harbor Freight in terms of initial build quality. The next video will feature startup and running of the generator, so stay tuned!
 

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Honda 2000i vs. Predator 3500i Noise Comparison
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Published on Aug 3, 2017
This is an unscientific comparison of the noise output of a Honda 2000i generator and a Harbor Freight 3500 Inverter generator. With just a couple hours on the Predator, I am very pleased with the noise and power output. It runs the 15,000 BTU AC in my trailer easily and with a minimal amount of noise. We shall see how well it holds up, but at only $650 I can't go too wrong.
 

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Predator generator 3500
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Published on Aug 3, 2017
Harbor freight 3500 generator
 

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Harbor Freight - Predator 3500 Watt Inverter Generator
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Published on Aug 5, 2017
This isn't a review but more or less a video to show how quiet the generator is. I use it to power my Ridgid shop vac, VX5000 steamer, and 26 gallon air compressor. It has paid for itself already. $852 out the gate with 2 year warranty. Maybe this video will help you make the choice.