Warning!! Taiwanese generators

Submitted: Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 08:28
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Just some more on those cheap generators that are available,as previously posted I bought a 1.5 kva from a Brisbane dealer, leaked oil so it was returned and replaced. Some three months later, contacted by the seller and told that a modification had to be carried out, seems that it is possible to plug the 12 volt battery charger lead into the 240 volt. Result? Very bright light for a short period!! Have done the modification which involved fitting a new style fitting on the front of the generator. When the front panel was pulled off was amazed to find the number of bare wires exposed and also all the connections were only finger tight. The new fitting where it is drilled into the front panel was not even insulated. It is now, I used some rubber grommets from roofing nails, should do the job.
This generator is running well but if given the choice again would save my pennnies and buy a Honda or similar, I reckon a few hundred k's on a corrogated road in the back of my GU the gennie would be a pile of nuts and bolts! Time will tell. Anyone thinking about a similar purchase should pull off the front panel and have a look, might surprise you.
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Reply By: MartyB - Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 14:15

Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 14:15
A friend had one of these generators.
It went up in flames.
Scariest part was the repairman's reply that he had a lot of them come that had also burnt.

from Marty.
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Reply By: Member - Bear - Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 17:59

Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 17:59
I returned my GMC to Bunnings last week and got a refund after it would cut out after about 5 mins and I nearly popped a shoulder trying to get it going again.

Decided to spend the extra and get eithew the Honda or Yamy.

But from $200 to $1300. - its a hard ask!!!
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Follow Up By: GO_OFFROAD - Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 19:52

Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 19:52
Only a hard ask if you want a $200 non working unreliable unit, or a $1300 good one ;-)
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Follow Up By: scott111 - Saturday, Apr 10, 2004 at 22:08

Saturday, Apr 10, 2004 at 22:08
I think you unlucky Bear as for i also brought a GMC fo $189 and it has done approx 80-100 hrs with no probs only running about 400-500 watts at a time butr it beats carrying the 2kva robin and if i get a couple of years use out of it and it blows up so be it ill put it in the bin and buy another.
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Reply By: ianmc - Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 21:55

Friday, Apr 09, 2004 at 21:55
Have a Scorpion 850w said to be under Mits. licence.
Could never get a 12v plug into the 240v socket, quite different.
Have yet to do a trip but have run it a number of times on test at home
& it starts easily each time.
Being a 2stroke the correct air cooled 2s oil is a necessity.
A low smoke oil seems to work very well in it as in my whipper snipper & c.saw.
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Reply By: Member - Tim&jan - Saturday, Apr 10, 2004 at 08:37

Saturday, Apr 10, 2004 at 08:37
It comes down to( you get whot you pay for) if its cheep its crap out in the bush you dont need the hassels of stuff bracking down not worth the stress of returning the product only to have an argument with the supplyer
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Follow Up By: Member - Bear - Sunday, Apr 11, 2004 at 10:56

Sunday, Apr 11, 2004 at 10:56
I agree, knowing my luck the GMC would work fine at home and thenbleepits self when I needed it in the middle of nowhere.
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