About year 2006, I bought an ETQ 1200 watt
generator on Ebay. It was about $130 including
shipping. I used it a couple times for a friend's
power cut. Worked fine, to run an old furnace,
with the big belt driven blower.
By now, it's got maybe 20 to 30 hours run
time on it. I've not kept track. And now
it's got a nasty knock. I had a friend
listen, and he says it sounds like the
piston rod is coming loose. I contacted
some folks, and have a two cycle mechanic
going to get back in contact with me in a
day or two. Diagnosis, and estimate on repair.
I can get similar one on sale for 109.
900 watts, not the 1200 mine has. But close.
What's a good reasonable "maximum repair cost"
for a $130 generator? And if I replace it with
the HF, should I get the extended warranty?
A couple times, I ran the engine dry of gas mix,
so as not to leave fuel in the carb. Of course,
that means there was a moment at the end when
there was no oil mix in the crank case. Wonder if
that damaged the rod bearings? Should I have
switched it off, and left gas in it? Be a shame if
I killed my own engine that way.
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