For proper operation of your generator, make sure that it is placed in an open space. Proper ventilation is vital to its use and your safety. Also keep the generator dry. The generator should be placed on a firm, level surface as well.
Remember a generator should never be operated at its MAXIMUM power output for more than 30 minutes.
Transporting and Storing your Generator:
- Never use stale or contaminated gasoline or an oil/gas mixture. Avoid getting dirt or water in the fuel tank. (keep it out of rain; the gas cap is vented and can take in water and check the air filter)
- Use the proper fuel: The Honda engines are made to run on unleaded gas. Use unleaded gasoline with a pump octane rating of 86 or higher. This will reduce deposit build up on valves, spark arrestor, muffler and spark plugs.
- Don’t forget to run (exercise) your generator at least once a month. This accomplishes a couple of things. It lubricates the engine by circulating oil, it runs fresh gas through the carburetor and it works to recharge the battery. All of these things help to insure that the generator will start when you really need it in an emergency.
- Use gas conditioner and drain out the fuel from the carburetor float and sediment cup if storing for more than 2 months.
- When transporting or storing the generator, be sure to turn the fuel valve OFF. If left on, gasoline may get into the engine crankcase and dilute the engine oil, thus reducing the lubrication properties of the oil and causing severe engine damage.
Always start the largest electric appliance first, then plug in other items, one at a time.
Grounding the generator is recommended to help prevent accidental electrical shock.
Choose the appropriate extension cord for the tool or appliance. Larger gauge, three-wire/three prong cords should be used when using an appliance or tool at a considerable distance from the generator.