ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
Shout Box
Recent Posts
AreMetal Ladders Ever OK For Electrical Work?
by jwes2699. 01/21/18 05:58 PM
VDE 0100 to introduce AFCIs
by sparky. 01/20/18 05:09 PM
MRI LED lights dimmer control replacement - wow!
by Potseal. 01/19/18 08:52 PM
Video: Inventor of the GFCI self-testing shocks
by Bill Addiss. 01/17/18 11:11 PM
FPE in Germany
by HotLine1. 01/17/18 07:07 PM
New in the Gallery:
Housebilding DIY wiring
SE cable question
Who's Online Now
1 registered members (jwes2699), 9 guests, and 12 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate Thread
Another generator question #218760
09/21/17 01:41 PM
09/21/17 01:41 PM
G
gfretwell  Offline
OP
Member
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,166
Estero,Fl,usa
On these cheap 5.5kw units, is the voltage adjustable?
I have a Briggs Mod 030324 and I an not finding any maintenance documentation on the web so far.
I did adjust the governor to get the frequency up to 60, from 57 but that did not do much for the voltage that seems to be 108-110 with a moderate load. That makes the motors harder to start and exacerbates the locket rotor problem.


Greg Fretwell
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
Re: Another generator question [Re: gfretwell] #218763
09/23/17 09:58 AM
09/23/17 09:58 AM
HotLine1  Offline

Member
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,918
Brick, NJ USA
Greg:

A local generator guru, and small gas engine guy said on most low end gensets the 120 voltage is nominal with a whopping 10% under (108) and 2% higher (124). He uses IMHO high end testers and I tend to believe his info.


John
Re: Another generator question [Re: gfretwell] #218764
09/23/17 03:15 PM
09/23/17 03:15 PM
G
gfretwell  Offline
OP
Member
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,166
Estero,Fl,usa
That sounds like my experience with the one I have. I guess it is in "spec" but not really that wonderful for the equipment.


Greg Fretwell
Re: Another generator question [Re: gfretwell] #218793
10/15/17 07:00 PM
10/15/17 07:00 PM
S
SteveFehr  Offline
Member
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,213
Chesapeake, VA
Yeah, it's adjustable on cheap gensets: if you want higher voltage, plug in less; if you want lower voltage, plug in more! There may be better adjustments on some models, but I haven't seen any on units this small; the waveform quality is pretty terrible, too. Higher end inverter gens are way better, but you'll pay for it.

Re: Another generator question [Re: gfretwell] #218798
10/16/17 06:02 PM
10/16/17 06:02 PM
HotLine1  Offline

Member
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,918
Brick, NJ USA
Steve:

A few guys around here speak very highly of the Honda units.

But, as you say, you get what you pay for.


John

Featured:

2017 Master Electrician Exam Preparation Combos
2017 NEC Electrician
Exam Prep Combos:
Master / Journeyman

 

Member Spotlight
Admin
Admin
NY, USA
Posts: 3,481
Joined: October 2000
Show All Member Profiles 
Top Posters(30 Days)
Admin 20
sparky 16
Potseal 15
Popular Topics(Views)
243,586 Are you busy
180,381 Re: Forum
170,859 Need opinion
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.1
(Release build 20180101)
Page Time: 0.013s Queries: 15 (0.003s) Memory: 0.9682 MB (Peak: 1.1096 MB) Zlib enabled. Server Time: 2018-01-22 00:30:44 UTC