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Another generator question #218760
09/21/17 02:41 PM
09/21/17 02:41 PM
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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
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Re: Another generator question [Re: gfretwell] #218763
09/23/17 10:58 AM
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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 04:15 PM
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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 08:00 PM
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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 07:02 PM
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Steve:

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

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


John

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