Monday May 09, 2016
Maybe ten years ago, I bought a 1200 watt ETQ
generator. Two stroke gas mixer. Looks a
considerable lot like the Harbor Freight 800/900
watt generator. Layout of switches and sockets
When I ought the machine, pour in some gas
mix. Stared uup on three or four pulls. Very
quiet. Delivers electricity. I used it one
cold winter day when a guy I new had the power
shut off. I want to say March 01, 2007. Temps
near zero, and his house was old one with
probably no insulation. Ra fine to power his
furnace gas vanlve and blower.
Sadly, I ran the generatout out of gas, hoping
to lot let th fuel gum up. And it became hard
to start. Started on ether.
I pulled it out, Saturday, for a test run.
Pour in a splash of gas mix. Runs a half
second on ether, did that twice. And then
nothing. Pull and pull. Choke, and not choke.
Still, nothimg. I tried a different spark plug.
Tried the spark plug teter. Which is when I
find the spark is not there. Yes, switch is
on. Cycle the off switch a couple times.
What to check, next? The lawn mower shop near
me gets $80 labor rate per hour. And I paid
$130, post paid for the unit. Don't want to
take it to a shop.
On Monday, May 9, 2016 at 11:47:44 AM UTC-4, Stormin Mormon wrote:
Yeah, sorry, read it too quick. I'd be suspect about your
spark tester. You sure there's no spark? Obviously there
was spark at one point, with it firing. Possible it's
intermittent. Find a diagram, locate the ignition module,
magneto, whatever they use?
I did pull the recoil off. Expose the flywheel.
No magneto around the outside. Might be under
the flywheel. I'm about at the extent of my
experience. if this were an old Briggs, I'd
knock off the fly wheel and look at points. But,
it's too new a machine, and I don't have a
knocker for these smaller units.
what I'd do is take the air cleaner off, spray some choke cleaner or
starter spray in it and see if it fires. If not take the spark plug out
and see if it has any spark. If you can get it running on the carb
spray keep it running till it starts pickup up fuel from the carb or
clean the carb. If it's the spark not sparking you are in for a little
learning experience and I doubt if it's worth a new ignition module. I
had one of those that locked up.. I gave it away and I don't usually do
that but it only put out 800 watts on a good day and the coffee maker
takes 900 watts. Let's see what we can find on youtube....
As far as staying warm when the power goes out or if you're me, when
it's on ...
... Yeah I know these aren't approved for much of anything, but they
work and 99.9% efficient, I don't know where the 0.01 gets lost but I
guess it does. The oxygen depletion sensor amounts to a metered pilot
light flame that doesn't heat the pilot sensor enough if the oxygen in
the room drops to much. What do most folks do when the power goes out?
they use the kitchen stove.
By the way the cats and dogs love the radiant heat from these things.
On 05/09/2016 06:25 PM, Stormin Mormon wrote:
The last major power outage we had here was in late May of last year,
when a tornado came through. It was hot, so I needed the generator for
window A/C (and I also had one of those spray water bottles with a small
battery-operated fan on it).
On Tue, 10 May 2016 17:07:42 -0400, Stormin Mormon
They are the "ultimate heat engine" so yes, high heat and humidity
are VERY common with Tornados. Not always humidity - but up here in
the "interlaken" tornado alley, for sure. (almost always associated
with thunder storms, regardless)
Disconnect the switch - that will eliminate a bad switch (it grounds
to kill the spark)
Being a cheap chinese engine, it COULD still have points - pop the
flywheel off and check. If it uses solid state ignition you MIGHT get
away with putting in a point conversion module if you can still find
one for a 2 stroke.
Basically though, if it's going to waste more than an hour of
otherwise productive time, you are throwing good money after bad.
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