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Arcticdude

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They really want to tax our star? Might as well tax our air and the rain too.
Some places do tax the rain. They base the tax how much square footage of roofing and pavement/concrete there is on your property. Their lame theory is that rain can't soak in to the ground and runs off instead to the storm drains.
 

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Just got word today that the generator I ordered in March has shipped. Should get it in a few days.
Good. I hope you have better luck than I did---mine came. I thought this was an American company but the whole look is Chinese. But that is not what upset me the most. I have to do a lot of assembly work on this and they didn't state this in advertising.
 

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Good. I hope you have better luck than I did---mine came. I thought this was an American company but the whole look is Chinese. But that is not what upset me the most. I have to do a lot of assembly work on this and they didn't state this in advertising.
Very few generators are made in the US any more. Some of the XP model Generacs are, or were, made in the US. The Winco generator that I ordered is still made in tbe US. There could be a few more models made in the US but I can't think of them right now.
 

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OK, got it together. Sorry about the whine. On the positive side for preppers, this generator says it will use regular 30 weight motor oil so no fancy synthetics are necessary. This might be a plus in a shortage. The air cleaner and gas filter can both be taken out, cleaned and returned so no parts to buy in a pinch. It has a battery starter but also a hand pull starter. The battery is charged by the generator itself. It runs on either gasoline or propane and is rated high enough to run every device in my house. It is not a long term solution but I hope will fill in short term.
 

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---mine came. I thought this was an American company but the whole look is Chinese.
I just spent an hour and a half getting the pull start on an old honda DC set working. It's never failed to run but recently the starter pawls would only engage once every 20 pulls or so. I sprayed WD40, CRC, whatever into the mechanism and that freed it up fine. On the bench now is a 3 year old Chinese suite-case gen set, an 800W one that has had hardly any use but always run up every month and the fuel changed regularly.
It just won't start. No spark it seems and the plug checks out ok. It will be the last chinese tool I ever buy, I'll go secondhand now, reliable old stuff. I'm sick of the trash those [email protected]!#& are flooding the world with.
 

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OK, got it together. Sorry about the whine. On the positive side for preppers, this generator says it will use regular 30 weight motor oil so no fancy synthetics are necessary. This might be a plus in a shortage. The air cleaner and gas filter can both be taken out, cleaned and returned so no parts to buy in a pinch. It has a battery starter but also a hand pull starter. The battery is charged by the generator itself. It runs on either gasoline or propane and is rated high enough to run every device in my house. It is not a long term solution but I hope will fill in short term.
30 weight is fine for summer but I'd recommend 10-30 for winter. The 10-30 will make for easier starts which could make your engine last longer. No need for synthetic motor oil if you don't want to use it. On all my gas generators I use 30 weight in summer and switch over to 10-30 for winter. On my diesel generator I use either 10-30 or 15-40 synthetic.
 

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