La Scorpion

Submitted: Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 13:42
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Remember all the émotive feral talk a little while ago about the good old GMC 850W 2 stroke generators being sold by Bunnings for $198.

Guess what? K-Mart are at it now with one badged as a SCORPION on special for $178. Exact same item but red.

How do I know, well I am looking at it in the K-Mart stocktake sale 'cattledog' that came in the junkmail yesterday.

By the way my Bunnings GMC is still plugging along without a care in the world.

Ken Robinson
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Reply By: CHRIS - Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 14:02

Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 14:02
Yeh ! I noticed that, but I bet the red one only has a 12 mths warranty as against 2 years from Bunnings. Well worth the extra $20. Mines also chugging away merrilly. Got the Sh--ts with it the other day because it wouldn't start, but then realized that the stop switch was off. Every fool has his day !
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Follow Up By: Member - Ken - Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 22:14

Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 22:14
Chris

Whatever is causing the 'fool-itis' is catching. Did the same damn thing recently.

It makes one feel a right gig when it dawns on you that it is switched off.

As for the warranty issue I have no idea, so it will be interesting to see what K-mart offer.

Ken Robinson
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 20:31

Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 20:31
goodday gents
just a word of warning with these gennies make sure they have been checked out and cannot geta shock from them .latest cheif elec notice in vic lists them all as being recalled to have the plugs altered to make them so that plugs cannot be wrongly inserted
steve
will try and scan article and post it
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Follow Up By: GOB & denny vic member - Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 21:14

Saturday, Jun 26, 2004 at 21:14
stuffed it will scan and copy for more info contact chief electrical inspectors office

steve
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Follow Up By: Member - Ken - Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 12:16

Sunday, Jun 27, 2004 at 12:16
Checked the site out and in essence this was the reported problem of a scorpion gennie a couple of years ago:

The profiles of the 12V and 240V outlet sockets were identical which allowed the 12V battery charging lead to be plugged into the 240V outlet.

Apparently a couple of 'knowledgable' dudes gave themselves a 'warmup' so there was a recall.

These type of gen sets now have a normal 3 pin 240V outlet and a two pin 'T' configuration 12V outlet so that neither the twain shall ever meet again so to speak.

Ken Robinson

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